My name is Ellis Francis and I have been a personal fitness trainer, sports nutritionalist and health and fitness advisor for over 25 years.  I am the lead health and fitness advisor at https://awellnessbody.com.
Woman Performing Weighted Squat

How to Do a Partial Squat

The partial squat takes some of the difficulty out of the traditional squat. While the full version can be a bit intimidating, you can get some of the same benefits with the partial squat. Let’s talk about how to do this variation and what makes it different from the squat we all know and kind of love. 

What Is a Partial Squat?

The half squat or partial squat is almost identical to a regular squat, except you don’t go down quite as far into the squatting position. You stop around halfway there, at about a 125-degree angle. 

By not going down into a full squat, you save yourself some time and a whole lot of effort. It’s a low intensity version of the popular exercise, and you can do it with some of the same variations you would use on a full squat. That would include modifications with weights, as well as the sumo squat and single leg squat. 

What does a partial squat do that a regular squat can’t? It makes squats accessible so that more people can do them and not feel winded after a single rep. It’s easier to get through a full set. 

Are Partial Squats Beneficial?

Even though you are not going through the full motion for the squat, you can still enjoy some benefits from doing partial squats. Your workout gains won’t be as significant as if you were doing full squats, but the benefits of a partial squat still make them worth using.  

These squats are great confidence builders. By doing the partial squats, you can build up the strength you need to do full squats and feel good about your workout. It’s good to know you can do some kind of squat, even if the full squat is a bit too difficult at this point for you. 

You can use them in conjunction with full squats to take those squats further and add more to your workout. They also can help you to improve your athletic performance, giving you the ability to do more and reach the goals you have set for yourself. They improve your ability to jump as well, giving you the power to jump further and higher as you do this exercise more. 

Partial squats are a good way to add some muscle mass on the lower half of your body, working those muscles so you can do more and go further in later workout sessions.

Are Half Squats Better than Full Squats?

There are some reasons to do half squats instead of full squats, even if you could easily do either one. 

The half squat is a great way to target the glutes, as it builds up the glutes even better than full squats do. You can shape your rear quickly and effectively with this exercise without having to do the extensive exertion of the full squat. 

They are also better than full squats for people who have difficulty with balance or who don’t have the strength to do the full squat very easily. It may be advantageous for you to do the partial squat because it won’t wear you out as much. That means you could work out for longer and get more out of your workout.

What Muscles Does a Partial Squat Work?

You are primarily working your lower body with partial squats, building up key muscles there so that full squats are easier to do as well as other activities and exercises that rely on lower body strength. 

Specifically, partial squats strengthen the glutes and quads, as well as all the other lower body muscle groups. You get a full lower body workout with this exercise, so you should not feel bad about incorporating them into your workout. 

These are the muscles you will use for jumping, running, squatting, and more. By strengthening these areas of the body, you will improve your balance and stability and reduce the risk of injury to your lower body as you do activities that can tax it. 

Are Partial Squats Safe?

These can be quite safe if you are doing them correctly. You just need to keep your form right, and the key part of the body to watch is your back. You don’t want to put undue strain there during your partial squats. 

Your back should be inclined as you do this exercise and not kept straight. That reduces the load on your lower back in particular. If you are lifting while doing partial squats, the load you are pressing can be really harmful to your back, so make sure the form is right in that key area. You can further protect yourself by wearing a weightlifting belt.

You should warm up ahead of your workout to limber up your muscles and ensure that all the equipment you are using is set to the right levels and is working properly. Also use a spotter to help you out of any tight spots. 

Difference between Partial Squat and Full Squat

The primary difference between these two types of squats is how far down you go when you descend into the squat. The partial squat only requires you to bend down half the distance for the full squat.

That means that the squat affects your body in different ways. The partial squat will work some different muscles compared to the full squat. We talked about those earlier, and the full squat is focused on the quads more, whereas the partial squats target the glutes primarily. 

The partial squat does not require as much strength, so the gains are not as great as they would be with the full squat. That makes them ideal for heavy weightlifting exercises, because you can lift more if more of your strength is focused in your arms and shoulders. The full squat requires more from you, so it may be harder to lift as big of a load as you could with a partial squat. 

Pros and Cons of Partial Squat

We have had both good and bad things to say about partial squats throughout this article, but let’s lay them out for you so you can see them all listed together and decide if you want to use partial squats in your workouts.

Pros: 

  • easier to do than full squats
  • builds confidence and strength well for beginners
  • better than full squats for heavy weightlifting
  • not very hard on your body
  • great glute builder

Cons:

  • gains are less than full squats
  • can give you false confidence and false strength assessment
  • not as good for working your quads as full squats

So, there you have everything you should need to know about partial squats. These can be good exercises to bring into your weight lifting regimen or weight loss workout, but you may want to mix them up with full squats so that you get more benefits. 

Woman Teaching Man Push Ups

How to Do Staggered Hands Push Ups Correctly

The push up is one of those very traditional exercises that offers lots of benefits and gives you plenty of room for variation. You don’t have to do the same kind of push ups everyone else does.

If you are bored by the basics or you just want to crank up your workout to the next level, then you may want to give the staggered hands push up a try. 

What Are Staggered Hands Push Ups?

This is essentially an off-kilter version of the regular push up. Not much changes other than the position of your hands, but the stress it puts on you and the extra effort you are required to exert will make it obvious that this is no regular push up.

You will either love the extra workout you get and the additional benefits it provides or you will hate that you are taking an exercise that is already difficult for most people and ramping up the challenge. 

You can do this push up variation anywhere that you have space to do a regular push up. It requires no additional room or any equipment, so it can be added to your workout routine easily. The only problem is pulling it off.

How to Do a Staggered Hand Push Up

We are going to walk you through the process of doing this type of push up, and even though it is simple, the importance of getting your form right and not injuring yourself is still worth mentioning. 

  1. Start out by resting on your knees on the floor. Then, place your hands palm down on the floor. From there, you will be supporting yourself on your knees and your hands.
  2. Then, move to the traditional push up starting position, with your weight resting solely on the palms of your hands and your toes. Your hands should be underneath your shoulders, and your feet should be positioned straight back from your upper body. You should keep your body in a straight line as you do this.
  3. This is the regular starting position for traditional push ups, and you will need to shift slightly to get into the proper form for the staggered hands push up.
  4. Move one of your hands slightly lower, toward your ribs. It only needs to move a few inches from where it was. It should be enough change in position to put some extra strain on your arms.
  5. Now you are in position. It took a while to get there, but it is important that you transition into the starting position slowly and carefully and that you get your form just right.
  6. From this position, slowly and gradually straighten your arms so that your elbows are no longer bent. This action should push you up from the ground a few inches.

