A letter to our Mindbody community
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In recent years, and especially in recent weeks, working from home has shifted from a luxury to a societal (and professional) norm. In fact, 24% of people who work remotely even just once a month notice benefits like increased happiness and productivity.
With the rise of more people taking their jobs from the office to the abode, it’s almost too easy to “stay casual” when you aren’t physically showing up somewhere. With brands focusing on dressing these remote workers (the crossroads of athleisure and casualwear, aptly titled, “relaxwear,” or “roomwear”), it’s important to remember not to let yourself get too comfortable. Staying active while you work from home, and keeping your wellness as a priority, is of great importance... especially right now.
If your favorite gym or fitness studio is temporarily closed, you're probably worried about staying in shape so you can come back stronger than ever when it reopens. Exercising at home doesn’t mean you need to invest in thousands of dollars of gym equipment, from kettlebells and bench presses, to converting your garage into a blissed-out Zen experience for hours and hours of yoga. (Though, right about now, that Zen yoga palace sounds pretty nice). Starting a workout routine at home can be easy. You might be surprised to know that you 100% already have the equipment you need to get going: Your body.
Set your schedule.
While 24 hours seems like a good chunk of time, truth is, it almost never feels like enough. The best way to get going with your WFH fitness routine is to make time for yourself. It’s easier said than done, we know, but if you can start by finding a set time each day dedicated to exercise, you’re already on the path to a healthier, and happier, lifestyle.
How to set time for yourself:
- Set your morning alarm one hour earlier and knock that workout off your to-do list ASAP.
- Block off time on your calendar, so you're reminded when it’s time to get that stretch sesh in.
- Make your lunch break your workout break.
You don’t have to invest in expensive equipment or complete home renovations to all the benefits of your WFH workout routine. (If you’ve already made your basement into a weight room, kudos! You probably know what we’re about to say.) Setting your dedicated time to fitness is only half the battle. Now comes the real fun part: The actual workout. Start off easy with some simple bodyweight exercises that only require a pair of gym shoes, your workout clothes, and a little balance.
To give you a taste of what you’re in for (and a starting point to build a bigger, more robust routine), we teamed up with The Bar Method to offer a full-body workout you can do in your living room! In less than 10-minutes, you’ll get a mini Bar Method experience that’ll target your whole body in just the right order for maximum results. If you’re a Bar Method regular, use these workouts to keep flexing those muscles, so you’re ready to get back in the studio eventually. And if you’re a barre newbie, don’t worry. These workouts are simple, effective, and easy to follow. So, push that coffee table aside and check them out.
1. Upper body:
In this video, you’ll hit push-ups, pulses, planks, and reverse push-ups to tone and sculpt all those upper body muscles. When you go to reach for something in the morning, you’ll feel it and think of us!
2. Second Position Lunges:
Next, you’ll learn how to do second position lunges to work our outer and frontal quads. They may look easy, but they definitely aren’t. Hint: If you’re shaking, you’re doing it right!
3. Pretzel Workout:
Despite the name, there’s nothing yummy about this workout. You’ll feel the burn in your glutes and hamstrings, on your way to a lifted and sculpted booty you can rock everywhere.
4. Straight Leg Clam Workout:
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about abs. In this fan favorite, you’ll target your core, obliques, and lower abs. Trust us, you’ll feel this tomorrow.
This is just one example of a simple workout you can do daily to keep you active and in motion during times when it may seem like a better idea to curl up on the couch. And it’s one you can do in a matter of minutes in case you’re crunched for time.
If you are looking for a different type of workout, we have you covered! Find all sorts of virtual classes, from mat pilates and yoga, to HIIT and even meditation, on Mindbody today!
However, we know some of you may be looking for a more intense work out at home to really sweat out the stress and potential anxiety. If you need some more ideas, check out the Fitness page of our Mindbody blog to find a workout that’s right for you.
A big part of staying home means finding ways to keep your body and mind fresh. It’s so easy to fall into a routine of, “Wake up, open computer, work, skip lunch, stand up only to go to the bathroom, work more, don’t go outside, eat dinner, watch Netflix with laptop in lap, go to bed with computer, repeat.”
However, it’s important to take the necessary steps to keep yourself motivated and refreshed throughout the day. Remember:
Create a healthy morning routine for yourself.
Instead of going right to your home office, take a breath in the morning and get in a good walk, make a cup of coffee, or get your workout in first thing. This will help you clear your head before diving into the day’s tasks.
Stay social (responsibly).
Working from home carries with it a certain level of isolation. But in a time of social distancing, there are ways to keep in touch with your coworkers, friends, and family. Hop on Facetime calls, overshare, schedule remote meetups that aren’t work-related, host a Netflix viewing party. Get creative while staying safe.
This one may be the most important. Whether you’re working from home for personal reasons or are under mandatory orders to do so, one thing to keep in mind is your outlook on life. During uncertain times, it’s easy to fall into negative pitfalls. It’s also easy to forget that tonality is sometimes lost in writing correspondences. So, make sure you stay upbeat, use an exclamation mark when you can, find an emoji you love (preferably a smiling one), and remember, we’re all in this together.
Getting your fitness in while working from home is possible if you remember one thing: You don’t have to do it all at once. Start simple with a new routine. Once you’re comfortable there, try to add something new into the mix (an extra lunge or jumping jack, adding weights, making more coffee, etc.) Eventually, you’ll have a new wellness routine that will keep your mind fresh, your muscles active, and your outlook positive (so you can show off in your first group fitness class post-quarantine).
Have any work-from-home workout tips to share with the community? Be sure to show us by posting them on your Instagram story and tagging @mindbody!
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.