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As 2017 fades into the rearview mirror, I once again find myself staring at a proverbial blank slate—OK, a Google doc—with that recurring, possibly life-changing question: “What do I hope to accomplish in this new year?” Of course, I want to workout more. Eat less sugar. Be more patient (I’m a Leo, so that can be hard). But what about trying something totally new? What about the little things?
Maybe it’s time to rethink this whole resolution idea.
This year, I’ve established six “resolutions” based on continual positive empowerment and self-improvement. Goals that bring me back to basics. Actionable items that challenge my physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Things that encourage me to try—and stick—to something new. Hopefully, my list (and tips) will inspire you to reevaluate your goals and achieve new ones. Are you ready to join me?
A thank you text is great. But in 2018, I am breaking out the pens, paper, and getting back to snail mail. The power of gratitude is proven to be good for the soul—and it’s almost guaranteed a thank you note will make someone's day. If Jimmy Fallon can do it, so can I.
My Tips to Succeed: Plan ahead and buy a pack (or two) of colorful thank you cards. Keep blank cards + stamps at home and work so you can write one quickly when the time is right.
It's time to put my mind where (hopefully) my muscles are as I get ready to focus on flying high. Aerial silks and hoops, anyone? Not only can I work my way up into the air with this great full-body workout, it also makes for some pretty awesome Insta-worthy images.
My Tips to Succeed: Make it your new happy hour! Recruit friends who will commit to trying aerial, so you can hold each other accountable. Use the MINDBODY app on iOS or Android to discover aerial studios and book classes in your area.
Do you find yourself snuggled into bed scrolling through social media and answering emails? I do. Way too much. And I wonder why I can’t sleep well. It’s time for me break the bedtime cell phone addiction. Ignoring my cell is not always easy, but I’m committing to unplugging at least one hour before bed.
My Tips to Succeed: There are many ways to fall asleep faster, but one of the most important has to do with putting down the phone. Don’t get under the covers until you are ready to commit to shut-eye (and that means not answering work messages). Also, if you charge your phone in your bedroom, plug it in out of arm's reach.
This fermented gut-healthy drink continues to be all the rage, and with kombucha becoming even more popular and craftier in 2018, my ‘booch’ budget is going to make me broke. With many easy-to-follow tutorials on the internet, I am prepared to become a kombucha brewer (warning, there might be some trial and error stories to follow!).
My Tips to Succeed: Save your glass bottles from your previous kombucha purchases and use them for your homemade concoctions. Also, experiment with different flavors and recipes—I’m currently all about the tropical taste of pineapple during these chilly winter months.
Yogis unite! This year I will l use my musical festival funds and put them towards a weekend of Zen—by myself. No social media. No texting. No distractions. I want to detach and be inspired by the energy of those around me. Plus, festivals like Wanderlust and Camp Yoga take place in numerous locations so one might be just a short drive or flight away! Organizers make you feel super welcome, no matter if you’re a newbie to the mat (like me!) or a seasoned vet.
My Tips to Succeed: Book sooner than later! Sometimes there are ticket price breaks for early booking. If your finances allow, travel to a festival location far from home and spend an extra day before or after the festival exploring the area—that's my plan!
If you’re like me, I tend to use my time off at work to go-go-go on vacation. In 2018, I’m saving some time for a “mental health day.” More and more employers are encouraging employees to take mental health days, and I think it’s a great idea. Find time to unplug—and get some fresh air!
My Tips to Succeed: Plan ahead when it comes to your workload so you can ensure your mental health day is all about YOU. And if you’re comfortable, let your coworkers know your intentions. Make sure you are taking your mental health day for the right reasons, though (not because you stayed out too late last night).
Ah, 2020—the year that truly put our sanity to the test. On top of that, something that most people use to navigate through a tough time has essentially been stripped away from us—our normal workout routines. I don’t know about you, but even skipping a week at the gym can send me into a tailspin. But several months of sheltering in place and being forced to adapt to this new normal?
That’s a different story.
While I think we can all say we’re grateful that fitness studios were quick to offer virtual classes when COVID-19 hit—there is something about constantly working out by ourselves that may trigger some of us to hit pause on our workout routines and start turning towards less robust habits. *Reluctantly raises hand*
The other day I came across a stat that really set off some alarms. According to a recent study, Americans are spending an additional two hours each day on their couch since March 2020. As of recently, I can say I’m totally guilty of a little too much R&R. While an evening of Netflix and wine once sounded like heaven on earth for most of us, I think it’s safe to say the repetition of this is starting to get kind of old. Also, Schitt’s Creek is over now, so I really don’t have any excuse to not dedicate my free time to jumping back into my at-home workouts.
I started pondering what made dial back my fitness routine in the first place? Was it a lack of motivation? No, not really. Screen fatigue? I think my Netflix history outlined above would tell you that’s a solid ‘no.’ Then it hit me—the thing that motivated me to stay on top of my fitness goals was being around other people with the same goals. Pre-COVID, going to my favorite spin studio and the local yoga hot spot was how I typically spent my social hour during the workweek. I realized the best way to amp up my at-home workout routine was to re-connect with my workout buddies and start doing virtual classes together to create that sense of community I craved.
If you’re also experiencing some form of live stream lull when it comes to your workouts, then getting a virtual workout buddy may be exactly what you need. Here’s why:
Just like in-person workouts, making plans to sweat it out with one of your friends motivates you to show up and be your best self. According to the Mindbody Wellness Index, 25% of the folks we surveyed said they found it difficult to hold themselves accountable to their workout goals on their own—and an additional 20% of people said a lack of support was responsible for missed workouts.
Everybody enjoys a little friendly competition, right? Maybe you have a friend who is a powerhouse at virtual HIIT—try signing up for a class with them to help you take your workout to a whole new level.
Getting a workout sesh in with a friend is the perfect time to try a new exercise such as virtual yoga or virtual barre. Trying something new can be scary—I get it. But by trying a new type of exercise with a friend, you can both give each other a confidence boost by acting as each other’s personal hype man.
Look, we’re all craving human interaction these days—and I know I’m not the only one who is missing weekly happy hours with friends. Luckily, fitness studios are getting creative with their virtual offerings post-workout, too! When we asked members of our MindbodyOne Community how they are keeping things interesting for their students in the virtual space, they said they are hosting monthly virtual wine dates to share fitness stories and personal victories. Not only do you get to drink wine, but you and your buddy get to meet other like-minded people at the same time.
As 2020 winds down (thank goodness), you have a unique opportunity to reconnect with your friends and take your workout sessions to the next level with a virtual workout buddy. So, why not start now? Book a virtual fitness class and encourage your friends to show up for you and themselves today.