Winter Workout Tips

What a gorgeous fall season we have enjoyed in the Northeast this year! Mild days, plenty of sun and impeccable weather just tailor-made for outdoor activities. We have been so lucky! At Endurance, we have worked with our students inside and out- setting up running programs and weekly Pilates reformer sessions coupled with nutrition coaching and intuitive healing. We plan to help our students continue to participate in all of their chosen outdoor activities all winter long. Yes, even in Boston!

Did you know that spending time in the cold is good for your skin, can help you to burn more calories, lowers inflammation and improves allergies! Just by stepping out for a quick walk or run, you can improve your health far beyond the expected cardiovascular benefits. With a little wardrobe planning, your outdoor workouts can be just as comfortable, or more so, than your indoor sweat sessions!

Here are some of our favorite outdoor exercise tips!

1- Wear mittens. Use Hot hands. You can get away with gloves for shorter workouts, but be prepared for the wind and cold temps. And, don’t worry about having specific exercise gloves- go for warmth, wool, deerskin- grab your ski gloves!

2- Wear layers that will be easy to store around your waist unless you plan on dropping pieces off at designated places.

3- Have tissues for blowing your nose!

4- Wear a hat

5- Be sure your shoes and socks are appropriate for the terrain. Yak tracks and other ice soles are great when you are actually on an icy surface, but they are a disaster when you hit pavement or uncovered ground. Be sure to have good tread and a water resistant shoe if you will be out in the snow.

Outdoor exercise is very important for your health no matter what time of year, but winter workouts can become more challenging as we all know! Hopefully our tips will help you out as you plan your fitness regimen through the rest of 2021 and into 2022!

Harvest Moon

A full moon tonight. A new season in a few days. We are entering into an exciting fall 2021 after months of uncertainty  An entrance into a new season of peace, growth and plans for the future will commence tonight as the moon enters into its brightest phase of the current just before 8PM.

We move through a full moon in every moon cycle. The Harvest Moon this evening is even more special than most full moons. When we take a peek up into the night sky, the moon will be at its fullest. The Harvest Moon is considered a supermoon, meaning that it will be closest to earth this month.

This full moon is also a time for change and new beginnings. We can embrace the new season ahead of us by taking a look at our current well-being regimen. We need to come together as a community to help each other embark on our own personal journeys. Endurance would love to provide the support you need to take this important step toward better health. Whether you would like to discuss your nutrition, start a Pilates regimen, train for a marathon or improve your mind-body connection with meditation and Intuitive healing, we are here for you!

What type of changes may occur from taking a positive step forward? We at Endurance know that you will find your own new normal.  Your journey is unique to you and our staff here wants to support you on every step of the way.

Taking time for yourself is the first step toward achieving your goals. We are taught to take care of others before ourselves.  You deserve this time and you will be much happier when you improve your self-confidence!

We are so excited for this new season! An opportunity to lead a healthier lifestyles awaits us and fall is the perfect time to get things started! Right now, all of our health journeys have been shaped by the Covid experience. We have tight hip flexors, the Covid 15, stress related ailments, neck pain and all sorts of other new types of quarantine/work from home physical and mental situations to work through, manage or change.

I know that for myself personally , after 20 months I’m desperate to move past Covid and its disruptions, fears and the havoc it has caused to out.  It’s a slow process but I feel somewhat heading back toward ‘normal’ now – as normal as I can be at the moment and still not quite sure what that will look like even a few weeks from now!

I urge everyone to think about three things that you are grateful for each every night. These things can be simple- my kitty is sitting next to me on the couch and I just adore every moment of being the “chosen” one from one of our finicky felines. I am so grateful for this tonight! I am grateful for the gorgeous light shining from the Harvest moon and for the pride and elation I feel every day that I walk into my amazing Pilates studio. Other nights, I am grateful for an amazing dinner, a quiet commute (obviously during Covid rush hour only haha!) and the fact that my favorite black leggings were on the top of the clean laundry pile adorning my bedroom floor. Taking stock of the things that we are grateful for can make a difference in your mindset!

Enjoy the gorgeous moon, the fabulous weather and the hope that we are moving forward into a glorious autumn season! Hope to see you soon!

XOXO

Julie

Online Pilates Anywhere with Endurance

Can we start with a silver lining? Over the past few months, at Endurance, we quickly pivoted from a very hands on, in person class and private session model to a completely online platform in a matter of days! It was scary, different and we had no idea how things would go. For the past six months, we have had the pleasure of sharing Endurance with our regular in-studio friends, but have also increased our reach to students in Canada, Europe and all over the US! It has been a lot of fun to reach out to previous students and to welcome newbies!

Are you new to Online Pilates? If so, here are a couple hints for you!

  1. We suggest a yoga mat (or 2 stacked) for comfort
  2. For our classes, you will not need any equipment, you will be able to perform all of the exercises just with your body! If available, we suggest something to squeeze between the knees- block, Magic Circle, towel, pillow!
  3. Set your mat up so that your instructor can see your profile view. Sometimes, we tend to keep the camera too high or too low- ideally, your screen shows from head to toe and from front to back. In Pilates, it is very important for the teacher to be able to see the position of your lower back and ideally everything else!
  4. Wear tight fitting clothes so your teacher can see your form.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or inquire about modifications- this is your time and your class!

At Endurance, we are working an experience that will delight all of our students. Please feel free to offer suggestions about our Online Pilates so we can make your workout the best part of your day! Check out our schedule for class times!

Side view of young athletic female repeating fitness exercises after online lesson on laptop at home