I don’t know about you, but the extra hour of sunlight has put some serious pep in my step. The itch to clear out the clutter and make way for a healthier start to the season is REAL. Revamping your daily routine actually isn’t that hard when broken into smaller, more meaningful, bites. Let’s get started…
If it does not spark joy, throw it away! Nowhere is this truer than your workout wardrobe. The sports bra that squeezes the spot you hate, the leggings that have an uncomfortable waistband, the tank top you got… for free. If you’re not comfortable and confident in the workout clothes you’re wearing that does not set you up for a successful workout – especially when you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror!
Spark the joy in your workouts, and wear only the items you love, that make you feel strong, sexy, and inspire you to get your fine ass to a good class.
During the winter, our bodies tend to move slower, but as the weather shifts, so does my fitness craving – I want happier, more uplifting workouts!
“Dancing stimulates us physically and emotionally while there are also cognitive and social elements to it,” dance psychologist Dr Peter Lovatt of the University of Hertfordshire told the Daily Telegraph.“You get a much bigger release of endorphins when you dance than during other forms of exercise; it also connects with the emotional centres in the brain.”
For many people, dancing prompts an emotional release – I always tell my class to get rid of their pent up emotional “stuff” on the dance floor. It’s absolutely cathartic.
The sun is shining longer, the temperature is rising, and our natural urge is to spend more time outside – the good news is that psychologists and health researchers are finding more science-backed reasons we should follow our instincts. Not only does it have serious de-stressing effects, but it has also been shown to reduce inflammation, eliminate fatigue, combat anxiety and depression, lower blood pressure, and even help with memory.
On a personal note, being outside is something that helps to put the problems of the world (ok, my world!) into perspective. Even if it’s just a stroll through the concrete jungle with my dog, unplugging and being outside re-calibrate my mind and spirit.