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Wellness
Published Friday Jan 03, 2020 by Sara Lesher

The Top 7 Wellness Resolutions You Should Keep This New Year

Motivation
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
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!