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Pause. Not because you hear the call of your child’s voice or the ring of your phone, but because you deserve a moment to breathe. As parents, so much time is spent running from school, to work, to the store, and before we know it, we are exhausted and the day is over. It’s time to start reclaiming your sanity and take care of the one person who is taking care of everyone else—you.
I know what you’re thinking: Who has time? There is so much to do! Finding the justification to focus on you can feel near impossible. But if you can’t be the best for yourself, how can you possibly be the best for your kids?
Kids know the difference between a happy parent and a stressed-out parent. Allow yourself to say not now, maybe later to your child, spouse—even a friend. The first time will be hard, but once you get past the initial feeling of guilt, everyone starts to win. It’s about finding the hidden moments that present themselves every day.
To be successful, start small. Instead of seeing your child’s artwork as another thing you need to put away, take a minute (or two) to treasure what was created by the person you love. Guess what? If it stays on the kitchen counter another day, it won’t change how your tomorrow turns out.
Make a list (yes, another list) of the things you loved to do before becoming a parent. A list that doesn’t let the limitations of time and money get in the way. Pick two or three items and find ways to incorporate them into your daily life. If your goal is to exercise, then find pockets of time—even if it’s just a few minutes. Start with taking a walk while your kids are at school or practice. If you’re at work, use your lunch break to lace up your sneakers and get outside. The errands can wait. Your well-being is important.
Do you love early mornings or late nights? Make that time matter. Before the kids get up or after they go to bed, sit down with a cup of tea, a good book or a crossword puzzle. Take a bath. Disconnect from screens, turn off the outside noise and allow yourself 10 or 15 minutes to breathe, reflect and relax. You deserve it.
While self-care can seem like sipping champagne in a silk robe on social media, it starts with taking back small moments in your day. As you begin to value your time and energy more, you will even find yourself breathing lighter, thinking clearer, and speaking to your loved ones in a more mindful manner. With time, you might even realize that some of those things on your to-do list don’t really need to be there. If you aren’t ready to say yes to you, then say yes for the sake of your kids, family and loved ones. Trust me, everyone wins.
That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.
Let’s break this down:
1. Scheduling convenience
A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine.
2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19
And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.
With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room.
We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.
With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours.
4. Working out without a commute
My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work.
Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind.