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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.
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

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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