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Published Friday Oct 25, 2019 by Lydia Cardona

5 Ways to Stay Motivated After the Clocks Go Back

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According to research from our MINDBODY UK team, over half (55%) of those who exercise frequently say they are least motivated to exercise during Autumn.
 
Leading UK Sports Performance Mind Coach Nick Davies explains:

"Winter is that time of year where temperatures get a lot colder, and we get a lot less sunshine. This can lead to low mood in some people, and a desire to curl up in the warmth of our own homes, meaning the likelihood of going to the gym is a lot less than in warmer months.”
 
With these figures in mind, here are five simple tips to help beat the seasonal slump this year and keep you on track to meet your health and wellness-related goals.

The perfect playlist

Whether you’re struggling to find the motivation to hit your fitness goals, or you need a little energy boost mid-cardio, the right music could be the missing ingredient in your workout.
 
Professor Andy Lane, Sports Psychologist at The University of Wolverhampton, explains:

“Music is excellent for motivation and can definitely help with endurance during exercise. Listening to music can enhance your mood and help divert your attention away from feeling tired or bored, which can often arise through the repetitiveness of certain exercises.”
 
Our MINDBODY UK team recently curated a Spotify playlist in collaboration with leading studios, full of songs that are most likely to increase motivation during a workout:
 

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The perfect playlist

Whether you’re struggling to find the motivation to hit your fitness goals, or you need a little energy boost mid-cardio, the right music could be the missing ingredient in your workout.
 
Professor Andy Lane, Sports Psychologist at The University of Wolverhampton, explains:

“Music is excellent for motivation and can definitely help with endurance during exercise. Listening to music can enhance your mood and help divert your attention away from feeling tired or bored, which can often arise through the repetitiveness of certain exercises.”
 
Our MINDBODY UK team recently curated a Spotify playlist in collaboration with leading studios, full of songs that are most likely to increase motivation during a workout:
 

Workout with a friend

Having someone alongside you during a tough workout can go a long way when it comes to motivation. In fact, over a third (34%)3 of gym-goers believe having a partner to workout with increases their motivation and makes them work harder. One in four (24%) even said it improves the effectiveness of their workout.
 
Moreover, having a workout buddy also holds you accountable for your workouts. After all, you can’t cancel last minute because someone else is relying on you to turn up!

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Workout with a friend

Having someone alongside you during a tough workout can go a long way when it comes to motivation. In fact, over a third (34%)3 of gym-goers believe having a partner to workout with increases their motivation and makes them work harder. One in four (24%) even said it improves the effectiveness of their workout.
 
Moreover, having a workout buddy also holds you accountable for your workouts. After all, you can’t cancel last minute because someone else is relying on you to turn up!

Tune your alarm

That early morning alarm is probably up there with the worst sound in the world. But, what if your morning alarm actually made you excited for the day ahead?
 
Change the boring, painful tune you’re familiar with to something you love. Maybe it’s your favourite song, or music that makes you feel energised. By doing so, you'll wake up with a spring in your step and ready to fit in that early morning workout!

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Tune your alarm

That early morning alarm is probably up there with the worst sound in the world. But, what if your morning alarm actually made you excited for the day ahead?
 
Change the boring, painful tune you’re familiar with to something you love. Maybe it’s your favourite song, or music that makes you feel energised. By doing so, you'll wake up with a spring in your step and ready to fit in that early morning workout!

Try a new class

From Pilates to barre, HIIT, bootcamp, and cycling – whatever your fitness goals may be, there’s a class just for you.
 
Not only do most classes take place indoors (so you’ll stay nice and warm), but they are also great for your motivation. Working out alongside other class participants with an encouraging instructor guiding you through the routine will help ensure you’re always hitting your personal best.

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Try a new class

From Pilates to barre, HIIT, bootcamp, and cycling – whatever your fitness goals may be, there’s a class just for you.
 
Not only do most classes take place indoors (so you’ll stay nice and warm), but they are also great for your motivation. Working out alongside other class participants with an encouraging instructor guiding you through the routine will help ensure you’re always hitting your personal best.

Recover

If you’re struggling to find the motivation to work out, then don’t. Instead, focus your attention on rest and recovery, which has a whole host of benefits ranging from injury prevention, to minimising fatigue, and reducing stress.
 
Rest and recovery don’t necessarily mean staying at home doing nothing. According to our latest stats, the recovery trends, and treatments growing in popularity this year include:

- Cryotherapy
- Water Therapy

- Sports Massage

- Recovery through Nutrition

- Restorative/Yin Yoga



Commenting on the research, a MINDBODY spokesperson, says:

“Everyone struggles with their motivation at this time of year, and although it can be difficult, it’s important to remember why you’re on the health/fitness journey, and the goals you want to achieve.
 
“If you miss a workout, don’t worry, you’re only human! However, take these motivational tips into consideration and start again the following day.”
  

