High functioning anxiety, anxiety disorders, panic attacks and anxiety induced stress are increasingly on the rise, with millennials and Gen X-ers experiencing more anxiety than our than generations before us, with seemingly less scope to manage it effectively.
How many of us can recall the last time we stayed awake at night tossing and turning over our thoughts? Or felt your heart racing, palms sweating and feet are frozen to the spot with anxious feelings?
All too often we hear “I’m super anxious” floating around our work and social circles. One one hand, the more people that openly discuss their mental state the better, as it helps to remove the surrounding stigmatism, but on the other hand, it just shows how unbelievably common this issue is.
With 1 in 5 adults experiencing regular anxiety, it’s never been a been a better time to start looking for other remedies, besides initially reaching for medication and with our overall health in mind. As anxiety is generally heightened from inactivity, exercise is your no.1, ultimate, anti-anxiety fix.
We all know the physical benefits of exercise: improved endurance, cardiovascular health, agility, performance, aesthetics. But what about the mental benefits? A lot of people overlook the effect of your daily sweat on your mental state, often resulting in feelings of inner strength, boosted self-confidence and self-esteem, managing breathing and learning to let go.
In addition to these, working out can improving sleep cycles, giving structure to schedules, managing cortisol rhythms (that are generally disrupted when stress levels are high and anxiety is prevalent) and preventing inactivity.
The extra pick-me-up perk? Working out releases endorphins, your body’s “natural painkiller” and relaxation neurotransmitter, giving you an all-time high once the work is done!
Here are our five best workouts for anxiety.
Yoga tends to be the first port of call for anyone feeling stressed, strung out or anxious, and for good reason! Studies show that through turning the focus inwards and centering the mind on the breath, symptoms of anxiety are substantially reduced. ‘Taking it to the mat’ is a proven way to slow down your heart rate, unwind tension from the body and develop a sense of mindfulness, helping to deter you from the constant churning of thoughts.
Committing to regular yoga classes can enable you to cultivate a moving meditation practice, whilst simultaneously encouraging a method of presence, gratitude and stillness, which can have long-term, calming benefits, translating beyond the studio into your everyday life.
It may sound obvious, but getting up, out the door and onto a long walk is one of the simplest, yet effective methods to help ease anxiety. It quickly works to balance your breathing pattern whilst getting oxygen flowing and provide a chance to find some headspace.
The steady, consistent rhythm of walking can be a calming stimulus, offsetting the jittery feelings that accompany anxiety. As a mindful practice, opt for a scenic route or plug into your favourite podcast series to give your mind something to anchor to.
Bouldering requires 3 main skills: Focus, analytical thinking, and agility. Two of these will demand constant attention from your whirring mind and the third will get your body moving – the perfect anti-anxiety workout. For those who suffer from anxiety, bouldering is one of the best distraction workouts.
Your mind is so focused on the next move, it doesn’t have time to focus on anything else! Not to mention, the physical benefits of such a complex workout will leave you feeling accomplished and full of self-assurance; great fighters against anxious thoughts
Anxiety is often accompanied by fear, a sense of overwhelming pressure, nervousness or anger. What better way to unload those emotions by letting it out onto a boxing bag?!
Boxing is an incredible, full-body cardio and strength workout that zones your focus to successfully nail the tricky combinations of strike sequences – say goodbye to endless mind-wandering chatter. From beginner level to pro-fighter status, boxing workouts develop your coordination, power, speed and agility skills, making your body and mind focus hard to get through the rounds. Plus, the strike action is seriously therapeutic, allowing the session to help you shed tensions, burn off energy and flood your system with all those coveted endorphins.
5. Resistance training
Resistance training is a common workout to build strength, change body composition and boost your metabolism. Recently, studies have shown this exercise may be extremely beneficial to those suffering from anxiety. Between the focus on your lifting form, to the execution of complex sequences, to counting and completing pre-determined reps and sets, there isn’t much time for your mind to wander.
