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Dare I say fall is the best season of all? The crisp cool air is such a huge turn from the summer sunshine. Autumn calls for cozy sweaters, big mugs tea, trail runs, and all the back to school vibes. I feel this seasonal push to realign my values, get my habits dialed in and clearly create my calendar. Where summer is so fancy-free, fall feels more like a time to get real. A softer January.
Channeling the fall vibes and exploring new habits and ways to sweat, I signed up for the Allstate Hot Chocolate 5K in Denver this month! I crossed the finish line with my sister (and MINDBODY employee), Melinda. I have to say, we had a blast training together and completing a goal together is the *best* way to kickstart the fall season.
Now that the race is complete, it is time for some much needed R&R. Here are my four favorite ways to recover after running (and rocking!) a 5K, no matter the time of year:
My feet are often in need of some love after training and running on race day. They are getting a lot of movement time leading up to a race and afterward, the best way to recover is to sit down and soak in the warm water, foot massage, and glossy polish. I went for an autumn maroon polish to welcome the season and say thank you to my feet for moving me through that 5K. Runner’s note: if you pre-race pedi, keep those calluses until after the race!
WHAT: Restorative Yoga
Nothing says relaxation like a post-race flow in a beautiful indoor environment. Located in the cozy Berkeley neighborhood in Denver, this space is an urban retreat known for its mindful and restorative practices and offerings. We love Lauralynn Sulivan and her Yoga Nidra classes. Yoga Nidra literally translates to “yoga sleep” and rest is a crucial part of recovery. Grab all the props—oh hey there bolsters—add two blankets and enjoy the yogic slumber.
WHERE: Peace of Mind
Now, this is a must! Schedule your massage within a week after the day you crossed the finish line. Peace of Mind is off Pearl Street in Wash Park and looks like a welcoming house turned lavender-scented zen zone. While many places offer an array of services, try a Sports Massage post-race. It will promote flexibility and helps to reduce fatigue. Ahhh. A massage is a perfect complement to the endurance your body just exemplified in your 5K.
WHAT: Express Facial
WHERE: Glow Facial Bar
The chilly air and layers of sweat can create a mess for my skin after race day—and as we move into fall, the dry Colorado air and dehydration are already taking its toll! I scheduled an express facial at Glow Facial Bar to clean up my skin post-race. This fast and efficient 30-minute treatment included exfoliation, anti-aging and deep hydration to enlighten and brighten my skin. Bonus—they keep the rose quartz rollers in the fridge. Hello, lymph detox and goodbye under-eye puffiness!
Cheers to your next race and always remember to recover and take care of your body—and your mind!
Whether you’re looking for a good stretch session or self-care treatment after your next race, MINDBODY is your source for all things fitness, wellness, and beauty, wherever you are!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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