I don’t typically share too much personal stuff online but I wanted to share this. This morning I woke up feeling off, just not myself. Not sure if it was anxiety, frustration or overwhelm or a combination of all three. At this point I decided to sit, relax and breathe. I allowed myself to feel all the feels.
I made myself a nice breakfast, I ate slowly and acknowledged all my senses. I gave myself some grace and about 2 hours later I moved my body in a restorative way. No crazy exercises just a gentle Pilates flow and it helped a lot.
There have been many studies showing that movement helps to improve moods. That saying movement heals definitely helped me today.
How has movement helped you?
I will share the flow in a few days on my You Tube channel so you will have it for when you are having one of those days.
They say how you start your day will determine the rest of your day. If you have the habit of immediately scrolling through social media or checking emails upon waking, try waiting 5 or 10 minutes before doing this. Use this time to take some deep breaths and perhaps mentally planning your day.
Here are a few things I do : 1. Hydrate with a tall glass water with lemons 2. I try to get at least 10 minutes of sunshine 3. A quick movement session, for example a mobility/ stretching session
or a 15-30 minute Pilates session.
4. Being gracious, acknowledging and appreciating what is going right and 5. Coffee 🙂 .
I keep working at it, some days I am able to do them all sometimes I am not, but I keep trying.
I do what I can. What are some of your morning rituals?
Whats holding you back? Is it doubt, fear, criticism? Sit with your thoughts/ feelings, figure it out . Grab a notebook and write, use this period for self discovery. Ask yourself the tough questions, re-discover yourself. Once you have accomplished this, release all the negativity, fear etc , let it go.
Believe in yourself , know you can accomplish anything you put your heart into. Yes, it will take hard work and planning and maybe some research depending on the circumstance, but just know you can do it. Yes, you can do it!
I don’t know who needs to hear this right now but I am hoping it resonates with you.
When it comes to our health and well being we each have the ability in ourselves to turn our health around. Forget about what happened yesterday, today is the day to take one step in the right direction for your health and well being. And I am not just talking about “health” pertaining to diet and exercise, but this also includes your mental health and emotional health as well as your association.
Take ownership of your health because no one can do it for you.
Have you been bombarded with emails or notifications to sign up for challenges to start the year off right? Or you have signed up for a few different ones and not sure where to start. This creates a lot of mental “noise”, being bombarded with so much all at once.
A tip to help sort this out, choose the one that resonates with you the most and commit to finishing that challenge. Save the rest and revisit those at a later date.
This year and the ones to come just show up for yourself consistently.
I always plan or write out my workouts for the week on a Sunday night. I have been doing this for many years now. This has kept me committed, accountable and focused. However, every once in a while I lack that the motivation to workout.
I am sharing this to let you know that yep we ( trainers) have those days as well. I completely understand the ” lack of motivation” or “the just not feeling it today” mood. I get it! I also know, that sometimes just pushing yourself a little (with in reason, obviously if you are sick then rest) and by committing to exercising for ten or thirty minutes that day your mind and body will thank you and, you will feel so much better.
These shorter sessions can be as simple as going for a walk or dancing in your living room. They don’t have to be anything fancy, the key is to move. Remember movement heals.
Let me know in the comments some of your tips to get your workout in when its “one of those days”.
Here is the scenario, you just started working out and eating right and enjoying your new fitness lifestyle or you have been working out and focused on healthy living for years and then BAM, you get injured either at the gym or you can just as easily get hurt running errands. Total bummer I know. So what do you do? Immediately, you turn to Dr. Google and start plugging in and describing your injury. Who knows the answers you will get.
I have been injured so I completely understand. I am sharing a few steps that I have taken that has helped me deal with and recover from an injury.
I use KT Tape to stabilize and support the injured area.
We all get sidetracked from our health and fitness goals from time to time, because life just happens. As a fitness professional, I have been there and completely understand. But instead of beating myself up over it, I have chosen to get back on track.
Here are a few tips that has helped me to refocus:
Figuring out what caused me to drift away from my wellness plan. Was it vacation, injury, sickness or lack of planning.
Planning my workouts for the week.
Just start. It does not have to be a super hard work out, it can be as simple as going for a walk outside.
Implementing good habits daily, and this often starts with a healthy and fulfilling morning routine. Having a morning ritual sets you up for the day.
Reading and researching topics on health and fitness.
Having positive thoughts and remembering this is self-care.
Never give up.
What has helped you to bounce back and get back on track? Share in the comments below.