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From couch potato to a more energized self

We have all heard it a hundred times; moving more equals better health. You get more productive at work, you sleep better and you feel more energized and happy. But then there is the hard truth that getting up from the couch is easier said than done. And the gym frightens many of us.  

The good news is that the benefits of physical activity are not restricted to exercise performed only in the gym. There are other steps you can take to increase physical activity that don’t involve hours lifting weights or running on a treadmill.

Simply be on the lookout for little ways to move more.

The small things that can increase your everyday exercise. And you just wait and see; it will do wonders to your overall health!

Use your legs
Get up and start walking. It is as simple as that. Walk to the store, suggest a walking meeting at work if possible, take a Sunday walk with a friend instead of meeting over lunch, get off the bus one stop before home, choose the stairs instead of the elevator. Nothing you probably haven’t heard before, but try it. It really works.

House chores
Cleaning your house or apartment can definitely get your pulse up. Vacuuming, mopping floors, scrubbing the shower, wipe dust, all of it requires movement. And why not add some music and dance around a little while doing it? Makes a boring chore more fun in an instant.

Make time
This is key people. Try to move at least 30 minutes every single day. Might sound a lot, but try to shift the focus of it being something you must do, to something you want to do. Maybe event write it in your day planner, make an appointment with yourself or with others.

Stay motivated
How, you might wonder? Try different things. We have a tendency to stick to what we know and what we are good at, but why not try out new things. Why not give dance class a try, or choose a new route for your Sunday walk? Or why not join your friend for a new activity?  Variation being the key word. And never underestimate the value of the small stuff. As long as you move, your body will thank you for it.

Bring others in on it
Have a family, why not play around in the snow or dance around the house? Have a partner? Why not motivate each other for a little sit up competition? Have co-workers? Why not suggest walking up and down the stairs together, twice a day during your workday? Live alone? Why not call a friend and suggest trying a new activity rather than a movie night?

Don´t limit yourself. Be open for new things and you will see how you will feel better and get more motivated to keep it up. But most importantly; don´t end up punishing yourself if the couch wins over your willpower. Just get up the next day and try again. And remember; start small.

By: Henriette Danielsen

Events Featured Previous Events

City Spa Yoga-Premiere Morning

On Tuesday morning, the 6th of March, we had the premiere of our new concept: City Spa Yoga. A morning filled with lots of self-care and self-love.

We started off with a 45 minutes’ yoga class, led by our yoga teachers Ann Solberg and Mo Oléron. A warm and gentle practice, awakening our bodies and welcoming the day. All to the wonderful view over the city from the 8th floor or Clarion Hotel Sign.  Afterwards we enjoyed some tea, a colourful fruit plate and some smoothies, before jumping into the heated rooftop pool and enjoying the spa facilities. It was a morning that soothed our souls and lifted our spirits.

A big thank you to Selma City Spa for teaming up with us, Yogish Collective for brightening up the room with their colourful mats and our sponsors; Spurtee, YogiTea, Burts Bees, DrinkNOA, mymuesli and Weleda for helping us create some wonderful goodie bags filled with love. And lastly, everyone who joined us for a little getaway in the heart of Stockholm.

We will continue to offer City Spa Yoga every Tuesday morning. Why not join us next time? Read more and book your tickets here.


Head over to Facebook to see more pictures from our event and to keep track on what’s up next.

By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Linda Florin

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Spurtee- Powerful sportswear for powerful women

With a vision to help ladies release their inner power and share that feeling with others, Mina Lindman founded the brand Spurtee. By wearing Spurtee sportswear you share your power and encourage others to do greater things.
By: Henriette Danielsen Photo: Spurtee

We met Mina at Clarion Hotel Sign in Stockholm on a cold and wet January day. But with her positive energy and big smile she instantly brightened up the room.

So, who is Mina Lindman? Mina has done a lot of different things throughout her career. Everything from being a consultant to working with sales, being marketing manager and lastly CEO. But she didn’t feel happy, so she decided to quit and become an entrepreneur. Today she is the brains behind the sports brand Spurtee.
– I had a vision of finding a fun way to support girls and women to release their inner powers. I am also very much inspired by the whole start-up scene here in Stockholm. There is so much potential and possibilities and you get encouraged to try your own thing. Which I did, Mina says.