You should exhale as you do that motion and then hold the upraised position for a moment. Then, slowly return to the starting position, inhaling as you do so. 

Staggered Hand Push Up Benefits

Why should you add these push ups to your routine? Will you get any different benefits doing this exercise compared to doing regular push ups? Let’s talk about it. 

Any kind of push ups you do will work the arms, shoulders, chest, abdominals, back, and legs. The push up is a complex exercise because of how much of the body it ropes in to help out. The biggest benefit is likely to the arms, as this bodyweight exercise forces you to hold up almost your entire body weight on your arms. They are doing the majority of the work. 

This is also a great way to improve chest power, and if you are hoping to develop strong pectorals, then this exercise is a simple addition to any routine.

It works the abdominal (or stomach muscles) too, helping to develop strong, powerful looking abs. If you are having trouble with sit ups and other exercises that really tax the abs, then the push up and any variation is a good exercise to use to strengthen the key muscles used for ab exercises.

Your lower body gets some workout as well, since you will be supporting yourself partially with your legs and tensing them as you hold yourself in place. 

How staggered hands push ups differ from regular push ups in their benefits is that they require mere effort from you. So, you can get a better workout with this exercise. Now, if you have a lot of trouble doing staggered hands push ups, you might not be able to do the exercise for long, so your cost benefit might not be what you are hoping for at first. You may have trouble doing as many of them as you would regular push ups, so you might not make as much progress as you would by simply doing normal push ups.

This kind of push up does work some muscles differently from the traditional push up, though. It uses the rotator cuff a lot more than regular push ups do. This is a collection of muscles in the shoulder, and it strengthens them at a faster rate than they would be strengthened doing regular push ups.  

How to Do Staggered Hands Push Ups for Beginners

You can do some variations of this that will help you to add more challenge to the exercise or diminish the challenge. If you want to try staggered hands push ups but don’t think you can pull off the full version in all its challenge, then you can try a knee variation.

In order to do this, just get down on your knees and place your palms onto the floor. Then, stagger your hands so that they are not at quite the same level and do your push up from there. It’s certainly not as tough as the real deal, but it can help build some of the muscles needed to pull off the proper version. 

When you do any version of the staggered hands push up for the first time, be sure to take it slow and try to get your form just right.

You can hurt yourself or miss out on some of the benefits if you are not careful. Pay attention to your form and check a video on how to do it if you are not sure if your form is just right. Then, push yourself up slowly and steadily and return back to the starting position in a steady manner as well.

Don’t try to do any jerky movements or achieve a high speed when you do the exercise. By taking things slowly, you can prevent injury and make sure that your back is kept straight and your muscles are not overly strained as you exercise. 

Woman on Mat Doing Glute Bridge

How to Do A Single Leg Glute Bridge and the Benefits

Glute bridges are designed to target the muscles on the back of your legs, including your glutes. This versatile exercise is one that you may find quite challenging, especially if you are not accustomed to working out. It is a great way to target muscles that are not typically targeted by the exercises most people do.

If you want to build lower body power, then the single leg glute bridge is an excellent way to do that. By doing this powerful exercise, you will build up a lot of strength in key lower body muscles while working on your balance and range of motion.

It’s also a great calorie burner, especially if you do a high number of reps or do the exercise for an extended period of time.

We are going to share with you a detailed guide on how to do a single leg glute bridge and give you important information about getting the most from incorporating this exercise into your routine.

What Is a Single Leg Glute Bridge?

This exercise is one you can do almost anywhere, since it requires no equipment to perform. However, you can use equipment to do variations or to make your workout more comfortable. Because you do the exercise on the floor, you may want to use an exercise mat or other soft surface to work with.

It’s ideal for most age levels as well, and you can try low impact versions that are not as challenging to do and won’t leave you sore afterwards.

If you feel like your lower body is being left out of your workouts or that the lower body exercises you do are not targeting the muscles you want them to, this may be the right exercise for you.

This takes the normal glute bridge and elevates the difficulty by only allowing you to use one leg. That makes it a variation on another exercise, but it is one with its own special benefits, and you will definitely feel some of those as you do your single leg glute reps and notice the burn happening.

How To Do Single Leg Glute Bridge

Let’s walk you through the process for this exercise step by step. If you get the form right, you will maximize your benefits and reduce the risk of injury.

  1. Start by lying down on the ground, face down. Your arms should be placed at your sides with your palms flat down on the floor. You want to keep your pelvis and spine neutral and your knees bent.
  2. Then, tuck your pelvis and lower your torso to the ground. Keep your chin tucked underneath you as you do this. Your chin should be pressed against your chest as much as possible.
  3. Activate your core as you get into position and lift up only your left leg from the floor. Lift the leg until it is extended completely straight. While you do this motion, your right leg should remain bent. You will also want to keep your knees close to one another. This is your starting position, and you want to return to it after each rep.
  4. You will be doing an upward movement from that position, and you want to start by pushing your right foot down in the floor as you squeeze your glute. Then, stretch your hips upward and keep squeezing the glute as you do it. Continue until your hip is fully extended.
  5. As you do this, you should engage your core and make sure your ribs are staying in place. The position of your pelvis throughout the movement should be level to the floor and tucked only a bit on the top. Once you reach the end of the movement, pause briefly.
  6. To come back down, use your hip as a hinge point and return to your starting point. Then, you can repeat the entire exercise for as many reps as you want to do.

You can then switch legs and do your reps while you extend the right leg to even out your workout.

How Many Single Leg Glute Bridge Should You Do?

For this exercise, you want to be careful about overdoing it. If you are just starting out, keep your movement slow and controlled and your reps low so that you are not too sore afterwards.

The average recommended starting reps for the single leg glute bridge is 6-12 reps and then doing two or three sets of those.

Do whatever is comfortable for you and don’t overdo it. You may not realize how challenging the exercise is right away or the toll it is taking on you, so start on the lower end of the recommendation and work your way up from there.

