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We all know the power of a good workout—it boosts your mood, your immunity, increases your energy levels and can even reduce your risk of disease. But do your thoughts control the effectiveness and the consistency of your workouts?
Personal empowerment means becoming more aware of yourself, developing self-confidence and setting realistic goals to start fulfilling your potential. Talking to yourself in a positive way, acknowledging both your strengths and weaknesses, helps to bring out your inner superhero.
If you’re struggling to find the right words when it comes to focusing on your fitness, here are four mantras to challenge and motivate you while helping you to excel when it comes to your workout goals.
I Have Come So Far – If you made it to the gym or even outside for a walk, own that accomplishment. Everyone has different fitness goals, so don’t compare your workout or level of intensity to anyone but yourself. Push yourself a little more every day—you’ll be surprised what you can do.
I Am Beautiful – You might have opinions about mirrors in the gym, but you also have your own perception of what you see in those mirrors. Start telling yourself the truth: You are beautiful. You are strong. You rock. It might feel uncomfortable at first, but keep up the positive self-talk, and you will start seeing the beauty within yourself.
I Showed Up For Me - The time at the gym or in a class is for you. It’s your time to release stress and increase your good vibrations. Allow yourself to enjoy the moment without self-deprecating thoughts. Your mind needs this, your body needs this, and both will thank you when you’re finished.
I Love My Body As It Is Today – Everyday that you are alive is a gift. You are not defined by a number on a scale or the size jeans you wear. Being able to wake up and move is a gift, your imperfections are what make you beautiful and define who you are. To quote Meghan Trainor, “Cause every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.”
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!