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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!
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.