October is an excellent time to reassess your mental health. As we move toward lower temperatures and shorter days, take some time to check in with yourself.
How are you feeling? What’s your energy like? How are your moods these days? Use this Mental Health Meter from the Canadian Mental Health Association to see how you’re faring on characteristics that make up good mental health.
This Fall, consider implementing a few small changes to your daily routine to support your mental health. Click here to read more.
FIVE TIPS FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH (Science of Happiness article)
1. BE PRESENT BY COMMITTING TO LESS SCREEN TIME.
Real life is happening right now. We are missing more and more moments of real-life engagement with ourselves and others by constantly being distracted and tethered to a phone. Make a choice to be present. Dedicate some time at least once a week to being phone-free. Try turning your phone off from 5pm Friday till noon on Saturday and take advantage of that time to be entirely present with your friends, family, partner or yourself. You’re not missing anything online, you’re missing out on real life.
2. GET OUT AND SOCIALIZE!
Don’t let yourself prematurely hibernate. Call that friend to reconnect over a coffee and a walk. It’s not winter yet, so don’t let a chilly day deter you – dress appropriately (layers are key!). Wondering what to talk about? See tip #3.
3. GET INSPIRED!
Plan your winter getaway. Imagine yourself snowshoeing in the mountains or walking along a sandy beach. Where do you want to explore? What do you want to do? Planning a trip gives you something to look forward to and acts as excellent motivation to get moving now, so you can be happy, strong and energized for your adventures!
4. GET A GOOD SLEEP!
Sleep is critical to our moods—aiming for 7-8 hours per night is best. Are you feeling well-rested? If not, try to start your nighttime routine earlier by turning off screens (tip #1!) and cue your mind to relax by reading a book, listening to music or taking a bath. Can’t sleep because you have a busy mind that just won’t slow down? See tip #5.
5. GET MOVING!
Movement clears the head. Think about movement as a tool to flush away stress and anxiety. Getting your heart rate up releases feel-good endorphins. Start small, with little bits of movement built into your day. Walk 15 minutes by getting off public transit a few stops earlier. Take the stairs at work. Add a 20-minute lunch break walk outside to your daily routine (even connect with a pal, tip #2!)—it will do wonders for your mental health.
Like a lot of people I’m very curious about my Zodiac sign, it's mostly for fun but interesting all at the same time…I’m an Aries, 4 days in … I also know that
I have a bit of Pisces in me… now I don’t believe that all people with the same zodiac sign are identical but I do think that they have a lot of similar traits… Astrology is an ancient language that tells a story about your unique personality, purpose and journey through life. How does the sun sign influence your workout? The planetary point within your personal astrology can help to decide the type of workout that feeds your desire of workout and keeps your energy flowing.
With that being said looking at Pure Energy Fitness we offer different classes that suit everyone and all signs… all you have to do is get yourself there(First class is free) (Plus new members can get a 1 month pass to try out all classes for only $40). We are a strong and heartfelt community and when you join the PEF community you’re family, we genuinely embrace everyone with love and kindness and we have a lot of fun. That’s what family is all about. We want you to feel like you can be yourself with individuals that motivate, encourage and accept with love. Here's what we offer at pef:
Zumba: Set to music, you burn a lot of calories without realizing it. It's a high energy aerobic workout that involves muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility and lots of dancing with different and fun choreo that’s great for core strengthening and a total body workout.
Zumba Strong: High Energy, kickboxing/HIIT/martial arts inspired exercise that provides a challenging total body workout led by music to motivate. Think burpees pushups and other high impact moves that's synced to music.
Zumba Toning: (part of Zumba classes) emphasizes strengthening by incorporating weights to build muscle in the arms, legs and glutes, back and chest.
Pilates: Transforming the way your body looks, feels and performs. The art of controlled movements, that improves flexibility, builds strength, lengthens, develops control and endurance in the entire body. It’s a mind, body control workout that puts emphasis on alignment, breathing and developing a strong core and improving coordination and balance..