As many a lifter will tell you, there’s often a huge sense of accomplishment experienced from learning to, and then successfully lifting heavy weights, giving an extra boost of confidence and self-empowerment when you most need it. Time to go hit a few PB’s!
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Aisyah Mohamed Rafa’ee took Singapore to the Olympic games, and now she’s taken on trying out as many GuavaPass classes as she can get her hands on!
There were a few things that had Aisyah hooked on GuavaPass – the ability of classes to fit into her busy schedule, the range of workouts, and the resulting effects on her body trying out so many different styles.
So we gave her some recommendations and set her on a path of #GuavaGains!
For the next few weeks, she’ll be dedicating her time to trying out the best Singapore GuavaPass has to offer. Follow her adventures here on The Daily Guava and via her Instagram (@ariesyah).
Inspired by Muhamad “The Chosen Wan” Ridhwan’s win in the IBO Super Featherweight International title, I decided to attend one of the popular Still Boxing classes- so popular that it’s always hard to get a slot on GuavaPass!! I attended an early class- 7:15am in fact- even before my brain could wake up.
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The class was conducted in a dark room lit with neon pulsing lights everywhere. It really fitted into the whole look of the space. Each of us had a teardrop-shaped punching bag hanging from the ceiling. Everything about the gym was aesthetically pleasing and “cool”- even the instructor seemed pretty cool.
I had wraps so that saved me $10 from purchasing a pair over the counter and the rental for the boxing gloves were free.
These classes are super popular, so it was no surprise that the class was pretty big – I am guessing there were at least 15 of us that morning. Personally, I prefer smaller class sizes so that the instructor has more time to focus on us. But sometimes bigger class sizes mean more energy in the class, but also more opportunities to slack off (don’t tell me you don’t know what I’m talking about!). I was pretty impressed at how the instructor managed to find her way around the gym, maneuvering her way between the swinging punching bags and sweaty participants (in the dimly-lit room, mind you!) to correct our technique one by one.
After an hour, throwing punches in the dark, with plenty of mountain climbers, push-ups, sit-ups and shadow boxing with the dumbbells, I was pretty knackered! But never too tired to take a selfie with this aptly-named wall:
The boxing class was great, as it gave me a good workout but I personally prefer small class sizes. The boxing studio is definitely Instagram-worthy, I must admit! And the shower in the GuavaLabs next door- oooh, it’s definitely worth signing up for sessions there just to experience the shower!
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There is a reason why Trixie’s new studio Defin8 Fitness has motivational signs like “No Pain No Gain” and “Mind over Matter” written everywhere! We are joined by Trixie as she enlightens us about her new studio and what to expect!
Tell us about your fitness journey and how you were inspired to open Defin8 Fitness?
I’ve always believed in the importance of health and fitness. Actually, I had initially planned on pursuing a career as a nurse. But this all changed after I attended a few group fitness classes that I really enjoyed- they showed me a passion and inspired me to help and train people, so I chased my dream and opened my own studio: Defin8!
What classes do you offer at your new studio?
We offer several different types of classes, including TRX, Barre, and Fatburn & Abs Blaze. These classes all incorporate different movements to target different muscle groups.
What would you say is your most popular class?
I would say the most popular class is Fatburn & Abs Blaze– it’s helped many of my clients achieve some incredible results within just a few months. Many clients don’t have the confidence to perform some exercises or movements when they first start out- but once they push through that fear and start seeing the results that can come from hard work, it can really boost their self-confidence and help them push themselves that little bit more on their next workout!
Your Defin8 barre class is very unique, how did you come up with the idea of combining Pilates with ballet?
I wanted to create a class that catered to all my clients, whether they were more experienced or just starting out. Combining Pilates with ballet and stretching brings a dynamic factor to the workout, making it incredibly fun yet incredibly rewarding for anyone!
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How effective is using the TRX and how do you incorporate it into your own workout?
The TRX is very effective especially because it emphasizes bodyweight exercises that are unique to suspension training. Suspension training is especially challenging because you’re constantly working your balance due to the instability, making it a very dynamic form of exercise.
