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Swipe. Tap. Scroll. Like. Read. Repeat. Staring at social media feeds, checking texts, crafting emails, scheduling appointments—we devote an average of five hours per day to our mobile technology. We unlock our iPhones over 80 times in a 24-hour period. Our codependency to our mobile devices cannot be ignored, and it’s weighing on our well-being.
Finding a balance between leveraging our society’s addiction to mobile technology and positively influencing the state of wellness in our nation is not only a challenge, it’s solution can define our generation. But how do we solve this epidemic? We don’t let screen time destroy our well-being, we embrace it. We lead the innovation of an individualized and personalized, technology-driven wellness journey.
Here at MINDBODY, our global booking platform enables us to connect consumers to the world to fitness, wellness, and beauty through thousands of top-tier businesses and millions of classes, appointments, and services. How we utilize our data through unparalleled integrations with other social and technology partners can affect the consumption of wellness across the world.
To pivot our culture, we need to put wellness services at the forefront of technology through clear and seamless actions that don't interrupt—but decidedly disrupt—our current behavior. By working with companies like Amazon, Strava, Facebook and Instagram, we can integrate future advances in mobile, AI, and machine learning to transform the way we care for ourselves.
Our latest integration with Instagram and Facebook leverages social behavior to influence fitness and wellness. Billions of users on these social networks can now book their boutique fitness classes via a studios profile page, staying within their social ecosystem while bettering their well-being. We have partnered with Strava, the ultimate social network for athletes, to track fitness accomplishments through MINDBODY app bookings. Imagine asking Alexa to book your next aerial yoga class at a new studio or schedule a massage at your favorite spa—this is just the beginning.
The first step to redefining our societies perception of wellness begins with targeting the largest generation in U.S. history: millennials. Their affinity for technology shapes how they spend their time and money. Not only are they digitally savvy, but millennials also tend to prioritize wellness and bring fitness into their daily lives, both online and off.
“This generation has created a personalized on-demand economy. They seek value rather than price, and are spending more on experiences rather than things,” said Doug Hecht, MINDBODY SVP of Consumer Products. “They also are more aware of their health and wellness than any previous generation. They eat better, they work out more, and they track their fitness more than any generation.”
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By joining forces with influential global brands and leaders, it becomes our responsibility to take the necessary steps to help our society consume wellness in a way that influences our future. By working together with today’s most consumable apps, MINDBODY makes discovering, booking and engaging with fitness and wellness easier than ever, helping to shape how we utilize technology to live—and lead—our healthiest lives.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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