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Wellness
Published Thursday Jun 27, 2019 by Erica Fowler

How to Maintain Your Wellness Routine While Traveling

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Food
Drink
Expert Advice
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Fitness

Your wellness routine doesn’t have to go out the window when you travel. I love getting out of my element, exploring somewhere new, and immersing myself into a different culture while feeling my best. My ‘wellness on the go’ comes from three things: the essentials I bring in my purse, the snacks I prepare, and finding ways to connect with the community in the cities I visit.  

Here are a few ways to set yourself (and your wellness) up for success–wherever you’re going! 

 

Purse Essentials

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- Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitizer: I use this ALL the time. Its made with organic alcohol, glycerin, and organic lavender oil, plus it’s also a  non-toxic option for hand sanitizer and works as a deodorant if needed. 
- Tea Bags: These are a must for travel. I always bring an organic ginger tea for digestion support. 
- Reusable Water Bottles: Important to have on the road! Most airports have water refill stations, too. 
- Essential Oils: There are so many great options, but the two that are the most supportive are peppermint and lavender. I use peppermint topically for stomach support and headaches, and lavender as a sleep aid or for any anxiety.
- Travel-size Rose Water: I think we are all familiar with how travel and flying can dry out our skin, I love traveling with a little rose water for a refresher. 
- Wander Wet Bags: Since I like to travel as minimal as possible, I typically use a Wander Wet Bag for all my organization. It’s eco-friendly, plus the inner lining is waterproof, so I can just throw my bathing suit in there without worrying about any mildew! 

 

Snacks

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As a part of my carry on, I make sure to reserve space for a snack bag–I use stasher bags to keep everything organized. Simple snacks are a great way to stay nourished, while still having healthy options to grab and enjoy. If you're on a road trip, there are more options you can pack in a cooler, but if you’re catching a flight, here are a few options to consider:

- Date Balls: These are high in protein and easy to travel with, which makes them a great snack to have on the go. 
- Dried Fruit: Not only are they easy to pack (in a reusable bag), you can take them for a plane snack or a quick snack for your whole trip.
- Apples and/or bananas and almond butter packets 
- Raw carrots and hummus 
- Reusable utensils 

Once I get to my destination, there are some things I like to incorporate in my routine to learn about the community and feel my best after eating good food and trying new things!  

 

Explore your sweat.

I’ve found the best way to see a new city or place is to go to a local coffee shop and a workout class. My favorite workouts are yoga and Pilates, so I use the MINDBODY app to find a local class to take, and it’s always a good way to meet new people. Post-workout, you can also relax with a massage or acupuncture. I check the MINDBODY app to see what options are around me!


Try new foods. 

Food is a huge part of travel and provides so much insight into the culture. A must is finding a local farmers market or health food store. It’s so helpful to stock up on some fruits and snacks to have at your flat. I always get lemons for warm lemon water in the mornings. There are huge benefits to digestion, and I find it helpful when eating foods out of my normal routine. 

 

Want to travel well? Wherever you may wander this summer, don't forget to explore new places to workout, or work on your wellness, with the MINDBODY app
 

Erica Fowler
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Erica Fowler
Contributor | Holistic Nutritionist
About the author
With a heart-filled passion for holistic living and people, Erica spends most her time in Southern California along the salty coast when she’s not traveling. Focused on helping her clients find a natural balance, Erica encourages them to thrive through delicious, simple recipes and healthy habits.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

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If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!