Archives for December 2016
January is coming, MINT lovers. The Statistic Brain Research Institute reported that 45% us make a new year’s resolution, and our #1 goal is weight loss. Despite our best intentions, only eight percent of us will report that we’ve achieved our goals. How can we make 2017 different? By using a little brainpower and a system called WOOP.
WOOP stands for Wish Outcome Obstacle Plan. It’s a method for setting and achieving goals developed by psychologist Gabriele Oettingen at NYU.
A recent study found that WOOP helped participants double the amount of regular physical exercise. Can you picture what you would look like if you could double your time at MINT?
WOOP works something like this: Think about your New Years resolution. If you’re like most of us, your goal is to lose some weight, and get yourself healthy and fit. That’s your “W” or your Wish.
Next, think about the Outcome. If your wish comes true, you’ll have so much energy and confidence in 2017. When you feel great, you’re able to be more and do more.
Sounds great, right? But Dr. Oettingen found that if we just think about what we want and how great we’ll feel once we reach our goal, our blood pressure drops and we feel more relaxed. Our bodies respond as if just wishing for better health had actually made us achieve that goal, and on some level, we lose that motivation. That’s why we need more than just a great resolution and a positive attitude.
After positive visualization, it’s time contrast that positive vision by taking a hard look in the mirror. What are the Obstacles that might get in the way of achieving your goal? Don’t worry about that January weather. MINT is still open. Instead, focus on obstacles that come from within: What are the things that keep you from working out the way you hope to in January? Too much rich food, booze, and lack of sleep are common excuses. Or perhaps you struggle to make the gym a priority, or to find value in a low-impact workout when you have a cold.
What we need is a Plan. Knowing our wish, having a motivating vision of the outcome, means we need a plan to overcome that obstacle. The plan can be something simple, like registering for that spin class tomorrow morning before heading out to happy hour tonight. Or you might need to give yourself a little positive pep talk about the value of getting your blood moving, if only for 20 minutes.
Want to try it out? Download the free WOOP app or check out Dr. Oettingen’s research on her website or check out her book, Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside The New Science Of Motivation.
WOOP it up with us at MINT this January, and let’s make 2017 the year you achieve all your health and fitness goals.
Make your plans now to join Melanie for a sweat sesh that gives one final nod to the best music of 2016.
While you begin creating your list of new years resolutions, finish this year out strong by riding along to some of your favorite artists & hits from this past year in music. Music played at this spin party will be based on songs who were most streamed on Spotify, and are guaranteed to get you moving and feeling good.
If this post-NYE party sounds up your alley, then sign up HERE for a ride with Melanie on Wednesday, January 4th at 7:45 pm at MINT Dupont! See you on the bike!
We want to welcome Pacers Running into to the MINT community!
Pacers Running has multiple locations in and around the DMV, with one of them being right on 14th Street NW!
Stop in, say “hello!” and check out their workout gear. The friendly staff at Pacers specializes in curating a selection of footwear, apparel, and accessories based off your needs and goals.
Their neighborhood shops are open daily and they also have FREE fun runs at various times throughout the week. Lace up your sneaks, invite some MINT pals and get running!
Another year is coming to an end… and we’ve had a blast! Here’s what our year looked like at MINT… by the numbers!
new class studios/areas added
MINT classes conducted
Disclaimers: Consult a doctor before beginning an exercise regime. Never force a pose. Stop if you feel pain or intense discomfort. Yoga is meant to be yummy.
I love vinyasa yoga and I am obsessed with good alignment. This obsession doesn’t stem from a need for perfection, which would be very “un-yoga-like” of me, but from a passion for protecting the body from injury. Most bodies can safely practice yoga on a daily basis, but maintaining sound alignment is essential to your physical wellbeing. In this series, I will break down some common poses—explaining how to stay safe and fully enjoy each posture. Finally, remember to BREATHE consistently while practicing yoga to receive the full benefits of the practice … otherwise, you’re just stretching in Sanskrit. Today’s pose is Fire Log Pose, or Agnistambhasana.
- Start in a gentle cross-legged sitting pose.
- The lower half of your legs will stack like fire logs in this position (hence the name of the pose).
- Take the left leg and rest it on top of the right leg. Flex both feet to protect the knees.
- If your left knee doesn’t quite reach your right foot, use a blanket to support the knee.
- Sit up tall stretching through the spine, and then fold forward. Again, if your left knee isn’t quite reaching your right foot comfortably, bend towards that knee. If you are warm enough in the body, you can stretch straight out in front of you.
- Release any unnecessary tension in your neck and face.
- After you are done, try the pose on the other side to even out the body.
- This pose is a great alternative to resting half-pigeon—both give the glutes a nice stretch.
Practicing yoga on your own can be a ton of fun, but taking a class is a great way to explore new poses under the tutelage of a trained yoga instructor; check out MINT’s yoga offerings, here.