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Fitness
Published Tuesday Dec 26, 2017 by Brittany Raine

6 Ways To Bust Out of That Winter Workout Rut

Motivation
Personal Growth

As the mercury drops, it can be easy to fall into a workout slump.

Whether you’re a creature of habit when it comes to your fitness routine or the winter weather has your goals frozen in time—there’s always room for some extra motivation. Fight the seasonal workout blues with these six tips to step up your fitness routine!

Use the buddy system.

If motivation is failing you, find an accountability buddy—a colleague, friend or relative—to work out with. Having a workout partner works wonders for staying committed and can make trying new classes more fun. Look for a partner with similar goals who can count on.

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Use the buddy system.

If motivation is failing you, find an accountability buddy—a colleague, friend or relative—to work out with. Having a workout partner works wonders for staying committed and can make trying new classes more fun. Look for a partner with similar goals who can count on.

Step outside your comfort zone.

Explore new classes and studios in your area using the MINDBODY app. Sometimes all it takes to get re-inspired is adding something new to your routine. Plus, if you’re in the market for a workout buddy, you might just find one at that studio you’ve been meaning to check out for months.

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Step outside your comfort zone.

Explore new classes and studios in your area using the MINDBODY app. Sometimes all it takes to get re-inspired is adding something new to your routine. Plus, if you’re in the market for a workout buddy, you might just find one at that studio you’ve been meaning to check out for months.

Netflix© and sweat.

Just discovered your next binge-worthy series? Instead of planting your booty on the couch, workout while you watch. Whether you’re doing planks in your living room or running on the treadmill at the gym, watching a show will help pass the time with entertainment.

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Netflix© and sweat.

Just discovered your next binge-worthy series? Instead of planting your booty on the couch, workout while you watch. Whether you’re doing planks in your living room or running on the treadmill at the gym, watching a show will help pass the time with entertainment.

Refresh your workout wardrobe.

Some people call it retail therapy; others call it motivation. Whichever way you spin it, new workout gear can actually motivate you to stick to (or get back to) your fitness regimen. After all, that $100 pair of sweat-wicking leggings won’t do any good in your dresser drawer.

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Refresh your workout wardrobe.

Some people call it retail therapy; others call it motivation. Whichever way you spin it, new workout gear can actually motivate you to stick to (or get back to) your fitness regimen. After all, that $100 pair of sweat-wicking leggings won’t do any good in your dresser drawer.

Create a #MondayMantra.

Words have serious sway. In fact, positive words trigger positive subconscious responses in the brain. So why not tap into social media for motivational workout quotes? Get involved with like-minded communities online by looking for common hashtags, such as #MondayMantra. Participating and sharing motivation online is another great way to maintain accountability.

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Create a #MondayMantra.

Words have serious sway. In fact, positive words trigger positive subconscious responses in the brain. So why not tap into social media for motivational workout quotes? Get involved with like-minded communities online by looking for common hashtags, such as #MondayMantra. Participating and sharing motivation online is another great way to maintain accountability.

Get organized.

Routine requires organization. Get organized and start building new habits each day. For example, if your goal is to work out more often, get in the habit of booking classes a few days in advance. If you know you need to work out in the morning, get your gear ready the night before so you can roll out of bed and go—no excuses. Alternatively, if you work out during the day, set calendar reminders for yourself so you don’t forget.


Not sure which motivation strategies work for you? Try any variety of these tactics until you find the perfect match.

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Get organized.

Routine requires organization. Get organized and start building new habits each day. For example, if your goal is to work out more often, get in the habit of booking classes a few days in advance. If you know you need to work out in the morning, get your gear ready the night before so you can roll out of bed and go—no excuses. Alternatively, if you work out during the day, set calendar reminders for yourself so you don’t forget.


Not sure which motivation strategies work for you? Try any variety of these tactics until you find the perfect match.

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
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Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar