5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your PM Ballet Fitness
Not everyone has the ability to get their fitness routine taken care of first thing in the morning, even though I give you tips on how to master your morning here.
An early morning work schedule, or a sudden change in your daily routine, can mean that evenings are the only reliable time to get your ballet fitness done.
But, don’t despair, there are actually some surprising benefits to an evening workout.
For instance, we naturally have more energy between 2:00-6:00 PM. And, because we’ve been up and about for most of the day, our joints and muscles are already responsive and warm. So, how can we make sure we stick to our fitness goals when we can’t get started until later in the day? How can we keep our energy up so we don’t slack off?
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Here are 5 simple things you can do to make sure you’re getting the most out of your evening ballet fitness.
Stay Properly Fueled and Hydrated.
Try to eat a well-balanced lunch, choose foods you know will provide your body with the fuel it needs to keep up with your schedule. Lean proteins, dark leafy greens, fresh fruit, and nuts are all excellent options. Keep a water bottle handy, and be sure to sip on it throughout the day. Being hydrated is an essential part of maintaining a healthy electrolyte balance. Everyone has different hydration needs based on their own chemistry. But, it is generally recommended that women consume around 2.7 L of fluid per day, and men around 3.7 L (fluid of any type, water or other).
The age-old advice of 8 glasses a day may work for some, while others may find they need more or do fine with less. Listen to your body. And, learn how to recognize the signs of dehydration (such as fatigue, dizziness, or urinating less frequently).
Once you are done for the day, be done. Put your phone away or turn the sound off, and try to get in the habit of not checking it again once you’re in bed.
Schedule Your Routine.
After a busy day it can be difficult to stick to your fitness goals, so schedule your routine into your days with the same amount of respect you’d give to that 9:00am meeting.
Think of your ballet fitness time as your “me” time, your happy place. It can be your time to get recentered, have fun, and burn off some steam. Make it a priority, regardless of what time it is.
Value your fitness time, and schedule it into your day so nothing else can get in the way.
Recharge During Your Commute.
If your lifestyle requires you to commute, whether from work or from other responsibilities, use that time to give yourself a little power boost. Get rehydrated, and have a snack (like a handful of trail mix or a banana).
Put on your favorite music, songs you love that give you a burst of energy and excitement. Take some deep breaths, and start to think about what you want to accomplish during your routine.
Get Straight To It.
No excuses. You’ve already scheduled it in, gotten yourself recharged, and now you’re ready to get right to it.
So, Get It Done!
Avoid distractions, stay focused, start your routine right away. Remember, this is your time to work on yourself for yourself.
Have a Goal.
Just like any AM fitness routine, having daily goals that complement your long-term ones will help keep you motivated and committed to your routine. Acknowledging smaller, but no less important, daily achievements are a crucial part of sticking to a fitness routine.
If ballet is your fitness of choice (and what a good choice it is), then think of one thing you want to improve the night before. If improving your extension is one of your long-term goals, then set smaller daily ones to help get you there.
Try telling yourself, “I’m not going to worry about the road ahead, only what I can do today to take a step forward.” Rather than going straight for that 90 degree arabesque, and being disappointed when you don’t nail it, choose something from the Extension Series that will help pave your way to that arabesque.
And, be proud of what you accomplish each day- even if it’s just committing to doing the exercises, eventually all those “small” achievements add up. One day, and that day may be sooner than you think, you’ll catch a glimpse of that hard-earned arabesque, and the change will be glaringly apparent.
Like I always say, Rome wasn’t built in a day! Let’s try to remember that with each goal met, no matter how small it may seem, we are one step closer to reaching our full potential.
What are your favorite things to do to help you stay motivated at the end of the day? Everyone has something to offer, we can learn from each other! Leave your thoughts in the comments, and let’s keep dancing!
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