Need more motivation? Download the MINDBODY app or search for your favourite workouts on MINDBODY.io


 
Sources:
 
1) Survey of 2,000 UK adults and analysis of 70,000 businesses for MINDBODY 2018 Insights Report
2) Songs in the playlist selected by the following MINDBODY studios:
 
- Form Studios
- Level Six
- Grow Fitness
- Oncore London
- SW3AT
- BURNR
- CYC:D
 
3) Survey of 2,000 UK adults conducted by TLF in July 2018
  
 
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Recover

If you’re struggling to find the motivation to work out, then don’t. Instead, focus your attention on rest and recovery, which has a whole host of benefits ranging from injury prevention, to minimising fatigue, and reducing stress.
 
Rest and recovery don’t necessarily mean staying at home doing nothing. According to our latest stats, the recovery trends, and treatments growing in popularity this year include:

- Cryotherapy
- Water Therapy

- Sports Massage

- Recovery through Nutrition

- Restorative/Yin Yoga



Commenting on the research, a MINDBODY spokesperson, says:

“Everyone struggles with their motivation at this time of year, and although it can be difficult, it’s important to remember why you’re on the health/fitness journey, and the goals you want to achieve.
 
“If you miss a workout, don’t worry, you’re only human! However, take these motivational tips into consideration and start again the following day.”
  

Need more motivation? Download the MINDBODY app or search for your favourite workouts on MINDBODY.io


 
Sources:
 
1) Survey of 2,000 UK adults and analysis of 70,000 businesses for MINDBODY 2018 Insights Report
2) Songs in the playlist selected by the following MINDBODY studios:
 
- Form Studios
- Level Six
- Grow Fitness
- Oncore London
- SW3AT
- BURNR
- CYC:D
 
3) Survey of 2,000 UK adults conducted by TLF in July 2018
  
 
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.
Instagram Removing Likes
Wellness
Published Tuesday Nov 19, 2019 by Sara Lesher

No Likes = More Love: Instagram Removing Likes Could Be the Best Thing For You

Personal Growth
Motivation
Expert Advice

You’ve probably heard the buzz–Instagram is removing the visible number of likes from our photos (cue gasp). Some people are trying to boycott the app, furious about the new change. But despite the mixed reviews, we’re excited about the update’s potential to improve our overall wellness while using the app! 

Here’s a breakdown of how it will positively affect us. 


Our feeds will be number-less.

While we can still see our own like-counts, none of our followers will be able to. When we scroll through Instagram, we’ll see posts that say liked by one user we follow “and others.” When clicked, we can see a short list with some of the post’s likers, but not all of them. 

The update doesn’t remove likes altogether, only the public visibility of them. So, if you still want to evaluate your selfie, you totally can (this just takes the pressure off a little). 

 

Instagram App Update
 
We might be happier.

Studies have shown that social media usage is linked to depression, and likes are associated with peer influence in adolescents. Essentially, many people use social media as a platform for quantifying their self-worth and interests based on the approval of others. As much as we might hate to admit it, likes matter. We use them as a means of comparing ourselves, determining what’s cool or trendy, and understanding who is considered the most popular and likable.

 

"As a brand, we want to be less interested in how many likes a post gets and more focused on connecting with our followers and being a healthy place to spend time online."

- Devin Dilday, MINDBODY Social Media Team Lead

 

In 2017, Instagram was ranked as the social media app that most negatively affects our mental health. Removing likes from photos puts us one step closer to decreasing social media’s power over our happiness. Although it won’t solve our FOMO, it might help us worry a little less about what we share. Let’s face it: many of us have deleted a post we were initially excited about, just because it didn’t get enough love. Why should we let these numbers limit how we express our uniqueness, self-confidence, and creativity?

 

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We can change the way we use Instagram. 

Instagram’s removal of likes could change how we use the platform altogether. Rather than trying to quantify people, objects, and activities, we will be able to focus on the actual content. On their Twitter profile, Instagram explained, “We want your followers to focus more on what you share, not on how many likes your post gets.” This shift will bring us back to Instagram’s mission, “bringing you closer to the people and things you love.”

 

"It's a positive update for everyone!," says Devin Dilday, MINDBODY Social Media Team Lead. "As a brand, we want to be less interested in how many likes a post gets and more focused on connecting with our followers and being a healthy place to spend time online."

 

Without likes to distract us, we can use Instagram to discover methods for personal wellness, connecting with inspiring/relatable people, and sharing successes (and failures) in a healthy, productive way. 

As a wellness brand, @mindbody seeks to inspire others to lead healthier, happier lifestyles, prioritizing their wellness in whatever way works best for them—and we are all for this new update and what it could mean for our mental health. 



 

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Looking to add some positivity to your feed? Follow @mindbody for a daily dose of all things wellness! 

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Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As MINDBODY’s Marketing Content Associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).

Do it all for the gram? So do we!

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