Spring clean your life.

springAfter what seemed like a pretty harsh winter (am I a woos?)  –  Spring has finally sprung and with that a brilliant reason to refine the ‘stuff’ we have been accumulating, hoarding and growing like a wild crop of kale in our garden.

As we de-clutter, it’s also a good time to think about a good clean out for the mind. Marie Kondo (dubbed the Queen of clean) says “Tidying is just a tool., not the final destination. When your room is clean and uncluttered you have no choice but to examine your inner state“.

Think about what’s in your wardrobe. There are the classics which make you look and feel great. Your favourite leather jacket, your go to shoes for ‘heels and earrings’ nights or for men, your favourite white basic tee which makes you feel awesome. However if you’re honest there a few items you’re ‘waiting to fit’, an old flames t-shirt and a pair of jeans which will definitely come back into fashion (do they really ever?) or a top from your Mum that never really worked for you.  Kondo says you must review your wardrobe and ask does this bring me JOY?  If not, it needs to go.

Our mind is a bit like a wardrobe. It stores useful and not so useful items but how often do we edit the data we’re storing in there? Let’s just look at our beliefs as an example.

A belief is simply a feeling of certainty about something.  For many of us our M.O. (modus operandi) is to operate off the basis of beliefs formed about ourselves when we’re kids and we never re-visit them to review how much reality there is actually behind it.

As you Spring clean your wardrobe,  garage or kitchen this month and put back the items that are going to stay, do this too with your mind. What is useful? What needs to be removed and replaced with something to get you moving in the direction you want?

For your spring edit of your wardrobe: Marie Kondo emphasises learning to let go (works on so many levels). Be honest with the “might need  it down the track” pattern. If the favorite but slightly too tight jeans have served their purpose but no longer bring you joy or are relevant to who you are as a person, let someone else benefit from them.

Try this belief detox: Write down your top ten beliefs about yourself. Which ones are working for you? Great, they stay. The ones that aren’t need to go. Depending on how old that belief is you may need to work with someone externally. However for now,  experiment with remembering where the belief came from. Was it something you overheard as a kid at school? Did a parent or elder tell you directly? Go back to that time and look at the situation as an adult now. How much gravitas have you given one comment? Are you holding onto it like your safety blanket? What are you getting from keeping this belief about yourself (you’re getting something otherwise you wouldn’t be holding onto it). Finally your old belief needs to be replaced with a new one and evidence of it. So if you want to fit your favourite jeans, have a belief you’re worth it and set up systems and habits to make it easy for yourself.

 One final edit – social media. We might not feel like we can get away from it but we can choose  how often we engage with social media and what we see. We seem to feel like watching people who are skinnier, more flexible and have more glamorous lives than us will make us feel more awesome. But if you’re waking up every morning to images or rants which aren’t cool for you – detox away. I am officially unsubscribing to any more breakfast bowls & any impossible yoga poses. Yes, some of it can be inspiring but if it’s not making you feel alive, invigorated and happy with yourself, you have a choice. Follow or unfollow.

The Momentum Series kicks off on Monday 12th of October.  A focus will be around de-cluttering your mind as well as becoming clear on your intentions for 2016.

8 clubs in 2 months…The Rundown

gyms

With spring firmly here, the gyms are busier than ever as everyone reminds themselves they won’t be able to hide behind long drapey cardis and sweaters for much longer. And with so many new cool fitness classes popping up in Sydney, I decided to embrace feeling like a newbie, leave the safety of Fitness First and embark on a little tour of health clubs lovingly named the #8x2challenge. It was fun, cheap and an awesome way to get me out of my comfort zone. Here’s my review of the 8 I chose to get me through winter – perhaps there’s a couple here to motivate you to get active for your spring edit?

KX Pilates – Bondi Junction

I’ve been a gym bunny for a looonnng time but I can’t believe I’ve never tried a pilates reformer machine before. WHAT a workout. Really enjoyed the instructors, the tunes and the intro deal was super affordable.

Xtend Barre – Naremburn

As an ex-ballerina/ dancer (Ok just up to a teenager) I was pretty excited to try this out and boy did it deliver. An awesome workout I could feel the tightness for a few days afterwards and it wasn’t too complicated either. No pas-de-chats thank goodness.

Flow Athletic  –  a premium-feel gym in Paddington, I’d be eyeing this one up for a while. Super friendly, chic and so many classes to choose from. I checked out Bike Asana which is 30 mins spin and 30 mins yoga. The yoga studio is the nicest I’ve visited in Sydney. If I lived closer I’d definitely look in to their options.

Body Mind Life – Bondi Beach

This was probably one of my favourites – mostly because it’s just such a good deal at $48 for a month of unlimited yoga (or pilates ) – I certainly got my money’s worth. During chilly July there was nothing nicer than going into a warm studio – I even went a little early to have a wee savasana solo time. Bliss.

Centennial Health Club – Moore Park

A girlfriend told me about this one – mostly because she was excited about the childcare options but I was impressed with the very different styles of classes and the two workouts I did I felt for daysssss. If you live or work near here I recommend trying it out. Also compared to my usual big gym where no one really speaks to each other, I really noticed how friendly people were.

Agoga – Bondi

I had been wanting to try Agoga for ages but was worried I was never fit enough however I did survive. The two intro classes I tried were both really good – my favourite was their signature class which really tested all parts of me including my will power. Super friendly and a nice bunch, I’ll go back for sure.

Vicious Cycle – Bondi Beach

While my road bike collects dust during winter months I do love a good spin class. This is a custom built spin studio with very flash spin bikes – the only thing missing is the meters which are becoming more common now. The $25 for 2 weeks deal was awesome value to get a sense of different instructors. A few even have a bonus core/ stretch segment which was worth staying for.

Coreletics – Darlinghurst/ Bondi

Coreletics is a holisitic core workout where Emma takes into consideration your overarching goals and what’s going on for you on the day. One session was completely pilates based with a reformer machine and boy did the thighs feel it the next day.   The second sesh I hit up 98 Riley St where we went through some basic functional movements (the new buzz in fitness) then finished off with a heart racing HIIT session. Phew! Everyone loves a personalised approach especially me.

 

All the new pass options like Body Pass and K Fit will mean a lot more variety and affordability for your workouts. I still haven’t quite managed to give up my ‘big gym’ membership but I’m sure it’s going to happen soon. Next week I’m off to try F45 in Bondi to see what all the fuss is about. But there’s at least 8 more on my list to try out – aerial yoga anyone? Let me know if you have any recommendations!