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Now, more than ever, we're all looking for ways to stay healthy and boost our immune systems. We asked our friends at barre3 to share the science behind exercise and how we can use it to our advantage right now!
Here's what they had to say:
In a time when so many things are beyond our control, we have two choices: We can obsess over the things we can’t control, or we can focus on the things we can control. The first option sends our cortisol levels through the roof, causing lots of problems and solving none. The second option gives us agency, kickstarting actions that have positive effects.
One thing that’s entirely in our control? Exercise. We all know we feel better after we move, but the benefits of exercise go way beyond that post-class elation. Read on for the science behind how exercise helps us, and, below, for an invitation to join us online for the same remarkable workout.
With the health and safety of our community being our top priority, we want to empower you to continue your practice where you feel safe. From the comfort of your own home, you can stay connected with your local barre3 studio by signing up for LIVESTREAM classes taught by your favorite instructors. Check in with your local studio to learn more about studio-specific online offerings and keep your practice going strong here.
Research has shown that regular moderate exercise has positive effects on the immune system, helping us shorten the duration of viruses or ward them off entirely. In other words, whether you’re working out in the studio or at home, your barre3 practice is playing a key role in keeping you healthy.
Healthy heart and lungs are ground zero for a healthy body, and exercise is one of the best ways to keep yours strong. When your heart is healthy, the ripple effects are significant: You’ll experience lower blood pressure, your cholesterol levels will be better, and your body will be better able to stabilize your blood sugar. Healthy lungs not only ensure that the rest of our body is getting sufficient oxygen, but they also make us less prone to respiratory illnesses. Barre3 includes two of the most effective ways to strengthen your lungs, including cardio bursts and breathwork.
Inflammation has been shown to be the root cause of many underlying health issues, linked to everything from heart disease to autoimmune disorders. Research has shown that exercise reduces inflammation by lowering levels of a protein called TNF, which triggers it. A recent study found that it takes as little as 20 to 30 minutes of moderate exercise for our bodies’ anti-inflammatory response to kick in.
Ironically, one of the things that’s the most effective at boosting our energy is also instrumental in helping us get a good night’s sleep. Studies have shown that as little as 30 minutes of moderate exercise helps us get more slow-wave sleep—what we often refer to as deep sleep. This is the stage of sleep in which our bodies and brains rest and rejuvenate. What’s more, quality sleep has been shown to make us less likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, which means solid shut-eye doesn’t just help us feel energized—it also helps us stay healthy.
Let’s face it, these are anxious times—and that’s all the more reason to get moving, since research has shown that exercise can be instrumental in reducing anxiety. The science behind this is fascinating: When we elevate our heart rate through exercise, we actually change our brain chemistry, resulting in higher levels of serotonin and endocannabinoids, both of which help us feel less anxious.
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It’s safe to say, the way we conquer our daily routines has changed drastically over the last few months. The way we perform our jobs, how we socialize—even the way we workout—have flipped from in-person, group settings to virtual platforms to keep us safe and healthy. There's no denying that navigating this new normal has certainly come with its ups and downs, to say the least. In fact, a recent survey revealed one-third of Americans said this pandemic has caused more stress and anxiety in their lives, which isn’t surprising given the circumstances.
With anxiety levels at a high, people need relaxation, self-care, and movement more than ever. Enter yoga.
Yoga has long been touted for its amazing ability to calm the mind and help folks stay in-tune with their body—which is probably why more and more people are embracing an at-home practice.
Whether you’re looking for a powerful Vinyasa class to help kickstart your morning or yearning for a gentle, evening flow to wind down after a busy workday, taking a yoga class is now more accessible than ever. With 91% of group fitness studios offering or planning to offer live stream and/or on-demand classes, those who are ready to get their asana on have plenty of yoga classes to try all over the country.
While there’s no place like om, most of us could go for a little virtual vacation right now. I know I could! Ready to get a taste of what yoga classes are like all over the country? Here are the U.S. cities with the most virtual yoga classes available.
It seems poetic that Chicago hits our number one spot on this list because it was the first city in America that was introduced to yoga back in 1893. Swami Vivekananda presented yoga at the World Parliament of Religions and made a speech on the concept of body, spirit, and mind. It seems the presentation made a lasting impression on the city.
Try getting your Zen on with one of these studios:
• The Lab Yoga
• Bottom Line Yoga
• Bare Feet Power Yoga
Everyone knows that Washington DC is where you can visit some of the world’s most famous monuments, memorials, and museums. But you may be surprised to learn that it also offers one of the most robust libraries of virtual classes to help yogis sample some classes at the nation’s capital.
Houston is one of the most culturally diverse cities in America—in fact, you can folks speaking 145 different languages and thousands of restaurants serving up food from more than 70 countries. If those facts have you working up quite an appetite, feel free to indulge. They also have plenty of virtual yoga classes available to help you torch some calories.
Did you know one of the first businesses to open in the City of Brotherly Love was a brewery in 1683? If you’re familiar with the ever-evolving trends of yoga, then you have most likely heard of or participated in beer yoga sesh. Get ready to try yoga the Philly way by cracking a cold one and doing some downward dogs in the comfort of your own home at the end of the day.
New York City is home to 8.4 million people, making it the most densely populated city in the entire nation. With that many people, you know there must be a ton of yogis looking to relax from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Start spreading the news and flowing with some of the most dedicated yogis in the U.S.—there are a ton of virtual yoga classes to choose from in the Big Apple.
Get ready to make some virtual yoga neighbors. Did you know that Columbus, Ohio is considered the heart of the country? The reason for that is because nearly half of the America’s residents live within a 600-mile radius of the city. Ready to put your heart and soul into your at-home yoga practice? Then check out what this city has to offer virtually.
San Diego is known as one of the happiest cities in America—mainly because of the beautiful weather, picturesque beaches, and the abundance of yoga classes available. While a vacation to this area may not be in the books for this year, you can certainly flow with the best of them by booking a virtual class at a San Diego studio.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the yoga studios offering virtual classes to help you stay fit, healthy, and calm during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope these offerings inspire you to either start a new at-home practice or are helping you seasoned yogis continue your path to wellness. Interested in seeing what other cities are hosting a bevy of online yoga classes? The options on Mindbody are endless—literally!