As a spinning instructor and meditator, I’m often asked how I reconcile the two. After all, meditation is all about stillness and silence, and if you’ve been to my spinning class, you know it’s all about moving and pushing yourself past your boundaries. Meditation is peaceful and exercise is…not.
Whether you have a specific fitness goal or are just trying to stay healthy, exercising regularly is an integral part of any healthy lifestyle. Experts recommend working out 45 minutes to an hour a day (30 minutes for beginners) for weight loss and fitness. The best way to do this is to make exercise a part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth. If you’re like most people and find it hard to motivate yourself to get to the gym, find a class that sounds fun or enlist a family member or friend as a workout buddy. Finding that external support not only makes it more fun, but creates a sense of accountability that really works!
When I first started working out in my teens, I had a theory that working out may make you a better person. After all, I just felt nicer and more open after a good workout. Any frustration, stress, or anger I was experiencing usually was dissipated after I had a good sweat. Understandably, the few people I told about this theory questioned my sanity. How could something as mundane and superficial as exercising make you a better person?
It’s summer, and we’re getting ready to step into our bikini bodies and have fun doing it. No one wants to do a workout they don’t enjoy, right? It’s been proven that by doing exercise you enjoy, you will be more inclined to stick to it to achieve your own personal goals, and we couldn’t agree more. Summertime opens the door to so many more exercise opportunities, and we can’t wait to dive into all of them! Keep in mind that temperatures are hotter in the summer, so be sure to stay hydrated and replenish your muscles with nutrients (e.g. potassium) after your workout.
Whether you’re the occasional exerciser or a die-hard gym bunny, we all have those days, months or times in our lives when we just don’t feel like getting our butts to the gym or venturing outside to workout. Maybe our lives have gotten super hectic, or maybe the change in the weather makes us a little more tired and the couch seem a little more welcoming. Either way, getting ourselves to our workout and then pushing ourselves during the workout can both be challenging at times, even to the most seasoned exerciser. As a spinning instructor and former gym bunny, I know from personal experience that EVERYONE can use a little extra motivation sometimes. So here are some tips to get yourself motivated and keep yourself moving!