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In recent years, and especially in recent weeks, working from home has shifted from a luxury to a societal (and professional) norm. In fact, 24% of people who work remotely even just once a month notice benefits like increased happiness and productivity.
With the rise of more people taking their jobs from the office to the abode, it’s almost too easy to “stay casual” when you aren’t physically showing up somewhere. With brands focusing on dressing these remote workers (the crossroads of athleisure and casualwear, aptly titled, “relaxwear,” or “roomwear”), it’s important to remember not to let yourself get too comfortable. Staying active while you work from home, and keeping your wellness as a priority, is of great importance... especially right now.
If your favorite gym or fitness studio is temporarily closed, you're probably worried about staying in shape so you can come back stronger than ever when it reopens. Exercising at home doesn’t mean you need to invest in thousands of dollars of gym equipment, from kettlebells and bench presses, to converting your garage into a blissed-out Zen experience for hours and hours of yoga. (Though, right about now, that Zen yoga palace sounds pretty nice). Starting a workout routine at home can be easy. You might be surprised to know that you 100% already have the equipment you need to get going: Your body.
Set your schedule.
While 24 hours seems like a good chunk of time, truth is, it almost never feels like enough. The best way to get going with your WFH fitness routine is to make time for yourself. It’s easier said than done, we know, but if you can start by finding a set time each day dedicated to exercise, you’re already on the path to a healthier, and happier, lifestyle.
How to set time for yourself:
- Set your morning alarm one hour earlier and knock that workout off your to-do list ASAP.
- Block off time on your calendar, so you're reminded when it’s time to get that stretch sesh in.
- Make your lunch break your workout break.
You don’t have to invest in expensive equipment or complete home renovations to all the benefits of your WFH workout routine. (If you’ve already made your basement into a weight room, kudos! You probably know what we’re about to say.) Setting your dedicated time to fitness is only half the battle. Now comes the real fun part: The actual workout. Start off easy with some simple bodyweight exercises that only require a pair of gym shoes, your workout clothes, and a little balance.
To give you a taste of what you’re in for (and a starting point to build a bigger, more robust routine), we teamed up with The Bar Method to offer a full-body workout you can do in your living room! In less than 10-minutes, you’ll get a mini Bar Method experience that’ll target your whole body in just the right order for maximum results. If you’re a Bar Method regular, use these workouts to keep flexing those muscles, so you’re ready to get back in the studio eventually. And if you’re a barre newbie, don’t worry. These workouts are simple, effective, and easy to follow. So, push that coffee table aside and check them out.
1. Upper body:
In this video, you’ll hit push-ups, pulses, planks, and reverse push-ups to tone and sculpt all those upper body muscles. When you go to reach for something in the morning, you’ll feel it and think of us!
2. Second Position Lunges:
Next, you’ll learn how to do second position lunges to work our outer and frontal quads. They may look easy, but they definitely aren’t. Hint: If you’re shaking, you’re doing it right!
3. Pretzel Workout:
Despite the name, there’s nothing yummy about this workout. You’ll feel the burn in your glutes and hamstrings, on your way to a lifted and sculpted booty you can rock everywhere.
4. Straight Leg Clam Workout:
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about abs. In this fan favorite, you’ll target your core, obliques, and lower abs. Trust us, you’ll feel this tomorrow.
This is just one example of a simple workout you can do daily to keep you active and in motion during times when it may seem like a better idea to curl up on the couch. And it’s one you can do in a matter of minutes in case you’re crunched for time.
If you are looking for a different type of workout, we have you covered! Find all sorts of virtual classes, from mat pilates and yoga, to HIIT and even meditation, on Mindbody today!
However, we know some of you may be looking for a more intense work out at home to really sweat out the stress and potential anxiety. If you need some more ideas, check out the Fitness page of our Mindbody blog to find a workout that’s right for you.
A big part of staying home means finding ways to keep your body and mind fresh. It’s so easy to fall into a routine of, “Wake up, open computer, work, skip lunch, stand up only to go to the bathroom, work more, don’t go outside, eat dinner, watch Netflix with laptop in lap, go to bed with computer, repeat.”
However, it’s important to take the necessary steps to keep yourself motivated and refreshed throughout the day. Remember:
Create a healthy morning routine for yourself.
Instead of going right to your home office, take a breath in the morning and get in a good walk, make a cup of coffee, or get your workout in first thing. This will help you clear your head before diving into the day’s tasks.
Stay social (responsibly).
Working from home carries with it a certain level of isolation. But in a time of social distancing, there are ways to keep in touch with your coworkers, friends, and family. Hop on Facetime calls, overshare, schedule remote meetups that aren’t work-related, host a Netflix viewing party. Get creative while staying safe.
This one may be the most important. Whether you’re working from home for personal reasons or are under mandatory orders to do so, one thing to keep in mind is your outlook on life. During uncertain times, it’s easy to fall into negative pitfalls. It’s also easy to forget that tonality is sometimes lost in writing correspondences. So, make sure you stay upbeat, use an exclamation mark when you can, find an emoji you love (preferably a smiling one), and remember, we’re all in this together.
Getting your fitness in while working from home is possible if you remember one thing: You don’t have to do it all at once. Start simple with a new routine. Once you’re comfortable there, try to add something new into the mix (an extra lunge or jumping jack, adding weights, making more coffee, etc.) Eventually, you’ll have a new wellness routine that will keep your mind fresh, your muscles active, and your outlook positive (so you can show off in your first group fitness class post-quarantine).