What Does Single Leg Glute Bridge Work?

Targeting specific muscles is a great way to build up those muscles and develop the body you want. You can do targeted muscle training to create support for other exercises or to reduce the risk of injury when doing certain activities.

So, what muscles does the single leg glute bridge work? The primary muscles this exercise will benefit are hip flexors, hamstrings, lower back muscles, and your glutes. Because you engage your core as you do the exercise, that part of your body gets a little bit of a workout as well, but this is primarily a lower body exercise.

It is excellent for building up leg and glute strength and working muscles that are often overlooked by other exercises. Doing variations on this exercise can work other muscle groups as well.

How to Not Use a Leg During Single Leg Glute Bridge for Glute Imbalance

If you have a muscle imbalance in your glutes, then the single leg glute bridge can be a great way to fix that. It is easy to target only one side of your body, and specifically one glute, when doing this exercise.

Just figure out which glute has the imbalance and focus on working that one, doing the movements of the exercise in such a way that one glute is relaxed and the other is engaged.

How to do A Single Leg Glute Bridge on Smiths Machine

A Smiths machine is very versatile, and you can use it to do all sorts of exercises.

To perform a single leg glute bridge on the machine, you can lie flat on the ground and have the bar set just above your waist. Your waist should be lined up with the bar and the bar should be low enough that you don’t have to stretch to grab it and raise it. Your arms should be able to grasp the bar without being fully extended.

Once you are in position, you will lift one leg while raising the bar, extending your hip as far as possible without taking your shoulders off the ground. Then, come right back down to the starting position.

How to do A Single Leg Elevated Glute Bridge

You can do a version of this exercise that is a bit different, known as an elevated single leg glute bridge. You will need a bench or other raised surface for this.

You can place the nonactive foot on the bench at a 90-degree angle. Let’s say you are doing the exercise with your left leg, so you can place the right foot against the bench. Rest the left foot beside it and then push off with the right foot and flex your hips upward. At the same time, raise the left leg to where the knee comes back toward your face while keeping the leg at a 90-degree angle. Then, come back to the starting position.

This foot elevated single leg glute bridge is a great way to ratchet up the difficulty on this exercise and do something a bit different with it. For best results, your shoulders should stay resting on the ground and your arms should be extended fully toward your legs, with your palms flat on the floor.

The single leg glute bridge is an exercise with a lot of possible variations. You can try different versions depending on what kind of equipment you want to use and what areas of your body you want to focus on.

blue chia seed pudding in glasses topped with berries

How to Make Blue Chia Pudding

Are you looking for a snack that is gluten free, paleo friendly, and completely vegan? Blue chia pudding is a great snack to have in between meals, as a dessert, or to serve as your breakfast. It’s not just compatible with a lot of different diets, but it’s also rich in nutrients.

They say food that’s good for you often doesn’t taste very good, but blue chia pudding is the exception.

What Is Blue Chia Pudding?

Blue chia pudding contains blue spirulina and chia seeds combined with plant milk to make a completely vegan and dairy free dish.

You may think that a lightly colored pudding like this has a ton of dairy, but it doesn’t have to if you’re using plant milk as a substitute. This dish can also be made with regular dairy milk, but it’s not necessary.

It tastes just as good with plant milk.

One thing I really like about this dish is that it only takes a few minutes to make and there is very little cleanup for you to do afterwards.

It’s a good source of omega-3 fatty acids which are good for your heart. It’s also rich in minerals protein, and fiber. That’s why I say it makes a good breakfast, because it can be very nourishing and filling.

After you’ve had a serving of pudding, you may feel like you have energy for a while and may not need to eat for several hours.

One common misconception about this dish is that it uses food coloring, but that’s not necessary either. There are no artificial dyes used to make blue chia pudding or any food coloring. Yet, it still has a vibrant blue color, which is really fun, and your kids will probably love that.

What Is Blue Spirulina?

For those who have never had it, a description of spirulina can be a little bit off-putting. For people who are always looking for interesting healthy foods to try, spirulina may already be familiar to them. This is an algae that’s bluish green in color and is sourced from lakes and ponds.

Does blue spirulina have health benefits? It’s actually very nutrient rich and good for you. It’s a good source of antioxidants, so you may want to use it if you’re not feeling well or you want to prevent yourself from getting sick.

It’s also good for your digestive health and for maintaining proper blood pressure. You can use it to improve your energy levels as well. Blue spirulina is considered a superfood, so I could probably write an entire article on its health benefits.

The spirulina algae is typically a combination of blue and green colors, but to get the blue spirulina chia pudding look, the blue color has to be extracted from that.

This doesn’t add any manmade components to the dish or processes that dilute and detract from the nutrient value of spirulina.

When the blue color is extracted, it’s made into a powder. At that point, it has very little flavor, so it can be added to dishes like chia pudding without affecting the flavor.

That lets you create a flavor that’s pleasing to you and without worrying about the effect the spirulina algae is having on the taste profile.

How to Make Blue Chia Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of blue spirulina powder
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened plant milk
  • 1/2 cup of full fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of Maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Directions:

  1. Put all of your ingredients into a bowl and combine them using a spoon. You know all your ingredients are combined once there’s no dry powder specks left or dry seeds.
  2. Allow the pudding to rest for 8 minutes, and then stir it again to get rid of any clumps that might be there.
  3. Put the pudding into a covered container and let it rest in the fridge for an hour. This will allow it to cool and thicken.
  4. Before serving the pudding, stir it once more. You want to make sure that you’re stirring the pudding really well, as you need to get rid of any dry seed pockets that could mess with the texture.
  5. You may need to prepare the coconut milk before you mix it with the other ingredients. For best results, put the can into a bowl of hot water to warm.
  6. Leave it there for 15 minutes and then shake the can well before opening it up. This helps to break the cream up that may appear on the top of the coconut milk. Once that’s broken down, it’s easier to mix everything together and combine it smoothly.

You can make some substitutions on this dish, changing out coconut milk for any other kind of plant-based milk. I use coconut milk because of how creamy it is, so other substitutes will make a thinner less rich dish.

You can also switch out the maple syrup for any kind of sweetener you like, like honey, and even mashed up banana works well.

