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Workouts to Help You Find Calm and Feel the Burn This Holiday Season
Fitness
Published Tuesday Nov 14, 2017 by Keana Noons

Workouts to Help You Find Calm and Feel the Burn This Holiday Season

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Does it feel like the days are getting shorter and your task list is getting longer? Maybe it's all the cookies you must bake, presents you should wrap, or suitcases you need to pack. Whatever you have to do this holiday, it's important to make time for yourself and take care of your well-being. And what better way to do that than with a good workout?

If you need to take a break from the seasonal hustle, we've got six go-to workouts to make the most wonderful time of the year a little brighter!

Turn up the heat

Workout: Hot Yoga

Why: Shake off the holiday stress with a serious sweat session. Roll out your mat, clear your thoughts and sink into your sanctuary. If you are new to a hot class, don't worry! Here are some tips on how to prepare.

Happy hour starts now

Workout: Barre

Why: No Eggnog served here—just pure muscle-burning bliss! This low-impact exercise class will help you work on stability while seriously targeting specific muscle groups. Get ready to tuck (and tremble) all your stress away!

Keep calm... And put those gloves on

Workout: Boxing

Why: When you feel that holiday stress level on the rise, it's time to take it out on the bag! Whether you are a beginner or experienced, this full-body workout will offer you the adrenaline to power through any late-night shopping or decorating deadlines.

Taking it to the streets

Workout: Outdoor Cardio

Why: Whether you like to sprint, jog, or are just beginning your running routine breathing in some fresh air seems to do the soul some good. Try creating a new playlist to spice things up, lace up those sneakers, and get ready to leave your worries in the snow—I mean—dust.

Just Breathe

Workout: Yin Yoga

Why: A more restorative practice, this type of yoga can help you find a peaceful, inner calm as you hold poses for longer periods of time. Try incorporating essential oils post-class to keep that Zen feeling going right through the season!

Getting in with the group

Workout: Bootcamp

Why: With classes featuring intense, full-body workouts, this team environment offers extra encouragement to keep you focused. Circuit-style training will keep your mind on your sweat session, not on that holiday to-do list. Don’t forget to recover!

Keana Noons
Written by
Keana Noons
Marketing Manager, Consumer Products
About the author
Born on the Big Island of Hawaii, and raised in Texas, Keana’s creative, driven and fun-loving personality can tackle any challenge. Once a star on “America’s Best Dance Crew," her passion for wellness is evident in every aspect of her work.
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Beauty
Published Thursday Oct 08, 2020 by Sara Lesher

Gratuity Guide: How to Tip a Hair Stylist (and Show You Care)

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Tipping. While it can be a taboo topic that no one really wants to talk about publicly, the fact is, it’s a very important one that shouldn’t (and can’t) be avoided. This is all too true, especially now, when it comes to beauty services. Even before, “all of this” happened, there appeared to be some ambiguity about exactly how much to tip, when, what’s a respectable amount, and why. Now that we’ve tried our best at #homebeauty, it’s time to head back to the salons, spas, and other boutique beauty businesses (if you haven’t already). We’re here to guide you through gratuity in the new normal and why tipping a little extra to show your stylists and service providers you care during this tough time is the right thing to do.  

To make sure we get you all the right answers, we asked around about it (so you don’t have to). Turns out, our Instagram followers had a lot to say about how to tip your stylists and show them some extra love right now. 

Here’s what you think: 


You’ve already been tipping more 

79% of you said you’ve been tipping more for beauty services recently. We’re all so grateful for our stylists—with split ends, grown-out roots, out-of-control brows, and terrible home-cut bangs to prove it. And now that many of us can return to our salons and spas, we’re appreciating the ones who help us feel beautiful even more right now. 


But, how much more? 

We got a range of responses to this question. Some said they tip 5% more than they previously did, and many said 25%-35% total! Not only are these stylists actual artists, but they’re providing services we just can’t do ourselves. On top of that, many had to close their doors for several months, many were displaced as their salons shut down for good, and all of them are trying their best to get back to a sense of normalcy and do what they do best—help us look and feel beautiful. So, take this as a guide. Tip what you can but remember how much these wonderful people do for us.

New services are not top priority (yet) 

When it comes to trying new services, 69% of you gave it a big fat NO, while 31% remain intrigued. It makes sense that many would stick to their go-tos right now, as salons are just starting to reopen in some areas or may not be open yet at all.  

Depending on where you live and your overall health, you might be sticking with the bare minimum for now. But if your city has put in place safe reopening guidelines and measures, and you feel ready to head back out there, you can do so safely at a Mindbody salon. And you may be interested in trying out some new services right now as a way to show your local salons some extra support. If that’s you, browse beauty on the Mindbody app—and filter your categories to find out what’s out there.

Why retail therapy is important

Another way you can support your stylists right now? Shopping. It’s the safest way to show them some love without actually going in for a treatment. Many salons offer pre-payment on the Mindbody app and curbside pickup or a plethora of shipping methods, so you can keep contact to a minimum as much as possible. Plus, they have some pretty great stuff. If you need to invest in a good shampoo—especially because you haven’t gotten your hair done in months—so why not buy it from your stylist?  According to our poll, it’s a pretty even split. 55% of you haven’t bought any products yet, while the other 45% have been shopping away. If you’re part of that 55, consider checking out your salon’s product offerings (you might see something you like)

Anything else? 

Finally, we asked you all open-endedly how else you’re supporting your stylists right now. We got a lot of great answers. There was a lot of overlap, but we thought you might like to see some of the ones that stood out. So, if we didn’t cover it all so far, we’re about to—because you all are awesome and you did it for us. Here are some of the great ideas you had: 
    •    “Paying in advance!” 

    •    “Being more diligent about scheduling appointments versus letting my hair grow out” 

    •    “Referring friends!” 

    •    “Being flexible” (this is a good one—check out the 5 things your stylist wants you to know before you book) 

    •    “Scheduling my next cut before I leave!” 

    •    “Sharing their photos on Instagram and telling friends!” 

 

So, if you’re a stylist reading this, thank you. We all want to continue showing you support during this time and beyond. And if you’re a regular person like me who really needs her highlights done, just schedule the damn appointment already (if you feel comfortable) or buy some purple shampoo from your favorite salon.

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).