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We are about to reach our prime here in the city. It is the most coveted time of the year—where Bostonians embrace the warm temperatures, sunshine, and longest days of the seasons. I truly believe this serves as the perfect time of the year to get fit. So, take a moment to set (or re-set) those fitness goals, block off some time on your calendar, and get moving!
Fortunately, living in Boston or the greater-Boston area provides excellent resources for you to get in a great workout. I use the MINDBODY app to add variety to my workout schedule and search for local group fitness classes. What I love most about the app is that it has a built-in filter that allows you to search for classes within a certain distance from your home and lists both last minute and introductory offers at a discount. If you have not downloaded the MINDBODY app, I highly recommend you do. The app is also super helpful because lots of fitness fanatics (like me) leave reviews. You can read the reviews and decide whether the fitness class is the “perfect fit” for you.
Taking group fitness classes is so rewarding. I just love being able to work out and sweat with a community of strong athletes of all levels who embrace the importance of living a healthy and fit lifestyle. Also, I have met some of the most inspirational people and found a wonderful support system through group fitness!
It is the people in these classes who hold you accountable and the positive atmosphere that makes you want to come back for more.
I must admit though, sometimes instead of classes; I do like to run outside and have alone time to myself. Did you know that according to Runners World, Boston was named the third best running city in America? If you would rather run, walk or bike on your own, I highly recommend:
There is nothing like being able to enjoy the great outdoors, while sightseeing and getting in an exciting workout.
So, there you have it—Boston provides a wealth of resources and places for you to be able to get fit. Start with one class, add another, and in a matter of time, you’ll be hooked on fitness. Lastly, do not forget: each of us is on our own fitness journey. Do not compare yourself to others. Your age, size, shape, and weight does not matter. Just do you. Walk confidently into the fitness room, do your thing, and remember to enjoy the experience!
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!