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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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Times are strange right now, as you all know. We’ve all heard the phrase “new normal” about a million times already, and all the while, things are still changing every day. If you asked me a few months ago what I’d be writing about right now, I would never have guessed I’d be interviewing someone about what it’s like to get a haircut.
Nonetheless, we’re all doing our best to band together and help each other out right now. You may have noticed salons and spas offering messages of support, video tutorials for DIY beauty, and now, waitlists and announcements of reopening their doors. But as we all know, this isn’t the “old normal” anymore, and there will be changes.
Here’s what you can expect to be different when you finally head back into the salon or spa:
As salons and spas begin to reopen, they’ll likely have to make changes due to new social distancing requirements. When you enter the space, you’ll probably see a complete rearrangement. Stations will be separated by at least six feet, and some might even be removed to allow for more space. Salons that don’t have that much space to spare are putting in temporary walls or partitions.
On top of that, there may be fewer appointments scheduled at the same time (and definitely no walk-ins) to limit the number of people in the building. Say goodbye to waiting rooms and lobbies—you’ll likely be asked to wait outside or in your car until the exact start time of your appointment to prevent too many people crowding the front.
In addition to their increase in space, salons and spas will likely up their cleaning standards and procedures. We surveyed active consumers on the Mindbody app and learned that among the many changes beauty and wellness businesses can make upon reopening, following rigorous sanitization guidelines is the most important. You’ll probably see social posts or confirmation emails that outline new cleaning protocols, and you may notice some signage hanging around the building to reassure that the areas have been disinfected. Employees, and even guests, will be wearing masks and/or gloves, and you may even get a spritz of hand sanitizer at the door. According to Salon 124 Group, getting these supplies is turning out to be one of the largest obstacles for reopening.
In between each appointment, they’ll thoroughly disinfect the area before the next client arrives. Not only that, but each time you move to a new station (like from shampoo to haircut), they may also wipe down the station as soon as you get up to make sure it’s clean for the next guest.
After a good haircut, we all want to check ourselves out. And now that we’re all more cautious of germs and bacteria, we also want to literally check ourselves out at the end of our appointments. Out of the various fitness, beauty, and wellness businesses on our platform, consumers feel most comfortable returning to hair salons, and 62.7% said hair cutting, coloring, styling, barbering, or blow-drying would be the first beauty service they book once restrictions are lifted. An extra, important layer of comfort can be added in the form of contactless payments.
Many salons and spas will likely be incorporating some sort of contactless checkout process to limit touch points. They may end up taking your payment information at check-in via text and removing the front desk, so you don’t have to interact with another person face-to-face.
All-in-all, you can expect changes—and lots of them. Whether it’s increased retail offerings, curbside pickups, virtual consultations, at-home appointments, or video tutorials, many salons and spas are getting creative with how they offer support to their clients. Above all, they want to help us feel beautiful, confident, and somewhat normal during this time—and for that, we’re so thankful.
Want to hear about a real salon experience firsthand? One of our own got her hair done at a reopened salon in Georgia—here’s how it went.
Are you a salon owner yourself? Check out the Reboot Kit for Salons, Spas, & Wellness Businesses for extensive info and advice on how to prepare for reopening.