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Published Monday Jun 17, 2019 by Neha Rao

How I Stick to My Fitness + Wellness Routine

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Dance

One of my resolutions for 2019 was to focus on being healthy and taking care of myself. For me, that meant drinking lots of water, getting a good 7-8 hours of sleep every day, making healthy choices, and having a regular workout routine. If you're like me, you may find that sticking to one kind of fitness routine can get boring and repetitive, which can lead to taking long breaks or worse abandoning it altogether.

Since I love trying new and different ways to workout, the MINDBODY app came to my rescue! With so many fitness studios around me to discover, it’s also a huge plus that I can keep up with my routine even when traveling by booking classes wherever I go! 

The app takes away the hassle of figuring out schedules, pricing, and the process of booking classes at individual studios. And it's not just fitness – you can also explore hundreds of beauty, spa, and wellness centers in your area.

From a cardio dance class to cryotherapy, let me take you through a few experiences I’ve discovered through the MINDBODY app

BKBX BOSTON

What I Booked: Skills - Joint Effort 

Offering workout routines that are adventurous and fun, I decided to try out BKBX – a one-of-a-kind adventurous sports training studio. I attended the skills-based training class and loved that they turn exercise into a game, making it so much more exciting and effective.

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BKBX BOSTON

What I Booked: Skills - Joint Effort 

Offering workout routines that are adventurous and fun, I decided to try out BKBX – a one-of-a-kind adventurous sports training studio. I attended the skills-based training class and loved that they turn exercise into a game, making it so much more exciting and effective.

305 FITNESS

What I Booked: CARDIO

Nothing motivates me more than dancing. So, I was really looking forward to trying out the 305 Fitness cardio dance class and boy did I have fun. One hour of high-intensity dance moves that were easy to follow while a live DJ blasted some sick beats made this my favorite workout!

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305 FITNESS

What I Booked: CARDIO

Nothing motivates me more than dancing. So, I was really looking forward to trying out the 305 Fitness cardio dance class and boy did I have fun. One hour of high-intensity dance moves that were easy to follow while a live DJ blasted some sick beats made this my favorite workout!

BKBX BOSTON

What I Booked: Cryotherapy 

When I found out that the BKBX recovery room offers cryotherapy, I knew I had to come back and give it a try. It was a chilling experience, to say the least! Don’t know what cryotherapy is? To give you an idea, it means standing naked in a chamber where the temperature drops to -240 degree Fahrenheit for three minutes. You might be asking, why would I do that to myself? It felt great after a challenging workout, although my body was numb for a few minutes.

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BKBX BOSTON

What I Booked: Cryotherapy 

When I found out that the BKBX recovery room offers cryotherapy, I knew I had to come back and give it a try. It was a chilling experience, to say the least! Don’t know what cryotherapy is? To give you an idea, it means standing naked in a chamber where the temperature drops to -240 degree Fahrenheit for three minutes. You might be asking, why would I do that to myself? It felt great after a challenging workout, although my body was numb for a few minutes.

EXHALE BOSTON

What I Booked: Exhale HIIT 

This non-stop 30-minute high-intensity training class was the perfect way to tone and strengthen my body. It was an exhilarating workout, and I came out stronger from it. I’m even thinking of going back to take the famous Exhale Barre class – my body is ready for it. 

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EXHALE BOSTON

What I Booked: Exhale HIIT 

This non-stop 30-minute high-intensity training class was the perfect way to tone and strengthen my body. It was an exhilarating workout, and I came out stronger from it. I’m even thinking of going back to take the famous Exhale Barre class – my body is ready for it. 

EXHALE SPA 

What I Booked: Sports Pedicure 

It’s not all about fitness and training – taking care of your body is also part of a healthy lifestyle. So, after a grueling class, I treated myself to a Sports Pedicure at Exhale Spa. It was therapeutic and left me with two happy feet!

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EXHALE SPA 

What I Booked: Sports Pedicure 

It’s not all about fitness and training – taking care of your body is also part of a healthy lifestyle. So, after a grueling class, I treated myself to a Sports Pedicure at Exhale Spa. It was therapeutic and left me with two happy feet!

DEIFY LASER & BEAUTY LOUNGE

What I Booked: Bombshell Blowout 

On a surprise pre-birthday trip to New York City, I found myself in need for some TLC, and the MINDBODY app delivered. I browsed through several hair salons in the area and quickly booked my appointment to be ready for a night out with my squad!

 

On the hunt for new, exciting ways to stay fit? The MINDBODY app lets you explore everything from new HIIT workouts to the best salons for a blowout. Download the MINDBODY app now or search on MINDBODY.io to book something new today! 

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DEIFY LASER & BEAUTY LOUNGE

What I Booked: Bombshell Blowout 

On a surprise pre-birthday trip to New York City, I found myself in need for some TLC, and the MINDBODY app delivered. I browsed through several hair salons in the area and quickly booked my appointment to be ready for a night out with my squad!

 

On the hunt for new, exciting ways to stay fit? The MINDBODY app lets you explore everything from new HIIT workouts to the best salons for a blowout. Download the MINDBODY app now or search on MINDBODY.io to book something new today! 

Neha Rao
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Neha Rao
Lifestyle Blogger
About the author
A dreamer consumed by wanderlust, Reha shines a spotlight on her adventures and fashionable moments. Her favorite things are dancing, learning about different cultures, and spending time with family and friends. An IT professional in her previous life, she is now pursuing her dreams and hoping to inspire others along the way.
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Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

Expert Advice
Wellness

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.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

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.

What wellness means to the pros

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

Putting wellness into action

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.

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.