By Corinne Wainer (Founder), Ed.M., CPT, E-RYT, YACEP, KRI | LinkedIn
"Too down” to move your bod? Whether it’s a certain event getting to you, the change in seasons, seasonal depression, or another form of depression, it’s understandably harder to motivate when we don’t even feel like getting up. The 5 tips below may inspire you to stay fit through hard times (especially tip #3 which may also inspire you to recommend THE SHAKTIBARRE APP® to a friend)!
1. Acknowledge how you feel as a movement in itself: Journaling/crying/yelling/laughing/
listening to music are all wonderful ways to commune w/ your feelings. If this is about as far as you can go on a given day (been there!) then transitioning these activities into dancing around your room sounds. The National Institute of Health (NIH) recommends 30-45 minutes a day of cardio...so if not for the full 30 minutes, try 15 minutes in the AM + PM.
2. An "I did something" mindset: Our society glorifies working out a lottt as something to celebrate, and so you may feel down at the thought of “only somewhat working out.” When we have low thoughts, of course you'll make them lower by judging them. Instead, shift your mindset from “I didn’t do enough” to “I DID SOMETHING.” And, tell someone what you did! Proclaim to your notebook, best friend, the stars, your favorite animal that you did a little bit and feel a big way about it.
3. Accountability accountability accountability: motivate by asking a friend to join you or check in with you each day. The University of Aberdeen reports how, “finding a new exercise companion increases the amount of exercise people took and is increased even more when the new partner is emotionally supportive.”
4. What are your barre goals? Get really get clear about what your goals for a barre practice or routine are. Many are tirelessly aiming toward an unattainable goal or one that is possible but in all the wrong ways. Consider a reasonable plan that takes into account where you’re at now and mindfully progresses from there.
5. Patience, dear one: Last but never least, take your sensations of downness seriously and take your time. Instead of trying to self-medicate via exercise only, consider therapy, a healing retreat, or taking a long look at how anything you consume may influence how you’re doing, too.
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