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Published Monday Dec 02, 2019 by Jacki Carr

Here’s How to Warm Up Your Workouts This Winter

Fitness
Motivation
Expert Advice

This time of year, temperatures start to drop, and the desire to snuggle up and stay inside is all-consuming. Can we talk about holiday movies on Netflix?  Because the obsession is real. And yet, with the craze of holidays, keeping your body and mind moving at your favorite workout class could be a great self-care hack this December. 

Most of my workout choices change come winter. Lots of studios set their thermostats higher than mine at home, so I have the incentive to shovel the snow, scrape the ice off my windshield (a great workout warm-up!), and get to those weekly classes!

Here's a list of workouts to warm up your routine this winter:

Hot yoga

The moment I step onto my mat in a hot yoga class, I start to dethaw from the heated room, and I can unclench my hands, then shoulders, and finally take a deep breath. While the cold air causes us to hunch over to keep out the chill, getting to a heated flow allows us to sweat, open, and align our bodies.

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Hot yoga

The moment I step onto my mat in a hot yoga class, I start to dethaw from the heated room, and I can unclench my hands, then shoulders, and finally take a deep breath. While the cold air causes us to hunch over to keep out the chill, getting to a heated flow allows us to sweat, open, and align our bodies.

Heated barre

And tuck, and tuck, and tuck. I immediately start sweating walking into a barre class as I know what is about to happen on that floor with the mirrored walls and ballet barre. Add heat, and this class is an instant detox of any tension my body might be holding onto.

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Heated barre

And tuck, and tuck, and tuck. I immediately start sweating walking into a barre class as I know what is about to happen on that floor with the mirrored walls and ballet barre. Add heat, and this class is an instant detox of any tension my body might be holding onto.

Indoor climbing

Your heart rate and body temperature will rise way high when you take on your first climbing experience at a gym. While you may not be moving fast, you will feel the heat. Mind meets body as your strength and sweat kicks in to get you to the top of that wall.

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Indoor climbing

Your heart rate and body temperature will rise way high when you take on your first climbing experience at a gym. While you may not be moving fast, you will feel the heat. Mind meets body as your strength and sweat kicks in to get you to the top of that wall.

Infrared sauna

In the infrared sauna, I get to rest, recover, and detox. My oxygen level increases, and the time to sit, meditate, and relax brings some much-needed zen after the hustle and bustle of the holiday outside the studio. I need the reminder to slow down after a sweat session, and this is the perfect way to do it.

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Infrared sauna

In the infrared sauna, I get to rest, recover, and detox. My oxygen level increases, and the time to sit, meditate, and relax brings some much-needed zen after the hustle and bustle of the holiday outside the studio. I need the reminder to slow down after a sweat session, and this is the perfect way to do it.

Cardio dance party

All she wants to do is, all she wants to do is dance! There is nothing that makes my heart pump faster and my smile get bigger than taking a cardio dance class. Channeling my inner Baby (from Dirty Dancing) as the temperature rises in the room, I follow the choreography and keep it moving for an hour of grooving.

 

Beat the winter blues and take care of your mind and body this holiday season!

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Cardio dance party

All she wants to do is, all she wants to do is dance! There is nothing that makes my heart pump faster and my smile get bigger than taking a cardio dance class. Channeling my inner Baby (from Dirty Dancing) as the temperature rises in the room, I follow the choreography and keep it moving for an hour of grooving.

 

Beat the winter blues and take care of your mind and body this holiday season!

Jacki Carr
Written by
Jacki Carr
Rock Your Bliss Co-Founder | Writer
About the author
Jacki Carr is a goal coach, writer, and yoga teacher with a real, honest style that helps connect people to their most powerful self. Co-founder of Rock Your Bliss, you can find Jacki in Evergreen, Colorado drinking another bulletproof coffee on her front porch with her husband, two daughters, and their pups.
Workout Equipment
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Published Friday Apr 03, 2020 by Brittany Raine

Why You Still Need to Clean Your Workout Equipment, Even at Home

Renewal
Yoga
Fitness

Have you ever watched that oh-so-sweaty person leave their workout machine without wiping it down? Yuck. The Clorox wipes, paper towels, bottles of sanitizing spray are at your gym (and studio) for a reason— because no one wants to share bacteria. But now that our living quarters, even that tiny Upper Westside studio, have become our own personal fitness paradise, we’ve got one question: Is your at-home workout equipment *really* clean?  

Research has found that bacteria can live on some gym equipment (weights, mats, you name it) for three days. That’s right, 72 full hours. And your yoga mat or those dumbbells you just got delivered from Amazon so you can slay that new virtual class you just booked on Mindbody are susceptible to the same stat. While it may seem silly to clean your own “stuff” because you’re the only one using it, think about where your hands have been before you pick up those weights. Perhaps your apartment complex’s keypad? Bacteria knows no boundaries.  

