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Published Friday Oct 25, 2019 by Lydia Cardona

5 Ways to Stay Motivated After the Clocks Go Back

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According to research from our MINDBODY UK team, over half (55%) of those who exercise frequently say they are least motivated to exercise during Autumn.
 
Leading UK Sports Performance Mind Coach Nick Davies explains:

"Winter is that time of year where temperatures get a lot colder, and we get a lot less sunshine. This can lead to low mood in some people, and a desire to curl up in the warmth of our own homes, meaning the likelihood of going to the gym is a lot less than in warmer months.”

 
With these figures in mind, here are five simple tips to help beat the seasonal slump this year and keep you on track to meet your health and wellness-related goals.
The perfect playlist

Whether you’re struggling to find the motivation to hit your fitness goals, or you need a little energy boost mid-cardio, the right music could be the missing ingredient in your workout.
 
Professor Andy Lane, Sports Psychologist at The University of Wolverhampton, explains:

“Music is excellent for motivation and can definitely help with endurance during exercise. Listening to music can enhance your mood and help divert your attention away from feeling tired or bored, which can often arise through the repetitiveness of certain exercises.”
 
Our MINDBODY UK team recently curated a Spotify playlist in collaboration with leading studios, full of songs that are most likely to increase motivation during a workout:
 

 

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The perfect playlist

Whether you’re struggling to find the motivation to hit your fitness goals, or you need a little energy boost mid-cardio, the right music could be the missing ingredient in your workout.
 
Professor Andy Lane, Sports Psychologist at The University of Wolverhampton, explains:

“Music is excellent for motivation and can definitely help with endurance during exercise. Listening to music can enhance your mood and help divert your attention away from feeling tired or bored, which can often arise through the repetitiveness of certain exercises.”
 
Our MINDBODY UK team recently curated a Spotify playlist in collaboration with leading studios, full of songs that are most likely to increase motivation during a workout:
 

 

Workout with a friend

Having someone alongside you during a tough workout can go a long way when it comes to motivation. In fact, over a third (34%)3 of gym-goers believe having a partner to workout with increases their motivation and makes them work harder. One in four (24%) even said it improves the effectiveness of their workout.
 
Moreover, having a workout buddy also holds you accountable for your workouts. After all, you can’t cancel last minute because someone else is relying on you to turn up!

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Workout with a friend

Having someone alongside you during a tough workout can go a long way when it comes to motivation. In fact, over a third (34%)3 of gym-goers believe having a partner to workout with increases their motivation and makes them work harder. One in four (24%) even said it improves the effectiveness of their workout.
 
Moreover, having a workout buddy also holds you accountable for your workouts. After all, you can’t cancel last minute because someone else is relying on you to turn up!

Tune your alarm

That early morning alarm is probably up there with the worst sound in the world. But, what if your morning alarm actually made you excited for the day ahead?
 
Change the boring, painful tune you’re familiar with to something you love. Maybe it’s your favourite song, or music that makes you feel energised. By doing so, you'll wake up with a spring in your step and ready to fit in that early morning workout!

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Tune your alarm

That early morning alarm is probably up there with the worst sound in the world. But, what if your morning alarm actually made you excited for the day ahead?
 
Change the boring, painful tune you’re familiar with to something you love. Maybe it’s your favourite song, or music that makes you feel energised. By doing so, you'll wake up with a spring in your step and ready to fit in that early morning workout!

Try a new class

From Pilates to barre, HIIT, bootcamp, and cycling – whatever your fitness goals may be, there’s a class just for you.
 
Not only do most classes take place indoors (so you’ll stay nice and warm), but they are also great for your motivation. Working out alongside other class participants with an encouraging instructor guiding you through the routine will help ensure you’re always hitting your personal best.

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Try a new class

From Pilates to barre, HIIT, bootcamp, and cycling – whatever your fitness goals may be, there’s a class just for you.
 
Not only do most classes take place indoors (so you’ll stay nice and warm), but they are also great for your motivation. Working out alongside other class participants with an encouraging instructor guiding you through the routine will help ensure you’re always hitting your personal best.

Recover

If you’re struggling to find the motivation to work out, then don’t. Instead, focus your attention on rest and recovery, which has a whole host of benefits ranging from injury prevention, to minimising fatigue, and reducing stress.
 
Rest and recovery don’t necessarily mean staying at home doing nothing. According to our latest stats, the recovery trends, and treatments growing in popularity this year include:

- Cryotherapy
- Water Therapy

- Sports Massage

- Recovery through Nutrition

- Restorative/Yin Yoga



Commenting on the research, a MINDBODY spokesperson, says:

“Everyone struggles with their motivation at this time of year, and although it can be difficult, it’s important to remember why you’re on the health/fitness journey, and the goals you want to achieve.
 
“If you miss a workout, don’t worry, you’re only human! However, take these motivational tips into consideration and start again the following day.”
  

Need more motivation? Download the MINDBODY app or search for your favourite workouts on MINDBODY.io


 
Sources:
 
1) Survey of 2,000 UK adults and analysis of 70,000 businesses for MINDBODY 2018 Insights Report
2) Songs in the playlist selected by the following MINDBODY studios:
 
- Form Studios
- Level Six
- Grow Fitness
- Oncore London
- SW3AT
- BURNR
- CYC:D
 
3) Survey of 2,000 UK adults conducted by TLF in July 2018
  
 
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Recover

If you’re struggling to find the motivation to work out, then don’t. Instead, focus your attention on rest and recovery, which has a whole host of benefits ranging from injury prevention, to minimising fatigue, and reducing stress.
 
Rest and recovery don’t necessarily mean staying at home doing nothing. According to our latest stats, the recovery trends, and treatments growing in popularity this year include:

- Cryotherapy
- Water Therapy

- Sports Massage

- Recovery through Nutrition

- Restorative/Yin Yoga



Commenting on the research, a MINDBODY spokesperson, says:

“Everyone struggles with their motivation at this time of year, and although it can be difficult, it’s important to remember why you’re on the health/fitness journey, and the goals you want to achieve.
 
“If you miss a workout, don’t worry, you’re only human! However, take these motivational tips into consideration and start again the following day.”
  

Need more motivation? Download the MINDBODY app or search for your favourite workouts on MINDBODY.io


 
Sources:
 
1) Survey of 2,000 UK adults and analysis of 70,000 businesses for MINDBODY 2018 Insights Report
2) Songs in the playlist selected by the following MINDBODY studios:
 
- Form Studios
- Level Six
- Grow Fitness
- Oncore London
- SW3AT
- BURNR
- CYC:D
 
3) Survey of 2,000 UK adults conducted by TLF in July 2018
  
 
Lydia Cardona
Written by
Lydia Cardona
PR and Content Specialist, EMEA Marketing
About the author
A self-confessed exercise and sports junkie, Lydia made the transition from fashion to wellness, handling media relations in the U.K. In her spare time, you'll most likely find her hitting up a MINDBODY studio, shopping for houseplants, or walking the family Pomchi.
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Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

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For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.