Are you feeling that sticky, end-o-summer feeling?
Because of the heat, maybe. But also just the transition of seasons and that "back to school" energy right around the corner?
*Even if you live in a place where you're in a cool season, you might feel this transitional energy!
It's made me feel irritable, fatigued and for weeks kept me from doing any intense workouts.
Which of course, just made me feel more irritable and more lethargic.
I know that when I force myself to do strenuous workouts when my body realllllllly doesn't want to (which is different from never challenging myself at all) I start to avoid working out altogether and it creates an even more vicious cycle.
Instead of beating myself up or shaming myself into lifting heavy weights, I paused and asked myself what kind of movement would feel good right now?
What came to me was:
So for a few weeks I've been doing gentle yoga, mixing it up with slow strength moves, and going swimming.
And low and behold, after weeks of more restful movement, yesterday I went to a group weight lifting class AND did a 32 miles bike ride!!
Over to you.
When you just can't get yourself to go for an intense workout, close your eyes, ask yourself this question:
What kind of movement would feel really good right now?
...and then wait to see what comes up.
If you truly need/want to challenge yourself, lift up those heavy weights!
If it's more on the flow, ease, cool, simple side of things, I've got a few things for you to try:
- standing stretch poses that'll help focus your energy
- 2 low key moves that will tone your arms and core
- a cooling breath exercise that leave you feeling minty fresh in 60 sec
- taking a few minutes a day to stretch at your desk (this is a free video series you'll get over 3 days)
Wherever you're at, LISTEN to what your body is telling you. You might need to speed up, you might need to slow down, you might need a mix of both and that's ALL okay.
Be gentle, be kind, and practice what you need.
I'm always curious to hear where you're at, so leave a comment below to tell me how you feel like moving this week!
With love and listening to your body,
PS - I'm creating brand new videos with yoga-inspired workouts. Is there anything specific you'd like to see included in that? Hit reply to let me know!
I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online 21 day workout program. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com
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