Fall is my favorite season and we as humans are just like the seasons. I look at fall as a time for personal harvest. September/October is kind of like the new year. It’s also just like heading back to school. Like the ebb & flow of nature's seasonal changes, fall is a time to reflect on our lives, a time to examine where we are with personal accomplishments (bucket list, anyone?).
Come October, I often ask myself what I need, what’s missing, or what needs to change. With all this change and incentive to push the restart button, it’s a great time to get back on the horse with your Lithe/fitness routine, and create good, healthy seasonal habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months.
Here are 8 ways to start making the most of the season. And who knows? This year, you might be your Lithest before the holidays roll around.
1. Earlier to bed, later to rise.
There never seem to be enough hours in the day, but if you add thirty minutes to your usual wake-up time and crash thirty minutes earlier each evening, the extra hour of rest will go a long way in helping you adjust to shorter, darker days and the drastic decrease in temps here in the Northeast.
2. Nutrients in, garbage out.
Break a sweat everyday, cut out processed food, drink those Greenies, bust out the Neti Pot, utilize aromatherapy and oils, brush your skin and drink more water.
3. Fall back a bit (but not a ton).
We take care of matching your Lithe schedules to the season (I’m currently creating two amazing new Fall Lithe workouts), but it’s your job to slightly reduce the intensity, length or frequency of your schedule. If you’ve been Lithing 2 times a day AND running, or if you’ve been in the studio 7 days a week, give your muscles an extra day of rest this season.
4. Breathe, sweat, shake & wrap it up!
The Lithe breath is the foundation of your practice. It not only works the core, but it releases excess toxins. Looking for other ways to release toxins? Wrap it up and sweat it out by taking our Wrap Star workouts: Hot Legs, Cinch & Peeled!
5. Enjoy (and winterize) your diet
Eat foods that are local and in season. Enjoy your local farmers market, cook more, grab lean local and seasonal Lithe Foods, and go apple, pear and pumpkin picking with friends and family. Try: arugula, artichoke, broccoli, endive, beets, cabbage, carrots, celery, chard, chicory, cranberries, eggplant, fennel, garlic, kale, leeks, okra, pears, peppers, grapes, pomegranates, pumpkins, radishes, spinach, sweet potatoes, turnips, squash and zucchini.
7. Build your practice
Fall is the perfect time to build (or re-build) the foundation of your Lithe practice. Did you fall off the wagon this summer? Are you feeling less than motivated? Sign up for our Fall Lithe Transformation Challenge (or do your own personal 9 day), focus on healthy eating, get back into the Lithe habit and see serious results. Can't do the challenge or a 9 Day? Sign up for 3 classes a week, 3 weeks in advance, and try not to cancel under any circumstance.
8. Give thanks.
We have to keep in mind that very little is accomplished by ourselves. Be grateful for all of the people who support, guide and challenge us. Always remember that the grass isn’t always greener, and that there are people in the world that would give anything to be in your shoes, right now!
Image of Lauren via Jordan
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Fall is almost here and everything will soon be anew – Including YOU! This time we're kicking it up a notch. Ready to be transformed with our six-week Fall Challenge? The #LitheTransformation begins on Monday, September 15th. You're only 6 weeks away from your best you, pre-Halloween!
Sign up today through Sunday, September 14th. We'll keep you super-motivated with daily emails, our weekly social media hashtag calendar, before and after Lither posts on the blog, recipes, and tips!
• Participants must Sign Up. The Lithe Transformation runs for 6 weeks (42 days!): Monday, September 15th through Sunday, October 26th. Not in Philly? Join in and show us how you're getting Lithe wherever you are!
• The Fitness: Complete 35 Lithe workouts in 42 days. Two of the workouts must be outdoor (options: Hot-Stepper, Walk-Star, Dutch, & our new outdoor Step-Rally at the Art Museum!). These outdoor options will appear on the schedule at some point next week. One class must be restorative: Rare Form or Melt.
• Sexier in Six: We're challenging you to band together and do your own personal (or team) 25-30-minute Walk-Star 6 days a week. We recommend walking early in the morning or during your lunch break. Ankle weights are not mandatory.
• Eating Lithe: You'll receive a week 1 kick-off menu on Saturday which will inspire you to eat Lithe! We want you eating clean Monday-Friday. Eating Lithe Event: #EatingLithe BYO Picnic in the park: Rittenhouse Square October 11th @ 12PM!
• Everyone Wins: Everyone who completes 35 classes in 42 days, and participates in at least 18 of the 19 hashtags (our hashtag calendar debuts on Monday) will win a ticket to Lithe Tour Philly!
• The Ultra Lithe Grand Prize: We want to see your progress! Lithers who complete the calendar and share their before and after #LitheResults on social media using #LitheResults on 10.26 will be entered into the Ultra Lithe bonus drawing: One free monthly unlimited membership!
Image of Lithe Instructor Sophie Oh wearing Michi via Dom
This blog is meant to be read while listening to O-Town's "All or Nothing at All." (You remember O-Town. The O stood for Orlando. ORLANDO. While I'm sure Orlando has its rough and tumble sections...it's not exactly a town with tons of street cred. Although I did hear that they were considering it as the setting for the 6th season of The Wire, but thought the images of life-sized cartoon characters harassing bedraggled, sweat-drenched parents and sugar-amped, sticky kids at Disney World might be a little too graphic for HBO audiences.)
