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MINDBODY Holiday Challenge
Fitness
Published Wednesday Nov 27, 2019 by Brittany Raine

Winning at Wellness: Here’s How to Crush The MINDBODY Holiday Challenge

Fitness
Expert Advice

Between Black Friday deals and cookie swap steals, your self-care routine might be feeling an arctic chill this holiday season. But what if we made it a winter of wellness instead of stress? That’s why we’re heating things up with The MINDBODY Holiday Challenge

From pedaling all your worries away in cycling class to sneaking in that much-needed facial (goodbye dry skin), it pays to be present this holiday. The more you book on the MINDBODY app, the more you could win—like a trip to Bali! 

We know you want to score some sweet prizes, so here’s four ways you can start The MINDBODY Holiday Challenge strong while practicing the art of putting yourself first.


EXPLORE MORE 

Try something new! 
Entertaining acupuncture? Pondering Pilates? Now’s your chance to book a new fitness class, wellness service, or beauty appointment—and be rewarded for it! With MINDBODY, it’s easy to discover a new experience and think outside the (gift)box. Plus, you might find something that makes your well-being go, wow! 

 

SHARE THE SELF-CARE 

Have more fun with friends.
If you’ve signed up for The MINDBODY Holiday Challenge and are wondering what to book next, why not share the self-care love with those who matter most? Whether it’s a post-shopping yoga session with mom or a pre-holiday party blowout with your bestie, invite others to join you as you release, revive, and relax this winter.  

 

MONEY MOVES 

Book budget-friendly classes.
Trying to keep your finances on track but want to mix up your workout routine? Burn calories without burning a hole in your wallet with Last-Minute Offers on the MINDBODY app! Find and book individual workout classes at the best local fitness studios at a time and price that work for you—no commitment required!  

 

GOAL GETTER 

Make it social. 
Self-care, meet social media. If you’re looking to keep yourself *extra* accountable when it comes to your wellness routine (and The MINDBODY Holiday Challenge), posting to your preferred social network might just be the answer. Research shows that sharing your #goals on social motivates us to accomplish more! So sleigh all day and show us how you’re improving your well-being this winter by using #MINDBODY and tagging @mindbody. You might even show up in our Instagram stories!   

 

Haven’t signed up for The MINDBODY Holiday Challenge yet? Check out https://mindbody.io/engage/holiday-challenge and enter today!

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
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Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
surfer catching wave in ocean olympics
Fitness
Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

Fitness

For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.