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Do you remember what your workout routine looked like a year ago? The hybrid-style of virtual and in-person classes had become the new normal for most fitness studios across the world—and for a lot of studios, the hybrid format will still play a huge role. But for me, I live in Phoenix and fitness studios all over the city are now open for us fitness aficionados to enjoy the in-studio experience we so desperately missed.
While I still plan on taking advantage of virtual offerings when traveling—or for when that 4 pm meeting goes just a tad bit too long to make it to the studio in time—the fact that I can now get a good sweat sesh in at my favorite studio has me pumped. Don’t get me wrong—I had a lot of fun supplementing my normal spin routine with virtual barre and yoga, but there are some attributes of an at-home workout that I am happy to leave behind. As much as I love my overly affectionate pit bull (okay, I’m obsessed with her), it was difficult going into a downward dog pose or popping up into a headstand without her attacking my face with kisses. On a less adorable note, it also started to feel a bit...lonely. I mean, nobody was there to witness my first handstand—something I’ve been working on for years. Okay—I may have only held it for a second, but that is still progress!
While it’s great to still have these virtual options (they were a total lifesaver when fitness businesses were closed last year), I can’t even put into words how great it feels to be back in the studio. That first class back, I was pleasantly overwhelmed with all the things that I had missed about the in-studio experience. If you’ve been back to your favorite fitness studios, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you have yet to jump back into your pre-pandemic fitness routine, here’s what you can look forward to:
I know I’m not the only one who started to feel less-than-inspired while working out in my living room every day. While the convenience of rolling out my mat for a yoga class or setting up shop at my kitchen counter for barre class was great—I really missed the hustle and bustle of my high-energy spin and yoga studio. I go to The Madison Improvement Club in Phoenix and am a frequent rider in all the classes they offer from “Party on a Bike” to their themed rides (think Billie Eilish vs. Justin Bieber). These classes are inspirational and just downright fun—not to mention you’re surrounded by carnival-eqsue lights that flicker to the beat of the music. This is a type of experience you can’t find just anywhere—let alone in my tiny apartment. If you want to get a taste of the action, just check out their website.
I don’t know about you, but I go to my spin studio so much that the people I’ve met there are some of my best friends. While we didn’t lose touch with each other over the last year (thank goodness for Zoom happy hours and the occasional virtual workout sesh), it has been so nice being able to ride next to them again. Being able to see their smiling faces, celebrate our victories, and just feel like you’re a part of your fitness family again just hits different than working out at home every day.
Celebrating and empowering my fellow riders is something I missed a lot. We couldn’t be in a class with other fitness fanatics, and we also had to let go of those post-class high-fives and hugs. I can speak firsthand about how powerful a high-five or a hug is after a tough workout. I remember my first spin class over four years ago—and how dead I felt after it—but having my neighbor cheer me on and give me that celebratory high-five was absolutely exhilarating. I felt welcomed and accomplished—I couldn’t wait to go back to another class. While the first few phases of going back to the studio after the shutdown still warranted some restrictions (like wearing masks and continuing to social distance), we’re starting to get to a place where folks are feeling more comfortable with bringing these confidence boosters back and I am here for it.
Let’s push my spin routine to the side for a bit and focus on yoga. Can we all just agree that adjustments in yoga (or any workout class for that matter) are super beneficial? Even as a yoga instructor, I know that I’m not always setting up in certain yoga poses correctly, whether that is due to fatigue in the middle of a practice or if a certain pose is just not as accessible to me as other poses are. Having an instructor shift your body into the correct alignment not only feels good but it also helps you practice safely and avoid injury. And I’m sure it goes without saying that we are all ready to experience those Savasana massages at the end of class. Am I right?
While I’m grateful for the opportunities that arose to practice fitness virtually while we were advised to stay at home, I’m so excited to get back to the unique thrills of working out in an in-person class—from the motivation of being in the studio to the celebratory high-fives and helpful adjustments. We are excited to connect you to in-person experiences again. It’s time for wellness!
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I think the saying goes something like, “no matter what happens in the span of 24 hours, there’s nothing some self-care can’t fix,” right? Okay, I just made that up, but it does have some validity.
Let’s face it—some days just feel a lot heavier than others. We can all attest to that.
Whenever I’m having a particularly long day, there’s not much I crave more than some "me" time. What does the perfect self-care routine look like to me? Well, it can be anything from a simple bubble bath and mani/pedi to a massage or facial. For a lot of us, self-care isn’t just an act of luxury—it’s a daily commitment to our own long-term well-being. And more than that, it's a personal investment in ourselves—which isn’t limited to any gender BTW.
For the most part, society’s longstanding narrative has been that self-care is an act of pure lavishness more commonly enjoyed by women. We don’t buy this for a second, which is why we want to take a moment to officially welcome men to the self-care party. Manicures, pedicures, facials, and massages—everyone’s invited.
Still not convinced? Here are the top five reasons men should invest in beauty services.
It feels like a given, but sometimes the serious benefits of investing in a new beauty service are largely missed. While services like facials and massages do feel amazing—they’re also good for our overall health. Taking care of your body (externally and internally) can prevent illnesses and increase your sense of wellbeing, which is a positive for everyone.
Sit back and kick your feet up (literally). Booking a personal wellness service is a guaranteed way to relieve tension while taking a little extra care of yourself. Almost every beauty service offers the sensation of relaxing because you’re letting someone else take care of you—even if it’s just for a small window of time. It’s a calming experience to go into an appointment knowing that your only job (aside from being there) is to soak it all in. We all deserve moments like that.
When we look like our best selves, we usually feel like our best selves. Investing in beauty services can boost our self-esteem by giving us extra confidence in the areas we feel we need it most. According to our Mindbody Wellness Index, 37% of men said they agreed or strongly agreed with the following statement: I continue getting specialized beauty treatments like lash extensions, blowouts, etc. because they make me feel like myself.* We couldn’t agree more. Beauty treatments overall make us feel better about how we approach our daily lives—a feeling we all deserve.
Whether you’re craving a massage or looking for something new like BOTOX®, permanent makeup, or full-body skin treatments (mud and detox body wraps) the list of ways to invest in yourself is long and expansive. Maybe you tried cryotherapy, but didn’t love it—fortunately, there are still hundreds of different ways to invest in yourself and find a routine that you really love. It also means that you’re not limited to one way to treat yourself. You can commit to monthly pedicures and on those days when you feel like you need a little extra, you can fit another service in. This is the beauty (literally) of these services.
Lastly, indulging in a day where the most important thing on your to-do list is to invest in yourself is just a lot of fun. Dedicating a time slot where you go into a beauty appointment, knowing you’re going to come out feeling better than before is a hard thing to not be excited about. Not only does it feel great to make yourself the only priority for a day but getting your glow on is a real blast.
Bottom line—self-care is a necessity for all human beings to live their lives at their highest potentials. It is a staple for any person looking to pour love into their own cups and make themselves the priority that we all deserve to be. For best results, I recommend trying it yourself and reaping all the benefits—you can thank me later.
Ready to join the self-care party? Book an appointment on Mindbody.
* Mindbody Wellness Index