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Published Monday Dec 02, 2019 by Jacki Carr

How to Warm Up Your Workouts This Winter

Fitness
Motivation
Expert Advice

This time of year, temperatures start to drop, and the desire to snuggle up and stay inside is all-consuming. Can we talk about holiday movies on Netflix?  Because the obsession is real. And yet, with the craze of holidays, keeping your body and mind moving at your favorite workout class could be a great self-care hack this December. 

Most of my workout choices change come winter. Lots of studios set their thermostats higher than mine at home, so I have the incentive to shovel the snow, scrape the ice off my windshield (a great workout warm-up!), and get to those weekly classes!

 

Here's a list of workouts to warm up your routine this winter:
Hot yoga

The moment I step onto my mat in a hot yoga class, I start to dethaw from the heated room, and I can unclench my hands, then shoulders, and finally take a deep breath. While the cold air causes us to hunch over to keep out the chill, getting to a heated flow allows us to sweat, open, and align our bodies.

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Hot yoga

The moment I step onto my mat in a hot yoga class, I start to dethaw from the heated room, and I can unclench my hands, then shoulders, and finally take a deep breath. While the cold air causes us to hunch over to keep out the chill, getting to a heated flow allows us to sweat, open, and align our bodies.

Heated barre

And tuck, and tuck, and tuck. I immediately start sweating walking into a barre class as I know what is about to happen on that floor with the mirrored walls and ballet barre. Add heat, and this class is an instant detox of any tension my body might be holding onto.

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Heated barre

And tuck, and tuck, and tuck. I immediately start sweating walking into a barre class as I know what is about to happen on that floor with the mirrored walls and ballet barre. Add heat, and this class is an instant detox of any tension my body might be holding onto.

Indoor climbing

Your heart rate and body temperature will rise way high when you take on your first climbing experience at a gym. While you may not be moving fast, you will feel the heat. Mind meets body as your strength and sweat kicks in to get you to the top of that wall.

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Indoor climbing

Your heart rate and body temperature will rise way high when you take on your first climbing experience at a gym. While you may not be moving fast, you will feel the heat. Mind meets body as your strength and sweat kicks in to get you to the top of that wall.

Infrared sauna

In the infrared sauna, I get to rest, recover, and detox. My oxygen level increases, and the time to sit, meditate, and relax brings some much-needed zen after the hustle and bustle of the holiday outside the studio. I need the reminder to slow down after a sweat session, and this is the perfect way to do it.

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Infrared sauna

In the infrared sauna, I get to rest, recover, and detox. My oxygen level increases, and the time to sit, meditate, and relax brings some much-needed zen after the hustle and bustle of the holiday outside the studio. I need the reminder to slow down after a sweat session, and this is the perfect way to do it.

Cardio dance party

All she wants to do is, all she wants to do is dance! There is nothing that makes my heart pump faster and my smile get bigger than taking a cardio dance class. Channeling my inner Baby (from Dirty Dancing) as the temperature rises in the room, I follow the choreography and keep it moving for an hour of grooving.

 

Beat the winter blues and take care of your mind and body this holiday season!

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Cardio dance party

All she wants to do is, all she wants to do is dance! There is nothing that makes my heart pump faster and my smile get bigger than taking a cardio dance class. Channeling my inner Baby (from Dirty Dancing) as the temperature rises in the room, I follow the choreography and keep it moving for an hour of grooving.

 

Beat the winter blues and take care of your mind and body this holiday season!

Jacki Carr
Written by
Jacki Carr
Rock Your Bliss Co-Founder | Writer
About the author
Jacki Carr is a goal coach, writer, and yoga teacher with a real, honest style that helps connect people to their most powerful self. Co-founder of Rock Your Bliss, you can find Jacki in Evergreen, Colorado drinking another bulletproof coffee on her front porch with her husband, two daughters, and their pups.
black-owned beauty and wellness businesses
Beauty
Published Sunday Jan 30, 2022 by Denise Prichard

Black-owned Beauty and Wellness Businesses to Know

February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society.  As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.  

While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support. 

1. Beauty Bin 

Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.  
 

2. KIKA Stretch Studio  

The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.

3. Kimberly Coleman Salon 

At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads. 

4. Pressed Roots 

Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.  

5. SW3AT  

Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins. 

6. The TEN Nail Bar 

Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days. 

7. Bettye O Day Spa 

Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.  

Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well! 

denise prichard
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.