Royal Weddings of Wellness

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With the forthcoming royal nuptials of Kate Middleton and Prince William just days away, everyone seems to be putting on their “expert” hat (likely with plumage, affixed just so) in all things related to the most highly anticipated wedding of the year.  Not me.  I have a professional mantra that goes something like this: Play to your strengths.

Weddings are not mine, nor speculation surrounding guest lists, gowns, or soon-to-be bestowed titles.  Duchess of Cambridge?  HRH?  Princess? Fine.

Instead, I pride myself on being an expert in perfect partnerships of the wellness variety. I’m a matchmaker of sorts, and I’ve created some royal workout combinations for you.  Behold, fair om gals and guys, compatible pairs of healthy activities, with my predictions for whether they can live happily ever after:

Running & Yoga: For me, this is the penultimate coupling.  One bounces and bops along, while the other stays steady and serene.  They’d do just fine on their own.  (Can you imagine Running needing anyone?).  But together, they’re a force of endorphins and oms to be reckoned with.

Runaway bride or going the distance? Lasting happiness, with enough simmering tension (they’re both so independent) to keep things interesting.

Yoga & Boxing: Hang around the yoga community long enough and you’re bound to sense its proclivity toward too much flakiness and femininity.  Offended?  Then, put down the healing crystals and get in the ring. OK, perhaps that was a bit harsh.  (After all, my crystals are resting in the soil of a houseplant right now, to cleanse their energy.  No joke). I kid because I know first-hand the dangers of drinking too much kumbaya yoga Kool-Aid: I’ve done it.  It’s one of the reasons I started this blog three years ago, to create an authentic place online to talk yoga shop without the “blissfully abundant goddess” routine.  Forgoing asanas in favor of ass-kicking might be just the dose of yang to balance all that yin.

How many rounds will it last? You know what they say: Opposites attract.

Golf & Meditation: Golf is a fickle game—maddening even.  The best golfers know this and accept it.  OG reader, friend, and professional golfer Andy Matthews once told me (of meditation), “It’s one area of a golfer’s game that can benefit [him/her] most, by letting go of what happened previously and focusing on the present shot.”

Linked for life? Meditation releases old baggage, essential for any successful long-term relationship.

Swimming & Cycling: Take the shredded upper body of a swimmer, pair it with the diesel legs of a cyclist and you have a Frankenstein of fitness.  Together, these two forms of exercise create a well-rounded training program for athletes of many levels, from aspiring triathletes to members of the U.S. Olympic swim team.  One gal pal who swam at the Olympics in China and currently trains in France reveals that her teammates often hit the road en velo to see the sights and stay in shape.  I’ve also found that swimming is a wonderful way to rehabilitate tight or tired hips, a pitfall of cycling.

Time to take the plunge? Try it, even if it’s just a summer fling.

Hoops & TRX: Hoops superstars like Carmelo Anthony and Chauncy Billups are smitten with TRX Suspension Training.  Developed by a Navy SEAL, this portable training tool is a favorite among cutting edge trainers, on-the-go types, and uber athletes who want to defy gravity.

Successful courtship? Don’t take my word for it, ask Melo.

Crossfit & Pilates: Some relationships are only skin deep, and I have to admit I fixed these two up for aesthetic reasons.  (Think: brawny high school quarterback and beautiful homecoming queen).  Crossfit is a killer workout with a cult-like following, which builds lean, mean muscles.  Pilates is a graceful complement to lengthen muscles, reducing the potential for too much bulk (especially for gals) and preventing injury.

King and queen of the fitness world? These two could form a strong bond that would be tough to break.

Readers: Do you have a favorite pair of workouts or wellness activities?  Please share.