Have any work-from-home workout tips to share with the community? Be sure to show us by posting them on your Instagram story and tagging @mindbody!
This June marks 52 years since the 1969 Stonewall Riots took place—a historical event that put the severe lack of LGBTQIA+ rights into the spotlight. Thanks to the efforts of activists like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, we now have the privilege of celebrating June as Pride Month where members of this community can celebrate everything that makes them beautiful and unique.
At Mindbody, we've created an inclusive, uplifting, and welcoming workspace where all our team members feel valued and inspired to bring their best every day. Here’s what some of our employees said when we asked them what Pride means to them:
“Pride means choosing to be my authentic self, even when it’s hard.” — KT Ellis, Business Relationship Manager
“Pride is about acceptance, community, freedom, and love.” — Josh Pierce, Content Designer
“Pride is about celebrating how far we’ve come, demonstrating how far we’ve got left to go, and focusing on our similarities rather than our differences.” — Bobby Jones, Payments Specialist
“Pride is about celebrating the visibility and accomplishments of LGBTQIA+ people. It’s also about celebrating the diversity among LBGTQIA+ people.” — Robert Arambel Senior Technical Program Manager
As we have discussed before, inclusivity remains an important topic in the wellness industry. We are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the LGBTQIA+ community that helps shape, grow, and provide access to wellness.
While Pride Month is a great time for fitness studios to show their support for the community, consistent support throughout the year is much more powerful. Being LGBTQIA+ inclusive is more than hanging up a rainbow flag—it's a consistent alignment with providing equal access for everyone. We’ve done some of the work for you and aggregated a number of awesome fitness studios you can find on the Mindbody app that are celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community and creating inclusive spaces for all:
Kyle House Fitness is Chattanooga’s premier fitness program offering group fitness classes and personal training with the best-certified instructors and trainers in the area. Located on Chattanooga’s thriving Southside, Kyle House Fitness is more than a gym, they pride themselves on building a welcoming and inclusive community. The owners of this gym, The Kyles, may sound familiar to you since they recently wrote a blog post for us on how to be an LGBTQIA+ ally in the fitness space.
EVERYBODY is “creating a radically inclusive culture for all bodies to move, strengthen, and heal.” Not only is their $66/month membership affordable, but they also offer 100% subsidized memberships to folks who are in dire financial hardship, which helps remove barriers for those who are marginalized and/or low-income. Aside from their standard program classes, they also offer affordable $8 drop-in classes—some of which are bilingual (Spanish/English). And, they have gender-neutral locker rooms, which is a staple for LGBTQIA+ inclusive spaces.
At Pilates, Barre & Jams, owner Teresa Ellis’ mission is “to make movement available and accessible to the people who have never felt comfortable walking into a status quo studio...” and we are here for it. As a Black queer femme and a former sex worker, Ellis witnessed first-hand what it feels like to be othered, which is exactly why she opened her Pilates studio in 2017—to create a safe space for all. Knowing that financial restraints should never be the reason someone can’t attend one of her classes, she even has a “pay-what-you-can" membership option so everyone can have access to her amazing Pilates classes.
At Mark Fisher Fitness, “making health and hotness fun and inclusive” is their mission. As a member of their Enchanted Ninja Clubhouse of Glory and Dreams (yes, you read that right), they promise fast results with a money-back guarantee. It’s not just rainbows and unicorns at MFF—their bright and vibrant space is filled with friendly trainers who are fiercely committed to your results and growth.
This self-proclaimed “gym + safe space + house party” fosters a supportive community without the homophobia, transphobia, and body shaming. Since it’s important to them to reduce barriers for folks with body dysmorphia or gender dysphoria, you won’t find a single mirror in this gym. They take “gym buddies” to a whole new level by offering a monthly social calendar for members to connect online. With classes like “Oakland Booty” and “Tops ‘n Bottoms,” The Queer Gym promises lots of sweat, an encouraging environment, and a dang good time.
At 305 Fitness, their mission is to empower people to love themselves harder and express themselves louder. Their passion stems from their core values of inclusivity, empowerment, self-improvement community responsibility. 305 exists to make fitness more inclusive, empowering, and fun. Movement is more than calorie counting or being the "best" in the room. Movement is about radical self-love, self-expression, and self-pride!
Compass Fitness is a journey for the body, mind, and soul. They encourage their members to find the best version of themselves. With classes like “Hustle & Flow,” “Buns & Guns,” and “HIIT & Run,” you know you’re in for a fun and powerful sweat sesh. On top of being a gym that embraces inclusivity and diversity, they donate all proceeds from their Pride gear to The Center on Colfax, the largest LGBTQIA+ community center in Colorado.
Yoga Box’s mission is to create a space where yoga is available to all. Their community of instructors, staff, and students creates a radically inclusive community of support and a place for people to connect to like-minded individuals. Through consistent, safe, and inspired classes designed to challenge, transform, and empower their students—both physically and mentally—this fitness studio is a safe and supported space to elevate your state.
While this is a great list to get you familiar with some fitness studios that support the LGBTQIA+ community, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep this list growing. If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a business we should be highlighting as well!
Wanna sweat it out? Explore more inclusive and empowering studios through the Mindbody app, where you can book everything from HIIT to hot yoga. If you’re looking for other ways to help support the LGBTQIA+ community, you can also donate to your local organizations or support national organizations like The Trevor Project or the Human Rights Campaign.