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Halloween is right around the corner and we all know what that means: sweets. Although treats might be tempting, this season doesn’t have to be all about inducing yourself into a sugar coma. Here’s some handy advice on how to have a healthy Halloween and fit in some fun with your workout, too!
Beware of *terrifying* workouts, as some of your favourite studios put a spooky spin on their regular classes. At FORM in Chelsea, you can expect Halloween specials, such as Haunted HIIT, Monster METcore, Trick or Treat TRX and Pumpkin & PURE, all the while listening to some skin-crawling classics. At Ebb&Flow in Farnham, sign up for Glow in the Dark, part of the studio’s Friday night series, to enjoy a pumpkin-lit vinyasa class to themed music. You’ll be illuminated by UV lights and, to make things extra spectacular, there will be a DIY neon face paint station for people who want to literally flow in the dark.
Ever tried jumping lunges dressed as a superhero or burpees in a catsuit? Didn’t think so! Add some fun to your fitness by dressing the part and encouraging your classmates to do the same. The unfamiliar kit might even change your mindset, as you take on the strengths of a fictional character—think Thor’s hammer throw and Cat Woman’s flexibility. Be on the lookout for studios and classes on the MINDBODY app that are embracing the Halloween theme, such as The Foundry’s ‘Scary Strongman’ (as if CrossFit® wasn’t scary enough!).
Sync up your MINDBODY app to Strava and enjoy a run in the dark! Map a route that will take you down a popular street for trick or treating to keep it interesting, but don’t forget to wear reflective gear so you stay visible (we love lululemon’s tight stuff tights with discreet reflective details). If running isn’t your thing, get in the saddle at CYC:D where you’ll be treated to a high-energy evening spin class to the beat of some spine-tingling tunes (and if you’re lucky, a pumpkin protein shake afterwards to refuel!)
If you’re squeezing in a solo sweat session, then add these classics to your playlist to get you in the mood:
1. Monster Mash – Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett
2. Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
3. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
4. Beautiful Monster - NEYO
5. Thriller – Michael Jackson
6. I Put A Spell on You (from Hocus Pocus) – Freak on a Leash
7. Black Cat – Janet Jackson
8. Disturbia – Rihanna
9. Déjà vu – Beyonce
10. Evil Woman – Mike Posner
If you fancy catching a scary film while working up a sweat, then check out Pedal Powered horror at Courage Yard Cinema in Bermondsey. Viewers are encouraged to hop on one of 12 bikes and use their pedalling to power the cinema throughout the screening!
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.