What’s the best time of day to work out?

We’ve got good news for all your morning people out there: mornings are the best time of day to work out if you’re trying to get the most drastic physical results. For one, you’ll probably end up burning more calories when you work out first thing in the morning. You have more energy than if you have if you worked out at 7 p.m., so you’ll work harder and so more. Plus, whatever workout you do in the a.m. will rev up your metabolism for the day and help you burn more calories as you go about your normal routine. It will also put you in a fantastic mood (all those happy endorphins will course through your body) and encourage you to eat better and make healthier choices throughout the day.

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What does NINE focus on?

When you hear the term "wellness women’s retreat", you probably have an image in your head of a group of women sitting around a campfire holding hands.
Well, we do hang out around a campfire, but that’s not the whole picture!
We like to think of the NINE Retreat as an all-encompassing wellness program.

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The scientific benefits of journaling

Writing down your thoughts on a daily basis feels cathartic and healing, and studies show that it’s not all in our heads. According to Harvard Health Publications, research has shown that writing down your authentic thoughts and emotions can reduce “stigma-related stress” and help you cope with your day-to-day life.

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Scientific benefits of being in nature

At NINE retreats, we make it a priority to be outside and spend time in nature. Not only does it give us a break from technology and the day-to-day stresses of life, but there are some scientifically proven benefits of experiencing Mother Earth.

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Self-care mantra

One of the core mantras we teach at NINE retreats is “You can either be a victim or a creator.” How does this apply to wellness? Well, think about it this way. We're always creating excuses for ourselves when it comes to eating well, taking care of health, and exercising regularly. We tell ourselves we're too busy, work is too hectic, our family is asking too much of us, our friends need us, etc. But rather than falling prey to external circumstances and convincing ourselves that it's out of our control, NINE teachers encourage us to take control and create the life we want to live — not turn ourselves into the victim.

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How to have a more productive morning

If we’ve heard it once, we’re heard it a million times: the morning is the most important time of day to get yourself set up for success and start your day off on a good note. But let’s face it, not all of us are morning people. If you struggle to feel motivated in the a.m., you’re not alone. Here are a few tips to help you start off your day with a roaring start.

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How to Have a Breakthrough & Recognize a Breakdown

In this journal entry, we will discuss how to have a breakthrough and how to recognize a breakdown. When focusing on our self-growth mindfulness can add a great deal of insight into what leads us to certain emotional states and stages in life. Here we explore the meaning of a "breakthrough" and recognizing our "breakdowns" as well. 

“A breakthrough stops partway - the emotional material emerges, but it gets capped before it can see it’s way through to release and solution.

A breakthrough goes all the way through the transformation path. It is a deep emotional cleansing, a collapse of the false structures that have ruled our lives, a breaking through to a more genuine state of consciousness."

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