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Wellness
Published Friday Jan 03, 2020 by Sara Lesher

The Top 7 Wellness Resolutions You Should Keep This New Year

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Personal Growth

It’s that time of year again—we’re starting to hear resolutions about dieting, losing weight, working out, etc. Maintaining physical health is important, but we shouldn’t neglect the other areas of our life that make us whole, healthy beings.  

At MINDBODY, we believe wellness comes in 7 dimensions:  
    •    Physical: Taking care of our bodies—proper nutrition, hydration, exercise, etc.
    •    Emotional: Our ability to recognize our feelings and manage them constructively
    •    Intellectual: Engaging our minds and challenging our intellects  

    •    Spiritual: Our greater purpose on this earth and how we find meaning in our lives 

    •    Environmental: Acknowledging and bettering the impact we have on our planet 

    •    Social: Making supportive and beneficial connections with others 

    •    Occupational: Fulfillment in the workplace and work/life balance 


Now that you understand the 7 Dimensions of Wellness, here are some resolutions you can make this year to fulfill each one!

Physical

It’s easy to get caught up in trying to lose weight, especially during the new year. But having a body that carries us each day is a gift in and of itself—we should be celebrating it, not punishing it! Rather than thinking about dieting to lose weight this year, try to shift your mindset on exercising and eating a well-rounded diet to better your mental health, increase your overall energy, and live a longer, healthier life. We only get one body, and it’s essential that we treat it well—trust us, it’ll thank you. Hint: Check out these last-minute deals on fitness classes near you!

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Physical

It’s easy to get caught up in trying to lose weight, especially during the new year. But having a body that carries us each day is a gift in and of itself—we should be celebrating it, not punishing it! Rather than thinking about dieting to lose weight this year, try to shift your mindset on exercising and eating a well-rounded diet to better your mental health, increase your overall energy, and live a longer, healthier life. We only get one body, and it’s essential that we treat it well—trust us, it’ll thank you. Hint: Check out these last-minute deals on fitness classes near you!

Emotional

Emotional well-being is about finding happiness in your daily life and routine. It’s closely linked to spiritual wellness, but with more focus on acknowledging and managing your emotions. Support your emotional well-being by finding joy in the little things, living in the present, and seeking help when you need it. In 2020, try to bring awareness into your daily routines—notice your breath, take time while eating to enjoy your meals, opt for walking when you can, find ways to practice gratitude, call a friend—the list goes on and on. If you need a mental health day, take one. If you’re feeling helpless, seek therapy. This is your life, and you control your happiness.

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Emotional

Emotional well-being is about finding happiness in your daily life and routine. It’s closely linked to spiritual wellness, but with more focus on acknowledging and managing your emotions. Support your emotional well-being by finding joy in the little things, living in the present, and seeking help when you need it. In 2020, try to bring awareness into your daily routines—notice your breath, take time while eating to enjoy your meals, opt for walking when you can, find ways to practice gratitude, call a friend—the list goes on and on. If you need a mental health day, take one. If you’re feeling helpless, seek therapy. This is your life, and you control your happiness.

Intellectual

For some, this one may sound daunting, but you don’t have to start applying for grad schools to work on your intelligence (although if that’s a goal of yours, what’s stopping you?). Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn more about? Pick up a new book on the subject to read. Have a long commute or need a distraction on the treadmill? Tune into a few new podcasts. Feeling intellectually drained from work? Exercise your creativity (paint, color, take up macramé). Intelligence comes in many different forms—find what inspires you, and just go for it.

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Intellectual

For some, this one may sound daunting, but you don’t have to start applying for grad schools to work on your intelligence (although if that’s a goal of yours, what’s stopping you?). Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn more about? Pick up a new book on the subject to read. Have a long commute or need a distraction on the treadmill? Tune into a few new podcasts. Feeling intellectually drained from work? Exercise your creativity (paint, color, take up macramé). Intelligence comes in many different forms—find what inspires you, and just go for it.

Spiritual

Spirituality is a broad term and can have a different meaning for everyone. In short, spirituality is our sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves. What is the meaning of our lives? Why are we here on this planet? These are not simple questions. Whether you find your peace in organized religion or through solo meditation, there is no wrong answer. Spirituality is a personal journey we are all entitled to. So, how do we make spiritual resolutions in 2020? Start by asking yourself these questions, find what brings you fulfillment. Spend time alone—try writing in a journal or taking just five minutes a day to meditate and reflect. Remember: it’s your journey, and you’re in control.

