5 Reasons to Workout in the Morning

 

1) Jump start your metabolism

Exercising early in the morning will jump start your metabolism, keeping it elevated for hours, sometimes up to 24 hours! Thus, you’ll be burning more calories all day long—just because you exercised in the morning. 

 

2) Boost your mood

It boosts your mood: A long stream of research has indicated that exercise boosts endorphins and other feel-good hormones in your body, and it may be enough to push you through the morning slump and keep you smiling all day.  

 

3) Start the day off right

Set a healthy tone for the day. You’ll feel great and will be motivated to replenish your body with good food and stay moving all day long (a body in motion stays in motion!)

 

4)  Be consistent

People who work out in the morning have shown to stick to their exercise plans better than people who plan to exercise after work. It is extra hard to find time to work out if you have kids, work unpredictable hours, or have a somewhat spontaneous social life. However, if you commit to exercising in the morning, you don’t have to worry about shifting around your evening plans to accommodate your sweat session. As I always say, you’ll never regret a workout, but you’ll regret not working out.

 

5) Long-term results

Research shows that those who exercise in the morning are more consistent exercisers than those who exercise later in the day. Our bodies love routine. If you force yourself to get up when your alarm goes off, your body will thank you and pay you back by feeling rested and ready for the day. 


Hot Feet Fitness offers early morning 21-minute workout classes every week day at 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Come start your day with us, we’d love to see you there!

Molly Martin
Trainer Hot Feet Fitness

5 Reasons to Love Yoga!

Yoga has always been the glue to connecting what I do physically with where I am internally. It's one of the only activities I have been able to take out of the gym/studio and directly use in my every day life. Below are just a few of the reasons to love yoga even more if you don't already do.

You are able to get out of your own head

Where ever you are, yoga helps you practice detachment. One of the areas you practice is withdrawal of the senses (Pratyahara). In class, you’ll be guided through the practice of drawing awareness away from the external world and outside stimuli. Here, you can focus on the present moment, where you are, and how you are. With so many things happening at once in our lives, being able to just slow down and have a space that is just yours to own is empowering.

It reminds you to pause

My years of practicing yoga has personally helped me find the space between balancing work, family, social life, and everything else. In class, you'll find yourself focusing more on your breath (Pranayama) than anything physical. As autonomous and essential breathing is, sometimes we are so bogged down by everything around us that we forget about our breath. When you practice yoga, you are practicing how to recognize your breath, how your breath connects to your body, and how you connect with all the things around you.

You feel connected to yourself

When you practice, you are consciously creating a space to reflect on your own internal needs. We are complex beings, ever-changing and moving. When you are mindful to yourself and the time you're giving yourself, you become much more connected to the subtle changes around and within you./

It's restorative

The poses you get into (Asanas) tie directly into the breath. Once you're able to get out of your head and connect with yourself, you become much more aware of the physical motions and movements your body makes. You’ll be guided you through the poses, but ultimately, it is up to you to listen to your body to decide what feels good for you in the current state. When you understand your body, the poses you hold will have so much more impact.

You become aware of how great you are

Beyond the physical and mental benefits of yoga, one of the most empowering things you can walk away with after your class is the sense of pride for having made time for yourself and your well-being. Yoga gives you a space, where ever you are, to reflect on the aspects of yourself and your life that you may not have had the time to do before. 

By: Diana Ratana
Diana is a yoga and barre instructor based out of Seattle, WA with a passion for fitness, nutrition, travel, and the great outdoors. When she’s not teaching at Hot Feet Fitness, she writes about her experiences at www.dianaratana.com and other wellness/fitness platforms. Feel free to reach out at info@dianaratana.com


Community Love!

We love hearing positive feedback from our members on why they keep coming back to Hot Feet month after month. Did you know we offer health coaching, wellness challenges, and social events throughout the year on top of all our awesome classes?! Here is what some of our patrons had to say about us...