What advice do you have for someone taking their first class here?
Enjoy yourself and work hard! It’s important to push past the pain and never give up!
Do you offer nutritional advice to your clients and what are they?
Nutrition is essential when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. We offer the ‘Fat Burning Bible’ which focuses on nutrition and is included in the 6 weeks program. It gives advice on what to eat and drink depending on the time of day.
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What do you think is the most important factor when it comes down to teaching group classes?
For me, the most important factor is building a strong connection with my clients, identifying what their goals are and helping them achieve it. I also find it important to actually do the exercises alongside my clients whilst teaching. Although this can be tiring, I find that it really helps with motivation. Finally, I like to remind clients of their inner strength so that they can push through the pain to achieve their goals- mind over matter!
There is a reason why all of Trixie’s classes are so popular. Not only are they very enjoyable; but Trixie makes sure to push you hard and in a way that will help you achieve the best results. Sign up here for an intense workout you won’t forget!
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How many times have you done a great workout, only to feel as though you can’t breathe in any fresh oxygen, congested and sniffling from allergies or overheating in a crowded room of sweating bodies? When you’ve cleared your schedule to prioritise your health and have managed to squeeze in a workout, you want to increase the benefits of this opportunity by maximising your oxygen levels, not depleting them!
We know physical fitness and working out are good for us, beyond the obvious feel-good factor and aesthetic results – the stimulus of activity kick-starts our cardiovascular system and enhances our aerobic conditioning. As we begin moving, the flow of oxygen from the outside world moves deep into the lungs, through which the process of gaseous exchange occurs and, as that oxygen-rich blood floods our bodies, we experience enhanced capability and optimal functioning.
The phenomena of breathing is our single most vital life force, yet often we allow it to occur with sub-par or even harmful interactions from our environment. What we tend to miss out on are multiple simple hacks that we can do to support our breath and fuel our healthy lifestyles to even greater capacity.
If you’re working out hard, you want your environment to be working out just as hard.
At-home workouts are steadily growing in popularity – the ease of fitting in a sweat session, or streaming a yoga class from the comfort of your living room is a trend that many time-poor but health focused individuals are picking up on. Unfortunately, most of us are working out in environments that aren’t optimal, and may actually be jeopardising our health progression. As much as we need to focus on our form and fitness, we need to focus on air purity too.
The best hack? Increase the quality of the air around you.
Recently, the World Health Organisation published a list of gases of concern that are commonly found in our homes. From formaldehyde found in the materials of our furniture and flooring to benzene which can be released from burning our favourite scented candles, these gas and pollutant particles can be as small as 0.1 micron, meaning they can travel much further into our bodies, so much so, that when inhaled they infiltrate the bloodstream.
The fix? The Dyson Pure Cool Link.
Dyson is on a mission to help purify the air around you – safeguarding your health, enhancing your fitness journey and protecting your family. And it all begins with air purity.
Not just an air cooling unit, (though this key feature can prevent you from overheating when the thermometer soars from your sweat sessions!) this intelligent, hardworking, home assistant captures up to 99.5% of harmful ultrafine particles as small as 0.1 microns. The high-efficiency HEPA carbon filter and lower face velocity enable this purifying fan to trap, and they contain, the harmful particles floating around your home. This is crucial because unlike some other purifying fans out there which initially struggle to trap the same volume of particles, there is no escaping of the particles once they are pulled in.
The freestanding, compact unit has a footprint the size of a letter so you can move freely without it impeding your activity – which means no excuses for you to skip out the burpees! There’s no fuss, no filter washing, no fiddly attachments and no drama with this stylish piece of tech – simply wipe it clean and get on with your busy life.
Smart Tech Features
But the best part? As we become increasingly obsessed with smart tech, this purifying fan automatically monitors, reacts and purifies, reporting straight to the Dyson Link app. So you can both check in on the air quality and control your purifying fan from anywhere – whether that be on your commute, from your desk at work, or even from the floor at the end of your workout! This not only ensures you can safeguard the levels of air purity in your home, but you can even control your home purifier remotely – so as soon as you step in the door you’re greeted with cool, pure air – there is no extra wastage of keeping the appliance running all day.
