What makes Honor different.

Honor Movement Studio is a little bit different.

 A good different. The obvious difference is that you get to choose from a bunch of different ways to move your body.  Yoga. Barre. Dance. (and more!! Cardio Kickboxing?! Yes please! Sculpt Class? I’m in) All under one roof. 

The not so obvious difference is in our philosophy about movement. 

       Honestly though, dog walks are important. I mean c'mon. 

       Honestly though, dog walks are important. I mean c'mon. 

But before I get into that, a moment of realness. 
You’ve felt it. I’ve felt it. 
Pre-workout dread.  
I don’t know about you but I used to become a multi-tasking wizard right before a workout. “Oh its time to head to class! …I should do those dishes. I should really finish that report too. Dog needs a walk…that’s basically exercising…meh I’ll go next time.” OR, if I actually made it out the door, or to the gym, or onto my mat, a pre exercise anxiety could’ve set it. “I don’t wannnaaaaaa.” 

Which, truly, is so silly. We know how good movement makes us feel. We also know that when we feel good, the flow of life is a bit more seamless. We leave class feeling like ‘I really should do this more.’

Look, endorphins are real, and so is the science that tells us movement is good for our minds. But, lets be real, somedays it feels hard. Our bodies may feel heavy, our drive isn’t high, our minds are elsewhere. Other days we feel strong as we push out a couple more reps then last time. (Next time your having one of those hard days, watch how easy it is to talk yourself out of self-care!)

This mental chatter that can bombard us before moving or exercising, is a learned behavior. Its a defense mechanism that our brains have mapped out to protect us from potential hard work, and keep us in the status quo. The cozy, familiar status quo. 

(Sometimes though, that same status quo we find comfort in can deplete us. It can turn into a cycle of us putting ourselves last, over and over again) 

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The good news, is that learned behavior can be un-learned.
We can shift this mindset, together. First, lets understand the science of it:
You get really good at the things you do a lot. 
This can be positive, and often times is. You might be the best at your job, or a good athlete, or an excellent piano player. You’ve likely done these things a lot. Practice (and repetition) make perfect. The other side of this coin, is that we get good at the things we do that dull our inner light...like putting ourselves last,  or thinking of self care as something that people with more time or money get to enjoy.  
 

So we get good at the things we do, does that mean we get worse at the things we don’t do?
Yep.


This is a law of exercise science thats studied a lot in athletes, but its really a law of life.  Think about it, it’s illustrated perfectly when you hear someone say, "I could never run a 5k!” Or “ I can’t ask for a raise!” 
You could assume neither of these people haven't practiced running or asked for a raise very often. 

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Now, back to what makes us different

  
Our philosophy.  It’s a shift in mindset. It’s re-programing our thoughts about movement. 
It’s throwing obligation and pre-exercise dread out the window, and reclaiming our right to move because it feels good and helps smooth out our life a bit more. 
It’s about moving, with intention. 
We know you’ve got a lot on your plate. That’s why you’ll get our best every time you walk through the doors. 

Here’s 3 ways to shift your mindset to become better at the things that fill our cup, and worse at the things that dull our light. 

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1. Recognition! We can’t make a change if we don’t know a change needs to be made. The next time you find yourself resisting doing something that’s good for you, notice it, acknowledge it, and re-frame it. (Spoiler alert, the dishes can wait. YOU shouldn’t.) 
2.  Commit to a schedule! This idea is tossed around a lot but it really works. Schedule your  classes for the week ahead of time. Make yourself a priority - just like the other things on your calendar are a priority. 
3. Feel the burn, and then learn to love the burn! SO many times, we’re told to seek out the end of something for the benefit. “You’ll feel so much better after!” And its true! Walking out of a good sculpt class with a new lightness in your mind and body feels ahhh. mazing. I don’t know about you though, but I want to stop looking forward to the after glow so much that I miss the building in-between. The burn in your muscles, the sweat, the breath - that’s where the magic happens. What if, in those moments, we learned to tune in and love the burn? Be GRATEFUL for the burn, even? You can have both. You can love the burn and love the afterglow. 

Shannon Episcopo