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Fitness
Published Friday Apr 10, 2020 by Sara Lesher

How to Get Over Being Embarrassed to Exercise

Fitness
Motivation
Mindbody Community

We can come up with a million reasons to avoid exercising. Whether you lack time or motivation, are too tired, or don’t have the proper equipment, there’s a laundry list of excuses to avoid a workout. But aside from the ones you tell people (and yourself), is embarrassment one of your mental roadblocks? 

Maybe you’re worried about not having the cutest outfits (we feel you, those can be expensive). Maybe you’re nervous about falling over during the balancing series in yoga. Maybe you haven’t worked out in well, a while, and you’re too embarrassed to huff and puff your way through a difficult HIIT class with all the regulars.  

We’ve all been there. Group fitness has tons of benefits, but it requires a first step we often forget to talk about—gaining confidence to try it out. 


Start at home. 

Okay, so you don’t really have a choice right now. Gyms and fitness studios all over the world are closed due to COVID-19...but we have to find the silver lining, right? Now, we have the unique opportunity to access *tons* of virtual classes from studios all over the world. HIIT, yoga, Pilates, or barre, San Diego, Miami, London, or D.C.—the sky’s the limit (if you have a backyard, that is).  

And the other benefit? Privacy.  

Sweaty? Oh well. Outfit doesn’t match? Who cares?  Can’t touch your toes? Just bend your knees, girl (or guy).  

Now, more than ever, we’re looking for a sense of community. And now, more than ever, you can access a community of group fitness lovers without the nerves of being a newbie. Throw on your wrinkled old college T-shirt, turn that video camera off, and tune into a live stream fitness class—you’ll be ready to hit the actual studio as soon as it opens. 


Don’t forget to prep. 

When it comes to any workout, it’s never a good idea to just jump right in. We’re not saying you need to take a full-blown yoga class to stretch yourself out before you start (although restorative yoga post-workout works wonders for those achy muscles), but you’ll definitely want to warm up.  

Take a look at our tips for getting ready for your first virtual fitness class


Try a few and pick your favorite. 

If you’ve ever browsed classes on Mindbody, you may have seen some unique ones that stood out among the rest (pole dancing fitness, anyone?). There are so many different types of fitness classes out there; it’s easy to get a sense of choice overload (AKA: Where the hell do I even begin?!). Don’t get overwhelmed. You don’t need to try them all—unless you really don’t know what to do with all the extra time on your hands. Try narrowing it down to a few categories you’re interested in and try a different one each day. You can even find a personal trainer if you want!  

Think about what your goals are. Trying to build core strength? Try Pilates. Want a low-impact workout that targets your muscles with small movements? Meet barre. Want to gain flexibility and build that mind-body connection? Yoga is the one for you! Or maybe you just want to dance (because this time, nobody’s watching!). Virtual dance fitness classes are the way to go. Try a few and determine which one is best for you. 
 

Dive in.  

Once you’ve found your favorite workout (or combo of workouts!), it’s time to dive in. Start investing in (or renting!) some workout gear and equipment, prepare your space, set your new at-home workout routine, and start booking your virtual classes. You’ll be ready to hit the studio in no time! 

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
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Wellness
Published Thursday Apr 01, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Your Guide to Releasing Stress and Finding Peace

Expert Advice
Wellness
Self-care

Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.

With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."

There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.

Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:

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1. Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice  

When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: 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 we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey. 

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2. I Tried Virtual Meditation...Here’s What I Learned 

Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?) 

TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra. 

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3. Accessible Yoga Poses for Emotional Balance and Release 

Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.  

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4. Top Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Depression and The New Normal

Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.

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5. The "Staying Grounded" Guide to Stress and Anxiety Pre- and Post-COVID-19

If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.

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6. How to Meditate: A Beginner's Guide

Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.

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7. Cultivate Your Calm with These 7 Yoga Poses

There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.

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8. Mindfulness Tips to Stay Intentional, Focused, and Aligned in 2021

We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.

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9. Why It's Time to Try a Healing Virtual Sound Bath

If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.

These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.  

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.