Spurtee´s first collection was “The Power Collection”. A collection of workout clothes made of organic materials with inspiring quotes, putting Spurtee on the map and encouraging you to do greater things through their powerful messages. And most recently they launched a more niched collection, focusing on yoga.
– Imagine the feeling when you can take that yoga pose a little bit further, when you run and reach the top of that steep hill, when you score a three pointer or when you finally get the hang on how to do a deadlift. When you have that feeling you want to share it with the world, and you want others to experience the same feeling of euphoria. That is what my brand is all about!

If you can dream it, you can do it

The brand name came from the two words “Spurt” or “Spur” and “Tee”.
– To spurt means to sprint like you do in short-distance running, and the idea is that you get an extra spurt when your read the message on the back of our shirts. But you can also read it as Spur, with the meaning of encouraging someone. And, tee is of course short for t-shirt, she explains.

And what makes Spurtee the brand to choose when it comes to fitness clothing?
– Apart from being edgy and empowering, we think the design is very flattering, bringing out the best of you. And, also, the materials we use are soft, light and has natural thermal qualities to keep you cool when exercising or just strolling around on a hot day.

Besides focusing on her new collection, Mina has many exciting plans for the brand in the future. They are for instance soon launching a possibility to pre-order your favorite Spurtee, in addition to preparing for shipping outside of Sweden and the launch a new collection called “Runner’s Collection”.
– We hope to launch the Runner’s Collection together with an influential runner that really loves and lives our brand. In addition, we are continuously looking for other brands that will supplement Spurtee, and sell them on our online store. Much fun  awaits, Maria says.

Want to learn more about Spurtee? Check out their website and Instagram account for more inspiration.

Name: Mina Lindman
Age: 42
Lives: Stockholm, Sweden
Favorite quote: “Just Do It” is my all-time favorite, it’s so much me!

Events Featured Upcoming Events

City Spa Yoga

Discover a fresh and new you with the finest ambiance yoga class, followed by a therapeutic spa experience and healthy fuel for your body. Your very personal getaway in the heart of Stockholm.

Together with Selma City Spa we proudly invite you to our new concept: City Spa Yoga. Every Tuesday we offer you to start your day with a warm and gentle 45 minutes Hatha class, which awakens and energizes the body in a comfortable flowing sequence that deepens the connection between breath and movement. Accessible to beginners as well as advanced students.

Enjoy the healing powers of yoga in the spa before opening hours, with a stunning view over the city and its breath-taking sunrises. Afterwards you will have free access to enjoy the beautiful spa facility, while enjoying a light breakfast of fresh fruits, tea and smoothies. Let your Tuesday mornings soothe your soul, lift your spirits and fill you with tons of love.

When: Every Tuesday morning 07:15-08:00. Free to stay as long as wanted to enjoy the breakfast and spa afterwards. Premiere: Tuesday 06/03
Where: Selma City Spa, 8th floor of Clarion Hotel Sign. Östra Järnvägsgatan 35, Stockholm
Price: 250 SEK
Registration: Limited spots. Sign up here
Additional information: The classes will be held in English and mats will be in place. Included in the price are towels and access to the dressing room with shower, products and everything you need to get ready for work, in addition to a light breakfast served after the class. You will also have free access to the spa to indulge in some self-care before embracing the day.
Instructors: Morgane Oléron and Ann Solberg, both teacher’s part of Best of You´s team, will welcome you on the premiere morning and afterwards switch every other week.

For more information contact Best of You at Looking forward to meeting you.

Lots of love from Best of You

By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Charlotte Rehm

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The strive for perfection

Surely you have called or heared somebody be called a perfectionist? This is often taken as a compliment, but in the tendency of perfectionism actually hides insecurity, shame and negative self-image.

Perfectionism is the unrealistic aspiration of a person to be perfect, especially in those aspects of life that are important to him or her. Such a person is chronically burdened by his/hers behaviours.

Perfectionists are never satisfied with themselves, no matter how much success he or she has achieved and how many compliments they may have received. Despite all the efforts and good results, they strive for more. Perfectionists aren’t suitable for team work either, since they don’t trust anyone and always doubt others competence, always convinced that only they can do the work properly.

Nobody is perfect! That’s the truth we all know so well.

At the core of perfectionism there is an attempt by a person who tries to compensate the negative image of themselves. With a thought of being worth enough if only they achieve whatever goal they have set. Unfortunately, no matter how successful and good a perfectionist might be, he or she will never feel better because of just that.

So, what can you do? First of all, perfectionists don’t want to change this tendency, so its important to work towards strengthening the positive self image and accepting and overcoming shame. Working on these aspects helps a person to get rid of the need to do everything perfectly.

