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Why Workouts Don't Have to be Mis!

At first the thought of exercise can be daunting but I promise, you will thank yourself after for doing it!  If you don’t believe me, you must believe Elle Woods.  “Exercising gives you endorphins.  Endorphins make you happy.”  Oh the valuable lessons we can learn from Legally Blonde!

 Being that exercise is so important, how can we make it not only tolerable, but actually enjoyable?  You’ve heard the expression, there’s something for everyone.  Well, the same goes for exercise. 

Experiment!  Try different classes, instructors, exercises, etc.  The easiest way to enjoy working out is if you find something that doesn't feel like work.  There are so many boutique studios now with unique offerings and awesome music!  Understanding that new classes can be intimidating (I was convinced I walked into a coordinated music video the first time I tried Soul Cycle), bring a friend!

Finding a workout buddy is a surefire way to make workouts more fun and actually more effective!  Working out with a friend holds you accountable and committed.  It’s one thing to cancel plans with yourself but it’s another to cancel on you’re friend, when they’re counting on you. 

Studies show that you also push yourself harder when you workout with a friend.  You motivate each other to go beyond your comfort zone.  Whether you’re trying to impress them or not let them down, you will get a stronger workout in!  Just make sure that your athletic abilities are somewhat on par so you can both reap the rewards.

So if you’re DREADING working out and contemplating 100+ other things you can do instead, grab a friend, try a new workout and you may be pleasantly surprised!

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Yoga Practice, Not Yoga Perfect

In the past I tried yoga but never connected with it.  Honestly, I just hated that I was so bad!  I had this false notion in my mind that yoga should be easy.  Compared to other forms of exercise I’d done, Yoga seemed mellow.  I assumed that because I didn’t sweat and I wasn’t out of breath, it was easy.  

Turns out, I had it all wrong.  Contrary to popular belief, Yoga is not about mastering a pose, or being the most flexible.  In fact, yoga has nothing to do with perfection, performance or competition.  Yoga is a practice. 

We often trap ourselves in the idea of perfection.  I used to dismiss yoga simply because I wasn’t the best at it.  Recently I had a yoga teacher start class with the following anecdote:  If you ask a room full of kindergarteners who can draw, they all proudly raise their hands.  However, if you ask a room of adults, there are no hands raised. 

So why did this resonate with me?  At some point as we grow up, we learn that if we’re not perfect, we’re not good enough.  Yoga reteaches us that there is beauty and power in the practice.

Turns out, I wasn’t “bad” at yoga, I was just practicing.  I enjoy yoga now, not because I’m the best but because it instills a feeling of accomplishment in me.  Yoga makes me feel stronger by challenging me in new ways and I can constantly improve.    

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The Family that Sweats Together, Stays Together

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The Family that Sweats Together, Stays Together

One of my greatest accomplishments to date is getting my dad to do Soul Cycle.  This is a guy who hates exercise and gorges on jelly donuts for breakfast, arguing that jelly is fruit so it’s basically healthy.   Needless to say, the fact that I got him there and he actually liked it is nothing short of a miracle!  

Now, every Monday night I have a Soul Cycle/sushi date with my dad.  Pretty adorable, if I do say so myself.  Not only does it combine two of my favorite things - tapping it back and tuna - but I also get to spend unparalleled quality time with my dad.  It’s something very special that we share. 

It’s so easy for our calendars to fill up with lengthy to-do lists, work, social engagements, - you name it!  It’s nice then, to have this time blocked out.  It serves as a weekly reminder of the real priorities in life- family, health, and happiness. 

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