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Raise your hand if your December is on that “can’t stop, won’t stop” rotation. Between parties, festive family outings, travel and wrapping presents, it can become more difficult to stick to your go-to workout routine. But once you find the time for that fitness class, embracing your post-workout glow is something you want to keep all season long.
Searching for an easy way to keep that *healthy* stress-free shine? Check out our three glow-worthy essentials that will benefit even the busiest schedule.
‘Tis the season for being on-the-go, and many times that means not drinking enough water. When your body is dehydrated, especially during and after your workout, it can influence your performance and how radiant your skin appears. Own your water intake, make it a priority and get that natural, healthy sparkle all year long.
From the Pilates studio to your morning sun (or maybe snow) salutation, Après makes it’s even easier to shine this season. With a reimagined—and clean—approach to protein, Après’ tasty, plant-based protein drinks are the perfect post-workout drink or snack that will have you “glowing” strong. Featuring flavors like Sea Salt Chocolate and Cold Brew Coffee, these beautifully boxed beverages are made with premium ingredients (think organic virgin coconut oil and coconut water) that can help fuel even your busiest holiday.
Are all the festivities messing with your beauty sleep? The *easiest* way to keep that glow is by catching those Zzzs. Not only will sleep help elevate your energy for the day, but it’s also literally a fountain of youth. Who doesn’t want that on their holiday wish list? Take a break from technology, turn on your essential oil diffuser, cozy up to a book and honor your hours of rest.
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:
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.”
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.
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!