5 Reasons to Get on your Mat

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I have to admit…there are some days where I really don’t want to go to the studio and spend an hour and a half going through a practice with a bunch of strangers. There are some nights where I just want to go home, eat some carbs, and watch How I Met Your Mother reruns. I mean, how nice does that sound?

But let’s get real. For what I pay for a membership plus how much I enjoy my practice, I sometimes need a reminder that I butt needs to get on my mat.

Maybe you’re the same way?

If so, here are 5 reasons to get on your mat:

It’s your space

Living and working with other people means I have very few spaces I can call my own. My cat insists on keeping me company while I’m in the bathroom, Alex is home before I get home, and my coworkers have this crazy idea that my cubicle is common space. I have the short time in my car to myself (on non-carpool days) and when I’m on my mat…it’s my space, I have it all to myself, and nobody else touches it. It’s mine. I didn’t realize how much I needed that 71” x 26” space until I had it. Heck, I won’t even share my yoga mat with others, I have a spare for Alex to use and if I have a friend join me for class. It’s mine.

You can’t be on the internet at the same time

I’m connected to the internet for about 80-90% of my waking hours. It’s disgusting, really, but that’s for a different blog post. The time I’m on my mat is internet-free time! Much needed, obviously. The time you spend before class, during class, and immediately after class is time where you get to turn off your phone and ignore everything that is happening outside of your practice.

You’ll have an excuse to buy yoga pants (or use the ones you already own)

You probably don’t want to practice in jeans, so now’s a good excuse to update your workout clothes! And who doesn’t love a good pair of yoga pants? My favorite pair is a pair of Ashley leggings from prAna that are a smidge too long, but I could live in them!

You’ll feel better

We’ve all read the articles and heard the newscasts that say that we’ll feel more energized and sleep better if we work out. “But I’m too tired to go workout” is usually my response, but it’s true, I feel way better when I return home after a great practice. Even the worst practice I’ve been to was better than just sitting at home on my computer. I feel like I can cure the common cold when I get home from Pilates, I’m super energized and feel so much better than when I got off of work hours before after sitting like a cashew all day.

You will never regret getting on your mat

Minus the one time I came home from a Beginner/Level 1 class enraged that I pretty much sat through a geriatric version of beginning yoga, I haven’t regretted going to class. Even my first Bikram class where my girlfriend ditched me and I had to go in alone! Or the first class after taking about 3 weeks off due to a pull in an unfortunate place. Both times I dreaded going to class but came out loving life and so thankful I sucked it up. You won’t regret skipping the newest episode of whatever celebrity reality show you usually watch in order to make it to class. Seriously, even the days where I want to just crawl into bed after a long day at work are so much better after getting on my mat. Why let work be the be-all end-all to my day?
I hope these reasons are enough to get you on a mat, or back on a mat after a break.
What reasons do you have to get on your mat?
How do you motivate yourself to do something?
Be sure to consult a physician before starting any sort of workout routine, even yoga or Pilates. Once cleared, if you have more questions about what to expect, check out my yoga tips from a beginner and my mat Pilates tips from a beginner. Whatever activity you choose, be sure to listen to your body.
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