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We are about to reach our prime here in the city. It is the most coveted time of the year—where Bostonians embrace the warm temperatures, sunshine, and longest days of the seasons. I truly believe this serves as the perfect time of the year to get fit. So, take a moment to set (or re-set) those fitness goals, block off some time on your calendar, and get moving!
Fortunately, living in Boston or the greater-Boston area provides excellent resources for you to get in a great workout. I use the MINDBODY app to add variety to my workout schedule and search for local group fitness classes. What I love most about the app is that it has a built-in filter that allows you to search for classes within a certain distance from your home and lists both last minute and introductory offers at a discount. If you have not downloaded the MINDBODY app, I highly recommend you do. The app is also super helpful because lots of fitness fanatics (like me) leave reviews. You can read the reviews and decide whether the fitness class is the “perfect fit” for you.
Taking group fitness classes is so rewarding. I just love being able to work out and sweat with a community of strong athletes of all levels who embrace the importance of living a healthy and fit lifestyle. Also, I have met some of the most inspirational people and found a wonderful support system through group fitness!
It is the people in these classes who hold you accountable and the positive atmosphere that makes you want to come back for more.
I must admit though, sometimes instead of classes; I do like to run outside and have alone time to myself. Did you know that according to Runners World, Boston was named the third best running city in America? If you would rather run, walk or bike on your own, I highly recommend:
There is nothing like being able to enjoy the great outdoors, while sightseeing and getting in an exciting workout.
So, there you have it—Boston provides a wealth of resources and places for you to be able to get fit. Start with one class, add another, and in a matter of time, you’ll be hooked on fitness. Lastly, do not forget: each of us is on our own fitness journey. Do not compare yourself to others. Your age, size, shape, and weight does not matter. Just do you. Walk confidently into the fitness room, do your thing, and remember to enjoy the experience!
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.