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Wellness
Published Friday Nov 22, 2019 by Sara Lesher

Our Social Media Guru's Guide to Visiting Boston

Travel
Expert Advice

 

Last week, our Social Media Team Lead, Devin Dilday, took a trip to Boston for our Best of Wellness Event with Erin Foster. We asked her a few questions to find out everything we need to know about planning a trip there!

Knowing what to pack is always a challenge. What are the essentials for a trip to Boston?

This mid-November trip was my first time in Boston, so it was the perfect time to show off my festive fall gear in front of the iconic Bostonian views. Before packing, I checked my iPhone weather app one last time, and luckily I did because the weather had dropped by almost 20 degrees! I was looking at the weather in the 20s now, so the first thing I did was ask one of my co-workers from the East Coast to borrow *all* of her winter coats. 

To battle the cold, I packed a few pairs of jeans, a multi-colored scarf, and my favorite fuzzy sweaters. I wish I brought gloves and a beanie, but luckily while walking down Newbury Street, I was able to grab them at a boutique. Other than that, I packed an assortment of workout clothes to wear for our wellness event, and for the morning workout classes I booked on the MINDBODY app.

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Knowing what to pack is always a challenge. What are the essentials for a trip to Boston?

This mid-November trip was my first time in Boston, so it was the perfect time to show off my festive fall gear in front of the iconic Bostonian views. Before packing, I checked my iPhone weather app one last time, and luckily I did because the weather had dropped by almost 20 degrees! I was looking at the weather in the 20s now, so the first thing I did was ask one of my co-workers from the East Coast to borrow *all* of her winter coats. 

To battle the cold, I packed a few pairs of jeans, a multi-colored scarf, and my favorite fuzzy sweaters. I wish I brought gloves and a beanie, but luckily while walking down Newbury Street, I was able to grab them at a boutique. Other than that, I packed an assortment of workout clothes to wear for our wellness event, and for the morning workout classes I booked on the MINDBODY app.

What did you do while you were there (we heard you met Erin Foster)?

Going to Boston, I had all the recommendations. The Freedom Trail, The Paul Revere House, Fenway Park, Museum of Fine Arts, the list goes on and on. However, the majority of my time was spent at our Best of Wellness Event! This event was a huge success, as 200 attendees enjoyed different services and activities from various wellness brands and vendors. Not to mention, Erin Foster! 

Because we were having so much fun at this event, I really didn’t get to visit many of the Boston landmarks people had recommended. We did explore Boston Commons, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and Boston Public Garden. Looks like I’ll have to plan another trip soon to hit the rest!

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What did you do while you were there (we heard you met Erin Foster)?

Going to Boston, I had all the recommendations. The Freedom Trail, The Paul Revere House, Fenway Park, Museum of Fine Arts, the list goes on and on. However, the majority of my time was spent at our Best of Wellness Event! This event was a huge success, as 200 attendees enjoyed different services and activities from various wellness brands and vendors. Not to mention, Erin Foster! 

Because we were having so much fun at this event, I really didn’t get to visit many of the Boston landmarks people had recommended. We did explore Boston Commons, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and Boston Public Garden. Looks like I’ll have to plan another trip soon to hit the rest!

Let’s get to what we’re all really interested in—food. What did you treat yourself to while you were there?

We didn’t get to too many food places, but we did, of course, get the best cannoli in Boston from Mike’s Pastry. We were staying in South Boston, which was trendy and filled with dozens of crafty restaurants with award-winning chefs and mixologists. Again, I gotta book another trip.

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Let’s get to what we’re all really interested in—food. What did you treat yourself to while you were there?

We didn’t get to too many food places, but we did, of course, get the best cannoli in Boston from Mike’s Pastry. We were staying in South Boston, which was trendy and filled with dozens of crafty restaurants with award-winning chefs and mixologists. Again, I gotta book another trip.

One weekend isn’t enough to experience everything a city has to offer. What’s at the top of your list if you go back?

I would absolutely love to go to a game at Fenway Park, or experience one at a bar nearby. We also didn’t explore the North End too much, and I would love to go back for some pizza in Boston’s Little Italy.

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One weekend isn’t enough to experience everything a city has to offer. What’s at the top of your list if you go back?

I would absolutely love to go to a game at Fenway Park, or experience one at a bar nearby. We also didn’t explore the North End too much, and I would love to go back for some pizza in Boston’s Little Italy.

What are some tried-and-true tips you’ve learned from traveling?


The flight from San Diego to Boston is one of the longest domestic flights, so it’s always good to be prepared. When I fly, I always bring healthy snacks (and, I’ll admit, some that aren’t so healthy), sanitary wipes to wipe the seat, essential oils to help with any headaches or stress from flying, AirPods, a good book, and a computer charger (a girl’s gotta work!)

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What are some tried-and-true tips you’ve learned from traveling?


The flight from San Diego to Boston is one of the longest domestic flights, so it’s always good to be prepared. When I fly, I always bring healthy snacks (and, I’ll admit, some that aren’t so healthy), sanitary wipes to wipe the seat, essential oils to help with any headaches or stress from flying, AirPods, a good book, and a computer charger (a girl’s gotta work!)

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Lifecycle Program Manager
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. A former English major, 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).
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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

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

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.

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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!