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2020 Wellness Vision
Wellness
Published Wednesday Jan 01, 2020 by Sara Lesher

20/20 Vision: What We Are Seeing in Wellness This New Year 

Fitness
Beauty
Expert Advice

As we’re entering Gatsby-era 2.0, we’ve seen some serious changes in the last millennium. First of all, we now have this thing called wellness. If you haven’t heard, it’s got seven (beautiful) dimensions. And in 2020, we’re welcoming our well-being to an age where wellness is better than ever—and even better for you.  

So, what’s next? We’ve done the research, and here’s what we’ve got our sights set on as we kick off a new decade.

 

Clean Beauty

 
1. So fresh (and so green): All things clean

In 2019, lots of consumers chose to “go clean.” This year, we're getting to the bottom of what’s in our products. Just call us label nerds. From skincare and beauty, to the foods we eat and what we clean our homes with (shout-out: cleancult), consumers care what’s in their stuff. Brands like Ghost Democracy set the bar high, offering affordable skincare without the harsh chemicals—so when we say our beauty is natural, we’re not lying. We’re all about ditching the dirt in 2020 to protect our health and the health of Mother Earth. Go us!

 

 

Experiential Wellness

 
2. Worldwide wellness: There’s nothing like your first experience

Last year, our personal wellness became a priority, and this year, we're stepping it up—not just on our StairMasters. 55% of people said they're curious about experiential wellness and wellness activities in 2020, like immersing themselves in holistic events or visiting untraditional wellness locales. Now you can catch some z’s at a nap bar like The Dreamery by Casper or channel your inner Instagram fitness model at Equinox Hotels. And if you really want to take your wellness to the next level, sign up for a G Adventures Wellness Tour in one of ten beautiful destinations across South and Central America, Europe, or Asia. You can see all the sights, rest and rejuvenate with yoga and meditation, get physical during adventure activities, and try delicious, healthy power foods along the way. Where do we sign up?! Your wanderlust, wellness (and passport) will thank you.

 

 

Modern Meditation

 
3. Get your om on: Modern meditation for all

Although meditation isn’t a new concept (it’s at least 3500 years old, actually), it has remained popular over the years, especially as wellness becomes more and more important in our daily lives. Last year, 18% of people practiced meditation, making it the most popular form of integrative health. The places you frequent—like your spa and yoga studio—have helped to make meditation classes, sound therapy, and tarot reading more accessible to fit your everyday schedule. Plus, meditation apps and devices such as Muse 2: The Brain Sensing Headband are hot on the market this new year. Muse helps you build a consistent meditation practice by matching your brain waves to real weather sounds (think thunderstorms or peaceful waves) to help you find focus and calm... even sleep! And it shows you real-time feedback on brain activity, heart rate, breathing, and body movements right on your phone—a literal mind-reader.

 

 

Integrative Health

 
4. Take a chill pill: CBD, supplements, and all things integrative health

In addition to modern medicine, 68% of people believe integrative health is a good complement to increase overall wellbeing. So, what is integrative health really? It’s a holistic approach to wellness that focuses on the patient as a whole person rather than just a body with physical ailments. Basically, it’s all about that mind-body connection. In this category, we see everything from talk therapy to tea tree oil—anything that contributes to our sense of healing and wellness. Things like cupping, cryotherapy, essential oils, herbal supplements, and CBD products are sure to be on the rise in 2020. Our favorite? Jasper’s Relax CBD oil. It’s important to take time for self-care, and this magic little potion can help reduce anxiety, improve sleep, and relieve pain. It’s the perfect addition to your daily routine to help you relax and unwind.

 

 

Personalized Wellness

 
5. Let’s get personal: Personalized products that are all about you

Over the past few years, we’ve seen more and more brands offering personalized and subscription-based products. It’s like Netflix for your mind, body and soul. Brands like Sun Basket serve up healthy meals and let you choose your own combination of items to be shipped to your house each month (shut the front door!). And to kick it up a notch, some companies have found a way to make your Buzzfeed quiz hobby actually productive. They ask you questions about your lifestyle and desires to create personalized products just for you. Kyoku post-workout shakes, Ritual vitamins, and Prose haircare all want to get to know you in 2020!

