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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!

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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

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
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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.
Pregnant Kim Haile and her daughter
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Published Wednesday Apr 01, 2020 by Kim Haile

Finding Peace: Pregnant in a Pandemic

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Personal Growth

I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week.  This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life. 
 
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change. 

Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes. 

I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see. 

The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence. 

After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.  

On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.

Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time. 

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Written by
Kim Haile
Senior Corporate Communications Specialist
About the author
Hailing from the East Coast, Kim loves the challenge of Marketing and the fast-paced tech industry. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Northeastern University in Boston, where she endured brutal New England winters and avoided smiling while riding the T. Now a happy Californian, Kim loves the beach, HIIT workouts, and traveling with her husband and young daughter.