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Wellness
Published Tuesday Jul 23, 2019 by Edie Horstman

Eating Well to Nourish an Active Lifestyle

Nutrition
Food
Fitness

Whether you’re a seasoned yogi, circuit training fanatic, cycling junkie, or you love taking your workout outside, having enough energy to sustain any type of physical activity is so important. Have you ever felt like you could barely make it through your exercise class—due to lightheadedness or dehydration—or for days after your workout, you felt sore and weak? Among many culprits, it’s possible that all of these symptoms are rooted in one simple fix: proper nutrition.

Reminder: you're unique.

While the health and wellness industry can seem overwhelming and complex, remember that you are a bio-individual. In other words, you have specific nutritional requirements based on your genetics, activity level, intolerances, stress, etc. And although you may want to jump on the latest fad or trend, what works for someone else may not work for you. Therefore, it’s best to get back to the basics and think about nutrition from the lens of your own unique needs.

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Reminder: you're unique.

While the health and wellness industry can seem overwhelming and complex, remember that you are a bio-individual. In other words, you have specific nutritional requirements based on your genetics, activity level, intolerances, stress, etc. And although you may want to jump on the latest fad or trend, what works for someone else may not work for you. Therefore, it’s best to get back to the basics and think about nutrition from the lens of your own unique needs.

Find a balance.

As an intuitive eater—something that I have been practicing for a few years—I’ve learned to find a balance between what I’m truly craving (hello, nightly chocolate habit), what’s available from a local/seasonal perspective, and what my body needs on a cellular level. As someone with PCOS and insulin resistance issues, I make sure that what I’m eating both balances my blood sugar and sustains my fairly active lifestyle. Speaking of an active lifestyle, it’s been so great to use the MINDBODY app to check out new workout studios, beauty services, and wellness businesses in Denver. The app has made finding and scheduling my classes and appointments a breeze. 

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Find a balance.

As an intuitive eater—something that I have been practicing for a few years—I’ve learned to find a balance between what I’m truly craving (hello, nightly chocolate habit), what’s available from a local/seasonal perspective, and what my body needs on a cellular level. As someone with PCOS and insulin resistance issues, I make sure that what I’m eating both balances my blood sugar and sustains my fairly active lifestyle. Speaking of an active lifestyle, it’s been so great to use the MINDBODY app to check out new workout studios, beauty services, and wellness businesses in Denver. The app has made finding and scheduling my classes and appointments a breeze. 

Fuel your fitness.

All of that said, wellness starts at home. And specifically for me, wellness starts in the kitchen. Both pre- and post-workout nutrition play a major role in ensuring adequate stamina during exercise, as well as a swift recovery process afterward. One of my favorite ways to refuel after exercise is with real, whole foods (preferably with produce I’ve picked up at the Union Station Farmers’ Market!). 

After your next fitness class, try out my favorite Soft Scrambled Eggs recipe to keep you energized and ready to take on the rest of the day!

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Fuel your fitness.

All of that said, wellness starts at home. And specifically for me, wellness starts in the kitchen. Both pre- and post-workout nutrition play a major role in ensuring adequate stamina during exercise, as well as a swift recovery process afterward. One of my favorite ways to refuel after exercise is with real, whole foods (preferably with produce I’ve picked up at the Union Station Farmers’ Market!). 

After your next fitness class, try out my favorite Soft Scrambled Eggs recipe to keep you energized and ready to take on the rest of the day!

Edie Horstman MINDBODY
Written by
Edie Horstman
Certified Nutrition Health Coach
About the author
Edie Horstman is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, wellness blogger, and freelance writer. She works with health-focused brands, co-creating content in the digital marketing space. When she's not at her desk, you can find her at the farmers' market, mindfully moving her body, or creating something delicious in the kitchen.
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Fitness
Published Friday Nov 13, 2020 by Denise Prichard

Why You Need a Virtual Workout Buddy

Fitness
Motivation

Ah, 2020—the year that truly put our sanity to the test.  On top of that, something that most people use to navigate through a tough time has essentially been stripped away from us—our normal workout routines. I don’t know about you, but even skipping a week at the gym can send me into a tailspin. But several months of sheltering in place and being forced to adapt to this new normal?

That’s a different story.  

While I think we can all say we’re grateful that fitness studios were quick to offer virtual classes when COVID-19 hit—there is something about constantly working out by ourselves that may trigger some of us to hit pause on our workout routines and start turning towards less robust habits. *Reluctantly raises hand* 

The other day I came across a stat that really set off some alarms. According to a recent study, Americans are spending an additional two hours each day on their couch since March 2020. As of recently, I can say I’m totally guilty of a little too much R&R. While an evening of Netflix and wine once sounded like heaven on earth for most of us, I think it’s safe to say the repetition of this is starting to get kind of old. Also, Schitt’s Creek is over now, so I really don’t have any excuse to not dedicate my free time to jumping back into my at-home workouts.  

I started pondering what made dial back my fitness routine in the first place? Was it a lack of motivation? No, not really. Screen fatigue? I think my Netflix history outlined above would tell you that’s a solid ‘no.’ Then it hit me—the thing that motivated me to stay on top of my fitness goals was being around other people with the same goals. Pre-COVID, going to my favorite spin studio and the local yoga hot spot was how I typically spent my social hour during the workweek. I realized the best way to amp up my at-home workout routine was to re-connect with my workout buddies and start doing virtual classes together to create that sense of community I craved.  

If you’re also experiencing some form of live stream lull when it comes to your workouts, then getting a virtual workout buddy may be exactly what you need. Here’s why: 


A virtual workout buddy keeps you accountable. 

Just like in-person workouts, making plans to sweat it out with one of your friends motivates you to show up and be your best self.  According to the Mindbody Wellness Index, 25% of the folks we surveyed said they found it difficult to hold themselves accountable to their workout goals on their own—and an additional 20% of people said a lack of support was responsible for missed workouts.  


A virtual workout buddy will push you further. 

Everybody enjoys a little friendly competition, right? Maybe you have a friend who is a powerhouse at virtual HIIT—try signing up for a class with them to help you take your workout to a whole new level.  


A virtual workout buddy makes you more adventurous. 

Getting a workout sesh in with a friend is the perfect time to try a new exercise such as virtual yoga or virtual barre. Trying something new can be scary—I get it. But by trying a new type of exercise with a friend, you can both give each other a confidence boost by acting as each other’s personal hype man.   


A virtual workout buddy helps keep you social.

Look, we’re all craving human interaction these days—and I know I’m not the only one who is missing weekly happy hours with friends. Luckily, fitness studios are getting creative with their virtual offerings post-workout, too! When we asked members of our MindbodyOne Community how they are keeping things interesting for their students in the virtual space, they said they are hosting monthly virtual wine dates to share fitness stories and personal victories. Not only do you get to drink wine, but you and your buddy get to meet other like-minded people at the same time.  

As 2020 winds down (thank goodness), you have a unique opportunity to reconnect with your friends and take your workout sessions to the next level with a virtual workout buddy. So, why not start now? Book a virtual fitness class and encourage your friends to show up for you and themselves today.

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Written by
Denise Prichard
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.