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Fitness
Published Thursday Feb 14, 2019 by Devin Dilday

It Takes Two: Fitness + Wellness to Try With Your Boo

Fitness
Cycling
Bootcamp
Pilates
Yoga
Massage

Studies show that when you have a partner, you’re more likely to step up your exercise game. So, why not bring your bae along to your next sweat session or wellness treatment?

Whether you're looking to book a couple's massage (finding your Zen together is crucial) or you're more into stepping up your sweat, here are a few of our favorite workouts and wellness treatments you can do together. Then, give yourself permission to curl up on the couch with your latest Netflix binge. 

Bootcamp

Bootcamp is the perfect compromise for couples that want to get in a good sweat without traveling too far out of their comfort zone. Combining interval training, weights, and different circuits, it’s very similar to what you would traditionally see at the gym. Plus, it’s a killer workout that will have you both feeling stronger!

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Bootcamp

Bootcamp is the perfect compromise for couples that want to get in a good sweat without traveling too far out of their comfort zone. Combining interval training, weights, and different circuits, it’s very similar to what you would traditionally see at the gym. Plus, it’s a killer workout that will have you both feeling stronger!

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Pilates

While Pilates is not usually the exercise of choice for most men, you’ll find that the toughest guys take it all the time. With an emphasis on smaller moves and slower motions, it utilizes muscles traditional running or weight lifting won’t hit. It’s not all pie and lattes ladies and gents, Pilates is hard work. 

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pilates workout
Pilates

While Pilates is not usually the exercise of choice for most men, you’ll find that the toughest guys take it all the time. With an emphasis on smaller moves and slower motions, it utilizes muscles traditional running or weight lifting won’t hit. It’s not all pie and lattes ladies and gents, Pilates is hard work. 

Kickboxing

Kickboxing is our favorite heart-pumping cardio workout. This high-energy workout is guaranteed to burn calories. It tones the entire body while also helping to get out any stress or frustrations. Bonus: Most exercises are partner-based, so that means you can show your S.O. how you “float like butterfly and sting like a bee.”

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Kickboxing

Kickboxing is our favorite heart-pumping cardio workout. This high-energy workout is guaranteed to burn calories. It tones the entire body while also helping to get out any stress or frustrations. Bonus: Most exercises are partner-based, so that means you can show your S.O. how you “float like butterfly and sting like a bee.”

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Yoga

It may seem like an obvious choice, but doing yoga as a couple can strengthen not only your body, but also your bond. It helps increase communication and trust as well as reduces anxiety and any stressors in the relationship. 

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Yoga

It may seem like an obvious choice, but doing yoga as a couple can strengthen not only your body, but also your bond. It helps increase communication and trust as well as reduces anxiety and any stressors in the relationship. 

Cycling

Riding a bike is a healthy and low-impact exercise for any age. Cycling is a great class for people who are just starting out in boutique fitness since it’s easy to pick up on (you know.. like riding a bike!) It makes for the perfect activity for couples who want to try fitness together —no matter the weather, skill level, or attire requirements! 

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Cycling

Riding a bike is a healthy and low-impact exercise for any age. Cycling is a great class for people who are just starting out in boutique fitness since it’s easy to pick up on (you know.. like riding a bike!) It makes for the perfect activity for couples who want to try fitness together —no matter the weather, skill level, or attire requirements! 

Massage

It's almost Valentine's Day. You know, that time of year when spas across the country add chocolate and champagne to their treatment services. Whether it's a deep tissue massage or a hot stone massage, getting a spa treatment is a win-win for you and your boo. Go ahead, book some romantic downtime. 

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Massage

It's almost Valentine's Day. You know, that time of year when spas across the country add chocolate and champagne to their treatment services. Whether it's a deep tissue massage or a hot stone massage, getting a spa treatment is a win-win for you and your boo. Go ahead, book some romantic downtime. 

Sauna

You know what they say. Couples who sauna together, stay together. Infrared saunas are definitely having a moment lately, trending on Instagram like wildfire. Traditional saunas heat the air around you, while infrared saunas use panels of infrared lights to warm your body directly. An infrared sauna session can help to improve sleep, relaxation, circulation, sore muscles, and detoxification. Clear up your skin together in a unique experience with your partner! 

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Sauna

You know what they say. Couples who sauna together, stay together. Infrared saunas are definitely having a moment lately, trending on Instagram like wildfire. Traditional saunas heat the air around you, while infrared saunas use panels of infrared lights to warm your body directly. An infrared sauna session can help to improve sleep, relaxation, circulation, sore muscles, and detoxification. Clear up your skin together in a unique experience with your partner! 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has shown signs of helping with anxiety, headaches and migraines, insomnia, PMS, but did you know those needles might also help improve your sex life? According to a 2018 study published in Archives of Sexual Behavior, higher stress levels are linked to a reduced interest in sex. The more stressed you are, the more tension you'll hold in your body. Acupuncture helps to loosen that up and restore quality time with your partner. In addition to improving stress, it also helps with increased blood flow and hormone balance. You can get even more info on how acupuncture benefits the body (from an acupuncturist)

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture has shown signs of helping with anxiety, headaches and migraines, insomnia, PMS, but did you know those needles might also help improve your sex life? According to a 2018 study published in Archives of Sexual Behavior, higher stress levels are linked to a reduced interest in sex. The more stressed you are, the more tension you'll hold in your body. Acupuncture helps to loosen that up and restore quality time with your partner. In addition to improving stress, it also helps with increased blood flow and hormone balance. You can get even more info on how acupuncture benefits the body (from an acupuncturist)

Sound healing

If you, and your partner, find it hard to turn off your thoughts, a session in sound healing might be the best gift this Valentine's Day. Make it a meditation date with this restorative class that can help with anxiety and stress by lowering blood pressure, reducing respiratory rates, and improving circulation. While it hasn't been scientifically proven to actually heal anything, there are studies that suggest it's beneficial to your overall well-being. Now, don't you have some ocean wave sounds to chill out to?

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Sound healing

If you, and your partner, find it hard to turn off your thoughts, a session in sound healing might be the best gift this Valentine's Day. Make it a meditation date with this restorative class that can help with anxiety and stress by lowering blood pressure, reducing respiratory rates, and improving circulation. While it hasn't been scientifically proven to actually heal anything, there are studies that suggest it's beneficial to your overall well-being. Now, don't you have some ocean wave sounds to chill out to?

Facial

Not only are they *uber* relaxing, facials are a great way to learn more about your skin, together. A professional facialist can look at your skin and see things you might not like whether you're using the right products or your actual skin type. Like a power wash for your face, book a treatment for you and your S.O. to detox and get a better clean than you would normally do in front of your bathroom mirror. 

Want to try one of these workouts + wellness services with your Valentine? Mindbody.io makes it easy to find, book and drop in at fitness classes, no matter where you are or what you want to achieve.

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Facial

Not only are they *uber* relaxing, facials are a great way to learn more about your skin, together. A professional facialist can look at your skin and see things you might not like whether you're using the right products or your actual skin type. Like a power wash for your face, book a treatment for you and your S.O. to detox and get a better clean than you would normally do in front of your bathroom mirror. 

Want to try one of these workouts + wellness services with your Valentine? Mindbody.io makes it easy to find, book and drop in at fitness classes, no matter where you are or what you want to achieve.

Devin Dilday MINDBODY
Written by
Devin Dilday
Social Media Manager
About the author
Social butterfly by nature, it's no wonder Devin found her niche in the social media and marketing industry. As a native San Diegan, Devin loves spending time at the beach and dining at local hot spots. When she's not working, you can find her at a Pilates, barre or yoga class.
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.