How to Store Blue Chia Pudding

How do you store blue chia pudding to make sure it doesn’t go bad? It could be stored in the fridge for as long as four days, as long as it’s placed in an airtight container. A plastic or glass container work fine, and you can even put it into a jar for storage.

How to freeze blue chia pudding? If you follow the recipe I gave you above, you will have blue chia putting that can be stored in the freezer for as long as three months.

It can be stored in a freezer safe container of any kind, and then you can thaw it out at room temperature in about an hour. Before you serve it or eat it yourself, make sure you stir it thoroughly.

If there are any yogurt layers on your pudding (as some people do add yogurt to their dish), it should not be stored in the freezer.

How to Store Blue Spirulina

When you buy spirulina, it can be stored in an airtight bag at room temperature. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated until you open the bag. At that point, it should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

What Is the Difference between Black and White Chia Seeds?

You can choose between black or white chia seeds for this dish and many others, and you may be wondering if there is a benefit to using one color of chia seed over another.

The reality is that they both offer the same nutritional benefits and the same taste. You can use them interchangeably, but of course the black ones will be more visible.

Can You Use Dairy Milk Instead of Plant Milk?

You don’t have to stick with plant milk like almond or soy milk for this dish. You can use dairy milk instead if you’re not trying to make a vegan dish.

It works just the same, you can use the same amount. Your flavor profile will change slightly, but that’s probably what you’re looking for if you’re using dairy milk rather than a plant milk.

What If My Chia Pudding Is Too Thin?

If you’ve made the chia pudding according to the directions above and it still comes out too thin, you can fix it.

There are a few different ways you could fix it, like adding a thickening agent like cornstarch, or you could add some yogurt to it as well.

Probably the best way to thicken up chia pudding and keep the same flavor and texture is to add more chia seeds. As you mix these in, they’ll thicken the pudding, and you want to be careful about adding too much so that you’re pudding doesn’t become too thick.

Is Chia Pudding Good for You?

There are plenty of health benefits to chia pudding, and I’ve covered a lot of them earlier in this article. The high fiber content means it’s good for your digestive system.

The high protein content makes it good for helping you lose weight and feel full so you don’t feel like you need to eat as much.

There are also a lot of nutrients and minerals in this dish that are good for your overall health.

Can I Blend Chia Pudding in a Blender?

If you mix this dish by hand, it will have a thick, gel-like texture to it. It might come out a little thicker and heavier than you’re wanting, so blending it is a good option to help thin it out a little bit and make it creamier.

Just put your ingredients into the blender without mixing them or you can stir them together first and see how they turn out that way before adding them to the blender. Then, just cover the blender and process for about 30 seconds.

women in hot yoga studio

How to Prepare for Hot Yoga

Hot yoga takes yoga to the next level. It can be pretty intense, and some people have a lot of trouble with these sessions the first time they try them.

If you’re not sure what to expect and you’re wondering how the hot yoga session will go, we’ve got some preparation tips here for you.

We will show you how to prepare for hot yoga so that you won’t feel like you’re going in blind.

You can get a lot of benefits out of this type of workout, but it helps to be prepared and have the right gear and mindset.

How to Prepare for Your First Hot Yoga Class

You want to make sure that you wear appropriate clothes for hot yoga. You’re going to get hot and sweaty doing this workout session, and you can be miserable if your clothes are too heavy or if they don’t provide very good sweat wicking.

Choose clothes that are breathable, and consider something like nylon that is naturally providing sweat wicking for you.

Keep your layers to a minimum, and think more about how you’ll feel during the workout than how you look.

Even small changes in your clothing can make a difference. For example, you may want to sleeveless vest rather than a T-shirt. That little bit of fabric can make a difference in how hot and sweaty your armpits get as you work out.

You should find out if the hot yoga session has a footwear recommendation. Some of them will require you to be barefoot, and others may ask you to wear sneakers, socks, or some other footwear.

You can prepare for hot yoga by checking out videos of other sessions or peeking in on the hot yoga class before yours. See what people are wearing and how comfortable they look in those clothes.

A good cheat for finding out what to wear during hot yoga sessions is to look at the instructor. What is he or she wearing? That experienced trainer will know exactly what you want to be putting on before going into the session.

How to Prepare for Hot Yoga in the Morning

It’s tough to exercise first thing in the morning, but if that’s when your hot yoga class is, you might not have much choice. How do you prepare yourself so that you’re ready for an early morning workout session of hot yoga? We talked about how to prepare for your first hot yoga class, and the same rules apply.

The tips we will share with you here can be used for your first class as well as those early morning classes. In both cases, your body might not be fully prepared for what you’re about to do.

If you’re like most people, you don’t drink any liquids during the night. Some people get up throughout the night to have a drink, but most people sleep throughout the entire night without anything to drink.

If that’s the case with you, then your body is probably really dehydrated when you first wake up. Hot yoga is going to make you sweat and lose a lot of water weight. You’ll be burning off a lot of excess liquid, and you can get dehydrated very easily.

Make sure you drink plenty of water about 30 minutes before your hot yoga session. This gives you time to pee out what you need to so that you don’t feel like you need to stop and pee in the middle of your class.

You may think that you need to pack on a lot of carbs before your workout session, but it’s really best not to eat very much before you do hot yoga.

If you’re not careful about how much you eat ahead of time, you could get cramps or have an upset stomach. You can also make it difficult for you to do the stretches and other movements just because of how full you are.

If you feel like you need to eat something first thing in the morning before you start the hot yoga workout, then have a light snack.

Eat something that won’t be very filling and that won’t pass right through you afterwards. Try to avoid caffeine and other foods and beverages that could make you gassy or cause a bowel movement.

How To Prepare for a Hot Buti Yoga

Hot buti yoga is a type of hot yoga that’s supposed to help you feel good.

Do you ever feel absolutely wrecked and miserable after a workout? Maybe hot buti yoga is for you. With this kind of workout, you will be sweating, but you also shouldn’t feel completely exhausted, achy, and cramped afterwards.

Make sure you wear clothing that’s not going to be too heavy or cumbersome on you. You’ll be doing all sorts of different stretches, movements, and positions. You want to be able to be manoeuvrable for all of that.

As with regular hot yoga, make sure you hydrate ahead of time and don’t need a lot of food before your workout.