Regardless of our goals or stage of life, each of us can benefit from this one clever appliance. Hardworking parents whose families can be protected with clean, clear air, and whose children can learn to strive for healthier lifestyles. Health-conscious individuals keen to reduce the number of harmful particles that can become absorbed into our bodies. Even health and fitness junkies who can maximise their workout potential and accelerate their athletic progress from the simple addition of purified air and oxygen flow. We can all breathe a little easier knowing that this trusted product will back you and your family’s health and wellness endeavors.
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Many men we talked to before, mistakenly think group classes are all about dancing. We wanted to prove them wrong.
So it seemed right to throw the task to someone with a slightly below-average interest for fitness, who’s a scared of change and likes to spend weekends at Club Vista Mare. After some convincing, Simon accepted the challenge to review a few GuavaPass Studio Partners in Dubai.
We told Simon to try classes that he normally wouldn’t have signed up for if it wasn’t for GuavaPass. For the coming few weeks, Simon will be our dedicated GuavaGuy and share his stories here on our blog. Enjoy the show!
I felt like I was in the movie Tron.
99% of the time when I train on a Friday morning, I’m hungover. But before this session, I was in a particularly bad way. I had done a savage legs session the day before, and I was in the deep dark depths of one of those emotional hangovers when you feel like you’re in an alternative dimension. Hell.
When I walked into the Prama studio, I immediately had flashbacks from the night before. The dim setting. The flashing disco lights on the walls and floor. The disco music. The scantily clad women. Had I gone back in time 6 hours and found myself in Studio Arcade? This flashback combined with my bullish hangover, and the fact I was just told the session would be focused on legs, resulting in a lonely tear rolling down my booze-soaked cheek.
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The format of the circuit was simple. There were 8 stations, a minute on each station, 2 circuits, then a break, then 2 more circuits. But before all this, we had the warm up. Yes ladies and gentlemen, at long last, a proper warmup.
Stations for the circuit included squat jumps, lunges, mountain climbers and much more, all simply outlined via a projection on the wall showing the full circuit and all exercises. A great way of saving people having to ask that standard question “what exercise is next?” All of the exercises were simple to follow and guided by luminous lights on the floor, giving the whole session a weird Tron-like alternative reality feel (that might’ve just been the hangover though).
The element I enjoyed about the circuit, was that all exercises had lateral variations, i.e. jumping and moving in different directions. As someone who falls into the trap of running, squatting, jumping and lunging in a straight line, my lateral tolerance is piss poor, and even turning a corner on the street can leave me unable to walk for a week (not actually true, just an exaggeration for comical purposes).
After the circuit finished, we did a few team games using the flashy numbers thing on the wall (I don’t know what the official name is). It’s basically the technique they use for F1 drivers to improve their reactions (see my super slow hungover reactions below).
This was a great way to finish the class. It was fun, social and actually quite hard work when you mix in some sprinting on the spot. We also actually did a cool down, lead by the trainers. Can you believe it? A warm up and cool down in one session.
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For more experienced exercisers, this session was a bit of a novelty. However, if you’re someone who needs a bit of guidance when doing circuits, or (like me) enjoys something a bit different and random, then give this one a go.
Make sure you park your Tron bike outside though.
Name: Simon Bower @sibower
Civil status: Single
Favorite Yoga Pose: The Slug
Strongest muscle: Tongue
Favorite fruit: Beef
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The Dubai Fitness Challenge kicked off last weekend, setting out the simple goal of doing 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days. You may be using it to make some serious gains, trim a little time off your PB, or simply to kick-start a more active lifestyle. For whatever reason you’re embarking on this journey, we hope our top tips will help you through it!
