Yoga has been my go-to form of fitness for the last 25 years. I love Yoga for the strength and flexibility benefits as well as the healing effects it has on my mental and emotional states. These effects have been so profound that I can’t envision a time in my life when I will no longer practice yoga.
I believe it’s important to have passion and excitement for your chosen exercise routines so that it is something you want to do and not just another thing that you feel you have to do.
Considering the immense physical and mental benefits of exercise — strengthening our respiratory and immune systems, reducing risk of disease, weight control, improved sleep, sharpened awareness, emotional balance, and much more – it makes sense for all of us to incorporate a fitness regimen into our lives.
We may occasionally struggle with staying consistent in our health and exercise routines. Life, as they say, gets in the way.
Here are a few ways that help me stay on track that may help you, too:
Put yourself first: I often remind my Yoga students that taking care of yourself first is not only unselfish, it’s necessary, in the same way that putting your own oxygen mask on first in an emergency makes sense. When we are healthy and feel good, we are better able to take care of our loved ones, and the people in your life will be glad you did. Practicing self-care and caring for others sets a great example for your children, too!
Do things you love: Joya offers a tremendous and ever-evolving variety of classes, giving you the opportunity to find ways to move your body that you enjoy the most. Try all of the classes and discover what works best for you
Schedule your workouts: Schedule your classes in advance, and let everyone know this is “your time” during which you’ll be unavailable unless there’s an emergency. They will survive without you!
Create goals: Decide what you wish to accomplish through your workouts and set a target date for accomplishing your goals, whether it’s a desired weight, a number of reps of a certain routine, the ability to run or cycle more efficiently, or working yourself into an elusive yoga pose.
Find a workout buddy: You may find it helpful to have that extra nudge of knowing that someone else depends on you to show up. The shared experience of working out can create a strong bond between friends and/or family members that you will cherish.
Way of life: Make a lifelong commitment to your fitness. When you reach one goal, set another. The possibilities are endless, and you have the power to do whatever you set your mind to.
Be kind to yourself: Inevitably, things come up in our lives that derail us from our exercise routines. Rather than beat yourself up over missing days, weeks or even months of regular exercise, accept that you are human and make the decision to recommit to your workout regimen. Your body and your mind will thank you.