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Spiritual

Spirituality is a broad term and can have a different meaning for everyone. In short, spirituality is our sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves. What is the meaning of our lives? Why are we here on this planet? These are not simple questions. Whether you find your peace in organized religion or through solo meditation, there is no wrong answer. Spirituality is a personal journey we are all entitled to. So, how do we make spiritual resolutions in 2020? Start by asking yourself these questions, find what brings you fulfillment. Spend time alone—try writing in a journal or taking just five minutes a day to meditate and reflect. Remember: it’s your journey, and you’re in control.

Environmental

Although we’re impressed with those who choose to go zero waste, it may seem like a big leap for many of us. If you think you’re ready to eliminate trash and go vegan, 2020 is your year to make it happen. If you don’t even know where to begin with environmental wellness, it’s okay to start small. Opt for paperless billing, learn to recycle, invest in clean beauty products, swap your household cleaning supplies. Whatever it may be, your contribution matters. We’re all living on the same planet, and it’s our job to protect it.

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Environmental

Although we’re impressed with those who choose to go zero waste, it may seem like a big leap for many of us. If you think you’re ready to eliminate trash and go vegan, 2020 is your year to make it happen. If you don’t even know where to begin with environmental wellness, it’s okay to start small. Opt for paperless billing, learn to recycle, invest in clean beauty products, swap your household cleaning supplies. Whatever it may be, your contribution matters. We’re all living on the same planet, and it’s our job to protect it.

Social

Whether you’re a social butterfly or you’d be happy interacting solely with your dog, we all could use a little community. This means something different for everyone, so don’t worry if you’re not hosting the party every weekend. If you’re a creature of habit, find a way to fit others into your routine. It could be as simple as calling your mom on your commute, grabbing coffee with a coworker each morning, or joining a group fitness class. We are social beings. Our connection with others makes up a crucial part of our overall well-being (maybe even as important as food and water!). So, call your friends, make plans, and connect this new year.

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Social

Whether you’re a social butterfly or you’d be happy interacting solely with your dog, we all could use a little community. This means something different for everyone, so don’t worry if you’re not hosting the party every weekend. If you’re a creature of habit, find a way to fit others into your routine. It could be as simple as calling your mom on your commute, grabbing coffee with a coworker each morning, or joining a group fitness class. We are social beings. Our connection with others makes up a crucial part of our overall well-being (maybe even as important as food and water!). So, call your friends, make plans, and connect this new year.

Occupational

We all want to succeed in our careers, and for many, this means working all the time. Our occupational resolution this year is the opposite of occupational: remember to hit pause and disconnect. In 2020, it’s easier than ever to communicate on-the-go. Many of us have our work emails or chat tools downloaded on our phones, so we never miss an important message. While this is great during business hours, it can often be intrusive and never-ending when we’re off the clock. Make it a goal to emphasize the O in PTO and keep your time off truly off. Silence your phone, spend time with loved ones, and leave work at work. Honor your coworkers’ time off as well, and don’t send that 11 pm message—it can wait. 
 
 

Want to get started on your wellness journey? Download the Mindbody app to book fitness classes and wellness services to support your physical, emotional, spiritual, and social health.  

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Occupational

We all want to succeed in our careers, and for many, this means working all the time. Our occupational resolution this year is the opposite of occupational: remember to hit pause and disconnect. In 2020, it’s easier than ever to communicate on-the-go. Many of us have our work emails or chat tools downloaded on our phones, so we never miss an important message. While this is great during business hours, it can often be intrusive and never-ending when we’re off the clock. Make it a goal to emphasize the O in PTO and keep your time off truly off. Silence your phone, spend time with loved ones, and leave work at work. Honor your coworkers’ time off as well, and don’t send that 11 pm message—it can wait. 
 
 

Want to get started on your wellness journey? Download the Mindbody app to book fitness classes and wellness services to support your physical, emotional, spiritual, and social health.  

Sara Lesher
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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 Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

Fitness

For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.