30 Tips for 30 Minutes for 30 Days for the Dubai Fitness Challenge
1. Warm up
I’m not talking about sitting by the fire here. Most classes I’ve been to in Dubai don’t have a sufficient warm up. So if you’re like me, and made of wood, arrive 10 mins early and get a proper warm up in. This could be 5 min jog/cycle/row, followed by 5 mins of dynamic stretching (relevant to your training).
2. Drink water
Don’t drown yourself or make yourself sick by downing liters of just before your class. However, make sure you keep yourself hydrated (especially if you’re training outside). Always make sure you take a bottle of water with you, as not every class will sell water.
3. Eat at least 1 hour before exercising
For me, this is actually more like 2 hours (anything less results in intense heartburn and some occasional mouth sick). It is important to get some carbs and protein in your system before you exercise. Fasted workouts are ok if you know what you’re doing, but no-one wants to be the pale guy being dragged out of a class after fainting.
This is important when warming up, but even more important post-exercise. If you’re new to exercise or getting old (like me), this is even more important. Many classes don’t have any cooldown. Therefore, ensure you finish every session with a light walk/jog and some static stretches of the muscles you’ve used.
5. Mix it up
Making sure you’ve got a good soundtrack mixed up and ready is essential to my best workouts, but I’m talking about mixing up your exercise routine. Whether you’re new to exercise and not sure what you like, or experienced and a bit bored with the same old routine – this month will give you a great opportunity to try some new stuff. Maybe your inner Zumba dancer is dying to get out…
6. Avoid midday heat if you’re not used to it
I’m English, pale, and sweat a lot. Therefore outdoor training during the day is still a no-no for me. Be conscious of where you are training (outside vs inside) and what time of the day it is. We live in the desert people, it gets hot.
7. Wear the right shoes
As someone who tries (and fails) to look cool, I’m a fan of overpriced branded trainers. Whilst they might drive an additional 7 likes on your Instagram post, they might also cause you physical damage. Make sure you wear proper and relevant footwear when exercising, especially if you’re running. Do some research and visit a specialist store if you’re not sure.
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8. Wear comfortable training gear
Nothing puts an end to a session quicker than unwieldily chaffing. Believe it or not, tight training gear from the major sports brands is designed to be worn whilst training. Crazy right? You don’t have to pay a fortune either. Visit Sun and Sand Sport’s outlet in Al Quoz, or the Outlet Village and pick up some cheap training gear. Some of it actually looks good as well (+11 Instagram likes).
9. Do it with a mate
Not what you’re thinking, you rascals. Arrange to train with a mate. Not only does it make the session more fun, but also gives you a kick up the arse to actually go, as you don’t want to let your mate down. Additionally, this means you’ve got someone to take that “totally caught off guard” Instagram pic.
10. Invite your friends and family
Another option is making it a larger event. Why not invite friends and family down to the beach for a game of footy? Make it an event, why the hell not?
11. Document it on Instagram, so everyone thinks you’re super cool
With my super engaged 332 followers, I consider myself one of Dubai’s hottest influencers, so why not follow in my footsteps. Whilst the benefits of looking super cool are obvious, adding pics to your social media is actually a great way of spreading the positive message around keeping active. Perhaps, it might even encourage someone to start exercising.
12. Try not to be hungover
I fail at this most weeks, but trust me, avoid it. Whilst it’s funny for everyone around you to point and laugh, it usually ends in tears. However, if you do find yourself hungover, water, water, water.
13. Be punctual if you’re attending a class
Nothing more annoying for a teacher than having to run through the instructions 3 times. Aim to get there 15 minutes early to get your warm up in.
14. Get your protein in
Whatever exercise you’re doing, it’s essential you get protein in your system. I’m not saying guzzle 14 protein shakes before and after your training, but just be conscious that your body needs protein to recover. A protein filled meal after training will suffice.
15. Push yourself
If you’re going to do it, do it properly. Whilst it might be hellish at the time, there’s nothing more rewarding than the feeling after you’ve properly pushed yourself. Set goals, and then smash them.
16. Eat healthy
It’s not rocket science, but if you train everyday and then eat junk food, you’re not going to get anywhere. Regardless of what your goals are, take this month as a chance to properly focus on your diet, and get into good habits.
