Last week I started a little weekly column here called LIVING BETTER, where I'll share ways to help you stay inspired to live better, and healthier.
Today I want to talk about using movement to break negative patterns and shift your mindset. The quickest and easiest way to upgrade your mood is to move. You can literally move the negative out of your mind and body, because movement can chemically change how you feel. Emotion is enhanced by motion, and movement can make you feel sexy, strong, beautiful and empowered (especially CCS).
How many times have you gotten up in the morning, sat up in bed and decided right then and there that you were in a bad mood, were totally unmotivated to do anything, or go anywhere, let alone workout. It happens to all of us. Just last week I had the worst PMS and I was procrastinating and angry at the world. I don't think that I moved much for two days straight and then I went for a short walk, and momentum took over. Later that same day I shot a full length Studio LB workout and felt 100% better.
Breaking a negative pattern can be easy. Here are three tips to help you take action and move the negative in a more positive direction:
1. Movement Creates Movement. When we're feeling negative or down, certain tasks seem impossible, right? We tend to put things off (unloading the dishwasher, a 50-min. Studio LB workout), but if we just get started by taking that first step, it will have a snowball effect. Movement creates movement, and everything will fall into place.
2. Motion Enhances Emotion. On those days where you don’t feel like doing anything, try a short walk or one of my Quick-Burn workouts. You can drastically change your mood and your mindset in just a few minutes.
3. Call A Friend. If you are feeling stuck, uninspired, you need an accountability partner (this is not a workout buddy)! An accountability partner is someone that is depending on you as much as you are depending on them. Who is your accountability partner? It doesn't have to be in-person to be effective, it can be via phone, email, DM, FB group, or text!