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On a chilly Colorado evening, I made my way to the corner of 30th & Walnut in Boulder and to my surprise, found a hidden treasure tucked into the corner of a strip mall from a bygone era. Kondition Fitness “takes today’s popular specialized fitness classes and incorporates them into one membership,” according to the owner Emma Straight. Kondition Boulder is a place for all things yoga, cycling, barre, and you can be part of special events like the one I attended.
The event— “One Love: Your Body From the Inside Out”— kicked off with a movement sequence by NUFit founder Natalie Uhling and Jess Hall, the manager of Kondition. A fun hour or so of dance-inspired cardio, both instructors were very mindful that people would be coming at this from different fitness levels. Jess did alternate moves for those who wanted a more low impact workout (although I did this one and it was still a great workout), and then Natalie led the way for those ladies who were ready to sweat!
After the workout portion, we all met in the lobby where we were greeted by Erika Elizabeth, the woman behind By Erika Elizabeth; an adaptogen elixir brand out of Boulder. She made some lovely concoctions for us to try—homemade nut milk mixed with adaptogens from her Feminine Flow line. I had the opportunity to sit down with Erika the night before the event, and she shared what fuels the passion behind her work. With a background in studying holistic nutrition, she’s had to do some of her own healing. Erika really emphasizes how much stress is harming us, and how adaptogens can help restore balance.
The last part of the evening was a panel featuring Natalie, Elizabeth, and Cecily Yousaf from the Fertile Ground Wellness Center. The women chatted about everything from adrenal fatigue and birth control to eating real foods, movement, lowering our stress levels, getting enough sleep, and limiting screen time.
Everyone was so engaged that the event even ran a little over time, and after it ended there were many conversations in the lobby. Every person I talked to there shared how much they genuinely love Kondition, and how the variety has sparked new vigor into their health routine. It feels like they have made a community in this little corner of Boulder. Emma had said, “Kondition really strives to be more holistic, thinking and caring about all facets of our members,” and it shows.
As I left that night, I noticed the bricked arches and the lighting… this little strip mall felt different than when I first arrived. Kondition has brought it back to life.
Approximately 12,000 women aged 40 or younger are diagnosed with breast cancer every year*. Fortunately, there are preventative steps that we can take to help protect ourselves and each other—one of the best ones being exercise. That’s right. Not only does exercise help us release endorphins, but just 30 minutes of exercise three to four times per week can help decrease a person’s risk of developing breast cancer by 30–50%*.
This is hope in a statistic. Just by adopting a more healthy, active lifestyle, we could prevent the risk of developing breast cancer, while also inspiring others to reduce their risk as well. Keep A Breast Foundation has made doing just this their mission through their annual fundraising campaign, Fit 4 Prevention.
Every October, studios from all over the globe participate by raising money through donation-based workout classes for the Keep A Breast Foundation (KAB). They have created a national movement dedicated to educating others about breast cancer prevention through fitness and wellness—something Mindbody is extremely passionate about. Participating in your favorite activities, all while supporting, preventing, and spreading awareness about breast cancer awareness? Let’s get moving.
If you want to take a donation-based class at your favorite studio, encourage your favorite studios to sign up to bring your community closer together in a meaningful way. Registering is quick and easy. If you think your local studio may be interested in participating, have them check out KAB’s help page—where they can learn how to register for a donation-based class during the month of October. KAB even has a social media kit available to fitness studios to help them promote their donation-based classes.
Can’t find a local studio to take a donation-based class near you? Don’t worry, you can still give your support by donating directly to KAB’s website. Luckily, any time that you are moving your body and spreading the word—you’re doing your part in spreading awareness on how to help prevent breast cancer. That is beyond amazing.
This October, we hope you’ll join us in our plight to support the KAB Foundation and its mission to help prevent breast cancer through cultivating a healthier, more active lifestyle. Through movement, health, and wellness—we can reach great heights, together.
To learn more about the KAB Foundation and its mission and how you can get involved further, visit their website.
* National Cancer Institute