17. Get enough sleep
The 3rd pillar of making progress is sleep. This is when your body recovers and evolves. Regular exercise also improves sleep, so if you struggle to sleep, get out there and do your 30 minutes. Make sure you get a minimum of 6 hours a night.
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18. Train the mind
Whilst this month is about getting the body active, why not use it as an opportunity to train the brain? Start reading that book that’s been sat by your bed for months, or start writing that blog you’ve been chatting about. Healthy body, healthy mind.
19. Be friendly
The best thing about fitness is the community, so don’t be afraid to say hello to the sweaty monster beside you. I’ve met a lot of people through exercise, and if you’re single…well, I’ll say no more 😉
20. Provide feedback
The only way these classes improve is if you give feedback. Nonetheless, be positive. If the class is rubbish, tell them how it could be improved. If it’s awesome, tell them!
It’s only 30 days. I’ve had relationships that have lasted less time. Besides, 30 mins exercise could just be a walk, so even if you’re not feeling it, get out there and get it done. Trust me, you’ll feel awesome once it’s done.
22. Cut down on the drinking
I’m using the next 30 days to cut down on my drinking. I should really use it to quit for 30 days, but I’m not naïve enough to know that won’t happen. If you know you’re training in the morning, just keep it in the back of your mind when you’re out at 2am. The fear of a hungover exercise class is good motivation for reigning it in.
23. Stop smoking
A few classes should get the alarm bells ringing if you’re a smoker. Hence, why not use this month to see if you can cut down, or even quit?
24. Measure your progress
The best motivation is knowing you’ve made progress. Whether your goal is to lose weight, lift more or run faster, make sure you keep track of where you began and where you’ve got to. But don’t rest on your laurels, keep setting new goals.
25. Be positive, especially about yourself
Don’t be hard on yourself if things don’t go exactly according to plan. Focus on the plan moving forward, but don’t give yourself a hard time. I can occasionally be a negative Ned, but it’s amazing what a little bit of exercise can do to the spirit. Love those endorphins.
26. Wash your training gear
Sounds obvious, but no-one likes that smelly person in the class.
27. Don’t be a showoff
As a child who was sometimes sent to their room by their mum for “showing off”, I am occasionally guilty of this. No one likes that guy, so don’t be that guy.
28. Wear sunscreen
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29. Encourage others
If you see someone struggling, offer to help or give them some positive encouragement. After all, what goes around comes around.
30. Enjoy yourself
This is the most important, and imperative for continuing an active lifestyle. You might not enjoy it at first, however, I promise you will.
Now get out there and get it done! Make the most of out the 30 days of the Dubai Fitness Challenge!
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For most of us, getting up at the crack of dawn is a special type of torture. If you don’t have a good reason to get up earlier than necessary, chances are you won’t.
But, there’s a lot to be said about waking up and doing beneficial yoga first thing in the morning. This comprehensive form of exercise has many healing benefits. Some might even say it has magical properties.
Still balking at the thought of getting up earlier than necessary? We bet you’ll change your mind after reading these reasons why early morning yoga is the best thing for your body to start the day.
11. It helps set your breath for the coming day
Every day, you have a million things to do. But, when you start your day in asana, you become more mindful of your breath.
Breathwork calms your body and mind, making it easier for you to deal with difficult situations. When you embrace mindfulness during your practice, you’re more likely to cultivate breath awareness for the rest of the day.
10. It improves your mood
Yoga boosts your serotonin, your body’s natural happy hormone. Practicing in the morning will make sure that you keep those happy brain chemicals flowing all day long.
9. It improves your mental clarity
Doing yoga in the morning ups the chance that your whole day will be spent in mindfulness. As such, you’re less likely to get caught up in the wave of negative thoughts that usually hijack your mind. So, if something makes you stray from your peaceful state of mind, you can do what needs to be done to reconnect to your zen.
