Best Workouts for Your Mind and Body
Rethink your love for exercise.
I always dreaded working out, and never understood how it genuinely made people feel good. No matter how many circuits I did, or how hard I cycled my soul, there was always a feeling of dissatisfaction and frustration that came with exercise.
It took me a while, but I soon realized my mistakes.
I was working out for the wrong reasons.
I was doing the wrong workouts.
When I decided to start working out to feel good, instead of looking good, I began to see things in a whole new light. Instead of being in a constant battle with myself and my body, I started to look at exercise as a necessary act of self-care.
The first step to rethinking your love for exercise is finding the right kind of workout and environment for you. Everyone's body is unique, and different things feel good for different people. Here are some workouts that I have implemented in my life, that not only break a sweat but also give me that positive mental boost.
If working out isn't your thing, consider any low-intensity aerobic activity. Endless research shows that even a 10-minute walk in nature can have immense health benefits. Try to start slow and gradually increase distance and speed over time for maximum gains.
I recently downloaded the Strava app to track my running, walking, and biking progress. It's an amazing way to keep track of goals, plan for the future, and stay motivated.
Peloton is also currently offering 30 day free trials and has walking workouts to get you started.
This may seem like an obvious one at first, but let's be honest, when was the last time you stepped foot on a mat? Practicing yoga is such a great way to get in tune with your mind and body on a deeper level.
Try a Hatha or Kundalini session for a more relaxed practice, or opt for a Vinyasa and Ashtanga style, to get your heart pumping. I've been practicing yoga for years now, and it's had such a positive effect on not only my core but also my mind.
If you want to give it a try without leaving the comfort of your home, tune into @fly_ldn's Chill Class for a 45-minute dose of Yin on Instagram Live.
This is by far my favorite form of cardio, especially because I get to be outside. Cycling has been proven to help decrease stress, and increase serotonin levels (our happy hormones). It also helps build motivation, confidence, and resilience.
Lately, I've been going on a lot of bike rides before sunrise with my mom. Not only do we break a sweat, but it's a great way to get some fresh air and spend quality time together.
You've heard of the happy dance, but what about the dance to get happy dance? Even if you're not feeling great, dance has been proven effective in giving yourself a boost of self-esteem and serotonin. Even if it's in front of your bedroom mirror, play your favorite songs, and allow yourself to get lost in the rhythm.
For a more structured yet super exciting and fresh workout, check out @goodmoveny's Ballet Class and Ass, or my personal fav: Dance Like the Hot Bitch You Always Knew You Were Class on their new Good MoveTV.
There are so many fun ways to get your sweat on. Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and try something you have never done before. Even if it's only two or three times a week, always make it a priority to stay active. Remember that you are never too busy or caught up to take care of yourself! The key is to find what works for you and start there. And who knows, maybe you'll discover that your inner "hot bitch" has been dying for a way to come out <3