This Boston-based fitness fanatic gives us her go-to tips on sweatin’.
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If you live in Los Angeles, you’re able to experience sunshine pretty much all year round. However, I’m sure you’ve been feeling the temperatures rising the past couple of months. I know I feel it where I live: DTLA.
I’d love to get to the beach more often to cool off, but getting to the west side in LA can be a bit overwhelming—with its influx of people, limited parking, and traffic. The stress and anxiety I feel when commuting from the eastside of LA to the west can feel a bit much. Luckily, LA is close to so many neighboring cities, so it’s easy to get away and treat yourself to a relaxing and rejuvenating day without having to deal with the infamous traffic. So much of living well is in knowing what your needs are. For me, traffic can be overwhelming and heighten my stress levels, so opting for a quick vacay is so necessary for me to reset before the busy week ahead of me!
My favorite nearby destinations are the beach cities in Orange County—Newport Beach and Laguna Beach specifically. If you leave LA at non-peak hours, it can take around forty-five minutes to an hour to get to these spots.
From a good sweat session to a holistic oasis, here are some of my must-visit places in Orange County the next time you plan a self-care day trip down south!
If the temperatures are cool enough, I do like to incorporate being active outdoors into my day. Starting with a morning sweat sets up my day for success. I’ve accomplished something healthy for my mind and body before lunch - it’s the best feeling! There are tons of hiking trails in Orange County, many of which will have views of the ocean or canyons nearby. Even getting a little walk along the beach can feel so nice!
If it’s especially warm out, there are tons of boutique fitness studios in Orange County that I enjoy as well. Depending on what you’re looking for, there are so many options ranging from strength training to restorative yoga. A few favorite studios of mine include F45 Training Newport Beach, Ra Yoga, and The 12.
F45 Training Newport Beach - One of my favorite things about F45 Training is that no matter which studio location you go to, the programming is identical. So, if you typically go to F45 in LA or any other city, you can explore F45 in Orange County and know that you are going to sweat it out in the same way as you would at your home location.
Ra Yoga - All the classes at Ra Yoga are heated; ranging from 75 degrees to 110 degrees, so you are guaranteed a good sweat! If you are looking to really work your body, there are strength-based yoga classes offered. If you prefer a calmer flow, there are restorative and even prenatal sessions that are more gentle for your body.
The 12 - This may have been the first Orange County-based boutique studio I’ve ever visited. The classes move quickly, with each day focusing on a different muscle group. It is a great gym to go check out if you’re also looking into nutrition coaching, as they want members to have a more well-rounded approach in achieving the health and wellness goals you have.
It’s important to note that wellness is not just fitness and nutrition; it’s about treating your whole self. I believe areas such as acupuncture, gua sha, and cupping are essential to rebalance your mind and body.
If you’re an active person like me, you can hold inflammation in your body from all of the workouts and movement you get into your life. All of the holistic approaches mentioned above can help drain your lymphatic system, reduce inflammation, and clear any blockage you may have in your body. Magnolia Wellness in Costa Mesa (a few minutes away from Newport Beach) is an excellent wellness haven to help ignite your well being.
Who doesn’t love a massage? BodyCentre Day Spa in Costa Mesa is an affordable spa experience that has been operating for over 20 years. They offer massage services as well as skincare treatments. It’s truly a full-service center where you can unwind after your very long day. Ranging from HydraFacials to spa samplers– where you can try a massage and a facial in the same package– they truly have it all. If you’re not ending the day with a massage - you’re doing it wrong.
To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.
Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.
If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.
Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.
Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.
Here’s what you all had to say.
According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.
I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.
Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.
Here’s what they had to say.
“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights
“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center
“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio
“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates
I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.
Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.