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Published Thursday Feb 14, 2019 by Devin Dilday

It Takes Two: Fitness + Wellness to Try With Your Boo

Fitness
Cycling
Bootcamp
Pilates
Yoga
Massage

Studies show that when you have a partner, you’re more likely to step up your exercise game. So, why not bring your bae along to your next sweat session or wellness treatment?

Whether you're looking to book a couple's massage (finding your Zen together is crucial) or you're more into stepping up your sweat, here are a few of our favorite workouts and wellness treatments you can do together. Then, give yourself permission to curl up on the couch with your latest Netflix binge. 

Bootcamp

Bootcamp is the perfect compromise for couples that want to get in a good sweat without traveling too far out of their comfort zone. Combining interval training, weights, and different circuits, it’s very similar to what you would traditionally see at the gym. Plus, it’s a killer workout that will have you both feeling stronger!

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Bootcamp

Bootcamp is the perfect compromise for couples that want to get in a good sweat without traveling too far out of their comfort zone. Combining interval training, weights, and different circuits, it’s very similar to what you would traditionally see at the gym. Plus, it’s a killer workout that will have you both feeling stronger!

pilates workout
Pilates

While Pilates is not usually the exercise of choice for most men, you’ll find that the toughest guys take it all the time. With an emphasis on smaller moves and slower motions, it utilizes muscles traditional running or weight lifting won’t hit. It’s not all pie and lattes ladies and gents, Pilates is hard work. 

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pilates workout
Pilates

While Pilates is not usually the exercise of choice for most men, you’ll find that the toughest guys take it all the time. With an emphasis on smaller moves and slower motions, it utilizes muscles traditional running or weight lifting won’t hit. It’s not all pie and lattes ladies and gents, Pilates is hard work. 

Kickboxing

Kickboxing is our favorite heart-pumping cardio workout. This high-energy workout is guaranteed to burn calories. It tones the entire body while also helping to get out any stress or frustrations. Bonus: Most exercises are partner-based, so that means you can show your S.O. how you “float like butterfly and sting like a bee.”

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Kickboxing

Kickboxing is our favorite heart-pumping cardio workout. This high-energy workout is guaranteed to burn calories. It tones the entire body while also helping to get out any stress or frustrations. Bonus: Most exercises are partner-based, so that means you can show your S.O. how you “float like butterfly and sting like a bee.”

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Yoga

It may seem like an obvious choice, but doing yoga as a couple can strengthen not only your body, but also your bond. It helps increase communication and trust as well as reduces anxiety and any stressors in the relationship. 

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Yoga

It may seem like an obvious choice, but doing yoga as a couple can strengthen not only your body, but also your bond. It helps increase communication and trust as well as reduces anxiety and any stressors in the relationship. 

Cycling

Riding a bike is a healthy and low-impact exercise for any age. Cycling is a great class for people who are just starting out in boutique fitness since it’s easy to pick up on (you know.. like riding a bike!) It makes for the perfect activity for couples who want to try fitness together —no matter the weather, skill level, or attire requirements! 

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Cycling

Riding a bike is a healthy and low-impact exercise for any age. Cycling is a great class for people who are just starting out in boutique fitness since it’s easy to pick up on (you know.. like riding a bike!) It makes for the perfect activity for couples who want to try fitness together —no matter the weather, skill level, or attire requirements! 

Massage

It's almost Valentine's Day. You know, that time of year when spas across the country add chocolate and champagne to their treatment services. Whether it's a deep tissue massage or a hot stone massage, getting a spa treatment is a win-win for you and your boo. Go ahead, book some romantic downtime. 

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Massage

It's almost Valentine's Day. You know, that time of year when spas across the country add chocolate and champagne to their treatment services. Whether it's a deep tissue massage or a hot stone massage, getting a spa treatment is a win-win for you and your boo. Go ahead, book some romantic downtime. 

