Get back to the gym!

Motivate Yourself to Get Back to the Gym

We all go through those times when we just don’t want to go to the gym. Maybe you have a ton of classes this semester, a demanding workload, or are working on top of school. At the end of the day, you probably feel too exhausted to find the motivation to go for a run, take a yoga class, or lift some weights.

Start out slow

If you haven’t been to the gym in months, don’t start the first day back with a 5k sprint on the treadmill. Doing that will only make you more discouraged about working out. Yes, after a long break you’re not going to be able to do all the things you were able to do before—you won’t be able to run as long or lift as much, and maybe you can only do five pushups instead of ten—but if you give yourself time, you’ll get it all back.

If you plan out which days you’re going to go the gym before the week starts, you’re more likely to follow through. Instead of just waiting for a time when you “feel like” going (because if you’re in a slump, that day probably won’t come), plan it out and be consistent.

Whether you try one of these tips or follow them all, getting back to the gym will be so much easier. Even though it might seem daunting at first, in the long run, you’ll thank yourself for finding the motivation to start working out again. Just think of all the abs you’ll (potentially) have and how great you’ll feel!

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Your First Yoga Class

Before you attend your first yoga class, it’s important to know what style of class you’re signing up for! This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the different types of yoga, but the ones I’ve personally tried. Also, if you’re ever considering trying out a class and not sure why style it is, give the studio a call. Most studios teach a specific style of yoga so they can tell you what to expect.

Types of Yoga

Vinyasa: My personal favorite type of yoga. In Vinyasa classes, you flow from one pose to the next relatively quickly. It’s very similar to dancing & every movement is coordinated with your breath. There’s a certain “flow” and rhythm of a vinyasa class, and the sequence of poses can vary by class/teacher. “Vinyasa” also refers to a specific sequence of poses (Chaturanga to Upward-Facing Dog to Downward-Facing Dog ) which you’ll do a number of times throughout the class. Vinyasa classes can be room temperature, warm or hot. 

Ashtanga (Primary Series/Mysore): Similar to Vinyasa classes, Ashtanga also coordinates breath with movement in a moving meditation, yet there is a specific sequence of poses you go through each class (i.e. every Ashtanga class you attend, you’ll be mastering the same poses). There are different series, but most Ashtanga classes will focus on the Primary Series. If you’re interested in deepening your Ashtanga practice, you can also sign up for a Mysore series (learn more by clicking here). Most astanga classes are room temp or warm.

Yin: Whereas all the types listed above you move through a “flow,” Yin slows it waaaaay down. In Yin, you hold poses for several minutes to get into the deep tissue which is super good for you & a nice compliment to other types of yoga. You’ll often use props to help your body sink deeper into each posture. I find Yin particularly challenging because it’s really mind over body so it takes a lot of practice to slow down your thoughts. I’ve had Yin classes that are room temperature or warm.

All things yogi!

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