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Relay for Relief Event
Fitness
Published Monday May 04, 2020 by Will Price

Relay for Relief: How We’re (Further) Connecting the World to Wellness

Fitness
Mindbody Community

As we navigate the “new normal” together, and what life has started to look like in the COVID-19 landscape, one thing is for certain: Seemingly every single business and person around the world has been impacted in some way. The wellness industry, in particular, saw a huge hit, as fitness studios and locations around the world have had to shutter their doors and look to new technologies and channels to continue to promote their classes. 

As we continue our mission to connect the world to wellness, we’re partnering with our friends at Men’s Health and Women’s Health to launch Relay for Relief, the first-of-its-kind virtual workout relay. It'll feature a full day and night of back-to-back streaming workouts led by top fitness trainers and influencers throughout the world. Starting on Friday, May 15th, 2020, and running through Saturday the 16th, Relay for Relief will aim to benefit COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. 


What is Relay for Relief? 

Relay for Relief is a first-of-its-kind digital event. Basically, it’s the world's largest virtual workout relay hosted by Mindbody, Men’s Health, and Women’s Health. 

This 24-hour event will include workouts from across the board, including HIIT, strength training, yoga, and meditation sessions, and will accommodate all fitness levels. Cost of classes will be $10 each, with proceeds benefiting the fitness community and donations going to United Way Worldwide's COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. 


How do I get involved? 

If you’re ready to get in on the action, join the relay, and be a part of history, you can register for one or more of the 48 consecutive, 30-minute fitness classes curated by the editors of Men's Health and Women's Health and the team at Mindbody by visiting mindbody.io/m/relayforrelief. Easy as that. 

As a bonus incentive to get involved with Relay for Relief, Athleta, your favorite premium performance brand, has joined on as one of the chief sponsors and has pledged donations to support the United Way.

"COVID-19 is having a hugely disruptive impact on the wellness industry, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to partner with Men's Health and Women's Health in order to provide some relief to business owners and practitioners," said Mindbody CEO and Co-founder Rick Stollmeyer. "With this disruption comes both near-term challenges and long-term opportunities. We at Mindbody are utterly convinced that the wellness industry will grow even faster in a post-COVID-19 environment and that many existing businesses will thrive, and new businesses will emerge."   


For more information and a forthcoming class schedule, check out this page.  

Will Price Mindbody
Written by
Will Price
Senior Manager, Brand
About the author
In so many words, Will is a content marketer by trade and a story-telling appreciator by passion. Since grade school history & social studies classes, Will knew he wanted to someday be the one telling the stories versus just hearing them. Aside from unsuccessfully teaching his cross-eyed dog how to fetch, you can find Will on the Enso blog, chilling in shady spots under palm trees, and acting as the Senior Manager, Brand at Mindbody. He might answer on Twitter at @The_Momentum or @LordWilliam.
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.