 

 

Convenient Beauty

 
6. Easy breezy: Beauty on-the-go

When it comes to beauty, we all want to say we woke up like this *wink, wink.* Unfortunately, we’re not all Queen Bey (some of us have to try!). But this year, consumers are saving themselves the smudgy nail polish mess and frizzy post-blow-dry hair and opting for help from the pros. More than ever, people like to book quick, convenient beauty services rather than trying them at home—because nobody’s got time for that. Primping and pampering are going mainstream. Lash extensions, gel nails, facials, and blow-dry bars are easy and popular on-the-go options for any occasion that won’t quit in 2020. Pro tip: check out MudbuM for quick facials and Drybar for blowouts!

 

 

Group Fitness

 
7. Better together: You don’t have to be alone (for your workout)

"Ridin’ Solo" is so 2010. According to Mindbody’s 2020 Fitness Trends in America report, group fitness is hotter than ever (for good reason!). Working out with a group leaves people more satisfied with their fitness level, generally happier, and closer with their friends, family, and communities. Another bonus: people who worked out the most this year did it to live long, healthy lives rather than to lose weight (sweating for self-confidence—we love to see it!). Studios like Shred415 and The Bar Method will still be all the rage in 2020. To find and try new group fitness classes, check out the Mindbody app
 
 

If you'd like to find out even more on 2020 fitness, wellness, and beauty trends, explore the Mindbody Wellness Index!

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
I chose to 'swerk' inside
Fitness
Published Wednesday Nov 04, 2020 by Sara Lesher

So, I Tried an Online Twerk Fitness Class...

Fitness
Dance

Have you ever come across a fitness class on Instagram and thought, that looks so fun, only to scroll on by knowing you’d never in a million years actually sign up for it? Because, same.  
For me, it’s always been dance. Pole dancing, twerking, salsa, ballet, Zumba... I don’t even think twice about booking. There is no way in hell I’m heading into a studio with a bunch of strangers and attempting to follow along to some moves I’ve never tried before.  

...and then there was COVID.  

When studios everywhere started to shut down, virtual fitness started to blow up—and all of the sudden, I had the opportunity to try basically anything without leaving my house (or feeling at all embarrassed). It was a silver lining and a kick in the ass all wrapped into one.  


Finding a Virtual Dance Class 

I started small, doing the classes I was most comfortable with. Once I had perfected my online yoga routine, I needed a little more oomph, so, I stepped it up to HIIT. I was proud of myself for getting back into the swing of things after a long the-world-is-ending-so-I-don't-need-to-work-out break. But still, I hadn’t fully gotten out of my comfort zone. I had taken in-person yoga and HIIT classes before, so even though I had tried out some new studios online, I had a general idea of what to expect.  

Then, my coworkers told me about Rachel Vickhouse and MVP Dance Fit. Rachel and some other badass, beautiful ladies coined the phrase “Lift Your Booty, Love Your Body ™,” and that’s what MVP Dance Fit is all about. They told me this studio offered twerk fitness classes, and that right now, they’re not only offering virtual, but they’re giving one free class to all newbies, too. 
I was curious.  


Sweat + Work + Twerk = Swerk 

Without really looking into it much further, I trusted my coworkers and signed up for the signature “Swerk” class (Sweat, Work, Twerk) to take after work one day.  

Or so I thought...  

My first mistake was not checking the time zone before booking. I thought I was signing up for a class at 5:30 PM, but turns out, the studio is in Ohio. Seeing that I live in California, my timing was all off. Luckily, I realized my mistake when I received the link to join the class in my inbox, and I had time to get ready to twerk in the middle of my workday (whoops).  

I usually exercise out on my deck, but there was no way I was going to give my neighbors a free show (although I’m sure it would’ve spiced up their Monday). So, there I was—at 2:30 PM on a Monday afternoon, dragging my coffee table to the side, shutting my blinds and curtains, filling up my water bottle, and getting ready to dance like no one was watching. 


Here’s what it was like to Swerk 

When I logged on, I saw lots of faces on the screen. One woman was dancing while doing her laundry, another was rocking to the beat in her living room, and another had a prime weight room setup I was pretty jealous of. About half of the participants had their cameras turned on and were starting to warm up (AKA dance around) to the Drake song that was playing, while the other half kept their videos off. Because these women looked like seasoned pros, and I was a total newbie, I opted to keep mine off. (Yes, this is 100% an excuse. I know you see right through me.)  

