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4 Ways to Say Thanks to Those That Inspire Your Wellness Journey
Wellness
Published Wednesday Nov 14, 2018 by Mckenzie Hathaway

4 Ways to Say Thanks to Those That Inspire Your Wellness Journey

Fitness

While it’s officially the season of thanks, being grateful shouldn’t be exclusive to November. This time of year helps to remind us who we are truly thankful for, especially when it comes to our journey. Here’s to the people that we often spend the most time with; our wellness community! From the trustworthy instructors that keep us going strong, to the front desk team at our go-to studio, we couldn’t do it without them. 

If you're looking to show a little *extra* gratitude to the ones who support your wellness endeavors, we have four thoughtful gifts that will keep giving long after Turkey Day.

 

To your wonderful workout buddy. 

Yoga Club MINDBODY

How do you say “thank you” to the person who is always up for some downward-facing dog or joins you at that last-minute lunchtime fitness class? Give them the gift of contemporary comfort they will actually use with Yoga Club! Featuring brand name, discounted athleisure apparel that is personally styled and delivered right to their door, Yoga Club’s subscription service is the perfect present for the one you love to workout with.
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To your #1 fitness studio or wellness business.

Fitness wellness thank you note

Maybe it’s like a second home. Or perhaps it’s your sanctuary where the staff supports your every move. Whatever your go-to wellness business is, show you’re thankful for the place that keeps you feeling your best with a handwritten thank you note. A simple way to show your gratitude, a few words of appreciation will go a long way to those that give their all to their wellness business. Plus, they might even put it on display at the front desk!

 

To your favorite instructor or practitioner.

Hydro Flask MINDBODY

Those that make you better have a special place in your schedule… and your heart. Show your gratitude to the instructor that pushes you past your limits or the practitioner that makes your mind, body and soul whole with a new Hydro Flask water bottle. They work hard for you, so give them something easy and thoughtful— the gift of hydration!
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To the one that motivates you.

MINDBODY App

Whether it’s a sibling, a significant other, co-worker or friend, it’s easier than ever to show that special someone how much you appreciate them. Choose a specific studio or business and surprise them with a MINDBODY Gift Card! From circuit training to the spa, the MINDBODY app offers the gift of wellness for the people who help you step out of your fitness and wellness comfort zone.

Mckenzie Hathaway
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Mckenzie Hathaway
Marketing Partnerships
About the author
From working at a fashion magazine to taking on the tech industry, Mckenzie has a passion for bringing companies together. With a deep desire for inclusion within all spaces, you can find her dancing in the streets of Italy or swimming in the Pacific.
surfer catching wave in ocean olympics
Fitness
Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

Fitness

For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.