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Fitness
Published Thursday Jun 27, 2019 by Jessica Meno

Best Summer Workouts to Try While You Travel

Fitness
Travel
Yoga
Cycling
Bootcamp
Kickboxing

Summer’s coming in hot. This travel season, don’t sweat the tourist traps—instead, check out a trendy summer workout or two at your next destination. Because sweating’s better with a purpose. 

Here’s what we found out about the fitness scenes in Denver, Boston, and San Francisco!

 

Denver gets downward dog.

Fitness isn’t just a hobby in Denver—it’s a lifestyle. Nearly 78% of Denver residents exercise at least once a week. Their fave group workout? Yoga, followed by strength training. Kickboxing’s what they want to try next.

Staying fit takes grit, though. Denver’s main motivations are to reduce stress, and to gain/lose weight.

 

Boston keeps it (Pilates) 100.

Boston loves striking a pose. Yoga and Pilates are the city’s core (yeah, we went there) group fitness classes. Kickboxing’s next on the to-do list.

In Boston, it’s good vibes only. Residents work out to feel good, and better mentally. They even spend 23% more a year on fitness than the average American to keep their spirits up.

 

San Francisco flexes on ’em.

Picking up heavy things, putting them down. That’s what San Francisco likes to do. Strength training is The City’s second most popular group fitness class, after yoga. The next big thing to look out for: aerobics.

Why they do it? To live long, healthy lives. (And for the gains, of course.) It pays off too—SF’s the #2 strongest wellness market in the US.

Book your travel workouts in-between packing and procrastinating. Download the MINDBODY app, or check out MINDBODY.io, to explore fitness classes wherever you are!
 

Jessica Meno
Written by
Jessica Meno
Associate Copywriter
About the author
Avid gamer and fangirl of the em dash, Jessica is a MINDBODY copywriter who is all about fostering warm online communities. When she’s not being a hermit at home, you can find her scoping out the best Asian eats—near and far.
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar