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Published Tuesday Feb 05, 2019 by Brittany Raine

How I *Finally* Learned to Love Fitness

Fitness
Yoga
Barre
Cycling
Bootcamp
Personal Growth

One month into the new year and this is usually where fleeting feelings of frustrations start to run rampant. Maybe you didn’t hit your lofty goal of five workout classes last week. Or your perfectly planned schedule went down the drain. Maybe you did eat In-N-Out. Guess what? Life happens! Learning to love working out and finding a routine you want to stick to is no simple task. It took me until my mid-thirties to have that lightbulb moment. 

I’ve always been an active personplaying sports throughout college and trying every fitness class under the sun. As an adult, I began to view working out as a form of punishment to support my weekend behavior. Stuck in a vicious cycle of death by sweat, it took one incredible instructor and intense class to break my mindset. I decided to press the reset button on my routine. Here’s how I learned to love working out and how it’s *seriously* changed my wellness game. 

Will it be easy? Nope. 

I used to think I needed to work out to “fit in” at the new classes my friends were taking. Working out to workout? That's silly! No one in class is an expert. Fitness is meant to challenge us. 

We are all here, a sweaty mess, trying to catch our breath and keep our muscles from pulsating out of our bodies while busting through that last set. Even if you didn’t hit every rep, that “I did it!” feeling post-class is one hell of an accomplishment. Don’t be embarrassed or ashamed, embrace it. 
 

Hint: If you're looking for a fun, challenging fitness class, we love Shred415 strength training and treadmills (your first class is free!).

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Will it be easy? Nope. 

I used to think I needed to work out to “fit in” at the new classes my friends were taking. Working out to workout? That's silly! No one in class is an expert. Fitness is meant to challenge us. 

We are all here, a sweaty mess, trying to catch our breath and keep our muscles from pulsating out of our bodies while busting through that last set. Even if you didn’t hit every rep, that “I did it!” feeling post-class is one hell of an accomplishment. Don’t be embarrassed or ashamed, embrace it. 
 

Hint: If you're looking for a fun, challenging fitness class, we love Shred415 strength training and treadmills (your first class is free!).

Finding what you like is part of the fun.  

A few of my friends swear by Pilates. Others are all about cycling. Part of learning to love fitness is finding something you love. Or at least really like. If you aren’t engaged with your workout, then you’re going to lack major motivation. Just because your friends won’t go outside their reformer routine, doesn’t mean you're stuck, too.

So, how did I find the workout(s) I enjoy? By trying different classes! Getting outside my comfort zone. From barre to circuit training and yoga, I gave myself the chance to experience a variety of workouts that fit my budget, thanks to Mindbody

If you live in LA, Denver, Chicago, Charlotte, or New Jersey and you're feeling *extra* adventurous, try AIR Aerial Fitness to take your workout to the sky. You can get one week of unlimited classes for just $25!

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Finding what you like is part of the fun.  

A few of my friends swear by Pilates. Others are all about cycling. Part of learning to love fitness is finding something you love. Or at least really like. If you aren’t engaged with your workout, then you’re going to lack major motivation. Just because your friends won’t go outside their reformer routine, doesn’t mean you're stuck, too.

So, how did I find the workout(s) I enjoy? By trying different classes! Getting outside my comfort zone. From barre to circuit training and yoga, I gave myself the chance to experience a variety of workouts that fit my budget, thanks to Mindbody

If you live in LA, Denver, Chicago, Charlotte, or New Jersey and you're feeling *extra* adventurous, try AIR Aerial Fitness to take your workout to the sky. You can get one week of unlimited classes for just $25!

There’s no shame in failing. 

I remember my first hot yoga class. It was 90 degrees, I was most likely dehydrated, and my friend was nailing the flow in this humid jungle of a room. There I was—a sweaty mess that couldn’t get into Downward Dog. How about that bootcamp class where every box jump was, to me, an epic fail? It’s easy to feel insecure and defeated when you don’t perform your best. It’s important to remember that your wellness is a journey—with peaks and valleys. Somedays you kill it in class and some days; it’s just hard. Understanding and acknowledging that failure is part of your path is essential to learning to love the way you workout.

 

Want to see if your yoga skills are better than mine? Try a class at YogaWorks!

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There’s no shame in failing. 

I remember my first hot yoga class. It was 90 degrees, I was most likely dehydrated, and my friend was nailing the flow in this humid jungle of a room. There I was—a sweaty mess that couldn’t get into Downward Dog. How about that bootcamp class where every box jump was, to me, an epic fail? It’s easy to feel insecure and defeated when you don’t perform your best. It’s important to remember that your wellness is a journey—with peaks and valleys. Somedays you kill it in class and some days; it’s just hard. Understanding and acknowledging that failure is part of your path is essential to learning to love the way you workout.

 

Want to see if your yoga skills are better than mine? Try a class at YogaWorks!

Accept your body—and yourself. 

Self-love is a hot topic right now. Part of loving yourself is accepting your body and all its flaws. It took me years (and years) to get to this point. By discovering workouts that make me happy, inspired and stronger, I have learned to treat myself better, both mentally and physically. F45 is a great example, because they don't have mirrors (goodbye distractions)! Where I once saw my thick thighs and broad shoulders as a “you just have bigger bones” burden, I now view them as beautiful body parts that power me through each and every workout to make me, me. 

Whether it’s stretching it out at yoga or bench pressing 10 lbs more every time I work out, I see how far I have come. I now see my body as a powerful temple of greatness versus you’re too curvy to fit into these designer jeans. My self-worth isn’t based on my body type or pant size, it’s based on how I choose to take care of myself—and that starts from the inside out. 

 

 

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Accept your body—and yourself. 

Self-love is a hot topic right now. Part of loving yourself is accepting your body and all its flaws. It took me years (and years) to get to this point. By discovering workouts that make me happy, inspired and stronger, I have learned to treat myself better, both mentally and physically. F45 is a great example, because they don't have mirrors (goodbye distractions)! Where I once saw my thick thighs and broad shoulders as a “you just have bigger bones” burden, I now view them as beautiful body parts that power me through each and every workout to make me, me. 

Whether it’s stretching it out at yoga or bench pressing 10 lbs more every time I work out, I see how far I have come. I now see my body as a powerful temple of greatness versus you’re too curvy to fit into these designer jeans. My self-worth isn’t based on my body type or pant size, it’s based on how I choose to take care of myself—and that starts from the inside out. 

 

 

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

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.

1. Go at your own pace

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!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

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!  

3. Nourish your body

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.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

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.

5. Bring the right equipment

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

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!