10 Ways to Simplify Your Life

10 Ways to Simplify Your Life

You know we love the simple things here at Fittbe. So, we’ve come up with a quick list for you of ways to simplify your life. When you really make these a priority, you’ll be amazed at how much head space you free up for fun and enriching things that you love, like Hygge coziness, cooking and baking, barre and pilates, painting? Whatever those passions may be!

 

Declutter paper. Take it online you guys!

Set reminders in your phone or on your computer for things you know you need to remember. Set your bills on autopay and keep a spreadsheet of them. Then, unsubscribe from receiving notifications by mail. All those mailers do is create clutter in your home, and eventually fill your recycle bin. When I do get something I need in paper form, I usually snap a pic of it and keep it in one secure folder. Then, I make sure to audit this folder often!

 

Keep up your fitness and health.

Workout at least 3 times a week! Balance with different types of exercise, or an all in one balanced program like Pilates or Barre. Remind yourself that you are the type of person who enjoys exercise and healthy behaviors. Affirmations are so powerful, and doing so will help you to form great habits that will support you in a big way!

 

Put yourself first. We all know that term “you can’t pour from an empty cup,” but do we really put it into action?

 

You guys… as my sister always says… “we must!” take care of yourself first because that frees you up to attend to others. This has to be done in a “guilt free” way. Really look after yourself. Don’t skip meals, go with your gut, if you feel to busy, turn down some invitations or engagements. It is ALL ok!

 

Do an hour of tidying a day.

When you tidy up, you immediately feel a great feeling of productivity. Turn on some music you love while you do it and enjoy making your space somewhere you love to dwell!

 

Clothes.

Wear (and keep) clothes that fit well and make you feel great! Just because it may have value, doesn’t mean it has value to you right now.

 

Set a morning routine that you look forward to.

This morning routine might include a hot shower, a steaming cup of coffee, luxurions stretching. Maybe even getting up a half hour earlier so you have some quiet time to enjoy yourself

 

Declutter your mind.

If it’s not actionable and important for the present, let it go, let it go, let it go!

 

Enjoy the now.

There’s never been a better time to bring your attention to what is right in front of you! Focus on your senses. See the beauty around you.

 

Foster Good Relationships!

Put time into good relationships and notice how they come back to you. Don’t put time into unproductive, unfulfilling or negative relationships. Remember, number 3. Look after yourself.

 

Make time for your hobbies.

If you need too set an alarm to make sure you spend time on your hobby, do it! If you want to practice piano because you haven’t since you were 15, do it! If you want to learn to play a sport, or a game, go for it. Hobbies are important for fueling your creativity and happiness.

 

I hope you try out these simplifying ideas! They have helped me personally, and I’d be delighted if they helped you to simplify your life as well! Be sure to follow along with Fittbe on Instagram and Pinterest! And if you don’t have your apps yet, you can download Fittbe Pilates here, and Fittbe Barre here. Looking for something a little slower? Opt for Fittbe Yogalates!

It's always a good day for BARRE!

BARRE is always a good idea, and of course Paris is too.. Thanks Sabrina!

 

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Boost your mood, focus, and improve your sleep!

Boost your mood, focus, and improve your sleep!

Can Exercise Reduce Stress & Tiredness?

So you’re feeling stressed, unfocused, a little tired… We’ve all been there! Rather than reaching for the remote to stream another series on Netflix or head to the couch for a nap, instead try a complete 360 and go for a little workout instead!

 

I’m already tired and you want me to workout to be more wakeful?

YES! You heard right, friend!

When you are feeling a little tired, a nice workout session will get both your circulation and endorphins going! You will enjoy a good mood boost, and much less tired. It doesn’t have to be anything too crazy. From at at home Pilates workout to a nice walk or a jog, it’s a great way to say to you body, “hey, wakie wakie, we have things to do!”

A mood booster!

We talked about endorphins, get ready for good feelings!

Endorphins are hormones that when simply put, make you feel good. When you exercise, your body releases  chemicals that give you a positive feeling! According to webmd, “that feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.” That sounds good to us! 

Getting Exercise also improves sleep!

Workout to sleep better!

Charlene Gamaldo, M.D. , medical director of Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep explains that  “moderate aerobic exercise increases the amount of slow wave sleep you get. Slow wave sleep refers to deep sleep, where the brain and body have a chance to rejuvenate. Exercise can also help to stabilize your mood and decompress the mind, “a cognitive process that is important for naturally transitioning to sleep.”

Feeling stuck? 

Use exercise to refocus!

According to the Harvard Medicine blog, exercise can help your brain to focus! Several studies have demonstrated that exercise that gets your heart pumping also can help your brain function. It may also improve memory! 

Get ready to THINK more clearly, sleep more soundly, and be in a better mood. Who wouldn’t love that!?

 

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How to Hygge

How to Hygge

How to Hygge

How to Hygge! Enjoy the Danish concept of Hygge. Find joy and warmth in your life, and get…

How to Hygge

There isn’t quite a direct translation to english, but other languages have quite similar principles. In Germany, “Gemütlichkeit,” in Norway, Koselig.

Here are 5 ways that you can bring more “Hygge,” Gemütlichkeit,” or “Koselig” into your life!

