The appearance and health of our skin is dependent on so many different factors. To name a few: the products we use, environment, hormones, diet, and exercise. Exercise? Absolutely. Not only is exercise a stress reducer, but sweating can help open up pores to expel dirt, grime, and other toxins that might be lingering. (Just don't forget to wash your face with a gentle cleaner like our Tamanu Luxury Facial Cleanser afterwards). Katie Schrier, owner of barre3 Atlanta - South Buckhead explains how exercise can have an affect on more than just your physique. If you're among the millions who made a resolution to get fit in the new year, this blog is for you.
As I write this we’re about two weeks into 2015. If, like me, you enjoyed the holidays (read spent some quality time at the cookie tray) you may have entered the new year with a sense of relief. With the stroke of a clock, the drop of a ball and the turn of a page you have the opportunity to start fresh. To reinvest in the things that are most important to you, and to make the healthy choices that best reflect your mind and honor your body.
Perhaps you’ve comprised your list of resolutions and it is inked in your diary or taped to your refrigerator. Maybe you wrote down on a slip of paper something you want to let go of from 2014 and you ceremoniously torched the paper while making S’Mores in your fireplace on New Year’s Eve.
What if this year, instead of working from a list of things to do, you take a moment right now to sit down and write a letter to your future self? What is important to her or him? Where is she at this time next year? What will he have accomplished in 2015? Is there a bad habit she wants to kick? A healthy habit he wants to create? Does she want to exercise three times a week? Does he want to stop eating meals from a box? Describe not only the changes you want to make but also the effect you want those changes to have on your future self.
Next, start small. Start with just one inch. That’s where I come in.
At my studio, barre3 Atlanta - South Buckhead, we help clients shape their bodies by moving one inch at a time. Barre3’s signature workout includes isometric holds and small-range muscle motion work to help you develop the core strength of an athlete, the long, graceful lines of a dancer, and the mindful wisdom of a yogi.
Moving just one inch is designed to give you amazing results in your body. From the elite athlete to someone just getting back in the game, the workout equally challenges people of all fitness levels and life stages, connecting where they are with where they want to be. And that’s just what your letter to yourself will do: it will connect where you are right now with where you are going to be.
Barre3 training enhances other fitness interests like running, bicycling, or yoga in addition to offering whole-body conditioning by itself, so if you are going to run a marathon in 2015, barre3 can help you target and condition your stabilizer, endurance muscles. If you need to create more work-life balance, we can help you do that, too. We offer classes seven days per week starting as early as 6am so you can find a time of day that works for you. We even offer childcare during several classes so busy parents can still make time to move.
Each member of my team, from the individual who greets you at the front desk to the person who takes care of your kiddos to your instructor is passionate about her own health and well being, and she also is passionate about your health and well being. Unlike disciplines that frown upon deviations from a set workout sequence, barre3 instructors celebrate modifications so all fitness levels can get the most from their workout. Whether you are just getting back to exercise after an injury or attending a group exercise class for the first time, your instructor is committed to helping you meet your individual goals, one inch at a time. It is one of the most accessible, results-driven workouts out there.
Beyond the barre, I love using our signature, one-inch range of movement as a metaphor for progress. After all, it is one inch at a time, one step at a time and one day at a time that we connect where we are with where we want to be. Moving so mindfully can also help you enhance your mind/body connection. When we do that, we begin to trust our instincts. We listen to our heart. We follow our intentions. We do something today for our future self.
Once you’ve written your letter to yourself, fire off an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to host you for a complimentary class so you can experience the barre3 inch for yourself and begin to make the small choices today that your future self will thank you for tomorrow.