If swimsuit shopping has you stressed out, you are not alone. The thought of putting on a swimsuit makes many women want to hide in the nearest closest until the next season hits. Now, it should go without saying that embracing your body, where it is, and enjoying time with family and friends, regardless of how you look in a swimsuit, is priceless. Don’t miss out on those memories just because you don’t like how you look in a swimsuit. However, I am also a woman and know that feeling good about ourselves is also very important as is making health and fitness a priority.
Your bum or also known as your glutes is such an important muscle group which needs to be strengthened to aid keeping great posture, performing exercises effectively and also a great muscle group to make look good! There are actually 3 separate parts to your bum:
- Gluteus Maximus
- Gluteus Medius
- Gluteus Minimus
These separate parts of the muscle cover different parts of the leg, layering on top, underneath and laterally covering the leg too. The glutes support your lower back, help you jump, sit, stand and also run efficiently! It is such an important muscle to take care of and why not make it look good whilst you strengthen it!
It is true that yoga doesn’t burn as much calories as an aerobic class or a run, but you are bound to strengthen your muscles, work up a sweat and leave that class feeling invigorated and refreshed. According to Harvard Medical School Health Publication, a hatha yoga class, which is a less vigorous form of yoga than ashtanga, actually burns equal amount of calories as gymnastics, competitive volleyball, water aerobics and horseback riding, about 240 to 356 calories every hour. This however depends on individual body weight.
While ashtanga yoga is not a vigorous cardiovascular workout, it does support weight loss in various other ways. It qualifies as a muscle building and strength-training exercise, while offering a series of mental health benefits.
Here are some of the ashtanga yoga poses that will help you feel positive and energetic on your journey to weight loss.