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In the “new normal,” you’re aware that this Mother’s Day is unlike potentially any you’ve experienced. While you’re either sheltering in place or starting to reemerge slowly into society, now’s the perfect time to lock down some Mother’s Day activities to do with your mom (or recruit your kids for) while your favorite restaurants and fitness studios may be closed.
We put together a list of ideas—our favorite virtual workout classes that can turn a potentially solitary Mother’s Day into one filled with love, laughter, connection, and, probably, sweat.
If you’ve ever taken a dance fitness class, you know it feels a lot more like fun than exercise. If you’re sheltering in place and don’t have any big plans this Mother’s Day, a dance fitness class is a great way to get active and just let loose! Not convinced? Check out this clip from our Instagram Live with TRILLFIT (in case you don’t believe us on the whole “fun” part).
Get your dance on
The thing we all love about bootcamp-style classes is accountability, which can be a little more difficult in a virtual setting. If you want to break a serious sweat before that Mother’s Day brunch, HIIT is the way to go. And doing it with your mom gives you no room for last-minute excuses. Push your coffee table to the side and make room—it’s going to get intense (literally).
Book your bootcamp
Okay, so high intensity isn’t really your thing. Maybe you want to break a sweat this Mother’s Day without the intensity of a bootcamp. Or maybe you just don’t have the room for circuits in your small apartment living room (I feel that). Meet Pilates. Pilates definitely isn’t easy, and a good Pilates routine will get your core working and muscles burning in no time. All you need is space for two mats—one for you and one for mom. Need to convince mom/kid to join? Check out why now is the perfect time to try Pilates.
Plan your Pilates
If you’re pregnant during this pandemic, this might be your first Mother’s Day to enjoy as a mom. That means, you should celebrate yourself today! And what better way to do that than with a virtual prenatal yoga class? The best part about virtual is you can get connected with other moms-to-be all over the world. And who knows? Maybe you’ll even leave class with a new friend.
Find your flow
Or, if you already have little ones running around, you may want to find an activity you can all do together to celebrate Mom’s Day and kill some time at home (because we know how hard it can be to WFH with kids). On Mindbody, you can find tons of kids yoga classes to choose from for kids of all ages. Plus, I heard Savasana sometimes leads to naps!
Calm your kiddos
If none of these options float your boat, that’s fine, too. You can do virtually any workout—and any workout, virtually—with your mom! Browse Mindbody to explore thousands of online fitness classes around the globe, and then buy your mom flowers—she deserves them. Or better yet—why not gift mom with an online gym membership that will fit her schedule? If your mom is interested in trying out multiple studios all over the country, you should look into gifting her with a Mindbody Flex membership. Mindbody Flex gives your mom the power to try all the best livestream fitness classes from the comfort of her own home at a super affordable rate. There are thousands of livestream classes to choose from, at hundreds of great studios—and more and more studios are opting in to Flex each week. Check out this blog post to get all the deets on a Mindbody Flex membership.
To the moms!
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you.
While you’re at it, check out some Intro Offers near you that can help you get back to your cadence of hot yoga classes.