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The novel coronavirus, now labeled COVID-19, has taken the world by storm in the early months of 2020, and people are worried that it will only continue to spread. That said, you might be wondering if, at some point in the not-so-distant future, it will become difficult to maintain your current lifestyle while also protecting yourself from this virus.
While there’s no way to know the answer to that question for sure, it’s safe to say that a little bit of education about prevention will go a long way toward maintaining both your health and your active lifestyle.
You know what they say—better the devil you know than the devil you don’t. When it comes to COVID-19, that logic holds up. Once you understand exactly how coronavirus transmission works, you dispel a great deal of the mystery and can better protect yourself.
While researchers are still uncovering precisely how the virus spreads, they currently believe it uses two main methods—spreading directly between people within six feet of each other, or through the sneezes or coughs of an infected person. With this knowledge in mind, it’s easier to apply preventive measures during your daily activities.
Whether you’re heading to a day spa for your monthly self-care retreat, or stopping for a matcha tea at your favorite local joint, the most effective methods of avoiding COVID-19 remain relatively static.
Wash your hands
To be clear, you should practice basic hygiene like washing your hands all the time and not just when the world is on the precipice of a pandemic, but it’s especially important right now.
Wash your hands after using your favorite weight machines at your gym, attending your daily yoga class, or simply handing the barista at your neighborhood coffee shop cash—it will go a long way toward protecting you against coronavirus.
Keep your distance
If you see someone exhibiting coronavirus symptoms, like coughing or sneezing, try to stay more than six feet away for good measure. Even if those around you don’t appear sick, keep a distance of three feet just to be safe.
Given that close contact is one of the established ways that COVID-19 can spread, there’s no such thing as being overzealous with your personal boundaries at the moment.
Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose
Your hands are often unwitting transporters of germs to your body. If you happen to touch a surface that is infected, the virus can enter your body more easily when transferred directly to vulnerable areas like the eyes, mouth, and nose. This is not to say you need to walk around wearing a face mask, though, as that’s mostly just helpful for preventing the spread from infected people.
In a perfect world, places like your fitness facility will take special precautions to protect you and the other patrons from coronavirus, but you can never be too careful with your own efforts, whether you’re at the gym, your favorite restaurant, or even a public park. While all of these methods will significantly help in adding protection against COVID-19, there are even more measures to stay cognizant of when traveling.
Our friends at WHO share some practical advice in this highly-informative video:
If you’ve been planning a special trip for months, the COVID-19 outbreak might be particularly vexing for you. After all, coronavirus travels on airplanes, cruise ships, and any other vehicle indiscriminately, so you have to be especially careful as you embark on your journey.
First and foremost, think about how risky contracting the virus would be for you personally. Obviously, no one wants to wind up with a case of coronavirus, but it’s only especially dangerous for those with weakened immune systems, like the elderly. Maybe you’re a generally healthy person, but you still don’t relish the idea of grappling with this virus. In that case, you should employ all of the methods mentioned above to protect against coronavirus with an important addition: talk to your doctor.
Depending on where you’re traveling, your doctor may want you to get additional vaccines to protect you from COVID-19. You should also let a doctor know as quickly as possible if you begin showing symptoms after your trip so they can address them promptly. The panic over coronavirus doesn’t have to mean canceling your lash extension fill or skipping your favorite barre class. It just means that you should double down on hygiene and stay aware of those around you. Go on investing time and energy into your wellness as coronavirus rages on, just be careful all the while to protect your health, too.
Hey, studio owners! Need helpful and practical advice about how to prepare your fitness studio in the time of coronavirus? We have you covered there as well.
To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.
Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.
If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.
Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.
Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.
Here’s what you all had to say.
According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.
I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.
Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.
Here’s what they had to say.
“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights
“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center
“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio
“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates
I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.
Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.