Spring has finally arrived and it’s time to get outside and bask in the fresh air.
And if you know me, you know I’m all about a great outdoor workout.
But while we are able to get outside more with the gorgeous spring weather, we still need a home space for our strength training, yoga, and Pilates. It’s important to have a dependable and inspirational space to ensure our workouts happen—no matter how cold, hot, or rainy it is outdoors.
So here are some tips on how to create your ideal wellness haven at home. That way you never miss a day and you always have the perfect place to do your TK videos.
When you feel anxious, it’s near impossible to feel good about anything. And when many people are citing an increase in anxiety lately, it’s important to have plans in place to help you overcome stress and anxiety.
One reason I love to include yoga in my programs is because of its proven ability to reduce stress. It’s the perfect exercise to create a mind-body connection and feel present. Plus it’s one of the easiest exercises to get into from home.
But all forms of exercise have the power to lower your stress levels. Exercise reduces the amount of adrenaline and cortisol in your body. Adrenaline and cortisol are stress hormones your body releases when it senses a threat. You need these hormones to initiate your fight or flight response in appropriate circumstances. But constantly elevated levels keep you in a state of stress that’s associated with increased anxiety, inflammation, and longer recovery times.
Exercise Reduces Stress Levels & Elevates Your Mood
Exercise is the best natural way to lower your adrenaline and cortisol levels and stay calm, refreshed, and focused in other areas of your life. And the best part is that this response happens whether you’re running, lifting heavy weights, or doing bodyweight workouts at home—which means you don’t need the gym and all the heavy weights to experience the stress-reducing benefits of exercise.
The reason exercise is such a great mood enhancer is because of all the endorphins that get released during and after your workout. Endorphins are the chemicals in your brain that reduce pain and elevate your mood.
And while exercise won’t make your problems disappear, it does take your mind off all your concerns for a while. When you focus on training for a little bit, you’ll find your mind cleared of all the worries bothering you the rest of the day.
If you feel like you’ve spent too much time at home, the place starts to feel stale with cooped-up energy. You’re tired of sitting in the same rooms every day and everything in your life seems to revolve around the house, with nothing outside for balance. As you spend more time at home, it’s hard to separate your workspace from your relaxation and wellness space. It all gets blended together and the result is that it feels harder to relax at home and work is ever-present in mind.
So it’s no surprise if your home feels a bit like a prison rather than the peaceful sanctuary you need to recover from everything else in life.
Fortunately, there are some minor changes you can make at home—even in just one room—to create a space that’s good for your health, fitness and overall state of mind.
Declutter your home, and the space you’ll dedicate to your health and wellness.
If you already keep your home sparkling clean and pristine, then you’ve already taken the first step to minimize stress in your environment.
Letting clutter accumulate is inviting stress and chaos into your home that can be avoided.
The truth is—household clutter actually raises cortisol levels in your body. Elevated cortisol increases stress and makes it harder for you to focus. Plus, it’s a constant, nagging reminder that there are other things to do that you haven’t taken care of yet.
So take that first step to declutter your home, or at the very least, the space you’ll dedicate to your health and wellness. Even if it seems like a herculean task, you’ll find that it doesn’t take nearly as much time as it seems in your head. And you’ll feel soothed by the outcome.
Your wellness space is the ideal place to both relax and get your mindset back on track to feel empowered and capable.
Having a space for fitness and wellness doesn’t require a home gym. It’s a nice perk, but all you need is a small private space with enough room for simple exercises, yoga, and stretching. That means even a decluttered and intentionally designed corner of a room is all you need.
Regardless of how much space you have, here are some of the best ways to create a soothing and empowering wellness space in your home:
Your wellness space is the ideal place to both relax and get your mindset back on track to feel empowered and capable. Remember, you can tackle any of the stressful things that come up in your life.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that your wellness practices at home don’t need to be perfect. All you need is to be flexible and make room for progress as it comes naturally.
To get workouts you can do from your wellness haven at home, outside, or anywhere else you like, check out my training programs. They’re perfect for doing anywhere and anytime you want!