From your resistance bands to your brand spanking new (and yes, most likely backordered) kettlebell, the gear you’re using at home could use a good wash, rinse, repeat—especially if you’re sharing it with someone you’re stuck at home with (like your S/O or stir-crazy housemate). Even if you’re the queen of clean (like me... just ask my co-worker, Natalie), here are six tips on how to keep your gear germ-free and looking good. Because we know all those classes you’ve been streaming are making you a fitness guru.  
 

Workout Bands and Mat


Know your surfaces  

You not only want to clean the dirt off your workout equipment, you want to sanitize it. Clean gets the dirt, sanitizing takes care of the bad stuff (aka bacteria). Before you start getting crazy with the bleach or a DIY deodorizer, you’ll want to take into account the surface you are about to wipe down. Something like your treadmill, Peleton bike, resistance bands or bench press bench can be damaged by certain chemicals and at-home cleaners. If you’re worried about your equipment, opt for disinfectant wipes especially made for gym equipment, like all-natural Wipex. Plus, it’s never a bad idea to keep some hand sanitizer next to your workout station. 
 

lemons and spray bottle

Consider more natural, earth-friendly solutions.  

Clorox wipes have become the hottest household item of 2020—and we are guessing so has virtual yoga. If you’re not a huge fan of using chemicals you can’t pronounce and throw-away wipes on equipment like your Manduka mat, there are all-natural antibacterial cleaning options that will make Mother Earth proud. Who doesn’t want to make their cleaning routine a little more green? Companies like cleancult (we called them out in our 20/20 trends), offer effective, all-natural products delivered right to your door in recycled milk cartons —and they pair perfectly with your go-to disinfectants. Cleancult’s versatile All-Purpose Cleaner is my fave for wiping down workout gear, especially yoga mats (and almost everything in my home). The Saponified Coconut Oil acts as the “heavy lifter” without harsh chemicals. After working out, spray your surface(s), wait for a couple of seconds and wipe away with a reusable towel (or an old gym t-shirt you use as a rag).  
 

diffuser and cup of tea
 

If you want to DIY... 

While knowing what surface you’re cleaning is key, some of your equipment might benefit from DIY solutions. Before you roll up your sleeves and become the Harry Potter of cleaning solutions, invest in a glass spray bottle (or reuse an old plastic one). Oh, and break out the essential oils because they are about to boost your at-home fitness (and cleaning) routine. Most of the DIY cleaning “recipes” you find on Pinterest include ingredients you have at home—like vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. My must-use DIY cleaner is vinegar-based (with 10-12 drops of essential oils). It’s powerful yet natural enough that I feel more confident laying facedown in Savasana with my oh-so-sensitive skin after that yoga class in NYC I just streamed from San Diego.  

 
Clothes pins on line

Let it air dry (minus the sun). 

Now that cleaning your at-home workout gear is part of your routine (hint, hint), letting your equipment dry is key. If you’re cleaning your more expensive exercise machine with some cleaning solutions that have a “smell” or you want it to dry faster, trying turning on a fan or crack open the window to keep the air circulating. If you’re just cleaned a more porous surface (like your yoga mat) hang it outside to dry—over a railing, a chair, bike rack... you get the gist. While fresh air is good, UV rays are not. Certain materials that make workout gear can breakdown in the sun, and you don’t want to get burned before your next workout sesh. 

 
Hardwood Floor and Exercise Ball

Don’t forget about the floor.  

While cleaning your equipment might seem like a no-brainer, it can be easy to ignore the surrounding area where you work out. The title of this section tells you what you need to know—don’t forget to clean and sanitize the floor where you exercise. Just think of it this way, while you’re killing it in your virtual fitness class, your hard work is being noticed, by the floor that is, as your sweat beads go flying. And last time I checked; vacuuming doesn’t do the trick for dried sweat. After class, wipe down the area around your workout space with cleaning products that are conducive to the floor. Working out on carpet?  Consider switching areas or look into sanitizing and deodorizing spray for material surfaces. 

 
Blank Calendar and Coffee
 

Squeaky clean schedule.  

The most important part of cleaning and sanitizing your workout equipment is sticking to a schedule. If you’re forgetful (like me), keep your supplies adjacent to the area where you enjoy working out. And do it on the daily. Seeing the supplies will be a reminder to clean and sanitize before (and after) you get your sweat on—because who doesn’t love starting out their class on a cleanly note? Mother would be proud! PS: don’t forget to wash your hands!  

Do you have any at-home cleaning and sanitizing tips you swear by when it comes to your workout routine? From DIY to cult-favorite products, we want to know! Tag @mindbody on Instagram to let us know! Stay clean, safe and sanitized our friends!  

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
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Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.