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post-workout recovery tips
Fitness
Published Tuesday Jun 25, 2019 by Loren Kennedy

4 Tips for Post-Workout Recovery

Fitness
Recovery
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Nutrition

Not sure what to do—or where to go—after your next fitness class? Whether you’re finishing up an intense cycling session or sweatin’ it out on the mat in yoga, here are a few tips for post-workout recovery that will have you feeling rested and ready for another day. 

 

Eat well. 

We all know how crucial diet is when it comes to health and fitness goals. In addition to a regular balanced diet, the food consumed immediately after a workout is essential to achieve desired results. Sometimes knowing the best types of foods and the amount to consume is challenging. Through the Mindbody app, you can book appointments with nutritionists near you. Nutritionists can provide personalized direction through meal plan design, metabolic testing, and supply you with important macronutrient information. 

 

Stretch it out. 

The benefits of stretching and massage are endless. They are both phenomenal ways to relieve tightness and soreness after a workout. These two practices are essential for beginners as the body is still adapting to the rigors of a regimen. Post-workout, spend at least ten minutes stretching – and getting a massage can even help to decrease pain and improve flexibility. MINDBODY connects you with local massage therapists, where you can book a cost-effective and tension-relieving massage. Also, massage is great for stress reduction and overall wellness. 

 

Heat up. 

Heat therapy is an underutilized tool to aid in recovery. Studies show that heat increases circulation and blood flow, which in turn increases the delivery of nutrients around the body. For example, spending time in a sauna or steam bath can help ease joint pain and stiffness, as well as muscle spasms. Adding full-body heat therapy to your workout routine is essential for recovery, so explore the Mindbody app to book different types of heat therapy sessions.

 

Get some rest (and healing). 

We all have plenty of sources for chronic stress, and the only kind we really need in fitness is acute stress. Acute stress is the kind we create from those phenomenal, heart-pumping kind of workouts. An easy way to reduce chronic stress is by getting a good night’s rest, especially on workout days. Getting seven to eight hours of sleep (sometimes more if you can) gives the body the time it needs properly restore and recover. 


MINDBODY values the importance of total wellness, which is not always limited to physicality. For those stressors that are a little harder to control, the Mindbody app has a large network of professional coaches and psychologists that can provide everything from meditation to massage
 

Loren Kennedy
Written by
Loren Kennedy
Fitness + Lifestyle Blogger
About the author
Loren Kennedy is a professional content creator with a passion for fitness and wellness. Living in the Lower East Side of New York City, he shares an apartment with his roommate Austin and dog, Sherman.
What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?
Fitness
Published Monday Sep 21, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the frayHas a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? 

So, why should we care about online gym memberships? 

There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.

Let’s break this down: 

1. Scheduling convenience 

A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine. 

2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19 

And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.  

With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room. 

3. Variety 

We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.  

With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours. 

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

 

4. Working out without a commute 

My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work. 

5. Community 

Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?  

We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind. 

 
Interested yet?

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, 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).