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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!

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. 

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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
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Devin Dilday
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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.
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar