Exercise

We love to be active! We have so much energy that we couldn’t sit around all day, even if we wanted to.
We don’t train for any competitions, we just like to move our bodies.

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Clara

I do some sun salutations upon rising in the morning. That is what I really try to do every day. In addition I practice yoga asanas regularly (I attend a class about once a week, and try to practice on my own at least once or twice a week; sometimes I only practice a couple of asanas, other times I do a full asana-session, which takes me about one to one and a half hours) and I go running (about one hour to one and a half hours) about twice to three times a week (not year round, sometimes I have to stop for some weeks or even months, especially in the winter months, and then I start again and go very regularly).

On days where I don’t feel about doing anything, I often feel more energetic in the evening and then I do at least some stretching exercises or I just dance and jump around at home to get rid of the excess energy.

Update July 2013:
Since mid-May 2013 I go running regularly again, about six times a week. I started very carefully and jogged very slowly in the beginning and increased the distance and speed very slowly. Now, in mid-July, I run about 6-8 km (in about 45 minutes) and afterwards I walk the same distance back home at a quick pace, so that I cover a distance of about 12 to 16 km (sometimes more) in one training session. I pay a lot of attention to run in a steady, not too fast pace, the most important criterion is my breath, I try to keep my breath steady all of the time. This way I get the feeling, that I could run forever! For me, running is basically breath work (pranayama), to keep the breath even is of utmost importance. As soon as I’m beginning to be inattentive, I get a stitch in my side and I lose my steady rhythm.
After the training I do stretching exercises and some asanas, especially inverted positions as Headstand, Shoulder Stand and Plough. In addition I practice hip openers such as the Dove, the Half-Lotus and the Lotus position and forward bending asanas to stretch the hamstrings, because I feel, that the hamstrings contract and shorten through running.
I’m very happy about being able to run on a regularly basis again and I’m definitely going to keep on running. I already experience some differences in my body, the muscles are getting stronger, the tissues leaner and the persistent body fat starts to melt finally, slowly, but surely. I feel even more energetic than before and on days where I cannot go running, I feel almost imbalanced. I already integrated my running sessions perfectly into my daily routine and everything feels easier and I feel fabulous and even more at ease in my body.
I really want to continue and even bad weather cannot keep me from going outside and run! And in winter, if the weather is too rough, I will do some indoor-aerobic-training instead. I want to stay in shape and shape my body further.

Update February 2014:
Until about three weeks ago I was able to keep up my regular running programme, although since October I only went for a run three times a week for about twenty to forty minutes, in a slow but steady pace.
At the moment it’s not possible to go running due to the weather conditions. Instead I go for long walks in the snow and I do about 50 to 100 squats a day to keep my leg muscles fit.
Due to injury I had to stop my yoga asana routine for some months, but fortunately I am now able to resume my regular practice.

Constantin

I do some workout almost every day. I mainly do handstand-exercises and other strengthening exercises. I also go running, but rather irregularly, in times I go twice to four times a week, and other times I focus more on other exercises. It depends on what feels right at the moment. In addition I do stretching exercises regularly. Depending on how I feel, I sometimes rest for some days, to give the body time to regenerate. I discovered that the muscle growth is especially easy when I give the body enough rest.

Update July 2013:
Some weeks ago I started to practice an intense cardiovascular training on a daily basis, in which I combine elements from Tai Chi, Kung Fu and Aerobics. I lay great emphasis on the breath, I try to keep the breath steady and calm. This way I can do these exercises over a longer period of time (for about one to one and a half hours), without getting tired. I do this training in addition to my regular workout (at the moment I do mainly push-ups and handstand).
I like to start my days with some light warm-up exercises (based on Tai Chi), to get my circulation moving and to get ready for the day.

Update February 2014:
At the moment my main focus lies on strength training, I practice handstands and handstand walking almost every day and they are great fun. I feel the body get even stroner. In addition I do my usual yoga and stretching routines.

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