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Comparison will Kill You

Regardless of how much we achieve in our life, it’s almost too easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others. After all, we’re only human. In some cases, comparison can be be useful as a form of inspiration. However, we suggest you only compare yourself to a prior version of yourself. For example, if this time last year you were more motivated, or perhaps visiting your loved ones more, or a lot fitter than you are today, that should be your motivation to do better.

So, if fitness or health is a concern of yours, Studio Pulse Wynnum offers classes to cater to all levels of fitness. Contact us today to chat about your fitness goals.

Let’s explore why it is that we compare ourself to others:

Why do We Compare Ourselves to Others?

Namely, we compare ourselves to others for many different human reasons, but surprisingly not because comparison makes us feel happier, smarter, or more productive. It is both a human reaction and emotion which we can’t control. However, we can control what we do with it… whether we choose to let the emotions control us or whether we decide to control them.

Not to mention, the world we live in makes it extremely easy to fall into the trap. Just look around you: the billboards, newsfeeds, TV screens, social media – they are all full of ‘twisted’ conventional norms that are designed in such a way to make us feel we have to change and fit. After all, if we didn’t feel like we had to change, we wouldn’t purchase the products they are dangling in front of us. It’s no wonder we feel like we aren’t enough. But, remember – we are more than good enough just the way we are!

Comparison Shortcomings

As aforementioned, comparing ourselves to other people has many shortcomings including the following:

  • An unfair game – comparisons aren’t fair because we tend to compare our weaknesses to other’s strengths.
  • Takes a lot of valuable time – we should spend that time on something that makes us happy and fulfilled instead of comparing ourselves to other people.
  • Uniqueness cannot be compared – we are all different and unique individuals, therefore comparison isn’t logical at all.
  • No benefits gained – when comparing to others we don’t gain anything, we just lose time, joy, energy, and motivation.
  • It’s an everlasting game – there will always be someone else to compare to or some other feature to focus on.
  • It results in resentment – not only do we gain nothin from it, comparison actually results in resentment both towards others and ourselves.

Simple Tips to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Now that you know that there aren’t any positives to comparison, let’s have a look at some simple ways to stop indulging in our weaknesses:

  • Do a social media detox – being bombarded with people living ‘perfect lives’ on social media won’t help, so take control and have a detox… you won’t regret it!
  • Be thankful for what you already have – if you constantly focus on what you don’t have, you will never be satisfied. Instead, be grateful for what you have, especially for your family and friends.
  • Accept imperfection – realizing that no one is perfect (even though it may seem so on social media) is the first step towards loving yourself including strengths and weaknesses and successes and shortcomings.
  • Regular Exercise – Exercise has a range of benefits, one of them being clearer outlook on life, and increased motivation levels.. just what you need to focus on yourself and not others! Just a couple of reformer pilates classes per week will do wonders!

 

Our team at Pulse hope you found this article helpful. And, if you want to focus your energy on something beneficial instead of comparing yourself to others, like reformer pilates, or yoga classes, contact Studio Pulse Wynnum today!

Barre Workouts: What Are They and Are They Actually Worth Doing?

It always amazes one to see the graceful performances given by ballerinas. Ballerinas have amazing body strength and great flexibility. This art has been transformed into physical exercises for at least a decade now. This opens doors for everyone so that people can enjoy trying ballet only in the form of physical activity to maintain their health. This form of exercise is called Barre. Barre Newstead has been a revolutionary step in the ever-growing field of exercise and workouts.

Is Barre a Dance or a Workout?

Many often confuse barre workout as learning ballet. It is a complete package of workout that involves strenuous stretching and improving flexibility. It also contributes heavily to refining endurance. People normally imagine themselves wearing ballet shoes and leotards to barre class. But for a barre workout class, you are required to wear your gym clothes and shoes only. No beats are to be matched, the only inch by inch movements are to be done as per the trainer’s instructions.

Is Barre the same as Strength Training?

This may look similar to the typical body strength building exercise, but there are major differences. Unlike making complex moves and big steps, like in squats, crunches, shoulder press, here small movements called isometric movements are taught. These movements are characterized by small inch by inch movements of the body that give an overall boost to the body’s strength and endurance. These movements don’t tear the muscles but heat them and test their elasticity.

Pulse Newstead Barre exercises follow the routine almost commonly that is followed anywhere else.

Starting off with floor exercises including planks, push-ups, arm exercises, and core heavy exercises for the thighs and glutes. Most of the exercises are based on bodyweight only, use of light weights is however incorporated for some. To engage your legs, exercise ball activities are used. Followed by this is the core-focused isometric movements.

Is Barre Worth the Effort?

Yes, barre is a worth while workout. Out of the many benefits it has, the below are a few important ones:

1. Tremendous Gain in Muscle Strength:

Unlike large compound exercises, isometric movements are muscle specific exercise that assist in building high endurance and great muscle strength. These benefits are a result of higher reps and longevity of remaining in the same posture.

2. Holistic Approach:

It can efficiently focus on more than one muscle in one go. These exercises not only build isolated muscles but can also help to build muscles holistically. This is achieved by conducting different tasks all at once like holding, pressing, and pulsing in the same movement.

3. Challenges the Body:

No pain no gain can rightly be used here. A lot of people immediately stop exercising when their body feels tremble. But the secret to any exercise and for it to actually have an impact is to push the body a little above the threshold. So when you tremble, don’t give in; it is only getting better!

4. A Boost in Mind-Body Relationship:

Believe it or not, in Reformer Pilates Teneriffe, it is noted that barre as an exercise improves the connectivity between the mind and body. After all, a healthy body builds a healthy mind.

5. Weight Loss:

Why work out if you don’t lose weight, right? All workouts bring shape and strength to the body, so does Barre. It is quite helpful in rapidly reducing weight.

Bottom Line:

If typical boring exercises have made you loathe workout sessions, Barre is the new trend that can bring excitement to your exercise sessions. So try this new practice and see how it can impact your life!