At the beginning of the summer I started blogging once a week about boxing; it's an interest of mine that I wanted to explore more, both physically and in writing. However, it feels insincere lately. I write about boxing, but my asthma has gotten so bad that some days I can barely function, let alone get to the gym to practice what I discuss here.
Every summer I vow to get in to shape, and every summer by July my asthma has kicked in to the point that I can't go run or do something that involves the amount of effort that boxing takes. What I can do it yoga. Yoga is tough, works your muscles and improves flexibility and balance, which are important for boxers, without causing the jump in heart rate that would knock me flat in the middle of an asthma episode. In addition, if things become difficult, I can just lay down on the floor to rest, which is difficult to do in a gym, or outdoors on a run.
I've been using Yoga Download's 20 minute podcasts for the past couple years. They have about 90 podcasts for free download on itunes. I really like their power yoga and core yoga. In addition, I stumbled upon this video by JT Van V, who is the youtube god of boxing.
Hopefully my asthma will give me my lungs back once the weather stabilizes. I would really love to get back to the gym; for now this will work.