It’s loads of fun and can be physically challenging enough to be a good warm-up. With a small dog, I have to get down low and crawl around so it’s a good upper-body and core warm-up. But it’s also much more than that.
It puts me in a more open, hopeful, and spirited emotional state as some of the “play with abandon” disposition that our pets often have transfers to me while we play. He is not focused on anything else but the play and wrestling in that moment. He’s not distracted thinking about the errands he needs to do, the deadline he is facing, or anything else. He is fully participating in that present moment.
And this helps me do the same thing. Being a human is hard at times and we have about 8 different #1 priorities competing for our headspace.
The Scent of Your Fire
I often use an aromatherapy room spray to set the tone for the workout.(Admittedly, figuring out how to do this is immeasurably easier when you are married to a certified aromatherapist.) You can put a few drops of any stimulating oil you find enjoyable into a spray bottle and fill the rest with water. Shake well right before you spray your workout room a few times (assuming you’re not in a public gym or studio). You can use any stimulating oil you enjoy like Rosemary, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Orange, Geranium, etc.
(The one I have been using most recently is in the photo and it is available from Your Body Needs. The formulations they make change monthly so they are not typically listed for sale on the website but you can place an order for a room spray by contacting the studio by phone and placing an order. Contact info: www.YourBodyNeeds.com)
Over time, my brain has learned to associate the scent of the oils I use in my room spray with “It’s ‘go’ time.” It’s another way to trigger a shift in focus and attention toward your workout time. This is such a simple little secret weapon in pursuit of a better warm-up.
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