I've always been an all or nothing kind of person. If I'm in, I buy the books, wear the t-shirts, drink the Kool-Aid and bust out of walls to convince other people to take a sip. Do it. It will make your eyes sparkle and your lips shine and your butt tight and help you get along better with your mom. I commit so fully, so fast and so intensely that it's completely unsustainable and I burn out. And when I fall off a wagon, I can fall so far off that it feels almost impossible to get back on.
Another all or nothing habit I have is the need to have a million ducks in a row before I feel ready to start something. In college, for example, I would need to study for a class, but before I could even consider studying, I would feel compelled to clean my room first. Because...how could I study in a dirty room? Week-old Jack in the Box bags (come on Philly, we need the Monster Taco and the Sourdough Jack here!) and piles of Wet Seal clothing and trucker hats everywhere is not exactly conducive to a clear mind. So I would begin to tidy up. Then tidying up would lead to deep cleaning and deep cleaning would lead to organizing that junk drawer I've been meaning to get to, and opening that mail I've been needing to open (you know all the bills for the credit cards I signed up for to get a free frisbee that ultimately ruined my life)...and before I knew it, it would be midnight, and I would be screwed for class the next day. And while yes, studying in a clean space is helpful, I could've gone to the library and left the room cleaning for another day, or just cleaned up a little and not gone so bat sh*t. But those seemingly so reasonable options would not enter my mind.
Fast forward to life now, and I have seemed to carry those habits with me. Particularly in terms of health and fitness. I am all in or all out. I'm either Lithing 4-6 times a week and eating lean and clean and feeling really good about myself or I miss one or two classes in a row and it sets off a domino effect of missing class for 2 weeks or more. Which leads to making terrible food choices. Which makes me feel like a lazy loser and affects my motivation to accomplish other things I need to accomplish. Which just well...effing sucks all around.
When I'm in the midst of one of these breaks, I tell myself this weekend you will go to the grocery store. You will make like Lauren Boggi Goldenberg and all the other beautiful Lithe unicorns that do things like brush their hair in the morning and make their own chia pudding, and you will stock up on all the good-for-you-foods that you actually do know how to incorporate into your diet. MONDAY, you will start with a healthy breakfast, and you will pack your lunch, and you will prepare a light and delicious dinner that will nourish your body and impress your husband so much he'll want to buy you jewelry. You will be back in business!
But if for some reason, my weekend of baby showers and dinners with family and laundry and other plans don't allow me to get to the store...my beautiful plan for hot body and happy jewel-bearing husband totally falls apart. I feel completely at loose ends. And cue the aforementioned domino affect.
Why can't I go to class anyway? What does grocery shopping have to do with it? Why can't I say, well my ducks aren't in a row like I'd hoped they'd be in time for the work week, and this is going to make things a bit tougher for me, but I can still order the healthful option at this restaurant instead of the not-so-great-for-me thing. Why must EVERYTHING fly out of the window with one misstep?
Why is it so difficult for me to be balanced about health and fitness? I feel almost incapable of thinking about things in terms of their net benefit or just evening things out. If I miss a class, a balanced approach would be to then to be mindful of my food choices. If I've missed two classes, I should make it a priority to not miss a third and keep the train moving forward. Why must one missed class inevitably mean 5?
And the answer is: I don't know. I don't know why I'm so easily jump-started and even more easily de-railed. Part of me thinks that going on kicks is part of what keeps me motivated. That I enjoy the methodical preparing and ramping up of something, but once the new thrill wears off, so does my desire to keep going. But another part of me thinks it might be deeper than that. That my desire to be fit and hot and healthy is directly at odds with my other desire to be lazy and indulgent and totally spontaneous.
That maybe having my ducks in a row or being all in or out is more about these two sides of me warring with one other. That needing to have all the right groceries before working out or waiting until Monday is a way for me to justify living in the right now space of wanting to eat the unhealthy thing or watch the 3 episodes of Breaking Bad when I get home from work, while the sun's still out and good-looking, fit people jog past my window taunting me. Maybe. And perhaps that's just who I am and perhaps that's ok. But I do aspire to have balance, not just in this aspect, but in most. And for those of you with the secret, I'm all ears!
See you in class!
You've never worked your abs like this before! Put on your Hi-Tops and hit the floor. Hi-Top is a total-body workout with a focus on the abs, back, and upper body. We're talking visible abdominal results within 24 hours, post-class.
Are Lithe's Hi-Tops ($25) required to take the workout? No, but we highly recommend them for the best experience and maximum comfort. Our Hi-Top socks were made for the workout. They are thick, slippery, and provide extra cushion for the ankles, feet, shins, and knees while allowing your ankles to breathe (Bonus: they also look great with Hunter boots!). Our Hot Legs socks are available to borrow through the end of September, but their looser, un-padded knit does not allow for maximum comfort and glide. We recommend DIYing with a pair of thick ski socks.
Images of Lauren Boggi wearing Lithe's Hi-Tops & Onzie via Katie Kempf
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