Sauna

You know what they say. Couples who sauna together, stay together. Infrared saunas are definitely having a moment lately, trending on Instagram like wildfire. Traditional saunas heat the air around you, while infrared saunas use panels of infrared lights to warm your body directly. An infrared sauna session can help to improve sleep, relaxation, circulation, sore muscles, and detoxification. Clear up your skin together in a unique experience with your partner! 

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Sauna

You know what they say. Couples who sauna together, stay together. Infrared saunas are definitely having a moment lately, trending on Instagram like wildfire. Traditional saunas heat the air around you, while infrared saunas use panels of infrared lights to warm your body directly. An infrared sauna session can help to improve sleep, relaxation, circulation, sore muscles, and detoxification. Clear up your skin together in a unique experience with your partner! 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has shown signs of helping with anxiety, headaches and migraines, insomnia, PMS, but did you know those needles might also help improve your sex life? According to a 2018 study published in Archives of Sexual Behavior, higher stress levels are linked to a reduced interest in sex. The more stressed you are, the more tension you'll hold in your body. Acupuncture helps to loosen that up and restore quality time with your partner. In addition to improving stress, it also helps with increased blood flow and hormone balance. You can get even more info on how acupuncture benefits the body (from an acupuncturist) here

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture has shown signs of helping with anxiety, headaches and migraines, insomnia, PMS, but did you know those needles might also help improve your sex life? According to a 2018 study published in Archives of Sexual Behavior, higher stress levels are linked to a reduced interest in sex. The more stressed you are, the more tension you'll hold in your body. Acupuncture helps to loosen that up and restore quality time with your partner. In addition to improving stress, it also helps with increased blood flow and hormone balance. You can get even more info on how acupuncture benefits the body (from an acupuncturist) here

Sound healing

If you, and your partner, find it hard to turn off your thoughts, a session in sound healing might be the best gift this Valentine's Day. Make it a meditation date with this restorative class that can help with anxiety and stress by lowering blood pressure, reducing respiratory rates, and improving circulation. While it hasn't been scientifically proven to actually heal anything, there are studies that suggest it's beneficial to your overall well-being. Now, don't you have some ocean wave sounds to chill out to?

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Sound healing

If you, and your partner, find it hard to turn off your thoughts, a session in sound healing might be the best gift this Valentine's Day. Make it a meditation date with this restorative class that can help with anxiety and stress by lowering blood pressure, reducing respiratory rates, and improving circulation. While it hasn't been scientifically proven to actually heal anything, there are studies that suggest it's beneficial to your overall well-being. Now, don't you have some ocean wave sounds to chill out to?

Facial

Not only are they *uber* relaxing, facials are a great way to learn more about your skin, together. A professional facialist can look at your skin and see things you might not like whether you're using the right products or your actual skin type. Like a power wash for your face, book a treatment for you and your S.O. to detox and get a better clean than you would normally do in front of your bathroom mirror. 

Want to try one of these workouts + wellness services with your Valentine? Mindbody.io makes it easy to find, book and drop in at fitness classes, no matter where you are or what you want to achieve.

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Facial

Not only are they *uber* relaxing, facials are a great way to learn more about your skin, together. A professional facialist can look at your skin and see things you might not like whether you're using the right products or your actual skin type. Like a power wash for your face, book a treatment for you and your S.O. to detox and get a better clean than you would normally do in front of your bathroom mirror. 

Want to try one of these workouts + wellness services with your Valentine? Mindbody.io makes it easy to find, book and drop in at fitness classes, no matter where you are or what you want to achieve.

Devin Dilday MINDBODY
Written by
Devin Dilday
Social Media Manager
About the author
Social butterfly by nature, it's no wonder Devin found her niche in the social media and marketing industry. As a native San Diegan, Devin loves spending time at the beach and dining at local hot spots. When she's not working, you can find her at a Pilates, barre or yoga class.
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The Latest
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
Written by
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.