Every summer it’s easy to look forward to having lots of free time to bask + enjoy life. What happens when suddenly summer is flying by because of work, school, relationships + everything else that happens so fast? Sometimes it’s important to clear your mind + remember your priorities. While easier said than done, make this a distinct priority for yourself + not a vague goal.
Mental health is as important as physical health + can improve physical health in addition to preventing injury, burnout + emotional disorders. As you plan your #CHAARGBOOTYCAMP workouts this summer, also schedule in *me-time* to keep you focused, alert ++ on your A-game this summer. Remember — you are creating healthy habits not only for this summer, but for life!
Meditation is the most common way of clearing your mind. By definition it is the act of reflecting + thinking purely for the sake of self. While it is mostly associated with the seated position or yoga, there are other forms such as walking or guided meditation. Like your favorite sweat sesh one format does not fit all, so take time trying different ways to show dedication to your practice + intention. Many fitness professionals swear by meditation as a way to feel centered + remain true to self. You can even journal while meditating to help physically clear your mind of any thoughts in your head.
Aside from the obvious, a little adventure can always help to clear the mind. While a routine may help you save time + be efficient, it is best balanced with spontaneity that keeps you on your toes + in the moment. Heading outdoors for adventure will further improve your mental + physical wellbeing, so don’t be afraid to explore the wild with a walk or hike. Always apply sunscreen, but feel free to get a little dirty to purify your mind.
Every CHAARG girl knows the best way to clear your mind is to sweat ; ) However, different kinds of sweat can benefit the body in different ways. While structured workouts can keep the mind active [think about all the pyramids when you’re *subtlely* doing math between sets] it can also inhibit your mind from being totally clear + in the moment. While short + quick interval style workouts may arguably be best for power + agility ++ longer distances can be better for the mind. Instead of worrying about which move you’ll do or weights you’ll need next, a long, steady sweat sesh can be therapeutic. Whether it’s a long run, ride or swim, these can be a great *me-time* to meditate + focus on yourself.
This summer during #CHAARGBOOTYCAMP try to dedicate at least 1 bolt a week to your mental health. Get creative + remember that 60 bolts in 6 weeks is not a challenge against anyone but yourself. Do this for you. Do it for the booty, do it for the abs, but remember your mind must be as strong to appreciate the rest of your body’s hard work.
++Mary Kesinger [@itsmarykfit] // VirtCHAARG Chicago