8. It can give you your alone-time for the day
Whether you are in a relationship, are a parent, or otherwise have a busy life, it can be hard to have a moment to yourself. But, when you wake up early in the morning to do yoga, it gives you ample time to nourish yourself. This alone time can help ground you, clear your mind, and connect you to your breath.
7. It helps tone your body
Although relaxing, yoga is still a form of exercise. So, don’t be surprised if you soon see your body changing shape i.e. more defined arms, a stronger back, longer looking legs, etc.
6. It increases energy levels
Moving your body increases the flow of oxygen and fresh blook through your muscles, invigorating your body in the process. With a clear focus and more oxygenated cells, you will usher in a state of relaxed energy.
5. It improves your sleep
Generally, yoga helps practitioners sleep better at night. But, when you couple this with getting up early in the morning, you are virtually guaranteed to get a good night’s sleep.
4. There is no work-related excuse to miss it
Once our hectic daily lives get started, things tend to pop up unexpectedly. Morning classes guarantee that you’ll get your daily dose of yoga.
3. It empowers you
Getting up in the morning to practice yoga takes a lot of self-discipline. But, once you get in the groove of things, you will begin to feel more empowered. Further, being more disciplined cultivates a sense of achievement that will inspire you.
2. It encourages you to be healthy for the rest of the day
There is a certain level of wellness you feel after your practice, leaving you with a desire to treat it well for the rest of the day. You’ll also feel more connected to your mind understand what your body needs. As a consequence, you’re more likely to make healthy choices in terms of your thinking, sleeping, and eating.
1. It brings peace to your day before it’s even begun
Doing breathwork and going through the asanas is an excellent way to get and stay connected to your deepest self. Plus, once those endorphins (feel-good hormones) start flooding your body, you will be less likely to react to the anxieties and other stresses of life.
Before you get started…
Chances are, it may take a couple of days for you to get used to waking up in the morning to do yoga. But, once you get into the swing of things, you’ll see it’s really worth it.
To make sure that you get the most out of each session, consider the following tips:
- Start your practice by clearing your mind with a short meditation. This will help quieten your mind.
- Make sure that your practice contains a couple of one-leg poses. They will force you to keep your focus.
- Sun salutations are essential. They will make you feel lighter, fresher, and more awake for the rest of your day.
- Clothing that is too tight or too loose can prove to be quite uncomfortable during practice. Instead, opt for snug and stylish yoga pants that allows plenty of room for movement.
- Yoga props can take your practice to the next level. For instance, a yoga mat will provide increased stability. Likewise, yoga straps and bolsters will give you much needed support as you go through difficult poses.
When you start to practice yoga in the morning, you will notice a dramatic difference in how you look, feel, and treat yourself. Knowing that you’ve taken the time to take care of yourself means that you’re likely to continue the trend for the rest of the day.
So, what are you waiting for? Get started tomorrow morning. Namaste!
Feature writer Emily Adams is a marketing specialist at YogiWear having a main focus on development and implementation of marketing ideas. Her primary talking points are yoga life, benefits of yoga, yogi lifestyle and yoga wear. Check out her other articles on the Daily Guava here!
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Over the past 5 years, Kuala Lumpur has quickly become a hub of culture and innovation but still keeping its’ fast-pace and intensity that it’s known so well for. But, what a lot of people don’t know is that the fitness scene in this city has exploded, giving hundreds of workout styles to chose from. Studios and class styles that have only been seen in places like New York, L.A. and Sydney have been popping up all over the capital city. And the best part of all of this is…
Your GuavaPass gives you access to them all!
The multi-city function with GuavaPass allows you to visit over 11 cities throughout Asia and the Middle East. Planning on visiting Kuala Lumpur anytime soon? Put these studios on your to-do list and explore the best the city has to offer through fitness.
10. Be Urban Wellness
This little oasis tucked away in Damansara Heights has won numerous awards for its’ wellness services and workouts, giving you your daily sweat and recovery in one place. Take time to work on your mind and body in their incredible yoga classes overlooking the entire city. The view from the daily sunrise yoga classes is absolutely breathtaking, and the perfect way to start your day.
