Julie Lawson Timmer grew up in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. She lives in Ann Arbor, MI, with her husband, their four teenage children, and two rescued dogs. By turns, she is a writer, lawyer, mom/stepmom, and dreadful cook. Her first novel, Five Days Left, is out in paperback. Her second book, Untethered, was released earlier this month. She shared this personal story exclusively with FirstforWomen.com.
What it is: Yoga involves breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures. I’ve tried all types, from Bikram and vinyasa to power and flow.
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Required energy level: Low
Pros: No matter how inflexible you are, you’ll see progress, even during a single class. The quiet, meditative setting is such a respite, too; at the end of each class, you feel as though you’ve given both your body and soul a valuable gift.
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Cons: For me, yoga doesn’t provide much of an endorphin rush, or a hit to my muscles or cardio system. When I invest money and time, I really want to feel like I’ve worked out. Also, I prefer exercise before work, and yoga doesn’t tend to be an early-morning offering at most gyms.
Keep or dump: Keep, but only through free online classes I do at home. The flexibility and meditative benefits are impossible to ignore, but most class times don’t work with my schedule.
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