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You’ve heard what they say: new year, new you. (*Secretly rolls eyes*) But if you’re anything like me and have already started 2017 with 12 too many Bagel Bites and conveniently forgetting that Saturdays count as a day you promised to exercise on, it’s soon more like new year, new whoops.
This year, rather than accepting this as just the way it goes, take some time to make sure you’re setting yourself up for success—and make it even easier to achieve those resolutions, all year long.
Feeling overwhelmed by the weight of your resolutions? Keep your goals short and simple to help them seem less daunting and more possible. Try making them all S.M.A.R.T (specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic and timely). For example, instead of broadly declaring I’m going to drink more water from now on, your new and improved S.M.A.R.T. goal would be I’m going to drink 2 glasses of water every day this month. You’re still drinking more water like you wanted, but now you have something tangible to track and will know for certain if you’ve achieved it.
One of the best ways to stay on top of your goals is to keep them at the forefront of your mind. If you don’t think about them constantly, they’re going to slip and become less of a priority in your head. Whether it’s notes in your planner, words of encouragement on your mirrors, sticky notes at your desk or in your car—keep the reminders coming. The more you see each goal, the less likely you’ll be to “accidentally” forget or talk yourself out of it that day.
Another way to avoid talking yourself out of your goals is by scheduling a specific time you’re going to do something. When it comes to plans, I’m the least committal person you’ll ever meet. So when I do sign up for something, I know I’m going to show up. Use your schedule to your advantage—plan out exactly when you’re going to get that workout or yoga class in, so it becomes more of a reality in your routine. (We know of a great app that can help you book classes and appointments ahead of time…just saying.)
Going after your goals at the beginning of the year is always fun—you have momentum from the excitement of the new year ahead and are stoked to hustle hard to achieving them. Now fast-forward six months in. You’re starting to fall behind on those goals and the hype is fading. Sounds like it’s time to switch it up a bit. Let’s say your goal is to exercise more throughout the week. Maybe one month you try a bootcamp, then the next it’s Spin® classes, then the next is aerial yoga. Or maybe you like mixing it up throughout the week by doing something different every day. Changing your routine keeps it fresh and exciting, and prevents burnout and boredom. Not sure where to start? Search the MINDBODY app for iOS and Android to find something new to try near you.
Your friends, family and coworkers are a great way to stay motivated to stick with your resolutions. Invite someone to your weekly workout or class. You can even let them in on your overarching goal—they’ll probably be willing to do it with you, too. Not only will it be more fun to have someone on the journey with you, but it also holds you accountable and makes you feel bad for bailing (nothing like a little guilt to keep you on track, right?). The MINDBODY app even makes it easy to share your favorite businesses, classes and appointments through text messages and social media. You are officially out of excuses.
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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