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6 ways to befriend your body right NOW

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6 ways to befriend your body right NOW

The brain is the organ that learns, so it is designed to be changed by your experiences…whatever we repeatedly send and feel and want and think is slowly but surely sculpting neural structure.
— Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson, Ph. D.

So then, what do you want to teach your brain? 

And how can your daily experiences - what you repeatedly send and feel and want and think - inform that learning? 

I want PLAY, JOY, LOVE, GROWTH experiences. 

I want to befriend my body, rather than feeling like my body and I are in a constant struggle.

I want to show up with confidence, with optimal health, and with vibrancy to the things I'm passionate about. 

(Just to name a few) ;)

 

What about you? 

 

The beauty is, it only takes a few simple changes – done consistently – to start creating thoughts and behaviors that will help you feel better in your body. 

I wrote an article for Sivana East about 6 of my favorite ways to use mindfulness throughout the day to start to respect, honor, and feel better in your body.

They might not seem like *such* big deal things to do each day, but these changes have had huge impacts on sculpting those good 'ol neural structures of mine, so I hope they're helpful to you too. 

 

 
 

Read it here! 

 

*Spoiler: My favorite is #5. 

Can you guess what it is? 

That's right, the #JOYworkout. 

In my online programs, we talk about a JOY workout as something that gets you moving, but feels like SO MUCH MORE than a "workout" just for the sake of squats + push-ups.

It could be something like:

  • blasting your favorite music for 10 minutes and having a dance party at home,
  • going out for a nature walk or bike ride,
  • heading to the pool for a swim,
  • or playing hopscotch!

Most importantly, you’re getting your body moving in a way that feels good and finding a type of movement that you really truly enjoy!

Taking a little time to PLAY is Mar del Plata, Argentina!

Taking a little time to PLAY is Mar del Plata, Argentina!

Moving your body does wonders for your physical health as it increases your cardiovascular endurance, strengthens your muscles, helps with balance, creates better sleep, aids in digestion, decreases stress, and much more.

It also gives your mental health a boost. You get a dose of warm fuzzy positive endorphins leading to a natural boost of confidence, as well as feelings of happiness and joy.

A few minutes of a JOY workout and BOOM, usually feeling better already!

So, two questions for you:

 

1. What is your JOY workout?

(I'll go ahead and answer the most commonly asked question... YES, sex counts!)

2. What helps you feel good in your body (right here, right now, today)?

 

Leave me a comment and let me know!

With love and blending fitness + mindfulness! 

xoxo elyse


HIYA, I'M ELYSE! 

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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ask yourself this when you're not feeling up to an intense workout

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ask yourself this when you're not feeling up to an intense workout

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. 

BUT.

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: 

Flow

Ease

Cool

Simple

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!!

This is what I looked like by the end of the day, more on that another time! ;)

This is what I looked like by the end of the day, more on that another time! ;)

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: 

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, 

xoxo elyse

 

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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