Meditation is so important to give your mind the break it needs from processing negative thoughts (check out my pages for ideas to help every temperament) and allowing new good feeling thoughts to come in.
After just 3 weeks of this, the gut, mind and body will start to balance, and the soul can begin to creep in to your experience with inspired action you can take to feel even better.
The important aspects to consider, always, is finding things you love to do and doing them at a time and place which will inspire you. Don’t set your goals according to anyone else’s. Only you know you best, remove all expectations and simply find things to enjoy.
Remember, if you need help, that is what I am here for. I offer online coaching on exercise practices which will be perfect for your temperament, lifestyle, budget and desires. I have even been happy to take people through a routine right in their own homes to show them how to find fun ways to move without having to leave the house or spend a cent.
All sessions begin with an online assessment then a skype session where you walk away with your own personal assessment and strategy for exercising.
Here are my top tips for you to put together your own plan.
What do you love? :
Getting to know yourself is critical in this exercise (pun intended). If you’re struggling with feelings associated with depression and hopelessness, then trying to push yourself into fast, vigorous exercise is never going to get you out of bed. But you might be enticed into deep, slow breathing (like yin yoga) which will get you to connect to your body and calm the mind. Similarly, if you experience anxiety related symptoms then doing slow, calm movements may only exacerbate these feelings because it allows more time to think. Therefore, more vigorous workouts will help to shake out all that high-intensity energy already circulating and distract your mind from thinking, resulting in a calmer body and mind post-workout.
Now, that still doesn’t mean you need to sign up for cross-fit. Vigorous for you may mean a fast walk, or boot camp style exercises using objects in your house like dips off the side of your coffee table. Another important factor is whether you most enjoy training with others or rather in the seclusion of your home.
Once you know what you love you will find it easier to come up with ways to do it, and here are some of my fav workout ideas…
YouTube-free personal training in your home:
This is number one on my list for good reason… Whatever you feel like doing you will find here…dance, flat tummy, six pack, core abs, cardio, stretch, fat blasting, muscle building, toning, Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi. If you can think of it, you can find it. So, start by putting in the search field the name of the activity you want along with the amount of time you’re willing to do and hey presto you will find options perfect for your mood and timeframe.
Search items to consider; activity, time, difficulty, equipment or no equipment
As an example; full body workout 30 minutes beginners no equipment
Some of my personal favourite trainers are; Tracey Anderson (cardio and long lean muscle tone), Sean Vigue (full body fabulousness with stretching, easy to hard), Five parks yoga (all types from beginners to advance), Yin yoga (restorative practice), GymRa (full body workouts, muscle and cardio).
Blast that music:
You will condition yourself to feel good and want to exercise when you hear motivating music. Your brain will start to associate those awesome tracks with feeling good so all you’d need to do is play the tune and you’ll want to workout.
I do this ALL the time. When I don’t feel like I’m “in the mood”, I’ll tell myself that I’m literally going to do 10 minutes of heart pumping or just 15 minutes of stretching. From time to time that’s all I do, and I’m happy with that because I’m doing it purely to feel good. But more often than not, I start to feel so good moving that I chose to go longer!
Think outside the box:
You don’t need to do traditional exercise. Why not take up something you’ve always fancied doing. Ever wanted to horse ride, ballroom dance, take up martial arts… There’s millions of ways to move PLUS you’d be ticking a bucket list item. A guaranteed happiness inducer 😉
Clean the house:
Isn’t it amazing what a mood booster cleaning is! And usually if you do it at speed it does work up a bit of a sweat. This may be enough for you or it may be just what you needed to warm up, then head straight into a 20-minute session, and you’re done, PLUS you get to look around afterwards with satisfaction. Cranking the music is a great way to get your juices flowing.
Buy a membership:
This used to be my all-time favourite because going to the gym meant I didn’t have to think, just turn up and have someone else push and motivate me to awesome tunes. Of course, buying a membership is a motivator because you don’t want to pay for something and not use it.
Saying that my hairdresser used this tactic for a completely different reason!!
She said that when she paid for a membership, she would feel like she didn’t want to waste the money but would end up finding other ways to move so that she didn’t have to go to the gym. She would often end up on the golf course doing 18 rounds just so she didn’t have to do a gym workout.
Whatever works right!!!!
Start up your own class:
Since having kids and being a single mum with a business, going to the gym became a nuisance as I would lose precious time getting there. So instead I have a group of friends who join me once or twice a week, and we do our workout together at home. It’s a great way to get you motivated because you can buoy each other on while finding cool, exciting exercises you all feel like doing.
I will say it again and again and again. The reason for exercising should be focussed upon feeling good. Let go of the need to look great for the start because that is a hard condition to live up to in the early stages, and one little low self-image day can throw you right back on to the couch with potato chips. Make it all about feeling great, and you will never be let down because as you continuously look for ways to move that leave you feeling wonderful, you can never go wrong.