You should bring a towel and a yoga mat, because you’re going to be sweating plenty. You want to be able to keep from dripping everywhere as you head to the showers after your session.

Keep in mind that a shower might not be available right away, and you want to be able to dry up the sweat as much as possible.

It’s a good idea to wear undergarments that double as sportswear, because a lot of people strip off some of their workout clothes partway through this kind of yoga session. They get so hot and sweaty that they feel they need to take something off and give their body a little relief.

It’s not a bad idea to take a personal fan with you as well and extra water to drink. These will help you cool down and relax after your workout session.

Yoga is usually thought of as something relaxing and calming, but hot yoga is a whole other level.

green pistachio hummus in wooden bowl

How to Make Pistachio Hummus

Hummus is a Middle Eastern dish usually served as a dip. It’s often made using cooked chickpeas or garbanzo beans with sesame paste and something acidic like lemon juice added to give it bite.

This dish has been around for hundreds of years and more recently has had olive oil and garlic added as traditional ingredients.

Did you know that you could make hummus from pistachios, though? Pistachio hummus adds a new twist on this classic dish, changing up the flavor and taking it in a different direction than what you might be used to.

The pistachios are added to the dish rather than replacing any key ingredient, so you still get all the traditional flavors and components, but with something extra thrown in.

How to Make Pistachio Hummus

Most dips are fairly simple to make, requiring you to combine all of your ingredients in a blender or in some other way so that you can smooth them into a creamy texture.

Pistachio hummus isn’t much different, and I’ll share with you a fairly simple recipe to make it at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas, completely drained and then rinsed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of shelled pistachios
  • 1/4 cup of chopped pistachios
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup of water

Directions:

  1. Put half a cup of pistachios into a food processor along with half a cup of water and all of your olive oil.
  2. Run the food processor until your ingredients have formed a paste.
  3. Next, add in lemon juice, the rest of the water, garlic cloves, and chickpeas.
  4. Process until you have a thick, creamy paste that’s the right consistency for hummus. If you want a thinner hummus, add in some more water, only adding a little bit at a time.
  5. Add in 1/4 cup of chopped pistachios, as well as salt and pepper to taste.

You can serve your pistachio hummus immediately with chips, veggies, or something else to dip into the hummus. Or, you can chill the hummus first.

How To Store Pistachio Hummus

After you’re done serving the hummus, whatever is leftover should be stored in the fridge in an airtight container. How long will pistachio hummus last in the fridge? If you’re storing it properly, it can last anywhere from 7 to 10 days.

If you leave the hummus out or there are temperature fluctuations in the fridge, it may go bad sooner. Look for signs that it may have gone bad before you use it again, like changes in color, flavor, or how it smells.

It’s okay to store hummus in the freezer, in a freezer safe bag or container. It can store the freezer for up to four months, however, but the longer you store it in the freezer, the less flavor it may have when you take it back out. To use the frozen hummus, place it into the fridge overnight to thaw it out completely.

If you buy your hummus from the store and just add pistachios to it to make your own version, that can last a bit longer. When you’re making a homemade hummus, though, it will only last about 7 to 10 days in the fridge.

Is Pistachio Hummus Good for You?

Hummus is a good source of nutrients, with a decent amount of protein and fiber and plenty of carbohydrates. That makes hummus kind of filling and a good source of long-term energy, but it’s also high in fat.

A serving of hummus that’s 100 grams will have nearly 10 grams of fat and about 170 calories. There are ways to make it even healthier, though it’s difficult to cut down the fat or calorie content of this dish.

Combining hummus with pistachios is a good idea if you want to improve the nutritional benefits. Pistachios are rich in fiber and are a good source of unsaturated fat. That unsaturated fat means it’s good for your cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure.

If you want to have healthy cholesterol levels and keep your fat in check, eating foods that are high in unsaturated fat like pistachios is a good option.

Pistachios are also an excellent source of protein, and the high fiber content means that they can help you feel full and not have hunger cravings as much.

If you’re looking to keep your weight under control or lose weight, having pistachio hummus as part of your regular diet is a good option.

Pistachios are also really good for your digestive health, promoting good bacteria and great gut health. That can help fight problems like indigestion, constipation, upset stomach, diarrhea, and other digestive issues.

How to Make Lentil Pistachio Hummus

Hummus is usually made from cooked chickpeas, but it can be made with lentils instead. This is a new twist on an old dish, but it’s one you may fall in love with quickly. Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of toasted pistachios
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 clove of grated garlic
  • 1 cup of finely chopped parsley
  • 1 cup of cooked lentils, with liquid included
  • 2 teaspoons of ground coriander

Directions:

  1. Put the pistachios into a food processor and pulse until they are chopped fine.
  2. Add lemon juice, garlic, coriander, salt, water, and olive oil to the food processor as well and pulse.
  3. Finally, add in parsley and lentils and pulse again until your ingredients reach the right consistency for hummus.

Before serving your lentil pistachio hummus, check the flavor and see if it needs any additional salt or maybe a little black pepper for seasoning.

If it doesn’t have enough bite, you can always add a little more lemon juice to it, but go sparingly. If it’s too thick, you can add a little more water to thin it out.

 

Pesto Egg Salad in Wooden Bowl with Spoon

How to Make Pesto Egg Salad

Egg salad is one of those comfort dishes I go back to as a fairly healthy lunch option that I don’t have to feel guilty about.

I love spreading egg salad on bread and having that for a meal, because it’s a good source of protein and fairly filling, but it’s also nutritionally rich.

Because I love egg salad so much, I’m always looking for ways to play around with it and do something different.

I tried egg salad with pesto for the first time recently and was absolutely in love with it.

The biggest difference is how it looks, but there’s also a subtle change in taste that adds another layer of complexity to the dish. I feel like I can do more with it now and that I’ve taken egg salad to the next level.

I’ll share with you my recipe for pesto egg salad sandwich and give you some ideas for different dishes you can make by combining pesto and egg salad together into one beautiful union.

