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Published Tuesday Feb 05, 2019 by Brittany Raine

How I *Finally* Learned to Love Fitness

Fitness
Yoga
Barre
Cycling
Bootcamp
Personal Growth

One month into the new year and this is usually where fleeting feelings of frustrations start to run rampant. Maybe you didn’t hit your lofty goal of five workout classes last week. Or your perfectly planned schedule went down the drain. Maybe you did eat In-N-Out. Guess what? Life happens! Learning to love working out and finding a routine you want to stick to is no simple task. It took me until my mid-thirties to have that lightbulb moment. 

I’ve always been an active personplaying sports throughout college and trying every fitness class under the sun. As an adult, I began to view working out as a form of punishment to support my weekend behavior. Stuck in a vicious cycle of death by sweat, it took one incredible instructor and intense class to break my mindset. I decided to press the reset button on my routine. Here’s how I learned to love working out and how it’s *seriously* changed my wellness game. 

Will it be easy? Nope. 

I used to think I needed to work out to “fit in” at the new classes my friends were taking. Working out to workout? That's silly! No one in class is an expert. Fitness is meant to challenge us. 

We are all here, a sweaty mess, trying to catch our breath and keep our muscles from pulsating out of our bodies while busting through that last set. Even if you didn’t hit every rep, that “I did it!” feeling post-class is one hell of an accomplishment. Don’t be embarrassed or ashamed, embrace it. 
 

Hint: If you're looking for a fun, challenging fitness class, we love Shred415 strength training and treadmills (your first class is free!).

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Will it be easy? Nope. 

I used to think I needed to work out to “fit in” at the new classes my friends were taking. Working out to workout? That's silly! No one in class is an expert. Fitness is meant to challenge us. 

We are all here, a sweaty mess, trying to catch our breath and keep our muscles from pulsating out of our bodies while busting through that last set. Even if you didn’t hit every rep, that “I did it!” feeling post-class is one hell of an accomplishment. Don’t be embarrassed or ashamed, embrace it. 
 

Hint: If you're looking for a fun, challenging fitness class, we love Shred415 strength training and treadmills (your first class is free!).

Finding what you like is part of the fun.  

A few of my friends swear by Pilates. Others are all about cycling. Part of learning to love fitness is finding something you love. Or at least really like. If you aren’t engaged with your workout, then you’re going to lack major motivation. Just because your friends won’t go outside their reformer routine, doesn’t mean you're stuck, too.

So, how did I find the workout(s) I enjoy? By trying different classes! Getting outside my comfort zone. From barre to circuit training and yoga, I gave myself the chance to experience a variety of workouts that fit my budget, thanks to Mindbody

If you live in LA, Denver, Chicago, Charlotte, or New Jersey and you're feeling *extra* adventurous, try AIR Aerial Fitness to take your workout to the sky. You can get one week of unlimited classes for just $25!

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Finding what you like is part of the fun.  

A few of my friends swear by Pilates. Others are all about cycling. Part of learning to love fitness is finding something you love. Or at least really like. If you aren’t engaged with your workout, then you’re going to lack major motivation. Just because your friends won’t go outside their reformer routine, doesn’t mean you're stuck, too.

So, how did I find the workout(s) I enjoy? By trying different classes! Getting outside my comfort zone. From barre to circuit training and yoga, I gave myself the chance to experience a variety of workouts that fit my budget, thanks to Mindbody

If you live in LA, Denver, Chicago, Charlotte, or New Jersey and you're feeling *extra* adventurous, try AIR Aerial Fitness to take your workout to the sky. You can get one week of unlimited classes for just $25!

There’s no shame in failing. 

I remember my first hot yoga class. It was 90 degrees, I was most likely dehydrated, and my friend was nailing the flow in this humid jungle of a room. There I was—a sweaty mess that couldn’t get into Downward Dog. How about that bootcamp class where every box jump was, to me, an epic fail? It’s easy to feel insecure and defeated when you don’t perform your best. It’s important to remember that your wellness is a journey—with peaks and valleys. Somedays you kill it in class and some days; it’s just hard. Understanding and acknowledging that failure is part of your path is essential to learning to love the way you workout.

 

Want to see if your yoga skills are better than mine? Try a class at YogaWorks!

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There’s no shame in failing. 

I remember my first hot yoga class. It was 90 degrees, I was most likely dehydrated, and my friend was nailing the flow in this humid jungle of a room. There I was—a sweaty mess that couldn’t get into Downward Dog. How about that bootcamp class where every box jump was, to me, an epic fail? It’s easy to feel insecure and defeated when you don’t perform your best. It’s important to remember that your wellness is a journey—with peaks and valleys. Somedays you kill it in class and some days; it’s just hard. Understanding and acknowledging that failure is part of your path is essential to learning to love the way you workout.

 

Want to see if your yoga skills are better than mine? Try a class at YogaWorks!

Accept your body—and yourself. 

