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Published Friday Oct 25, 2019 by Lydia Cardona

5 Ways to Stay Motivated After the Clocks Go Back

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According to research from our MINDBODY UK team, over half (55%) of those who exercise frequently say they are least motivated to exercise during Autumn.
 
Leading UK Sports Performance Mind Coach Nick Davies explains:

"Winter is that time of year where temperatures get a lot colder, and we get a lot less sunshine. This can lead to low mood in some people, and a desire to curl up in the warmth of our own homes, meaning the likelihood of going to the gym is a lot less than in warmer months.”

 
With these figures in mind, here are five simple tips to help beat the seasonal slump this year and keep you on track to meet your health and wellness-related goals.
The perfect playlist

Whether you’re struggling to find the motivation to hit your fitness goals, or you need a little energy boost mid-cardio, the right music could be the missing ingredient in your workout.
 
Professor Andy Lane, Sports Psychologist at The University of Wolverhampton, explains:

“Music is excellent for motivation and can definitely help with endurance during exercise. Listening to music can enhance your mood and help divert your attention away from feeling tired or bored, which can often arise through the repetitiveness of certain exercises.”
 
Our MINDBODY UK team recently curated a Spotify playlist in collaboration with leading studios, full of songs that are most likely to increase motivation during a workout:
 

 

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The perfect playlist

Whether you’re struggling to find the motivation to hit your fitness goals, or you need a little energy boost mid-cardio, the right music could be the missing ingredient in your workout.
 
Professor Andy Lane, Sports Psychologist at The University of Wolverhampton, explains:

“Music is excellent for motivation and can definitely help with endurance during exercise. Listening to music can enhance your mood and help divert your attention away from feeling tired or bored, which can often arise through the repetitiveness of certain exercises.”
 
Our MINDBODY UK team recently curated a Spotify playlist in collaboration with leading studios, full of songs that are most likely to increase motivation during a workout:
 

 

Workout with a friend

Having someone alongside you during a tough workout can go a long way when it comes to motivation. In fact, over a third (34%)3 of gym-goers believe having a partner to workout with increases their motivation and makes them work harder. One in four (24%) even said it improves the effectiveness of their workout.
 
Moreover, having a workout buddy also holds you accountable for your workouts. After all, you can’t cancel last minute because someone else is relying on you to turn up!

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Workout with a friend

Having someone alongside you during a tough workout can go a long way when it comes to motivation. In fact, over a third (34%)3 of gym-goers believe having a partner to workout with increases their motivation and makes them work harder. One in four (24%) even said it improves the effectiveness of their workout.
 
Moreover, having a workout buddy also holds you accountable for your workouts. After all, you can’t cancel last minute because someone else is relying on you to turn up!

Tune your alarm

That early morning alarm is probably up there with the worst sound in the world. But, what if your morning alarm actually made you excited for the day ahead?
 
Change the boring, painful tune you’re familiar with to something you love. Maybe it’s your favourite song, or music that makes you feel energised. By doing so, you'll wake up with a spring in your step and ready to fit in that early morning workout!

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Tune your alarm

That early morning alarm is probably up there with the worst sound in the world. But, what if your morning alarm actually made you excited for the day ahead?
 
Change the boring, painful tune you’re familiar with to something you love. Maybe it’s your favourite song, or music that makes you feel energised. By doing so, you'll wake up with a spring in your step and ready to fit in that early morning workout!

Try a new class

From Pilates to barre, HIIT, bootcamp, and cycling – whatever your fitness goals may be, there’s a class just for you.
 
Not only do most classes take place indoors (so you’ll stay nice and warm), but they are also great for your motivation. Working out alongside other class participants with an encouraging instructor guiding you through the routine will help ensure you’re always hitting your personal best.

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Try a new class

From Pilates to barre, HIIT, bootcamp, and cycling – whatever your fitness goals may be, there’s a class just for you.
 
Not only do most classes take place indoors (so you’ll stay nice and warm), but they are also great for your motivation. Working out alongside other class participants with an encouraging instructor guiding you through the routine will help ensure you’re always hitting your personal best.

Recover

If you’re struggling to find the motivation to work out, then don’t. Instead, focus your attention on rest and recovery, which has a whole host of benefits ranging from injury prevention, to minimising fatigue, and reducing stress.
 
Rest and recovery don’t necessarily mean staying at home doing nothing. According to our latest stats, the recovery trends, and treatments growing in popularity this year include:

- Cryotherapy
- Water Therapy

- Sports Massage

- Recovery through Nutrition

- Restorative/Yin Yoga



Commenting on the research, a MINDBODY spokesperson, says:

“Everyone struggles with their motivation at this time of year, and although it can be difficult, it’s important to remember why you’re on the health/fitness journey, and the goals you want to achieve.
 
“If you miss a workout, don’t worry, you’re only human! However, take these motivational tips into consideration and start again the following day.”
  

Need more motivation? Download the MINDBODY app or search for your favourite workouts on MINDBODY.io


 
Sources:
 
1) Survey of 2,000 UK adults and analysis of 70,000 businesses for MINDBODY 2018 Insights Report
2) Songs in the playlist selected by the following MINDBODY studios:
 
- Form Studios
- Level Six
- Grow Fitness
- Oncore London
- SW3AT
- BURNR
- CYC:D
 
3) Survey of 2,000 UK adults conducted by TLF in July 2018
  
 
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Recover

If you’re struggling to find the motivation to work out, then don’t. Instead, focus your attention on rest and recovery, which has a whole host of benefits ranging from injury prevention, to minimising fatigue, and reducing stress.
 
Rest and recovery don’t necessarily mean staying at home doing nothing. According to our latest stats, the recovery trends, and treatments growing in popularity this year include:

- Cryotherapy
- Water Therapy

- Sports Massage

- Recovery through Nutrition

- Restorative/Yin Yoga



Commenting on the research, a MINDBODY spokesperson, says:

“Everyone struggles with their motivation at this time of year, and although it can be difficult, it’s important to remember why you’re on the health/fitness journey, and the goals you want to achieve.
 
“If you miss a workout, don’t worry, you’re only human! However, take these motivational tips into consideration and start again the following day.”
  

Need more motivation? Download the MINDBODY app or search for your favourite workouts on MINDBODY.io


 
Sources:
 
1) Survey of 2,000 UK adults and analysis of 70,000 businesses for MINDBODY 2018 Insights Report
2) Songs in the playlist selected by the following MINDBODY studios:
 
- Form Studios
- Level Six
- Grow Fitness
- Oncore London
- SW3AT
- BURNR
- CYC:D
 
3) Survey of 2,000 UK adults conducted by TLF in July 2018
  
 
Lydia Cardona
Written by
Lydia Cardona
PR and Content Specialist, EMEA Marketing
About the author
A self-confessed exercise and sports junkie, Lydia made the transition from fashion to wellness, handling media relations in the U.K. In her spare time, you'll most likely find her hitting up a MINDBODY studio, shopping for houseplants, or walking the family Pomchi.
black-owned beauty and wellness businesses
Beauty
Published Sunday Jan 30, 2022 by Denise Prichard

Black-owned Beauty and Wellness Businesses to Know

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. 

1. Beauty Bin 

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.  
 

2. KIKA Stretch Studio  

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.

3. Kimberly Coleman Salon 

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. 

4. Pressed Roots 

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.  

5. SW3AT  

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. 

6. The TEN Nail Bar 

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. 

7. Bettye O Day Spa 

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! 

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.