Want to know how fitness trainer, wellness influencer and new mom Tori Dietz fuels her body and mind to #thinkStrong? She's partnered with think! to share how she puts positive thoughts into positive action by prioritizing movement daily.
Tip 1: Carve out Time for Movement & Breathwork
- Block your time for workouts, movement, and meditation
- Prioritize Sleep
- Listen to your body
I love setting a time for myself, so I know that every day I have time carved out as my workout time. Like how you would set aside time for work that you must get done, I think of this as a non-negotiable time that is blocked into my day. This time for me is usually mid-morning while my daughter naps. I use the first hours of the morning when she's still sleeping to do my breathwork, meditation and morning journaling and I like to wait until that first nap to work out! Exercise is just one way to promote your mental strength, I also aim to get enough sleep (which can be tough with a baby!) and eat a balanced diet - that's why I make it a habit to always have protein snacks like think! bars that are quick and delicious.
I also have a balanced approach to movement and eating. I try not to get down on myself if I miss my work out or eat what I crave because listening to what my body needs is most important. So, if my schedule changes one day, I try to get in a long walk or even just a stretch at some point during the day! Movement doesn't have to mean 'intense workout', any movement is good for the body and mind.
Tip 2: Stay Consistent and find What Works for You
- Figure out the time of day that works best for you
- Try not to get wrapped up in what other people are doing in their routines
- Remind yourself of your goals and of how good you feel when you stick to your daily practices
Staying consistent with this practice takes trial and error. It took me a while to figure out the time of day that works best for me and not get wrapped up in what other people are doing in their routines.
Additionally, I like to remind myself of my goals and of how good I feel when I stick to my daily practices. I know that if I want to feel my best, I need my daily movement so that means, I get myself to do it even if I feel like I might not want to that day. When you stick to your routine on the hard days, you start to feel so accomplished and confident. This in turn makes you want to keep going every day! Eventually, you don't even have to think about it anymore and it just becomes a part of you.
Tip 3: Include Your Loved Ones in the Journey
- Find activities for the whole family
- Engage your family in your routine
I love letting my daughter see me do daily movement. Whenever I am practicing my classes before I teach them, I have her near me, so these practices don't seem foreign to her. We do tons of family walks together and park dates to get everyone outside and moving at least once a day.
Tip 4: Make Slowing Down a Daily Priority
- Journal to stay grounded in your goals
- Remember the why?
- Give yourself grace
I make time for winding down each day and making sure I'm checking in on my mental strength. That is why my morning breathwork and meditation is so important as well as my nighttime meditation. I also journal during those times to get everything out of my head. Journaling helps me realign with my daily goals, keep me on track and remembering my why. It also helps me to slow down and get in touch with my breath. All these little things take just a few minutes but keep me feeling fresh, clear, and grounded for each day! Breaking down wellness items into smaller, manageable tasks makes wellness more attainable. A little bit goes a long way. By achieving these smaller goals, you'll boost your confidence and motivation. I also like to remind myself to practice self-compassion - treat yourself with the same empathy and compassion you would offer to a friend.