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It’s official: December is here. Between wrapping presents, baking cookies and booking flights back home, your busy holiday schedule can easily affect your go-to workout routine. Whether you want to try a new studio before years end, sneak in a late-night sweat session before NYE or fly home to see family and friends, it’s important to find time for you and your self-care.
If you’re ready to embrace those feel-good winter fitness vibes, here are four of our favorite fitness classes that have us feeling wonderful well after the ball drops.
You can always find us flowing hard in a heated practice, especially when the temperature drops. Release your stress, get a good stretch, and let all of your worries melt away on the mat. From heated vinyasa to yoga sculpt, discover a class that fits your fitness level and needs. Plus, the after-class glow will have you feeling simply magical and super relaxed.
Our mantra: When in doubt, you must dance it out! What better way to burn your holiday worries away, gain confidence and have fun this time of year than by getting your groove on? With studios that offer everything from beginners hip-hop to ballroom, you can book a class that fits any skill level—and any taste in music. You might just learn some new moves for your next party.
You’ll be feeling merry and bright—and your muscles will be burning in the best way possible—after a barre class. Featuring small, low-impact movements that produce big results, it’s a great workout that will have you feeling accomplished, no matter your activity level. With friendly, hands-on instructors that can help modify the workout to accommodate your needs, you’ll be feeling the holiday spirit long after you step out of the studio.
Kick your workout up a gear and get out of the saddle this holiday season at an indoor cycling class! High-energy instructors will lead the way, encouraging your every move. You might even get a specialty playlist at your local studio featuring some *super* seasonal holiday beats. Get ready to slay (or should we say sleigh?) your ride.
Whatever class you want to try, wherever you are, make your holiday season a little brighter by booking a class on the MINDBODY app. Featuring millions of classes, find a workout that has you feeling wonderful today!
Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID.
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.
Here’s what you had to say...
53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.
While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.
58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.
69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.
But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”
Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).
Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...
It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them.