I just started a new job a few weeks ago. It's a big step up for me and the learning curve is HUGE. Needless to say, my stress levels are elevated as I try to navigate this new company and understand my role and team dynamics. I come home exhausted every night. I know it won't be like that forever, but right now, my body is feeling the drain from all the mental energy I'm using.
More Yoga, Less Push
While HIIT workouts and weightlifting have been the mainstay of my fitness all summer long, lately I've made a shift to less stressful movement. Now I'm doing more yoga, walking, and sleeping and it's paying off. It's amazing how much more focused, alert and energetic I am because I've allowed more energy to flow to my brain than my body.
I share this to point out that your workouts can support all areas of your life, not just your weight loss goals. By listening to your body and allowing how you feel to drive your workouts (hint - it doesn't want to sit on the couch), you can use exercise to help you focus, alleviate stress or even to fight depression.
The technical term is Autoregulation, but in reality, it's just a practice of making decisions about how much stress to put your body through, based on what you think it can handle.
I Still Have Goals
Meanwhile, just because my fitness has become less stressful and high-impact, it's still focused on building strength while staying lean.
Right now I'm focused on developing my yoga practice at home with the 3 Week Yoga Retreat. It's an online program that helps you build strength and flexibility over the course of each class. The benefit to this process is that you're able to gently transition into more challenging classes, rather than being overwhelmed on day one.
My goal with yoga is to help reduce my stress and increase my focus so I can show up well at my new role. Change is never easy, even for someone who enjoys it!
Try the 3-Week Yoga Retreat
If you're curious about this program I'm working on, you can find it on Beachbody On Demand. It's an online streaming service that you pay an annual fee for. That feel entitles you to a BUNCH of fitness programs - from cardio and dance to weight lifting and HIIT. I've been using it for years and I love it.
It's way less expensive than a gym and I don't have to leave my house to get fit. This used to be a big roadblock for me (it takes too much time), so committing to home workout as been an absolute game-changer.