"Help! I can't seem to workout consistently, and then I feel guilty on the weekends trying to make up for lost time." < Sound familiar?
During the work week (or if you work non-traditional hours - YOUR work week) there is this temptation to avoid working out because life is BUSY! The stress of stacking on one more task can feel impossible.
-Here's the thing: if you really DON'T have 35-40 minutes to yourself every day, something needs to change, and these things might actually more pressing than a workout routine anyway.
Since I know you're in a hurry here's the quick buzz (but keep reading for all the goods):
- Shorter but more regular workouts ward off a sedentary lifestyle
- Shorter but more regular workouts optimize your metabolism
- Shorter but more regular workouts reduce unnecessary stress, inflammation, and may prevent injury
- Shorter but more regular workouts give you less excuses to skip them!
How Much Time Do You Really Have (and how much do you need)?
More often than not though the 'I have no-time' feels more real than it is. The feeling of being strapped for time is the 1 thing I believe is often holding us back from creating a sustainable workout routine.
But it's wrapped in layers and layers of complicated feelings, making the solution appear like it must be equally complicated.
And here's the truth. A daily 35-45 minute workout (in addition to simply prioritizing more movement overall) can be the change you NEED to make your routine goals stick.
Here's why I think a 35-45 minute workout is a game-changer ...
When it comes to our Home Practice Space, your space should be SELFish. It's for your use, and it's also so that you can connect more deepen to your SELF. Everyone around us benefits when we spend time connecting with our Self in a mindful way.
So now that you're embracing taking time to 'ish your Self with a beautiful home practice space, here are my tips from the years I've spent building out Yoga studios and my best practices that you an adopt at home.
5. Establish Your Sacred Space.
Remember that you're setting up your space for (hopefully) daily use. So designating the boundaries of that space is very important, as is selecting an anchor for the space.
Inside of the yoga studios we think about the established space in group and individual levels. On a group level we spend a lot of time determining the configuration of the room. This literally means how people are going to use the floor. On an individual level it comes down to what types of mats and cushions we have for shared props. We NEVER skim on cheap rental mats or props - we offer high quality surfaces to practice and sit on.
The same should be true for your home space. Establish the boundary of the space AND also honor your space by sitting on and practicing on quality materials.
Here's my list of some of my favorite home practice products such as yoga bolsters and yoga mats - and of course I always recommend The Practice Mat.
I've said it before, and I will say it again. Walking, in my honest opinion, is the most underrated form of working out.
To be honest, walking is inherent to who we are as humans. We all might be better served separating walking from working out in our mind all together. Not because it isn't a great workout (it is!) but because we all should be walking more regularly and instinctually opting to walk when possible instead of just reserving it for the time we have set aside as 'exercise time'.
Walking is widely available, inexpensive, and requires almost no learning curve. The most difficult part of walking is taking the time to do it.
👈🏼And if you want to bust a move in the middle of your walk, by all means please do!
Now, let's back up a step.
Notice that I didn't say 'finding' the time? The time exists, but the priority of how the time is spent may need to change. You can read all about my time-mindset here. And luckily walking is a flexible enough form of exercise that making the time is a lot easier than other forms of exercise.
👉🏼Check out my outdoor exercise essentials.👈🏼
Ready to learn why I think it's essential to make a habit of walking (almost) everyday? ...
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Hi there! You found me. My name is Julia Marie Lopez. For 20 years I have studied meditation and mindful movement as my primary tools for healing. For the past 10 years I have worked as a wellness coach, yoga teacher, personal trainer, and I am the Founder of Practice Everywhere.
Since I offer you my experience and perspective, share my writing about life, love and wellness, and offer a bit of unsolicited advice, I think you should also know that I do include affiliate links and promotions in some of blogs. If you make an action (such as sign ups, memberships, or purchases) I might earn a commission. I promise to use this income to support my love of coffee, dogs, yoga, and my family (in no particular order).💜