Super-trainer Megan Roup of The Sculpt Society explains what the heck the cozy cardio trend is and how we can embrace it for ourselves. From staying in your PJ’s for online yoga to habit stacking your beauty routine with a bit of movement, here’s all you need to know…
What does “cozy cardio” mean: I love this trend because it is all about creating a supportive environment for working out and picking workouts that are gentle.
Rather than putting yourself through the grind on a tough day, Cozy Cardio involves preserving a calm and cozy environment and completing a workout without as much strain.
What it looks like for me lately: Being postpartum myself right now. I am all about embracing cozy cardio and making sure I feel like the environment and the exercises feel supportive and gentle. I am carving time out in the morning before both of my daughters wake up to get in some movement. I always stay in my sweatpants and sweatshirt for my cozy morning, make coffee and set up my area.
I recently bought a walking pad and I like to warm up that way for 5-10 minutes, habit stacking while wearing my LED face mask and listening to a podcast. After my walk I have been doing The Sculpt Society Postpartum pelvic floor and core recovery program that incorporates slow movement and breath work to strengthen your core and pelvic floor muscles.
Why it matters now: Creating a habit around movement is so important and for a lot of people it feels overwhelming to do daily or a couple times a week. I love that cozy cardio is a gentle way for those looking to incorporate a regular movement practice in a sustainable way.
Five ways to embrace the cozy cardio philosophy:
01 Stay in your pjs or anything you feel comfortable in. The cozier the better.
02 Create the vibe with lights, candles, essential oils or anything that feels comforting.
03 Set up your station! Have an area next to you with your water, coffee, phone or anything you might need.
04 Select your gentle movement. Mine is a slow and controlled routine on The Sculpt Society app for a gentle low impact workout done at a slower pace.
05 Habit stack as desired. LED light mask, wear a hair mask, listen to a podcast or audio book, etc.
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