Self-love is a hot topic right now. Part of loving yourself is accepting your body and all its flaws. It took me years (and years) to get to this point. By discovering workouts that make me happy, inspired and stronger, I have learned to treat myself better, both mentally and physically. F45 is a great example, because they don't have mirrors (goodbye distractions)! Where I once saw my thick thighs and broad shoulders as a “you just have bigger bones” burden, I now view them as beautiful body parts that power me through each and every workout to make me, me. 

Whether it’s stretching it out at yoga or bench pressing 10 lbs more every time I work out, I see how far I have come. I now see my body as a powerful temple of greatness versus you’re too curvy to fit into these designer jeans. My self-worth isn’t based on my body type or pant size, it’s based on how I choose to take care of myself—and that starts from the inside out. 

 

 

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Accept your body—and yourself. 

Self-love is a hot topic right now. Part of loving yourself is accepting your body and all its flaws. It took me years (and years) to get to this point. By discovering workouts that make me happy, inspired and stronger, I have learned to treat myself better, both mentally and physically. F45 is a great example, because they don't have mirrors (goodbye distractions)! Where I once saw my thick thighs and broad shoulders as a “you just have bigger bones” burden, I now view them as beautiful body parts that power me through each and every workout to make me, me. 

Whether it’s stretching it out at yoga or bench pressing 10 lbs more every time I work out, I see how far I have come. I now see my body as a powerful temple of greatness versus you’re too curvy to fit into these designer jeans. My self-worth isn’t based on my body type or pant size, it’s based on how I choose to take care of myself—and that starts from the inside out. 

 

 

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
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.
death of the walk-in
The Latest
Published Wednesday May 20, 2020 by Sara Lesher

When Salons Near Me Reopen: What To Expect From The First Visit Back

Beauty
Salon

Times are strange right now, as you all know. We’ve all heard the phrase “new normal” about a million times already, and all the while, things are still changing every day. If you asked me a few months ago what I’d be writing about right now, I would never have guessed I’d be interviewing someone about what it’s like to get a haircut

Nonetheless, we’re all doing our best to band together and help each other out right now. You may have noticed salons and spas offering messages of support, video tutorials for DIY beauty, and now, waitlists and announcements of reopening their doors. But as we all know, this isn’t the “old normal” anymore, and there will be changes. 

Here’s what you can expect to be different when you finally head back into the salon or spa:


Going the distance

As salons and spas begin to reopen, they’ll likely have to make changes due to new social distancing requirements. When you enter the space, you’ll probably see a complete rearrangement. Stations will be separated by at least six feet, and some might even be removed to allow for more space. Salons that don’t have that much space to spare are putting in temporary walls or partitions. 

On top of that, there may be fewer appointments scheduled at the same time (and definitely no walk-ins) to limit the number of people in the building. Say goodbye to waiting rooms and lobbies—you’ll likely be asked to wait outside or in your car until the exact start time of your appointment to prevent too many people crowding the front.


Keeping it clean

In addition to their increase in space, salons and spas will likely up their cleaning standards and procedures. We surveyed active consumers on the Mindbody app and learned that among the many changes beauty and wellness businesses can make upon reopening, following rigorous sanitization guidelines is the most important. You’ll probably see social posts or confirmation emails that outline new cleaning protocols, and you may notice some signage hanging around the building to reassure that the areas have been disinfected. Employees, and even guests, will be wearing masks and/or gloves, and you may even get a spritz of hand sanitizer at the door. According to Salon 124 Group, getting these supplies is turning out to be one of the largest obstacles for reopening.

In between each appointment, they’ll thoroughly disinfect the area before the next client arrives. Not only that, but each time you move to a new station (like from shampoo to haircut), they may also wipe down the station as soon as you get up to make sure it’s clean for the next guest. 
 

literally check ourselves out

Checking yourself out 

After a good haircut, we all want to check ourselves out. And now that we’re all more cautious of germs and bacteria, we also want to literally check ourselves out at the end of our appointments. Out of the various fitness, beauty, and wellness businesses on our platform, consumers feel most comfortable returning to hair salons, and 62.7% said hair cutting, coloring, styling, barbering, or blow-drying would be the first beauty service they book once restrictions are lifted. An extra, important layer of comfort can be added in the form of contactless payments.

Many salons and spas will likely be incorporating some sort of contactless checkout process to limit touch points. They may end up taking your payment information at check-in via text and removing the front desk, so you don’t have to interact with another person face-to-face.


Switching it up

All-in-all, you can expect changes—and lots of them. Whether it’s increased retail offerings, curbside pickups, virtual consultations, at-home appointments, or video tutorials, many salons and spas are getting creative with how they offer support to their clients. Above all, they want to help us feel beautiful, confident, and somewhat normal during this time—and for that, we’re so thankful.


Want to hear about a real salon experience firsthand? One of our own got her hair done at a reopened salon in Georgia—here’s how it went.

Are you a salon owner yourself? Check out the Reboot Kit for Salons, Spas, & Wellness Businesses for extensive info and advice on how to prepare for reopening.



MINDBODY. “COVID-19 APP USER SURVEY #5.” MAY 2020.
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).