Pesto Egg Salad Recipe

I’m going to give you a recipe for pesto egg salad that you make from scratch, but you can save yourself some time and buy the pesto already premade.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of basil, packed full
  • 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup of pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt

Directions:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients for pesto into a food processor or a blender- that’s the basil, pine nuts, olive oil, salt, garlic, and parmesan cheese. Combine until they are smooth.
  2. Next, hard boil the eggs by putting them into a large pot and covering them with an inch of water. Heat the water until it starts to boil.
  3. When the water begins boiling, take the pot off the heat, turn off the heat, and cover the pot. Allow it to sit for 12 minutes.
  4. Carefully remove the eggs and run cold water over them until they are not hot. You can use a slotted spoon or tongs to take the eggs out of the pot.
  5. When the eggs are cool enough, you can slice them by hand or with an egg slicer.
  6. Then, slice the celery sticks in half and chop them to make small pieces.
  7. Put the eggs, Greek yogurt, pesto, and celery into a large bowl and mix together well.
  8. Add a little salt and black pepper to bring out the flavor and then store your mixture in the refrigerator.

Egg salad can store in the fridge in a airtight container for about 3 days.

You can take the pesto egg salad mixture and spread it on a sandwich before it cools, if you like. Or, you may want to wait till it’s chilled and spread it cold on the sandwich. I recommend a thick bread for this, and my preferences are Italian bread or wheat bread.

Egg Salad Kale Pesto

I will sometimes make pesto using kale to add nutritional value to it and create my own personal superfood.

Let me show you how to do that, and you can take the recipe below for kale pesto and combine it with the egg salad recipe I’ve given you above to make kale egg salad pesto.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup of pepitas
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 dash of ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 cups of chopped kale, packed tightly
  • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Put the garlic and pepitas in a food processor and pulse. Process them until the pepitas are completely ground.
  2. Add the cheese and some black pepper next and pulse them too.
  3. Next, add in lemon juice and kale and then turn the food processor on and drizzle in all of the olive oil.
  4. Process all of these ingredients until they’re combined smoothly and add salt and black pepper as needed to taste.

If you tried this recipe and find that it’s a little bitter, you can add some sweetener to it. My preference is 1/4 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup.

Chicken Egg Salad Tomato Pesto Mayo

There are a lot of variations on pesto egg salad you can do. I like to add some extra color and creaminess to this, incorporating mayonnaise and tomato into the mix. For added texture and protein, I may include chicken as well, and this is one of my favorite ways to have egg salad.

Chicken egg salad is just too good, and spruced up with mayonnaise and tomato, it makes for a remarkably complex and delicious dish.

The tomato and chicken go very well together, with the acidity of the tomato being counterbalanced by the chicken’s base flavor.

When making this dish, I use chunks of chicken that are cut to bite size and chilled.

You can buy canned chicken for this very dish, and it’s really easy to add the shredded chunks of chicken to any kind of cold salad or similar dish. That way, you don’t have to cook the chicken yourself or prepare it, cutting down a lot of prep time.

I also use chunks of tomato in the dish and may substitute Greek yogurt for Mayo or put mail in place of about half the yogurt. I think mayonnaise works better than Greek yogurt when you’re throwing tomato and chicken in there, just because you’re cutting out a lot of the sweetness that could clash with those other foods.

For added color, flavor, and texture, I may add in some kernel corn as well. The entire dish is served chilled and can be served on its own as a side dish or even made into a sandwich.

Pesto Avocado Egg Salad

Another variation on this that I’ll do sometimes, uses avocado in the egg salad. Pesto is still included, and then avocado adds additional texture, flavor, and nutrients. Avocados one of those super foods that people are always looking for ways to incorporate into their dishes.

Rather than serving the avocado on the side, I suggest pureeing it in a blender and mixing it in with all the other ingredients, according to the recipe I’ve given you at the beginning of this article.

Avocado is rich in healthy fats, which are good for your heart health, your cholesterol, and your blood pressure. A lot of doctors recommend that people eat several avocados a week to improve these kind of health statistics.

Pesto Egg Tuna Salad

This is a variation we can try if you want to have some meat in your dish but you want to keep it vegetarian. Tuna works really well in egg salad, offering different texture and some added protein.

As with all the recipes and combinations I’ve given you so far, this dish is served cold, with tuna that can come straight from the can. I drain out the excess water or oil though, to keep the egg salad from becoming soupy. You can reserve that tuna water and use it to flavor another dish, and it doesn’t have to be tossed out.

My recommendation with this version of egg salad is to use shredded tuna or small chunks of tuna, making sure that they are bite size and small enough to be eaten with some egg salad in the same spoonful. As with the other recipes and ideas, you can put this into a sandwich as well.

Sundried Tomato Pesto Egg Salad

Pesto and sundried tomatoes go really well together. You’ll find that tomatoes pair well with eggs too, so this is a matchup made in heaven.

I combine all these ingredients together and then spread them on wheat bread or English muffin for a really hearty, delicious, and healthy breakfast or lunch.

If you want to make a really rich variation of this, you can add in some additional shredded cheese and heat up the sandwich in the microwave for about 30 seconds to a minute. That will melt the cheese and make a really gooey and luxurious sandwich.

To make sundried tomato pasta or egg salad, you can follow the recipe I gave you at the start of this article and then add in about 1/4 cup of chopped sundried tomatoes. That mixes together with everything else by hand or in the blender. You can determine which mixing method you want based on how smooth and creamy you want the mixture to be.

These are just a few suggestions for how you can use pesto egg salad and create some variations on it.

Always keep in mind that if your egg salad tastes a little bland, it probably needs a little salt and black pepper to spruce up the flavor.

Try not to leave your egg salad out at room temperature for very long. I think it’s best when served chilled, and it should be stored in the fridge when not in use.

If you keep it in an airtight container, it can store for about three days and still be fresh. After that, give it a sniff before you use it to see if it has gone bad.

Salad in Clear Pot with Sauce

Why You Need a Salad Shaker Bowl & Recipe

The first time you see a salad shaker bowl for sale online or in the store, you may not think that you’ll find much use for it. This is the kind of thing that once you try it, though, you will probably wonder how you ever lived without it.

If you are someone who eats salad regularly or who is trying to find easy ways to eat healthier and stay fit, you should get a salad shaker bowl.

What Is a Salad Shaker Bowl?

The salad shaker bowl is basically just an airtight container to hold your salad. You can throw all your ingredients into it and then shake them up. You don’t have to carefully layer your salad or mix everything up yourself.

Plus, it’s supposed to keep your salad crisp for longer, as it keeps out air. This prevents oxidation and ensures the salad stays crisp and fresh for longer.