Nobody is perfect! That’s the truth we all know so well. And, of course, it’s okay to try to be good at everything we do, but not always strive for perfection when we all know that it does not exist. Do your best and that is more than good enough.

 By: Sonja Josipovic

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Innsider tips: Personal Power

This month our four amazing coaches are giving you some pointers to make this year your best one, and second one up is Helena Önneby.

Helena is a certified Career Coach, HR professional and author of the book Pure Personal Power – Tools to collect on a healing journey. She’s on a mission to help you find your personal power by taking full responsibility for your life and health; body, mind and soul.

Here’s her five tips for more personal power:

Practice self-love
To access your personal power, you need to take full responsibility for your life. This requires a lot of self-compassion. You’re not meant to judge yourself for anything in your life, you’re meant to take ownership of your circumstances so you can find the power you need to change whatever you want or need to change. A self-love practice looks different from person to person, but it could involve writing down things you appreciate about yourself, taking the time to do what your body loves or saying no to others so that you can say yes to yourself.

Shift your focus to what is working
We tend to keep our focus on what we feel lack in our lives. What we don’t yet have, what we wish would be different or what we envy in others. When you shift your focus to all the abundance in your life you not only feel better, you also create the momentum for more of it in your life. Start a simple gratitude practice, where you every morning and every night write down three things that you’re grateful for; my bed, my lungs that breathe, that smile from my friend today, a warm cup of tea, that I feel safe, how my body feels when it moves, fresh flower.

What you focus on grows.

Explore spirituality
Religion sometimes get a bad rep in our society today. But what if you could believe in something bigger than yourself and a meaning to everything that has happened in your life without subscribing to any of the major religions? What does a higher power of your own understanding look like? What if you would allow yourself to explore what that means? Maybe you would find a lot of power in the guidance that is always provided to you and relief in the meaning you see in your challenges in life. It has brought you here, and you are exactly where you need to be right now.

Deal with your emotions
Find the tools that works for you when it comes to dealing with your emotions. We’re feeling machines with an intellect so emotions will for sure effect our lives in major ways. But as long as you’re unaware of them they have power over you. Develop a practice of dealing with and really feeling your feelings, not just thinking them. Flow write first thing you do in the morning, invite your feelings to say what they came to tell you and meditate to create some space between you and them, because, you are not your emotions, you have them.

Take care of your body
We’ve been given one tool to express ourselves in this lifetime, and that is our body. Take care of it the way it takes care of you every day. When you take care of your body and listen to its needs it will serve you. But if you neglect it, its signals and needs it will soon take from your power in order to stay in balance. Nourish it with clean food, move it every day and let it rest when it needs resting.

Personal power is about living up to your own potential so that you can do what you’re here to do and help make the world an even more loving place. Go on your own exploration to tap more of your personal power.

By: Helena Önneby /Photo cred: Pinterest 

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More love on the menu

Social media is flooded with New Year resolutions. Everyone is determined on making 2018 the best year ever, and it couldn’t be more perfect: It´s Monday, the start of a new week in a brand-new year. Time to reinvent yourself, get your life on track, fulfill all your goals and dreams. Or?

This time of year, inspires many of us to reflect upon our life and find ways to improve it, and resolutions come in many forms. Some make a promise to themselves to change a bad habit, like quit smoking or eating junk food. Others decide they want to develop a positive habit, such as starting to exercise, recycling more or save more money.

And while there is nothing wrong in setting goals, keep in mind that change doesn’t happen overnight. Research actually shows that about half of all adults make New Year resolutions, but less than 10 percent manage to keep them for more than a few months (I kind of figured that one out over the last few years). However, that doesn’t mean you should give up, maybe just adjust you approach a little.

I have therefore decided to change my perspective. Instead of looking at everything I should change in my life, thinking of this year as a “new year, new me”, I have decided to fill my year with more love instead. Kind of fill up my self-love tank. Because the fuller that gets, the more love I have to share and give away to others.

What’s done in love is done well.

And I am a true believer that love fixes everything. It might not give you abs or help you save money, but it makes life pretty good. And come to think about it, life is pretty awesome despite some bad habits here and there. There is no need to be perfect.

So, whether or not you believe in resolutions, do your thing. Do the changes that you feel need to be done to make you happy. But let’s do it with love, shall we?

