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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.
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

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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.