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Fitness
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
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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 Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

Expert Advice
Wellness

To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.

Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.

If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.

Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.

Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.

Here’s what you all had to say.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.

I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.

What wellness means to the pros

Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.

Here’s what they had to say.

“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights

“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center

“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio

“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates

Putting wellness into action

I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.

Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.

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Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior 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.