Each day, you have 24 hours of opportunities, choices, and attitudes.
Often, I forget that life is a chain of questions and decisions. “What time is it? What DAY is it? Did I sign up for barre? How do I get ready without moving? Can I hit snooze without being late?” Without knowing it, I’ve already played 20 questions with myself and haven’t even left my bed. This year, I propose that we throw the idea of traditional resolutions out the window and start addressing our daily thoughts with a new perspective. Here are a few ways to get started by breaking some of your everyday patterns at and away from the barre for a happier, healthier, and stronger you.
Find a new spot at the barre
Do you have an unofficial claimed spot at the barre? I recently stood at the opposite side and wall when someone else had the same spot-of-choice. To my surprise, losing the security of “my spot” brought a new level of body and mind consciousness that helped me reconnect with the basic movements and foundations of class. Next time you’re in class, step out of your 2 ft. x 2 ft. Pure Barre box and see what you learn from your body!
Try a new teacher and time
I get it – you want a guaranteed great workout without surprises. But, 2014 is your year to be brave and up your challenge! Last month, I tried a new time and instructor, and I received several helpful corrections that I now apply in every class, no matter the exercise, time, or teacher. Her unique perspective on my Pure Barre practice made me think – am I really happy with my results or just comfortable? My answer was ‘YES’ to both, however while, “…a comfort zone is a beautiful place, nothing ever grows there.”
Shake up your routine
I am a creature of habit, and as a fellow human, I’m sure you can relate somehow. I joke that Subway gets 25% of my annual salary and I know exactly what time I need to leave my apartment to get to work right on-time. But, have you ever randomly broken your routine and you end up running into someone you know or got all green lights on your way into the office? Changing up our route in life can bring great things! In 2014, go left instead of right. Try something new for the first time. Make each step count.
Choose to see the good stuff
Negativity is unnecessary and exhausting. That energy can be put to much better use! Changing your thoughts will change your world. Try to go 24 hours without complaining. If that fails, complement every negative thought with something positive. Often times I find myself smiling at the little things that go under-appreciated, like successfully choosing the shortest line at Whole Foods or seeing the moon through the crowded NYC concrete jungle. Life is beautiful; you just have to remember take a closer look.
While I’m as guilty as the next person to fall back on unimaginative promises like losing 15 pounds or quitting caffeine, resolutions can be much more simple and sustainable. The little changes make a big impact when you look back in a year. In 2014, do something each day that your future self will thank you for.