From a Wellness Challenge Participant:
Thanks for checking in. I am making adjustments like, no coffee, more herbal teas, veg-fruit smoothie every day, more water. I did have a couple of days of chicken dinners, but otherwise all veggie for lunch and veg with fish dinner. Breakfast is easier with muesli and smoothies. I am not sure if I can do all raw all day, at least in the colder months. I tried a veg cheese (not so good--will have to try it melted). I saw a couple pounds loss, but focusing more on how I feel and  strength I'm gaining through the barre classes. They kick my butt, yet, it's been a great stress reliever, and I look forward to them! The pounds will come off, just developing new habits. Just now trying to incorporate the other activities on the challenge sheet into the week.What I enjoy about the studio is that it's such a welcoming environment and high positive energy--just what I need! For the first time, I think this is a program I can stick with, and I enjoy  and appreciate the community at the studio.  

~Renee

From a new member:
I've joined under my friend, Kristie's account.  Really enjoying it, and most importantly, the classes are helping some musculoskeletal issues and nerve pain that I've been having for the last couple of years. Yay!
~Vivian S

From a seasoned member:
After I went to my very first class at Hot Feet I was telling Chris how awesome it was and that he should give it a try.  He was so hesitant to go and try something new and he loved it too!!  We love the variety of classes and instructors, the heated room, the challenges, kids yoga...everything!  We really loved the mash-up class (the x21, barre and yoga night) and would love to do another one of those soon.  Going to Hot Feet has improved my running and my breathing when I run. It has helped me to slow down in other areas of my life too.  I feel stronger, more confident and I've lost a few pounds too.  Chris has had so much success losing weight and he feels better too.  1-2 times per month Hot Feet is our "date night/day".  Yesterday we did Korper Stretch together in the morning and then grabbed smoothies.  It was the best!  On Sunday evenings we look at the Hot Feet calendar together and plan which classes we are going to do with our schedules for the week because we don't want to miss class.  We feel better when we are going to class, running and eating right.  :)
~Rachel G

Thanks for sharing why you love Hot Feet ladies! Come and join our community and be inspired! 

Teanna Gentry
Director of Operations 

A Letter from our Founder

Dear Hot Feet Family Member,

The greatest value that you will get from being a part of the Hot Feet Family is the inspiration that you get from each other, from the HFF team members and from our life adventures together. I know you have health or fitness goals that you want to achieve. I have been there.  In 1999, I was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The doctors said I had a 5% chance of making it. After learning more about the diagnosis, I knew they were being generous with their prognosis. I am to date, the longest documented survivor of stage 4 melanoma. 

 

Not long after the diagnosis, I learned that my health was strongly correlated with my lifestyle choices. As a result, I refused conventional medicine for treatment and I opted to make changes in my life to see if my body was able to recover where I believed surgery and pills could not. I began what felt like a radical shift of lifestyle and have been on a journey towards health since.

Some years info it, I became interested in fitness. I began to believe that I could be as fit as those guys at the beach. It has been a journey mentally and physically, but, like the choice to change my lifestyle, the path has been rewarding.

 

I found that I loved good food more than ever. I learned that our bodies could be enjoyed, more than just sexually, when we are fit and healthy. I became passionate about helping others and as the years have passed more people ask me what I was doing to continue to improve my health even as I age.

 

As you have likely already ascertained, Hot Feet Fitness, was birthed out of this vision. It became clear to me that know one was going to achieve my health and fitness goals for me. I had to put in the work and the effort, but, the definition of that work and effort was now clear. I needed to be a part of something that was more than just a gym membership. I needed to be in a community of healthy-minded people. I need the encouragement and inspiration of this sort of a place. With that, you and I can achieve what others say is impossible. 

 

The key is being together. Hot Feet is here to inspire through community. The amazing trainers and classes are great fun and productive action but the real win is that we inspire each other. I want that for myself and for you. That is why I created Hot Feet Fitness. That is the hub we use to make ever decision regarding the future of Hot Feet Fitness.


 

Jerrod Sessler

Founder & CEO