Free Yoga, J-Simp’s Brew and Voterobics

September is Yoga Month, Jessica Simpson pimps functional beer, and politics get physical.

Get Bendy
If you’ve ever wanted to try yoga, but were too timid to try a class or balked at the price of a class (usually upwards of $20 a piece), your excuses are all dried up. September is Yoga Month and a number of yoga studios across the country are hosting free events and classes to inspire people to try and enjoy the health benefits of yoga. All they ask is that you make a small donation to the Youth Health Alliance or another charity (there are a ton that can benefit), which is quite the deal if you ask me.
The FBGs are huge fans of Rodney Yee DVDs, but I have been meaning to get out and take some live yoga classes. Looks like there’s no time like the present. Although 10 cities are listed as participating in the event (Austin, Miami, New York, LA, San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Boston and Vancouver), many more cities across the country are participating, so be sure to be on the lookout for fliers and ads.

Coming to a city near you…

Liquid Nutrition
What’s Jessica Simpson been up to lately? Besides disrupting the entire Dallas Cowboys’ team, that is? (And if you could really care less about J-Simp, hold tight. You don’t want to miss this.)

Miss Chicken of the Sea is drinking beer. And endorsing it for its health benefits. No joke. Her latest sponsorship, Stampede Light Beer, is marketed as a health beer that is fortified with “the stuff your body loses when you drink alcohol.” Each 12-oz bottle has 115 calories and has 3.8 percent alcohol by volume. Generally, I prefer wine to beer, and I seem to ruffle at the idea of Jessica telling me what to drink to be fit, but yea, I guess it’s another option when you’re out at the bartrying to keep the cals down.

You better be 21.

Flex Your Political Muscles
With the presidential race in full swing, it’s time for all of us to exercise our right…to vote…and work out at the same time! That’s what the Sports Clubs Network of clubs (including Sports Clubs in New York, Boston, Washington and Philadelphia) wants people to do. Their VOTERobics Circuit Workout mixes cardio, endurance and agility for a sweaty election-themed time.

All of the exercises in the circuit are quite clever. My personal faves are the Right Wing-Left Wing, a plank on a stability ball or mat while tapping feet out left and right, and the Get On Your Soapbox, step-ups on a “platform.” And in the Voter TKO, you go through a series of punching drills, hitting your choice of McCain or Obama with a a boxing mitt, your choice. Besides getting people fit, the clubs have also partnered with Rock the Vote to help drive voter registration. Now that’s a campaign we can get behind.

Voting burns cals!

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  1. Lori says:

    All about the healthy beer, but definitely not because Jessica likes it. Ha!
    I had Iki beer in Dublin. Brewed with green tea and yuzu fruit. High in antioxidants. Looks like healthy beer might become a new trend.

  2. Marcy says:

    ROFLMAO ahhhhhhh Jessica Simpson. So much to say 😛 Papa (errr Pimp) Joe makes wise business choices for her HAHAHAH

  3. christie i. says:

    Funny I should rediscover my love for yoga during yoga month! I like Rodney Yee too except that I can’t get over the fact that it looks like he stuffed a sock in his shorts.

  4. tfh says:

    Thanks for the Yoga Month reminder! I haven’t been to a studio since the free event last year, so it’s about time. 🙂

    Voterobics looks fun– and what a good idea to get people pumped up to vote.

  5. Meg says:

    All very interesting tidbits. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Nitmos says:

    Good stuff. I, for one, always take my nutrition advice from J-Simp though.

  7. Mark Salinas says:

    I need to get the yoga thing moving….good advice! 🙂

  8. Melissa says:

    It’s Yoga month?? How come I didn’t know that until now? Don’t think I’m going to be able to participate because I’m having hand surgery and before that I have to get my affairs in order, but…I can at least do my Sun Salutation every day.

  9. Jenn says:

    Lori: Green tea and yuzu beer…interesting. Can you get away with drinking that in the morning? lol.

    Christie: I try to avert my eyes, but sometimes it’s just not possible.

    Melissa: Bummer about the surgery. But, hey, it comes around every year, so here’s for planning for Yoga Month 2009! 🙂

  10. Erica says:

    Healthy beer? Wait…all beer isn’t healthy ;). I may give it a roll..but only cause Jessica told me too!

    I love that class, sounds like a fun mix! Mix classes always make the time fly by!

  11. grounded fitness says:

    ha, stuff you lose when you drink beer. like your inhabitions and self respect.

    Jessica simpson sounds perfect. ba-ZING!


  12. Charlie Hills says:

    I suppose if you put enough marketing muscle behind it, you can give any food a healthful twist.

    Heck, it sure worked for “trans fat free”.

  13. Missicat says:

    Healthy beer? rrriiiiggghhhtt…
    I love the politcal exercises!
    Thanks for the Yoga month tip! Will have to check it out!