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4 Fun Ways to Fall Back Into Your Fitness Routine
Fitness
Published Monday Sep 10, 2018 by Lydia Cardona

4 Fun Ways to Fall Back Into Your Fitness Routine

Fitness
Yoga
Cycling

There’s something about September, like January, that prompts us to make a change. Perhaps it’s the colour of the leaves, the slight drop in temperature, the ‘back to school’ signage everywhere or the fact we have just enjoyed the last bank holiday before Christmas. No matter what the reason, the shift in people’s attitude is palpable. 
 
And yes, we’re leaving a long hot summer behind us, but there’s no need to approach the new season with caution—getting back into your usual exercise routine can be easier (and more fun) than you think! Check out our four tips to help you ease back into fitness after the break.
 


Buddy up

Our recent research reveals that half of the nation believes working out with a friend improves motivation and 57% claim it’s more fun, whilst 49% says it even makes time pass quicker. Scientists have also found that working out with a partner or in groups can boost your mood way more than if you work out alone. In some cases, it can even make you work out three times as long. So make sure you choose someone with a compatible schedule to you or with similar fitness goals to get the most out of your fitness routine.

 

Mix it up

Gone are the days when the only options we had to exercise were on a treadmill or in an aerobics class. There are so many ways to enjoy being active in 2018, so take advantage of all the different workouts and experiences that are available on the MINDBODY app. From aerial yoga to partying on a bike with Ministry of Sound Fitness, all types of classes can help keep you both mentally and physically engaged, even on the busiest day.

 

Learn a new skill

Find a fitness activity you can grow with and one you want to improve at to give you a stronger sense of purpose. “Choose to do something where you can build a new skill and master it over time,” says Gideon Remfy, Wellness Director at KX & KXU. “This is not only better for adherence, but also is shown to create a fitter mind and body. Think big, have fun and remember, exercise is for life—not just for September.”


 
Don’t forget to breathe

Lastly, and most importantly, don’t forget to breathe. In between prepping for a new term, returning to work and facing a busier commute (because now the whole country is back to it!) it’s likely you might feel overwhelmed. In these moments, Zoe Bertali, from The Refinery, suggests closing the eyes and observing the breath. “When we are aware of our breath we anchor ourselves into the moment, we are able to tap back into the magic of our bodies and find a little gratitude,” says Zoe. “By controlling the breath, we start to calm the nervous system and bring a bit of balance back to the mind and body. Just to be still can be an amazing way of giving the mind and body a little reboot and a chance to clear some junk.”
 

Lydia Cardona
Written by
Lydia Cardona
PR and Content Specialist, EMEA Marketing
About the author
A self-confessed exercise and sports junkie, Lydia made the transition from fashion to wellness, handling media relations in the U.K. In her spare time, you'll most likely find her hitting up a MINDBODY studio, shopping for houseplants, or walking the family Pomchi.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Yoga
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.