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Not sure what to do—or where to go—after your next fitness class? Whether you’re finishing up an intense cycling session or sweatin’ it out on the mat in yoga, here are a few tips for post-workout recovery that will have you feeling rested and ready for another day.
We all know how crucial diet is when it comes to health and fitness goals. In addition to a regular balanced diet, the food consumed immediately after a workout is essential to achieve desired results. Sometimes knowing the best types of foods and the amount to consume is challenging. Through the Mindbody app, you can book appointments with nutritionists near you. Nutritionists can provide personalized direction through meal plan design, metabolic testing, and supply you with important macronutrient information.
The benefits of stretching and massage are endless. They are both phenomenal ways to relieve tightness and soreness after a workout. These two practices are essential for beginners as the body is still adapting to the rigors of a regimen. Post-workout, spend at least ten minutes stretching – and getting a massage can even help to decrease pain and improve flexibility. MINDBODY connects you with local massage therapists, where you can book a cost-effective and tension-relieving massage. Also, massage is great for stress reduction and overall wellness.
Heat therapy is an underutilized tool to aid in recovery. Studies show that heat increases circulation and blood flow, which in turn increases the delivery of nutrients around the body. For example, spending time in a sauna or steam bath can help ease joint pain and stiffness, as well as muscle spasms. Adding full-body heat therapy to your workout routine is essential for recovery, so explore the Mindbody app to book different types of heat therapy sessions.
We all have plenty of sources for chronic stress, and the only kind we really need in fitness is acute stress. Acute stress is the kind we create from those phenomenal, heart-pumping kind of workouts. An easy way to reduce chronic stress is by getting a good night’s rest, especially on workout days. Getting seven to eight hours of sleep (sometimes more if you can) gives the body the time it needs properly restore and recover.
MINDBODY values the importance of total wellness, which is not always limited to physicality. For those stressors that are a little harder to control, the Mindbody app has a large network of professional coaches and psychologists that can provide everything from meditation to massage.
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!