Some salad shaker bowls are designed with special spouts for dressing so you don’t have to open the whole thing to put your dressing in, plus other special features like handles and whatnot for your convenience.

Some of them have been designed to be just the right size to go in the cup holder in your car, if you want to take your salad shaker bowl or cup on the go.

Why Use a Salad Shaker Bowl?

Can’t you just use the regular airtight container instead of a salad shaker bowl? You could, but a typical airtight container may not be of the same quality as a salad shaker bowl that is specially designed to keep salad crisp.

If air gets to your salad, it may not last very long, and lettuce can start to brown. Your salad may not look, taste, or feel very appealing if it’s starting to decay and go bad.

The salad shaker bowl is specially designed to be large enough to throw an entire salad in there and shake it up and still retain its airtight seal. It’s also made to be easy to clean, because the manufacturers assume you’re going to throw some dressing in there as well.

Not all airtight containers can boast that they’re easy to clean by any stretch of the imagination.

Benefits of Using a Salad Shaker Bowl

Let’s break down some of the advantages of having this particular item in your kitchen.

Easy to Use

If you’re using a salad shaker bowl, you don’t have to wonder if it will be right for your salad or not. You’re won’t need to search through all your airtight containers to find one that’s the right size and shape, and that has the features you need to store your salad for the day.

Keeps Salad Fresh

The number one reason to use this kind of container is because it’s great at maintaining the crispiness of your lettuce and the freshness of all the other ingredients. It keeps air out and keeps dressing from leaking out.

Salad Friendly Features

A lot of salad shakers offer some additional features beyond just being airtight containers. The handles, spouts, and other handy bits are quite helpful at improving your salad experience.

Makes Mixing Easy

Do you struggle to mix salad sometimes? Maybe you try to shake a bowl of salad gently so that you don’t lose any bits of lettuce or tomato on the counter.

Perhaps you stick a plate or cutting board on top of your bowl while you shake it vigorously so that you can get everything mixed up. Maybe you have to stick your hands into the salad and mix it by hand. The salad shaker bowl offers an easier solution, though you may not want to buy it just for that single purpose.

Salad Shaker Bowl Recipe

What can you put in your salad shaker bowl to make the ultimate salad? Let me share with you my favorite recipe for salad on the go. You’ll probably want some decent recipes for salad if you’re going to buy this product and make good use of it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of shredded chicken, cooked
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 1 package of salad mix (lettuce, carrots, and cabbage)
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
  • 1 cup of diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup of ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup of cooked kernel corn

Directions:

  1. If all of your ingredients are properly cut, cooked, defrosted, and otherwise ready to eat, you can just put them into the salad shaker bowl in any order, adding in everything except the salad dressing.
  2. Then, close the container tightly and shake your salad until it’s well mixed.
  3. Add in the salad dressing and shake again if desired.

That’s all there is to it, and at this point your salad is ready to eat. You can add other seasonings, toppings, and any ingredients as you like.

If you want to make this a vegetarian salad, you simply leave out the chicken and you still have a great dish.

I would recommend keeping this refrigerated until you’re ready to eat it, as the chicken should really only sit out for about 30 minutes before it’s considered potentially unsafe to eat.

The salad shaker bowl with your salad can stay out for longer, if you leave the chicken out of the recipe. However, the salad will taste best if you keep it refrigerated.

Best Salad Shaker Bowl

There are quite a few solid checker bowls out there to choose from, but which one is the best? That depends on the kind of features you want, but for my money, the Whiskware salad shaker is the best option. It has a lid that’s so easy to open that you can use just one finger to pop it off. Plus, it’s affordably priced and easy to keep airtight.

There are also some good salad shakers available from Rubbermaid, Kilner, and SmartPlanet, if you want some more options.

Mango Smoothie in Tall Glass next to Chopped Mango

How to Make A Mango Almond Butter Smoothie

I’m a fan of complex, tasty beverages that are really easy to make. Mango almond butter smoothie is right there at the top of my list for simple smoothies that tastes like they take a lot of work but really don’t.

What is a mango almond butter smoothie? It combines mango and almond butter with a few other ingredients to create a really smooth, rich, creamy beverage that’s an awesome way to reward yourself.

Putting this together is as simple as throwing all the ingredients into a blender and processing them until they become smooth.

There may be some prep work in cutting your ingredients up so that they fit into the blender without any trouble, but depending on the kind of blender you have, that might not even be necessary.

One issue you may run into when making this smoothie is that it may not be as cold as you like unless you add ice cubes to it.

If you do that, though, you can water down the smoothie, especially if you drink it over a long period of time.

To avoid that problem, I cut up the ingredients ahead of time and store them in the freezer.

The mangoes, bananas, and everything else just gets placed into the freezer so that it’s already chilled by the time I put them in my smoothie. That makes for a pretty cold smoothie, and your frozen fruit can act as ice cubes to cool everything else down.

Ingredients for Mango Almond Butter Smoothie

What goes into this beverage? You can make yours a little different from mine, but I use ingredients that help me feel full afterwards. That way, I can use it as a full meal and cut down on how much I’m eating.

Using protein powder makes for a very filling drink and can help you to meet your weight loss goals or keep a healthy weight. If you make this drink the way I’m going to share with you, it should keep you feeling full for hours.

I start with a cup of frozen mango. Fresh mango that’s been frozen works best to give you a drink that’s really packed with flavor and all the potential nutritional value you would expect from mango.

I use half of a frozen banana as well, sliced small so that it blends easily. The banana adds sweetness and flavor to this dish, and if you use a sweet fruit like this, there’s not as much need to add sugar.

I also use 1/2 cup of almond milk, which should be chilled ahead of time to help make the drink cold. You can use something else if you don’t care for almond milk, like coconut milk or soy milk. Of course, then you’d have to change the name of the drink.

I add a scoop of protein powder, and vanilla is my favorite. This makes for a more filling drink and lets you use the mango smoothie as a meal replacement.

One of the key ingredients here is a tablespoon of almond butter. This gives it a creamy, rich texture and adds another layer of complexity to the beverage.

You can add some veggies to this if you want for a nutritional boost, but that may take away from the sweetness. If this smoothie comes out too thick for you, you can always add some more almond milk to thin it out.

Why Mango?

