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There’s something about September, like January, that prompts us to make a change. Perhaps it’s the colour of the leaves, the slight drop in temperature, the ‘back to school’ signage everywhere or the fact we have just enjoyed the last bank holiday before Christmas. No matter what the reason, the shift in people’s attitude is palpable.
And yes, we’re leaving a long hot summer behind us, but there’s no need to approach the new season with caution—getting back into your usual exercise routine can be easier (and more fun) than you think! Check out our four tips to help you ease back into fitness after the break.
Our recent research reveals that half of the nation believes working out with a friend improves motivation and 57% claim it’s more fun, whilst 49% says it even makes time pass quicker. Scientists have also found that working out with a partner or in groups can boost your mood way more than if you work out alone. In some cases, it can even make you work out three times as long. So make sure you choose someone with a compatible schedule to you or with similar fitness goals to get the most out of your fitness routine.
Gone are the days when the only options we had to exercise were on a treadmill or in an aerobics class. There are so many ways to enjoy being active in 2018, so take advantage of all the different workouts and experiences that are available on the MINDBODY app. From aerial yoga to partying on a bike with Ministry of Sound Fitness, all types of classes can help keep you both mentally and physically engaged, even on the busiest day.
Find a fitness activity you can grow with and one you want to improve at to give you a stronger sense of purpose. “Choose to do something where you can build a new skill and master it over time,” says Gideon Remfy, Wellness Director at KX & KXU. “This is not only better for adherence, but also is shown to create a fitter mind and body. Think big, have fun and remember, exercise is for life—not just for September.”
Lastly, and most importantly, don’t forget to breathe. In between prepping for a new term, returning to work and facing a busier commute (because now the whole country is back to it!) it’s likely you might feel overwhelmed. In these moments, Zoe Bertali, from The Refinery, suggests closing the eyes and observing the breath. “When we are aware of our breath we anchor ourselves into the moment, we are able to tap back into the magic of our bodies and find a little gratitude,” says Zoe. “By controlling the breath, we start to calm the nervous system and bring a bit of balance back to the mind and body. Just to be still can be an amazing way of giving the mind and body a little reboot and a chance to clear some junk.”
Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID.
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.
Here’s what you had to say...
53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.
While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.
58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.
69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.
But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”
Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).
Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...
It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them.