Yoga: Improves your mental and physical health as well as focus on breath work, flowing postures and mindful meditation. The adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practices for health and relaxation.
Since I absolutely love fitness it’s cool to see what workout is best for each sign… so here we go… it’s a little bit of fun so please don’t take it too seriously but if you’re like me it’s intriguing and makes you go hmmm…
Since Aries is the first sign in Zodiac system… let’s start with that
Aries: March 21-April 20: is a cardinal fire sign, which explains why we are always on the move. We can’t sit still for too long (so true) or you get bored, so for exercise try where Aires doesn't lose interest… So Zumba Pilates, Zumba toning and Zumba strong to keep you motivated and even mix it up with Yoga for a little Zen, which Aries needs every once in a while after they burn their candles at both ends lol.
Taurus: April 21-May 21: a fixed air sign known for being a chill, calm stabilizer, that fully embrace the sustaining power of the physical body. The challenge with this sign is getting outside the comfort zone of their usual fitness routine. Low impact and strength focused workouts are best. Zumba, Yoga and Pilates will do you well.
Gemini: May 21-June 21: a mutable air sign, is energized by an adaptable curiosity and desire to learn and express. Gemini is known for being an intellectually alert thinker. To avoid boredom ensure you stay focused during your workout. Pilates and Zumba are best for you.
Cancer: June 21-July 23: is a cardinal water sign and they are motivated by intentional activity that engages the emotional body and provides a release for all that energy. Embrace positive vibes and clear out any emotional stagnation through a light effective activity. Yoga is best for Cancer.
Leo: July 23 to August 22: a fixed fire sign, but Leo is driven to succeed with unwavering passion and enthusiasm. Typically the life of the party, and very creative. Zumba and Zumba toning is your best workout that will keep you coming back for more!
Virgo: August 23-September 22: is a mutable earth sign who love to learn and improve and are efficient. Not unusual for Virgo’s to find yourselves dotting every I, and crossing every T. Zumba and Zumba toning and Zumba strong is your best workout.
Libra: September 23-October 22: a cardinal air sign, is a friendly, peaceful cooperator whose interests including finding balance and making things well. They are stimulated by thought and conversation. They also like to get caught up in what others are thinking or doing. Libra’s best workout is Pilates to get in control of your mind and body and Zumba Strong to add a little extra challenge.
Scorpio: October 23-November 22: a fixed water sign, finds energy in intense emotional connection. They need a workout where they don’t dive too deep and get lost in intensity. Zumba toning and Zumba Strong is your best work out to be able to release emotion through powerful movements.
Sagittarius: November 22-December 22: a mutable fire sign, are motivated by the freedom to explore and grow. They are the best athletes of all the signs. They possess great stamina but only if they are connected to your body, mind and spirit. High intense Pilates, Zumba Strong and Zumba are your best workouts.
Capricorn: December 22-January 19: cardinal earth sign, are very disciplined, driven by structure and form. Choose a workout that emphasizes power and muscle control which will help you accomplish your goals... Pilates is your perfect workout.
Aquarius: January 20-February 18: a fixed air sign, they love the big picture thinking and actions, they are great at being an individual while surrounded by a group and your best workout would be Zumba and Zumba toning where you can be amongst friends and also enjoy the cardio at your speed!
Pisces: February 19-March 20: a mutable water sign, driven by emotional fluidity and deep inner work, you're empathetic and loved. You sometimes can feel a little too much so the best bet is to stay focused and do Yoga for your ideal workout.
Whether you believe in astrology or not, whether you're a Leo or an Aquarius, it does kind of put in perspective why some people like certain workouts more than others. Pure Energy Fitness has something for all Zodiac signs, Zumba, (Zumba Toning), Zumba Strong, Pilates and Yoga.
Enjoy and see you in class.