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This article is part of our Healthier 2021 series, in which we follow three members of the WebMD team as they strive to improve their health this year. You can follow their travels here.

By Mark Spoor

So I decided to try stepping up my yoga game earlier this week and learning a new pose called chaturanga. (I can hear all the yogis say “Oooooooooooh.”)

Basically it’s like starting a push from the ground, stopping halfway and holding it.

It sounds easy – and it is – for about 3 seconds. After that your body realizes what it’s doing, you start to shake like a leaf, and if you’re like me, you quickly drop back down to the ground with a little humiliation.

So yes, more basic workouts to come!

Despite this challenge, after almost 2 months on this fitness trail I can’t say I have a lot of complaints. I feel better. My clothes are better. Honestly, I’m pretty sure my family likes me a little better too.

Thanks to our amazing WebMD social media team, I even learned what an Instagram takeover is. Ask your children. They probably know.

Either way, if you can get a cutting edge website to blog for a few months on your fitness journey so you have no choice but to, you know , take a fitness trip, I highly recommend it.

But folks, over the next month or so, we’re going to find out what I’m really made of.

My daughter’s travel softball season is about to begin. Unlike when I was a kid, youth athletics in 2021 is often quite a commitment. When my kid has a tournament, we’re at the approximate sunrise stage at around 0-dark-30 on Saturday, and then again from sunrise to 0-dusk-30 on Sunday.

This poses some challenges for me. On the one hand, it disrupts my training schedule. I like to work out in the morning because, much to the chagrin of my wife and daughter, I am a morning person. (Seriously, they really hate this.)

And if I work at night, for some reason, I can’t sleep. So for spring and summer it looks like my early morning workouts will be even earlier.