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Published Monday Jun 17, 2019 by Neha Rao

How I Stick to My Fitness + Wellness Routine

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Fitness
Recovery
Beauty
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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
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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.
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar