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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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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.