If you’re into a classic weights workout, their Open Gym Sessions give you access to their 5-star, fully equipped gym (and pool to cool off afterward!).
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With their second location having recently opened in Singapore, Firestation has somewhat of a following in the fitness community for their intense classes, lively workouts and welcoming trainers. The range of classes offered at this studio will blow you away, including 45-minute spin, full body strength, cardio, upper body, lower body, core, boxing AND yoga classes.
They say Firestation will ignite your passion and motivation, but they don’t mention the burn to your muscles! Be warned, this class will give you maximum results in minimal time.
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F45 has not only taken Asia but the world by storm, launching in over 400 locations worldwide, proving it isn’t just another fad. The HIIT style circuit training concept is based on a 45-second functional training format. There are 27 different 45-minute workouts with new styles being implemented every month. The workouts are compiled from a database of over 3,000 different exercises, so you’ll never get the same workout twice.
GuavaPass KL features these awesome classes 4 times a day, so there are no excuses not to fit one in your day!
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7. Omology Yoga
In a brightly lit studio overlooking a beautiful jungle, Omology Yoga is your any-style, one-stop-shop for yoga. Their weekly schedule provides over 10 different forms of yoga, from the challenging and impressive headstand classes, to the beginner stretching sessions and everything in between. Make sure you make it to one of their sunrise classes. Flowing through sun salutations while watching the first rays of light come over KL through the floor to ceiling windows is an extremely grounding start to your day.
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6. District 13
There are some gyms you walk into that are overflowing with machines, equipment and strange looking contraptions that would break a sweat just figuring out how to work it. And then, you have gyms like District 13 – a warehouse style gym that is about you, your strength and your sweat. Their WODs are a combination of CrossFit, calisthenics and functional training – the ultimate test of your strength. There’s something to pull-up, something to push away and something to lift. A simple, powerful and amazing workout.
If you’re looking for nothing but sweat, results and strength, check out their classes here!
Any studio that combines great, wholesome food with exercise is a winner in my eyes. The Rawsome meals, jars and treats are just as the name suggests – raw, awesome and not to mention completely guilt free. Above their kitchen of beautiful dishes, the team at Rawsome also hold daily yoga classes, available to be booked on the GuavaPass app.
The best thing about these classes? Your post workout meal will be the best you have all week! Check out their classes here!
Working out should be a fun and exciting experience, and that’s exactly what the team at HIIT2fit have succeeded to do in their class formats. Their 2 class styles, Lean (indoor cycling) and Mean (HIIT circuit training) are high energy and intense workouts that will have you walking out exuberant, albeit also a bit on the sore side. The heart rate trackers provided to you to wear throughout the class gives you a clear picture on how hard and how much you’ve pushed yourself.
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3. KOA Fitness
This women’s only gym KOA is all about building female confidence, courage and strength. The daily workout available are catered to women, designed for a number of results. Whether you want to slim down, tone up or increase your cardio fitness, there’s a class for you. With over 3 classes per day available to GuavaPass members, making time to work on yourself becomes a whole lot easier.
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2. Fuel Athletics
In the heart of Bukit Damansara and Shah Alam, Fuel Athletics is another must-try studio with your GuavaPass. Their classes are strength, functional training and fitness with a major focus on doing what you love, and not limiting yourself by other people’s standards. Working out in a space with that type of attitude is really motivating.
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1. Ministry of Burn
Staying in on a Friday night but still want to have a good time? Ministry of Burn is one of the hottest places in KL not just for their workouts, but for their beats. With 2 levels of each workout, for beginners and the more experienced, Ministry of Burn offers 45 minutes of energetic cycling and rhythm-based HIIT workouts. You’ll quickly lose track of time spent breaking a sweat with the music they have pumping the entire class.
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Exploring the city through fitness is an incredible way to meet new people, experience the culture and stay fit while travelling! Make sure you keep in touch with GuavaPass KL through our Instagram and Facebook for events, new studios and upcoming perk partners!
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