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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!

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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

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.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

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.

1. Go at your own pace

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!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

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!  

3. Nourish your body

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.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

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.

5. Bring the right equipment

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.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!