"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. Do the thing you think you cannot do.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
What a year...
I hear you, you have been at home for months, you have lost track of your routines, and to top it all off, now you don’t know where or how to start (or start again, no shame!). And let's be honest, who didn’t have one of these periods during 2020, right? Covid-19 has changed our way of life in so many ways. From working from home, to not going out, to the kids' e-learning, and everything in between. Many of us are exhausted and whether we like it or not, exercise has unintentionally taken the back burner.
You are not alone here, and the good news is - there are doable and exciting ways to get those routines back on track in 2021. Classes are one of the best ways to ease back in, and here’s why - you skip the research of finding that perfect fitness app, you are guided by experienced instructors who can customize the workouts with you, you make friends (with amazing people, if we do says so ourselves), and you help your incredible body while you are at it! Our dance and fitness studio classes are affordable and geared to welcome everyone who is willing to give us a try!
Daily physical activity is key to healthy living.
It sounds obvious, I know, but you gave up a lot when the world went on lock down (understandably so), and for some of you, exercise was one of the first things to go. Your schedules became jumbled, workdays merged into evenings, and you were no longer able to go to gyms. The motivation to find that fitness app slowly disappeared from your to-do lists, and then bam - months have flown by!
Here’s a little secret - you can start from anywhere at any time, and it will positively impact your health(no one has to know!). Moderate intensity exercise is linked to a stronger immune system, healthier heart and lungs, and it can help with your stress, anxiety and depression. There is no doubt that 2020 affected at least one of these stressors in ways we never could have imagined, but there are many things we can do to slowly gain or regain positive routines.
Routine exercises can also help those who have underlying conditions like cancer or immune deficiencies. One of the best ways to protect yourself from the effects of Covid-19 is to stay active and healthy. A recent study found that 78% of those who were heavily affected and hospitalized with Covid-19 were obsese. Exercising regularly not only helps you lose the extra weight and keeps you healthy, but can also help save your life! Strengthening your body at the Barre Dance and Fitness studio with exercise is a win-win situation, you get to help yourself while also becoming an amazing member of a family like community who really cares!
Make exercise a habit you can't break.
The suggested amount of exercise is 150-300 minutes per week of moderate-intensity physical activity. But for habit and goal purposes, let's break that up a bit. When we divide that up into 5 days a week, it's much less of a hurdle, and it becomes only 30-60 minutes a day - of any exercise. This can be any movement that gets our heart rate up, don’t overthink it!
Have you noticed how goals are much less daunting when you break them up? Let’s be real here, I know when you read 150-300 minutes a week, your mind immediately thought about your long busy days, and made a B-line to the “nevermind” door. But, now with it broken up, you see that it is something surprisingly doable. And truthfully, when you find something you love, 30-60 minutes turns into nothing and can be something to look forward to everyday!
And, because our habits and routines were disrupted, we have somewhat of a clear slate here. We have room to redo our goals and our prompts to spring us into action. For example, we all have that outfit that we always use for a workout. Some of us who really have it together have that energy drink or protein drink that pushes us to do that tough workout. Try to create small habits, things that will help you go from one step to the next to reach those exercise goals, no matter how small they are. You could even make driving to the dance and fitness studio your new habit!
You know that feeling right after a good work out, and you feel like you can do anything? Well, try taking a dance or fitness class to unlock your habit vault and get that power boost everyday!
Where do you start?
I am going to be honest with you, I know it’s hard to get back into it. That is why I recommend trying the Barre Dance and Fitness new student 2 week program! You only pay $19.99 to unlock your full body fitness adventure! You get a full two weeks of UNLIMITED access to the classes of your choice - yep you read that right - unlimited! Come and get a taste of what it's like to be a studio member and don’t forget - this includes the online classes we offer too! With the new student 2 week program, you are free to visit anytime and give any of our classes a try for a special, just for you price (are you feeling that motivation yet - because I am)!
And once you have completed your two weeks of the intro program - you go girl! You have the freedom to decide where you might want to expand your moves. Try some of our classes like barre, ballet, jazz, or contemporary dance! Don’t worry about experience either, every class offers a place for every level of dancer. Whether you have spent years dancing in your house alone, doing some rad moves while singing in cars with your friends, or even trying out those Tik Tok dances. You are already better than you think, and the Barre Dance and Fitness has a place for you!
If you aren't a huge fan of dance classes, no pressure! Try zumba, trampoline fit, or dance fit plus! Build that confidence and your healthy goals! Rediscover those moves you forgot you had, and brighten your weeks with intimate group classes that will be sure to lift your spirits. Check out our weekly class schedule!
We totally understand if you are still on the fence, and realize we are all still not used to the guidelines NY has in place, which is why the Barre is completely committed to making every person who walks in the door feel safe and welcome.
Do it for your present and future self
The Barre Dance and Fitness studio is here for you whenever you are ready to take that leap. We know that you know your health and wellness are so important, and we want to be a part of your journey. Our studio offers a wide selection of classes daily to help you jumpstart your health & fitness goals. Check out our class schedules and book your first steps towards that dream fit life. We can’t wait to see you there!
Whither you're a morning person or night owl, I challenge you to incorporate yoga into your daily routine every day. Most of you have heard of the endless benefits to practicing yoga both physical, spiritual, and mental, so ask yourself what's holding you back from sticking to your practice? Or maybe what's holding you back from growing to the next level of your yoga practice?
Starting today, I challenge all the beginner yogis out there and the experienced yogis to add more yoga into your daily routine and stick to it. Find out what it's like to be transformed as a person from the inside out by showing up to yoga daily, either morning or night. For me I use my time on the yoga mat to pray to god and worship him through my body that he gave me, I've gotten so much closer to God once I started devoting my practice to him! Start thinking about why you personally want to grow and how that could be incorporated into your yoga practice, stay consistent!
The beauty of yoga is that it is for everybody, all ages, all genders, all shapes and sizes. Not sure where to even start? Thats ok and thats why I am here to help! I want to not only challenge you but help you along your journey in any way that I can to help you discover the positive benefits yoga will have in your life. Join me for online classes or in the studio, or if you're local to Rochester NY lets get together for a private lesson, call me today! If any of those options sound like they won't work right now for some reason, try downloading these morning and evening yoga guided flows for yourself until you get more comfortable!
- Erin Joy
Be scared and do it anyways"
My name is Erin Joy, owner and creator of The Barre Dance & Fitness studio. I am passionate about life, health, movement, and overall wellness inside and out. I hope you'll use these free resources to either solve a problem, inspire a new habit, or learn something new. I encourage you to leave your thoughts and comments for me to read, I'd love to hear what you have to say! Let's journey together towards overall wellness.