Spring is the time to get motivated and start creating positive routines for health and wellbeing. We often feel so much better with the sun shining and weather warming. It’s a natural cycle of seasons – in Winter we eat heavier, richer food, tend to put on extra kilos to keep warm, and are less inclined to get outside and get moving. Spring provides a sense of new beginnings, a time of natural detox when the body wants to shed the extra weight, shift toward lighter food and begin to exercise more in preparation for the warmer weather.
It’s not easy to suddenly switch out of Winter sluggishness, particularly when the weather is still cool! We need to do some things to build our motivation! Here are some of my tips:
Measurable – what is the measure of reaching your goal? how will you know you have reached it?
Attainable – be realistic in what you can achieve within the timeframe you set. Start small to set yourself up for success. Think about time, money and effort then work out what fits with your life.
Relevant – setting a heart felt intention is key. If your goal is not in alignment with your heart and where you want to head then it will be difficult to achieve.
Timely – give yourself a schedule with check in points to re-evaluate along the way, to note and celebrate your progress.
Without discipline, routine and regularity we will not achieve the goals and we will not experience the full benefit of a regular yoga practice. Once we set up the habit and begin to notice that we feel better physically, emotionally and mentally, then intrinsic motivation kicks in – this is what carries us forward and onward. It becomes an essential part of our life as sleeping and eating.
It takes effort to get to this point but it is completely worthwhile.
To support your health and wellness goals I look forward to seeing you on the mat.