Make a point to make your environment cozy and enjoyable! Light a candle, curl up with a cozy favorite blankie. As I write this, I have my favorite white glassybaby lit, and the softest throw I own. A gift my Dad gave me for Christmas this year. It offers warmth from both the feeling of the material and the gift giver, so it kind of warms my heart too.

 

You “To Do List,” Hygge Style

Now that’s our kind of to do!

 

  • Enjoy downtime. Make a point to have downtime, and really soak it in. Resist the urge to achieve something or work during this downtime! Delight in a skincare ritual, like a facemask, do your nails, be pampered, relax. You can enjoy simple pleasures with others, or on your own. 
  • Turn off the tech. Grant yourself a tech-free hour – every day if you can. Be in your physical space, wholeheartedly!
  • Enjoy a treat. It is ok to enjoy a treat now and then in moderation. The key is to really enjoy it. Take in the tastes and savor!
  • Have a fire! You can do this indoors or even outdoors bonfire style depending on the time of the year. Gather round with great friends and enjoy! 
  • Stay in bed one extra hour! That’s right high achievers, you officially have permission from Fittbe to stay in bed for an extra hour. Keep it cozy and enjoy those blankies!

 

It's always a good day for BARRE!

BARRE is always a good idea, and of course Paris is too.. Thanks Sabrina!

 

5 Affirmations to Fuel Success!

5 Affirmations to Fuel Success!

5 Affirmations to Fuel Success!

Affirmations can be so powerful! Here are 5 affirmations to fuel your success today!

Daily affirmations to fuel success!

Affirmations are powerful! The thoughts we have impact the way we feel, the way our body reacts to things, the way we interact with our worlds, and our loved ones. Why wouldn’t you want to train your thoughts to be beautiful, strong, or positive? It may seem silly at first, but the operative word here is “train.” Bad thoughts can be habit-forming. But never fear, no negativity tailspins here. GOOD thoughts can also be habit-forming. When you have a mind full of good and productive thoughts, you start the process of forming the habit of good thinking, You will put good out into the world, and it will boomerang right back to you. Believe us!

Good thoughts!

These beauties are habit forming

Affirmations are the perfect way to start seeing the world, and interacting with the world in the best way possible! They are statements you make. You repeat and you remind, and eventually, they will change your life for the better! Always talk to yourself well, because YOU are listening!

Say it, think it believe it

Get your seat on the positivity train

You can write your own affirmations, or you can use many of ours! In fact, the yogalates app, is full of them! You can make affirmations for anything. Say them, think them, feel them, believe them.

5 Affirmations to Fuel your success today

and that’s just the beginning…

  • My life and prosperity are in my hands, and I have the power to create any future I desire.
  • I am pushing forward every day
  • I am passionate about moving forward. I will make today a productive day.
  • I know what my goals are and I am taking steps toward achieving them!
  • I am becoming comfortable with “enjoying the ride” on my way to success

 

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Add 10 Minutes of Stretching to Your To Do List

Add 10 Minutes of Stretching to Your To Do List

Stretch for at least ten minutes today!

Stretch distraction free!

Make sure you do this with no distractions. Just enjoy the stretch, listen to your body, and remind yourself that you deserve it.

10 Minutes of Stretching for your to do list! 

  • Can you find ten minutes to do your body a big favor?

There’s really no excuse for not stretching, and if you do it right, it’s something to look forward to! Fittbe rule number 1 for stretching is always stretch when you are warm. There is nothing worse than rolling out of bed and forcing your body into an uncomfortable stretch. You might wonder as you do something that is supposed to be good for you – am I injuring myself? Can something that feels like this really be good for me? The answer is, no! It’s not good to stretch cold.

  • A great way to get ready for stretching is to do a bit of what we call “oil can” in the Fittbe apps!

  • Start with some light leg circles standing
  • Follow by rolling through your feet in a planted jog about 16
  • Take 16 plie pulses in second position
  • Do 16 medium sized arm circle
  • Repeat 3 Rounds 

 Go for it! Relax, Stretch, and Settle in!

Now enjoy your 10 minutes of stretching! Be sure to do hamstring stretches, quad stretches, back stretches, calf, and Achilles stretches!

 

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Your Fittbe Pre Thanksgiving Workout Challenge!

Your Fittbe Pre Thanksgiving Workout Challenge!

Turkey day is on the way friends, and we like to indulge. There is no calorie counting on that gorgeous third Thursday of November. So how about putting a little “money in the bank!” Try the pre thanksgiving workout challenge!

Here is the challenge because you know we love our 16’s!

 

 

16 Pumpkin Squats (No need to use a real pumpkin – but we did! LOL, you can use a weight instead of pumpkin), get nice and low, but make sure that you track your knees and keep your core engaged. For this first one just hold that pumpkin at chest height.

16 more Pumpkin Squats with overhead lifts!

16 Pilgrim Twists (yes! usually, these babies are called Russian twists

16 Ronde de Jambes on the right

16 Ronde De Jambes on the left

8 Pilates push ups (remember from your apps, these babies include a full roll up to a standing position, in between, and be sure to keep your elbows in close!

Done? Now Instagram a pic of yourself doing one of the moves from the challenge + tag a friend for a chance to win a cute pair of tights or a tank from one of our partners. ??

Be sure to tag @Fittbe_Workouts and #Fittbe

 

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