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Empowering Affirmations For Your Workout
Fitness
Published Thursday Jul 19, 2018 by Sandra Daniele

Empowering Affirmations For Your Workout

Fitness
Personal Growth

We all know the power of a good workout—it boosts your mood, your immunity, increases your energy levels and can even reduce your risk of disease.  But do your thoughts control the effectiveness and the consistency of your workouts?

Personal empowerment means becoming more aware of yourself, developing self-confidence and setting realistic goals to start fulfilling your potential. Talking to yourself in a positive way, acknowledging both your strengths and weaknesses, helps to bring out your inner superhero. 

If you’re struggling to find the right words when it comes to focusing on your fitness, here are four mantras to challenge and motivate you while helping you to excel when it comes to your workout goals. 

 

I Have Come So Far –  If you made it to the gym or even outside for a walk, own that accomplishment. Everyone has different fitness goals, so don’t compare your workout or level of intensity to anyone but yourself. Push yourself a little more every day—you’ll be surprised what you can do.

 

I Am Beautiful – You might have opinions about mirrors in the gym, but you also have your own perception of what you see in those mirrors. Start telling yourself the truth: You are beautiful. You are strong. You rock. It might feel uncomfortable at first, but keep up the positive self-talk, and you will start seeing the beauty within yourself.

 

I Showed Up For Me -  The time at the gym or in a class is for you. It’s your time to release stress and increase your good vibrations.  Allow yourself to enjoy the moment without self-deprecating thoughts. Your mind needs this, your body needs this, and both will thank you when you’re finished.

 

I Love My Body As It Is Today – Everyday that you are alive is a gift. You are not defined by a number on a scale or the size jeans you wear. Being able to wake up and move is a gift, your imperfections are what make you beautiful and define who you are. To quote Meghan Trainor, “Cause every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.” 

Sandra Daniele
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Sandra Daniele
Contributor
About the author
Loving life in California, Sandra is a dreamer with a big heart. With a background in business and a passion for people, she enjoys a good book, planning her next adventure and trying the latest fitness craze.
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Fitness
Published Monday Feb 17, 2020 by The Dailey Method

How to Be Intentional with Your Workout: Tips from The Dailey Method

Fitness
Barre
Cycling

The intentions we set in our daily lives are often methods for healing wounds, whether they’re self-inflicted or have been passed down to us by others. Developing a conscious practice to get rid of negative thoughts or feelings we’re holding onto can help us move in a more positive direction toward letting go, healing, and being present. 

Moving intentionally within our bodies allows us to fully notice how they feel so we can acknowledge and target the right areas. Some days we struggle to work hard enough while others, we push ourselves too hard! We do this both in class and in other areas of our life. It's important to remember to understand our bodies’ rhythms or fatigue while making space for our humanness, feelings, or need to be vulnerable.  

Here are a few simple guidelines for following intentions during your workout:

 

The Dailey Method class stretching

Be intentional about the way you set up each exercise.  

Remember that just like in life, taking a moment to pause and build the appropriate foundation will undoubtedly support you to be 100% successful on your journey. At The Dailey Method, we refer to this kind of mindful exercise as a “meditation in movement” and begin our practice with intentions. During the warmup, instructors encourage students to set an intention for their workout, even if it’s just a focus on breath, and then revisit it during their final resting pose. Often, we associate these goals with our Word of the Month, a specific theme to help guide our practice each month. But there are so many intentions to choose from—moving with your breath, moving with grace, forgiving yourself, shining your light out, the options are limitless, and you can alter them each day depending on where you are right here and right now. 

“Personally, I am so grateful for this process being part of my Dailey practice,” says Jill Dailey, founder of The Dailey Method. “It is a built-in opportunity for me to stay in the present, and when I wander (because of course I do!) a tool to guide my presence back to the here and now.” 

 

The Dailey Method cycling class
Pause when it’s tough. 

When the workout gets challenging or you feel like giving up at any point during class, set an intention to pause and remember the fact that we are all on this same path, doing this exercise together. You have all the tools you need to be successful—even if it means taking a quick rest or resetting your alignment! Don’t compare yourself to others; just focus on yourself and your goals for the workout. Remember why you’re there.  

 

The Dailey Method class with resistance bands

Carry your intentions with you.  

As you leave class, move with deliberation and show up at your next appointment, event, family gathering, or grocery shopping excursion as the greatest version of you. You just rocked your class and brought effort, strength, perseverance, and commitment. Acknowledge that and bring it with you. Don't forget about the intentions you set during class; figure out how you can apply them to other areas of your life! 

Make moving with intention part of your next workout by taking a class at The Dailey Method near you today!  

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Barre & Cycle Fitness Studio
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The Dailey Method is here to help you achieve a strong, lean, sculpted body through fitness classes that pull from multiple disciplines. They ignite awareness through hands-on training and education, focusing on alignment and strength for a better posture, better movement, and better you.