How often should I practice for best results?
Short answer? More is more. The more you practice, the greater the benefits. A little everyday is better than a lot every once in awhile. Just like any habit, physical practice or skill – the more you do, the better you’ll be at it. Your goals for your practice may differ. Some of us need to chill out more, some may need to lose weight, some are wanting a spiritual practice or more mobility. Whatever you’re searching for – aim to be consistent and disciplined with it for the best results.
While Discipline and Freedom seem like they sit on opposite sides of the spectrum, they are actually very connected. Freedom is what everyone wants — to be able to act and live with freedom. But the only way to get to a place of freedom is through discipline. If you want financial freedom, you have to have financial discipline. If you want more free time, you have to follow a more disciplined time management system. You also have to have the discipline to say “No” to things that eat up your time with no payback—things like random YouTube videos, click-bait on the internet, and even events that you agree to attend when you know you won’t want to be there. Discipline equals freedom applies to every aspect of life: if you want more freedom, get more discipline. – Jocko Willink
Does everything feel great when you first start? Not always. Change is difficult. It takes to time to change our fascial system and build muscle and cardiovascular endurance. This is normal.
Start slow and easy – but be consistent. Keep trying. Keep coming and keep putting in the work. Even a meditation practice is hard in the beginning. New habits take new skill sets. Be gentle with yourselves along the way but know that the only one who can make the change… is you.
How to stay disciplined with your practice/movement plan:
Get your family and friends on board. Bring them, or let them know you’re new plan so they can support you (your spouse can cook dinner, friends who can watch your kids, or a sweat support friend that comes along with you).
Write out your classes in your agenda for the week and pre-book them on your mindbody app. If it’s in there in writing – you’re more likely to do it.
Take a yoga workshop or immersion to educate yourself further and help yourself deepen your practice.
Journal daily – put your reflections on paper (how have you been feeling – how have things changed or shifted for you because of your new plan?) This is done best early in the am. Put the negative stuff down there too. Your limitations, nasty thoughts and anything you’d like to get out of your head. Better on the paper than in your head.
Then swap the negative for the good. Write down your positive affirmations – your encouraging words and the things that are actually true!
“I am strong”
“I am supported”
“I am healing”
“I am proud because I _______”
“I’ve completed _______and I should celebrate”
Celebrate the good. Celebrate the struggle. Celebrate the fact that you are making leaps and bounds towards a YOU 2.0.
A healthier, happier, stronger you. Celebrate each step along the way.