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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
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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.
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Published Tuesday Jun 30, 2020 by Dermatologist's Choice

The Summer Skincare Routine for Outdoor Workouts and Activities

Beauty
Fitness
Skincare

Summer is officially here, and with that, there are so many fun activities that will motivate you to get outside to stay in shape and strive for those post-quarantine fitness goals. But before you decide to get outside to enjoy some walking, yoga, swimming, or hiking, remember these best practice skincare habits to protect your skin from common skin concerns, such as, sunburns, chafing, and excessive dryness. 

Here, board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Bottiglione, shares some advice to help your skin stay healthy as you embark into the great outdoors.  


But first, protect

When going outside, the sun is going to be your biggest culprit for damaging your skin. While the sun boosts benefits like vitamin D production, take notice when your skin is overexposed to the sun’s harmful rays as it becomes dangerous. When overexposed to direct sunlight, the skin is irritated, causing sunburns, dryness, and sensitivity that can increase the chances for wrinkles and skin cancer as we age.  

Luckily, staying inside when it’s so pleasant outside is not the only skincare alternative to avoid the sun’s damaging rays. Here are a few simple tips to prep your skin before stepping outside.  
Opt to protect your skin with a clinical-grade sunblocking lotion of 15 SPF or higher.

“Anytime you go outside, you need to apply sunscreen to your skin,” advises Dr. B. “Ensure you apply sunscreen to the full body and reapply often. In the morning, after cleansing your face, is the best time to apply.” He recommends a spray for oily skin, or the Dermatologist’s Choice Sunscreen Enhanced Moisturizer for dry to combination skin types that needs a little extra hydration.  
 
 
The key is the more intentional you are about proactively protecting your summer skin, the healthier it will be. It may sound simple, but your skin will be happier when you take a preventive approach rather than a reactive approach—for example, applying the sunscreen moisturizer before a walk to help to avoid the treatment of a sunburn after. When prepping your bag for the fun day ahead, make sure to add sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.  
 
 
Now the real excitement begins! However you decide to get your fitness outdoors, we have the skincare routine you need or a carefree and healthy day. 


Yoga / Walking 

Deep breath. Like our favorite flow, these skincare tips will keep our mind—and our skin—at ease. If you take your yoga practice outdoors, wear an SPF shirt, and lay your mat under a nicely shaded tree to help shield you from excessive sun exposure. 

“Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing protective clothing is smart to protect your skin from sun damage. Even if you are going for a relaxing walk or doing just a few sun salutations. Staying out of the direct sunlight will reduce your risk of sun damage and wrinkles.”     - Dr. B


Swimming 

Swimming is one of the best cardio and strength training workouts, while also an enjoyable activity during the summer. Whether you are swimming in open water or laps in the pool, the excess amount of water with exposure to pool chemicals and environmental pollutants can cause skin irritation and dryness. To keep your skin hydrated and protected, Dr. B. recommends applying the Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil to your skin before entering the water. This will seal your skin’s protective barrier to avoid skin irritation from chemicals and debris. He adds, “The Pre-Bath Oil is what I give to all my patients with eczema or dry skin. It is the only thing that will protect and also deeply hydrate the skin.” Just apply this serum before you put on your sunscreen, and you're good to go! 


Hiking 

With warm temperatures during the summer months, it’s the perfect time for hiking and exploring the mountainous outdoors. It is essential to take the necessary steps to avoid your skin becoming sunburnt, irritated, or breaking out. “Wearing a hat with a large brim that will shade your face and neck is key. A baseball cap is just not enough for the sun protection you need. After your hike, it is important to clean your face and pores of sweat, dirt, and toxins with Dermatologist’s Choice Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to avoid breakouts from occurring,” Dr. B. warns. Keep them in your bag for easy cleansing after a hike. 


Cycling/ Running 

One of the biggest skin concerns cyclists or runners usually bring to dermatologists is chafing. Even if you’re just cruising along the seaside or taking a cycling class, those tight clothes and friction can cause some intense irritation and redness. “When you have an issue with chafing, you need to protect your skin. You need armor over the skin. Beeswax, for example, is thick to coat the skin and protect it. Another effective option is the hydrating Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil. For best results, moisturize your skin, and then add a piece of clothing to cover it (that is actually like armor),” Dr. B. shares. Are you a runner? Feel free to use this tip too before your next mile or 30.  


Workout done, now what? 

At the end of your activity, the real results of that skin preparation set in. But sometimes, you need a little extra support afterwards. After any good workout, cleansing off the sweat, dirt, toxins, and irritant is paramount. Dermatologist Choice pH Balanced Cleanser helps to gently but effectively remove sweat, oil, and restore the skin’s natural pH levels.  

Did you end up getting a sunburn, or is your skin dry from the elements? Soothe with the Pre-Bath Oil with natural oils like sunflower and jojoba oil for deep hydration and healing.

“Sun damage can manifest in multiple ways. Most often, you will notice a sunburn first, which can then lead to irritated skin—and over time, sun damage increases the appearance of wrinkles.” For safe measure, at night regenerate sun-damaged skin with Dermatologist's Choice Ultra Anti-Aging Cream with 15% non-neutralized glycolic acid to your skin. This powerful dermatology treatment rebuilds the collagen and exfoliates fine lines, sunspots, and acne on the skin. “Do not apply the Ultra Anti-Aging Cream on a sunburn or irritated skin,” Dr. B. shares. These are long-term habits to aid in maintaining your best skin health.
 
 

Capture your best skin with everything you need this summer with the Dermatologist’s Choice Skin Kit, and get 20% off your order with code MB20 at www.dermchoice.com.

Dr. B Dermatologist
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Dermatologist's Choice
Clean and Clinical Skincare Brand
About the author
Dermatologist’s Choice is founded, formulated, and tested by award-winning dermatologist, Dr. B. It's not just about keeping your skin clear, but providing clean and clinical formulations. DermChoice has no parabens and no fragrance, is certified cruelty-free, and is formulated with natural and organic ingredients.