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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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, 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 Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!