Earlier this week, BuDhaGirl did our very first custom spin class with CycleBar in Dallas. At the beginning of class, everyone set an intention for their ride using a single All Weather Bangle. And you know what? It actually changed everyone’s approach to their workout, and influenced their overall enjoyment of the class! Have you had a similar experience wearing All Weather Bangles while exercising?
Some days, workouts are simply more challenging than others. You don't feel motivated or inspired. You blame your ennui on too little sleep, lack of hydration, and so on. While these variances might be part of the issue, there's a larger problem at hand - you're exercising with too many goals and not enough intention.
We talk a lot about intentions here at BuDhaGirl - they apply to our products, but they are also essential to leading a mindful life. Intentions make everything more focused and purposeful. When you put on your All Weather Bangles in the morning, you set intentions for your day, so why not set a few for your health and your workouts?
Keep in mind that exercise intentions shouldn't necessarily be goal-based. Instead of intending to run three miles because that's the next training goal on your schedule, take a moment to be present and self-aware. Take stock of how you feel, what you could benefit from, then set intentions for your workout accordingly. Challenge yourself to set intentions that aren't based on time, distance, calories or competition. When you release the idea of exercise results as quantifiable, your workout suddenly becomes expansive, exciting - a world of opportunity.
Set an intention during your workout to feel joy, to have fun, and most of all, to use it as an opportunity to practice self-love. There's no wrong goal, wrong accomplishment and there’s certainly no limit on how much you can achieve. What's more motivating than that? Determine what exactly you would like to gain from the one workout in front of you, acknowledge what your overall health goals are, set your intention, then go... be it.