One of the most important lessons I have learned in life is to always listen to your body. What does this mean?
In life; especially the society we are in today, there is constant pressure to look and act a certain way. I believe everyone feels this in some shape or form. I urge everyone to take a step back and think about what pressures you feel and most importantly why. Most of the time, the “why” is superficial and adjusting some of your actions might be a great way to relieve stress.
Listening to your body is the most honest and easiest way to step back and really feel your best. Below are the four easiest ways to start listening to your body:
1. Move your body in a way that you LOVE
Don’t wake up everyday dreading your workout. Find a class or a routine that really motivates you. This might require adjusting your idea of a “good workout.” Not all workouts have to be cardio driven or intense. Try out a yoga or barre class or get creative and try a dance or boxing class.
2. Eat until you are 75% full
Most of us are guilty of over eating. We have this “clean plate” mentality; but really leftovers are also great to have! The best advice is to eat slower, really chew each bite and appreciate the flavors. Eating slower will allow your mind to catch up to your body sending you signals of becoming full.
3. Do not be afraid to REST
We are all human and rest days are SO important. When you are run down and over tired take a day off from exercising! Your body needs time to relax and allow the muscles to heal – take the morning to sleep in or the afternoon to spend time with friends and family instead.
4. Take away the pressure
Live the 90/10 rule or even the 80/20 rule; we can’t all be perfect all the time. Strive towards healthy eating and living habits 80-90% of the time and then allow yourself to enjoy WITHOUT guilt the wine and pizza 10-20% of the time. Life is all about happiness and enjoying the moment so don’t let your “rules” get in the way of having some fun!
Why I am Still in LOVE with PureBarre
It has been about 16 months since I first started taking Pure Barre;350 classes later, somehow I am in still in love with it. I had to stop and think what about Pure Barre really keeps me interested and motivated enough to get up every morning and attend. Here is what I came up with:
- The confidence and pure happiness you have after making it through all three thigh sprints (shaking so much it is hard to balance).
- This workout is just as straining mentally as it is physically. Once you realize that the burn and shake won’t physically stop you; you learn how to push through each challenge in a different way.
- The 60 minutes ALWAYS seem to fly by every time and each class is completely different; I never feel bored or unmotivated.
- I love that the class is gentle on your body and is the perfect complement to my other cardio activities. PureBarre really tones you and the results are awesome. The strength I have gained through PureBarre only makes it easier when I go for a run or attend a spin class.
- PureBarre never gets easier and it becomes a total addiction. As you take more classes, you learn how to perfect the technique, and as you perfect the technique, the ways you discover to push yourself further are incredible.
- The Instructors are dedicated and motivating. They are truly an amazing support system in the studio as well as outside of the studio. As you create deeper connections with them, they learn your limits and begin to push you (sometimes physically push you) to pass them. This only motivates me more and keeps “raising the barre” higher!
- I love that PureBarre forces you mentally shut out everything going on in your life for the 60 minutes. You have to be so focused on your technique and breathing, so it forces you to let go of all your stresses. There is an incredible mind-body connection that occurs and makes me feel much more at ease and energized for the day after class.
Ever heard of Vitamin L? Probably not, but you should be getting a daily dose of it.
Vitamin L stands for Vitamin “Love.” Sound corny? It really isn’t. Love doesn’t refer just to relationships with your significant others and spouses it represents so much more than that. There are lots of types of love and ways to feel love. Serious health studies show that a lack in Vitamin L leads to deficiencies in your overall health and well-being. A lack of love is what can and most of the time lead you to make those unhealthy choices.
Here are a few ways to get your daily does of vitamin L:
- Self-love (Most Important) = loving yourself unconditionally! Rid yourself from any negative comments about your physical or emotional state. Embrace the positives and focus your energy around the good in your life.
- Love for Family & Friends = reach out to your family and friends and let them know how much you mean to them…more often! Set up some quality time with a family or friend you haven’t seen in a while.
- Love in a Relationship = slow down and spend a night with your significant other that has no distractions. Go out to eat without your cell phones or stay in and turn of the TV. Plan a date that is fun for both of you and allows you to unwind from your stressful week.
- Feeling of Love = you get a feeling of love when you do things you love. Make your favorite food, go take your favorite yoga class to unwind, take a long walk in the sunshine, or simply take a nap. All these things tie back to self-love and self-care which make you feel more energized and happy.
Vitamin L is the easiest (and cheapest) supplement you can take each day. Make a point to do something you love every day; maybe even write it down or take a picture. Sometimes you are so busy you really forget to do something so little but SO valuable.