By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Pinterest

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Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together

That is what Elisabeth Taylor used to say. So you keep yourself busy, take on projects, say yes to social gatherings and try to balance it all with a smile on your face. But you never slow down.

Even when people around you are warning you, telling you to take care of yourself. You just put on some more lipstick and keep going.

Until you can´t anymore.

And that is usually the wake-up call we need. What a shame we must go so far down the well to only then be able to pull ourselves back up. To give up on the drinks, remove the lipstick, and stop trying to pull ourselves together… To admit it’s ok to let go, go home, go to bed…do nothing.

But when we do, it will bring back strength, it will bring back sanity and eventually, inspiration.

Keep in mind that sometimes the only thing you need on your “to-do-list” is: Take care of myself. And if you are not going to listen to others, at least listen to your body.

By: Mo Oléron

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Practice what you preach

This weekend has been very busy. Good busy. The kind of busy you hope for when you start your own business and want to live doing what you love: inspiring people to be the happiest version of themselves.

But sometimes you get caught up in the turmoil, the excitement, the stress, the pressure to deliver and reach expectations (your own especially) and sometimes, you lose touch with the meaning of it all.

It happened to me on Saturday. We were hosting a beautiful event for Yuhme. For this we were sponsored by Yogish Collective, who generously provided gorgeous mats and a stunning one piece for me to wear. At the end of the class, Janis, our photographer took some shots of Henriette and me. We figured we always take pics of everyone else but us. Later that day as I was working on the class I would be holding the following day, when Henriette sent me one of the pictures, asking if it was ok to post in our social media channels.

My first reaction was to scrutinize the picture around my belly area. My soft spot. Literarily. I immediately rejected it, feeling way too self-conscious about myself. (Just for the record, I know I am not fat. But no one chooses their complex, right?)

Later on, it hit me… what was I doing?

Didn’t I love myself just the way I am? Who was I to preach to people about self-love and all that jazz and later on censure my own body? I felt really bad about it. Guilty as charged.

The following day, as we hosted our second event of the weekend with The Yoga Story, I listened to our dear Life Coach Sandra Aggemo asking if we had anything we wanted to share with the group, anything we wanted to work on. I suddenly realized I had to speak up. I had to let it out because a fault confessed is half redressed, right? Because I realized there was something that bothered me more than my belly on that picture, it was the idea that I could come across as fake and hypocritical.

Today, before starting on this post I stumbled upon an article in Le Monde (in french) about the whole Yoga buzz and the fact that it is so trendy that it has completely lost its meaning somehow. It really resonated with me and what had happened this weekend. Every time I teach I hope to touch people one way or another, I hope they take something with them home. But I cannot forget that every time I teach, I learn something in return.

By: Mo Oléron / Photo cred: Janis Saulis

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Do self-help books actually help?

They are no longer hidden in the back corner of the book store. Today self-help books are a huge business and offer to solve pretty much any problem. The only question is – do they really help?

I can’t really recall when I bought my first self-help book. I’m a big fan of reading, but this selection was unknown to me until sometime in my mid-twenties. Books were a magical escape into a new world and I had not seen them as something offering a solution to my life problems. Then one of my friends recommended one of his favorite self-help books and my bookshelf became home to more and more titles that promised to improve my life in one way or another.

As I read, I started noticing something; First, none of these books offer magical solutions, because there are no magical solutions in life. Secondly, they can’t do much, other than to inspire you to take actions that will lead you to the desired outcome. And thirdly, just reading them without implementing their messages won’t get you anywhere. However, getting a book that will help you with your problems is a step in the right direction as you’re taking action and you are willing to make some changes.

What I noticed from my personal experience is that in order for the books to help, you have to read them with an open mind. You may feel tempted to roll your eyes every once in a while, but try to stay open minded.

It took me a while to understand that knowing something and actually doing it are two different things.

That’s why these books work more as reminders and a source of inspiration and will hopefully give you the little push you need in the right direction. That is also why I like to come back to them, to make sure I stay on the right track and I don’t forget to apply the wisdom to my everyday life. It has no use if it stays on the pages.

I guess my point is that self-help books can, like any other books, be good or bad. Some authors are better than others and some you may not like at all. If you decide to give them a chance, research a bit before you click ‘add to cart’. Also, be open-minded. In my case self-help books helped me learn some things and they helped me improve my life to the extent of how much I worked on it. And for me, there will always be more room on my bookshelf for new self-help titles. After all, life is a work in progress.

By: Ivona Iwarra Josipovic / Photo cred