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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.
what is wellness
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.

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.