Then, Rachel herself appeared onscreen with French braids and bright pink lipstick. I’ve never seen someone with more energy—I swear, I think she was drinking Diet Coke out of her tumbler, but I can’t be sure. She let everyone know there were a bunch of first-timers in class, and they’d all have to show us how it’s done (no pressure). She asked if anyone had any song requests, and the chat started popping off.  

After that, there was no messing around. The first song started playing, and she got right to it. Right about now, I was so glad I had my camera off because I must’ve looked ridiculous. She was moving so fast, and I was stumbling trying to keep up.  

She went from sliding left to right, to dropping low, to lifting a leg and landing in a squat, to hands-on-the-floor-ass-in-the-air, all in the span of a song. 

But after just a few minutes, I started getting the hang of it. The choreography repeated, with different moves for different parts of the song, and once I figured them out, I was able to keep up.  
As soon as I got the hang of song #1, we were onto the next. And I love a challenge, so I was ready. Throughout class, we switched from more cardio-intensive songs to leg-focused dances involving squats and lunges. Halfway through, I was sweating. I couldn’t believe how much fun I was having, while also getting such a good workout at the same time.  


Here’s a peek at what it looked like.

At the end, I was so proud of myself for getting out of my comfort zone, and I definitely felt the high of a great workout on a day when I was feeling some serious Monday energy (or lack of energy) beforehand. I’m so thankful virtual was an option, because, without it, I don’t know if I ever would’ve tried a class like this. 

During class, I knew I’d end up being sore, and over the next few days, I proved myself right. The next morning, I stood up out of bed and I felt it in my quads and glutes. Thinking I’d be good by the weekend, I planned an eight-mile hike for Saturday morning with some friends. I was so sore I thought they were going to have to leave me on the mountain. Thanks, Rachel. 


Here’s what I wish I knew going in... 

1.    Check the time zone. 


Luckily, I figured it out just in time, but if I didn’t check my email, I easily could’ve missed my class. The beauty of online fitness classes is you can book them at studios all over the world. But, with that, comes time differences. Whenever you’re booking a virtual class, make sure you check the time zone and figure out where the studio is located, so you don’t have to ditch your afternoon meetings. (Unless that’s what you’re going for. Then, more power to you.) 

2.    Wear shoes. 


This might seem obvious, but to me, it wasn’t. When I was getting ready to start class, I wasn’t sure if I needed to wear shoes or if I should have a yoga mat, towel, or weights ready. I wasn’t really sure of anything, to be honest. So, after I made some space in my living room, I looked up MVP Dance Fit on Instagram to see if I could find some answers. From the looks of it, no equipment was necessary, and shoes were probably a good idea. So, if you’re reading this, I hope I saved you some trouble. All you need is some shoes and a little bit of space. 

3.    Know that no one’s watching you.  


Camera or not, no one can really see what you’re doing. And no one cares. I started off the class in gallery mode so I could see everyone, but to follow along with Rachel’s movements, I had to have her on full screen, and I couldn’t pay attention to anyone else in class. Having the camera on just gives everyone the sense that you’re in class together, just like you would be in person. So, maybe next time, I’ll toughen up and leave it on.  

4.    Maybe have some caffeine.  


Should I be encouraging that? I don’t know. But man, that girl had a lot of energy. And dancing takes a lot out of you. About halfway through, when I started getting tired, I wished I’d had something caffeinated before to get me through. But maybe that’s just me. The good music and Rachel’s encouragement definitely got me going, and I had a lot of fun with it. 

5.    Try it with friends. 


Distracting or helpful? I’m not sure. But I do know it would’ve been so fun to have seen all my friends dancing around in little boxes on the screen from their respective houses. And since the first class is free, it probably wouldn’t have been too hard to convince them. So, if you’re planning on trying it out, get some friends to join! I’m sure it’ll be fun to talk about after. 
 
I’d recommend this class to anyone who likes hip-hop and wants to spice up their routine. If you’ve thought about trying a twerk fitness class, just do it already. There are literally no more excuses (coming from someone who would literally never set foot in a dance studio for real).  

Maybe pole dancing is more up your alley, or maybe you’ve never tried a HIIT class before. Whatever it is, just know that it's the perfect time to get over your exercise embarrassment and try something new. 
 

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).