There are a few reasons why I use mango in this drink. Mostly, it’s because I like mango and the sweet, tropical vibe it gives to the beverage. It feels a little more exotic than pineapple or strawberry.

Mango is also a really good source of fiber, protein, and vitamins A and C. It’s packed with nutritional value, and the fiber and protein help you to feel full.

It’s a really good option if you’re not a meat eater and you’re looking for some alternatives that will allow you to build muscle and have a healthy digestive system.

Why Almond Butter?

One of the main reasons to add almond butter to this drink is because it makes it creamy and smooth. There are health benefits to using almond butter as well, though.

You may think it’s weird to put butter into a smoothie, but this is a low cholesterol, low fat plant butter that’s actually quite good for you. If you use it in place of regular butter in your cooking, you can lower your LDL (or bad cholesterol and fat) and improve heart health.

It’s a good choice for people who are struggling with their weight, who want to lose weight, or who want to strengthen their heart.

I love the flavor it adds to the smoothie, and you can get flavored almond butter if you want to play around with the taste of the smoothie a bit.

Is This a Good Post Yoga Smoothie?

Are you looking for something to gulp down after a strenuous yoga session? Yoga can be tiring and work a lot of your muscles, so it’s good to have something to drink afterwards that peps you up, gives you some energy, and keeps you from craving unhealthy foods.

A mango almond butter smoothie is a good choice because of the high protein and fiber content in it. It’s also kind of sweet, thanks to the sugary fruits it includes, so you’ll feel like you get your second wind after you drink this down.

If you know you’re going to be tired after a workout session or after doing some yoga, you may want to make the drink up ahead of time.

You can mix all your ingredients in the blender and then store everything in the fridge so that it’s cold by the time you’re done with your session. There’s nothing better than enjoying a tall glass of mango almond butter smoothie after you’ve worked up a sweat.

Does Yoga Make you Sweat More

Why Does Yoga Make You Sweat So Much?

You might think of yoga as something less intensive than exercise. If you think of it as any kind of exercise, you may consider yoga to be a form of low intensity exercise. Who expects to sweat during yoga? Certainly not people who have never done yoga before.

Does yoga make you sweat? Sure it does, if you’re doing certain kinds of yoga and certain types of movement. Anytime your body exerts itself, there’s a chance you’re going to sweat.

You can try to mitigate that and decrease your risk of sweating by working out in an air conditioned area or by exerting yourself slowly, but as you exert your body for long periods of time, you’re going to end up sweating.

Why Does Yoga Make You Sweat So Much?

Compared to a high intensity type of exercise, you probably won’t sweat a lot during yoga. People who have to really exert themselves to sweat may not sweat at all during yoga, but some people feel like they’re sweating buckets. Here’s why that is.

Sweat is produced when your body starts exerting itself and begins to get hot. Your body produces sweat to cool you down. So, if yoga makes your body hot, then you will likely start sweating.

The longer you work out for, the more you will sweat as well. If you’re doing long yoga sessions, expect to sweat, even when the movements are very simple, slow paced, and easy for you.

If you’re not used to working out, yoga can seem pretty taxing. It may stress your body more than you’re used to, so it may be really easy for you to start sweating.

You may look at people doing yoga and think that it looks really easy and that there’s no chance you’re going to end up sweating, but then you try it and start breaking out in a sweat pretty quickly. Your body just isn’t used to that kind of exertion, so it won’t take much for it to heat up and then feel like it needs to sweat in order to cool down.

How to Sweat Less During Yoga

If you want to make your yoga sessions dry ones, it may help to use an antiperspirant. Also try wearing clothes that are not thick and heavy on you. You’ll see a lot of yoga outfits that are thin and stretchy. These provide lots of ventilation, and they also don’t over encumber people.

You can do your stretches without straining yourself too much and feel like you’re not carrying around a lot of extra weight.

Also try to do your yoga in an air conditioned room, if you can help it. You’ll still get a lot of the same benefits for your body, but you’ll be cooler and less likely to sweat. At the very least, you’ll sweat less than if you’re doing your yoga in a room that isn’t air conditioned.

You could also try doing yoga outside with the breeze to help you keep from sweating as much.

As you work out more and develop your body to be athletic and fit, you’ll find that it takes more to heat your body up and make you sweat. So, doing yoga regularly will cause you to sweat less often when doing yoga. Pretty neat, right?

If you feel like you’re sweating a lot during yoga, particularly more than you would like to, you can slow the movements down or do movements that aren’t as strenuous for you. You can always ask your yoga instructor for a routine that’s less taxing for you.

Also, a tip for people who want to avoid sweating a lot during yoga- don’t pick hot yoga sessions. These are designed to make you sweat plenty.

If you see yoga videos where the participants are sweating profusely, they may be doing what’s called hot yoga. This is a high intensity yoga that follows a lot of the same basic principles of your typical yoga routines but then amps it all up for maximum sweatiness.

Why would anyone want to do hot yoga? It’s probably because they know that sweating helps reduce their body’s water weight and makes them look fitter. It can also burn calories quickly, helping them to lose fatty weight and have a slimmer appearance.

You can take all the benefits of yoga and then add in the benefits of a high intensity workout program with this kind of yoga.

Are There Benefits to Sweating during Yoga?

I talked briefly already about how sweat indicates that you’re working hard. So, if you’re sweating a lot, that means you’re burning a lot of energy and fat. A sweaty workout is one that’s better for weight loss than a workout that doesn’t get you to sweat.

If you’re trying to slim down, lose weight, and burn fat, sweaty workouts are ideal.

Sweat is also a great way to push toxins out of your body. A lot of times, your body will heat up when you are sick, and this helps to force toxins out of the body as you sweat. Sweating can cleanse and purify your body, cleaning it out in a natural way. If you’re looking to detox, just doing a strenuous workout session can do that for you. Instead of paying for a detox program, try just doing a workout program. You may get a lot of the same benefits.

Your body is designed to sweat regularly, so if you’re not sweating at least a few times a week, it’s good to do exercises that cause you to sweat. Yoga can do that for you, making you sweat more than you think, especially if you’re doing tough poses or you’re engaged in long workout sessions.

If you want to get more from your yoga routines, try more challenging poses and see if you can go longer with your yoga exercise time.

Don’t worry about sweating so much during yoga. Everybody does it, but not everybody sweats as easily.