Now more than ever it is important to stay connected to each other, present in our lives and strong in body and spirit. After an intense fall, as we roll into the holidays, we have to find ways to show up for ourselves - so that we can in turn be a strong and bright light for our families, communities and the world. Here are a few tips on how to stay on the beam during this joyful but occasionally overwhelming season, so that we can all roll into 2017 as our best selves.
Accountability - We don’t wake up every day with motivation, so we need a back-up plan. Find a partner, enroll in a movement class or enter into our #rb360onlinechallnge to post workouts and food prep for accountability. You can find more info about the challenge here. It’s not too late to join! Whatever option you choose, the important thing is that we are better together. Bringing people into your life who encourage your growth and hold you accountable in moving towards your goals is a great way to live a better and bigger life. Start this holiday season to cultivate a community that supports and inspires you - and it can begin with something as simple as finding a workout buddy!
Stress Management - You know the saying - “You should meditate for 20 minutes a day - unless you are too busy - then you should meditate for an hour.” Well, in my experience that holds true. The more hectic life is, the more important it is to carve out time to be still and practice self-care. There are lots of great apps that can help you get started in a meditation practice - like Calm and Headspace. Our wonderful RedBird Anna is doing a meditation challenge that starts Dec. 1. Challenges like this are a great way to cultivate a new habit that can continue on in the new year. Sign up here.
Convenience - Find a way of continuing to move that is both FUN and convenient for you. I love to run on Lady Bird Lake with my dog because the sunrise inspires me and it’s close to the studio. Find what fills you up but also fits into your schedule. I also use our online program to squeeze in workouts as I travel and when the day is too full to make it to class. We created our online program, rb360online.com, especially for busy seasons like this. We wanted a program that clients could do anywhere and on any devices because we know time is precious, and finding a program that can fit into a hectic day is essential. Right now get 30% off for your first year with the password RB360VIP30
Stay Rooted - In the hustle it can be easy to forget what the season is all about - love, family, creating time together. I often put an image as the home page of my phone that reminds me of important values I don’t want to forget as I get wrapped up in the business of life. Sometimes it is a picture of my family, other times it is a quote or mantra that means something to me, or an inspiring sunrise picture that reminds me of powers greater than myself. Every time I look at my phone, before I get pulled into work or social media, I am brought back to that my deepest intentions for the season, which helps me stay true to myself and grounded in my values.
For all of you who don't have RB360online YET - here is a RB mini workout that targets the glutes. Throw this into the routine during this busy time of year to stay on track!
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