Before I started following Intuitive Movement principles, I was always super scared of trying new workouts.
In general, we can tend to be "all or nothing" these days and that transfers over to our fitness routines as well. We think if we want to be "big" we can only lift weights or do cross-fit, we can't spin or go to yoga. Or vice versa....(if we want to be "thin" we can't lift weights or do cross-fit, we must go to spin or go to yoga).
What about trying something new? Here are three local intro offers in San Diego.
3 Weeks for $33 @ Honey Yoga
Looking to gain flexibility/mobility, tone-up your upper body and exercise your brain-muscle? Honey Yoga is offering unlimited yoga for 3 weeks, priced at $33.
Classes offered at Honey include:
Honey Yoga is located at 4952 El Cajon Blvd. For more information, visit honeyyoga.com
$25 Personal Training Session @ Fit on Adams
Fit on Adams is a small personal training studio in Kensington that offers private personal training lessons, small group training, circuit training, "destination training," and massage therapy.
Trainers at Fit on Adams also believe in "functional training" — which is basically preparing the body for daily activities such as walking up and down stairs, carrying your children, unloading groceries from the car, etc.
What they're offering:
Fit on Adams is located at 3806 Adams Ave. For more information, visit getfitonadams.com.
$10 First Class @ CycleOm
CycleOm is not your average spin-studio.
It’s instructors provide high-intensity cardio and strength workouts using cycling, as well as a calmer, more peaceful practice with their yoga classes.
At CycleOm classes there are no screens, and they actually dim the lights as well to create an environment they say will “fully immerse you in the beat of the music and the positive energy as you ride together sweating it out with the pack.”
Classes offered at CycleOm include:
CycleOM is located at 2400 Kettner Blvd., Studio 114. For more information, visit cycleom.com.
Are you sick and tired of people telling you what to do?
We are constantly being bombarded with media messages...what we should eat, how we should workout, when we should workout, what we should wear to the gym?
What if I told you that you could form a better relationship with your body and actually start loving your workouts again?
Welcome: Intuitive Movement. Intuitive Movement is a concept that you can sweat anywhere, at any time, doing whatever you want. It's about listening to your body, what your body actually likes doing. With that mind+body connection, you will de stress, lower your cortisol levels thus (if this is your goal of exercise) aiding in the release of body fat.
Regardless of what your weight loss or weight gain goals are, intuitive movement will help you foster a healthier relationship with your mind, body and spirit you can carry with you off of your mat, outside of the gym or when you take your sneakers off.
Intuitive movement as a concept comes from the book Intuitive Eating by Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole based on the science that when you eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full, intuitively, you can maintain a healthier relationship with food and your body.
We transferred the idea to movement, because we believe working out doesn't have to be so stressful, it doesn't have to be punishment for anything and it can be fun, convenient and effective.
Here are the principles of intuitive movement:
1. Connect to your intuition
To move intuitively, you have to connect to your intuition. Begin a daily meditation routine, set aside 10 minutes or so to sit in a cross-legged seat somewhere and close your eyes. Bring awareness to your breath and focus on your inhales and your exhales in your body. Now ask your body, how are you feeling today? Are you tired? Energized? Do you want to stay inside or run outside? If you’re short on time, try this simple exercise. After lacing up your sneakers, put one hand on your heart and one and on your belly. “Drop-in” and listen to how you’re feeling, take a body scan of if you feel any aches and pains before working out, and see what it is you really want to do (remembering there is no rule on what workouts you can and can't do).
2. Sweat every day
We all know that daily exercise is important. According to the Mayo Clinic, daily exercise can control weight; and prevent conditions such as stroke, Metabolic syndrome, High blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, Depression, Anxiety, Many types of cancer, Arthritis and even prevent falls in some individuals.
Plus, it releases those feel good hormones (endorphins) which boosts our mood.
The Mayo Clinic recommends at least 150 minutes per week of aerobic activity (walking, swimming, biking, vinyasa-yoga, running, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), hiking, etc.) and strength-training at least twice a week for all body parts (HIIT, Weight lifting, power-yoga, yoga-sculpt, pilates, etc.)
So get out there and sweat, every day.
3. Have fun
Above all else, have fun.
Today it’s rare we have any “play time “ anymore, so invite some of that playfulness into your workout routine. Release judgement or anxiety over what society tells you to do, what you’ve been conditioned to believe about working out. That it must be done a certain way, at a certain place for X amount of time.
Allow yourself to truly enjoy your workout and thank yourself for taking the time out of your day to tend to your mind, body and soul.
Watch the changes that happen in your body when you start moving intuitively.