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Published Monday Jun 10, 2019 by Kimia Kalbasi

3 Mindful Meals in the Marina

Food
Fitness

Post-workout goodies are one of the best parts about working out—besides the feel-good mood that comes from those endorphins! Workout. Work up a sweat. Work up an appetite. Repeat.
 
Whether you’re in FiDi after work, getting that early morning class in the Marina, checking out a local yoga studio in the Mission or running by the Bay Bridge, San Fran has something for everyone with tons of boutique workout classes and a prime foodie scene. Some of my favorite neighborhoods to workout and dine out in include the Marina, Hayes Valley, and FiDi.
 
The Marina is basically the mecca of workout studios. From yoga to Pilates and cardio, it’s the Miracle Mile of break-in’ a sweat.  With everything from Pilates ProWorks to CorePower, there’s no shortage when it comes to picking your next communal sweat spot. There’s also no shortage of cafes and restaurants, either. 
 
If you’re looking to dine al fresco and people watch the Brads, Thads, and Chads and Marina moms with their dearly beloved pups, there’s no dull moment in the Marina—especially when it comes to your next meal.


Causwells

2346 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
If you love classic American fare with a Californian twist, this is my go-to spot. Whether you’re craving a bomb burger, a salad with toppings galore, or a gourmet chicken and couscous dish, Causwells is tucked away towards the end of the Marina. Outdoor seating is my personal preference when it’s a nice day out!
 

Project Juice

2234 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
When it comes to bowls—particularly nut butter-laden açaí fruit bowls—I’m a total fiend. I typically make smoothie bowls at home every day, but when I’m in the area, I can’t help but drop by and have one of their adaptogen lattes.
 

Souvla

2272 Chestnut Street 
San Francisco, CA 94123
If you’re a fanatic for Greek food, Souvla is hands down the best spot. The atmosphere and ambiance are intimate yet cozy and inviting. Better yet, the menu is so simple yet so delicious. My go-to is the sweet potato bowl, and I like to add pea shoots and chicken for added protein so I can stay full longer. It’s the perfect pick-me-up after work! If you’re not a fan of the Marina, there’s also a location in Hayes Valley and the Mission. Fun fact: Michelle Obama got Souvla for her flight back to DC once upon a time. 


 
SF is FILLED with an overwhelming number of tasty hidden gems—mom-and-pop cafes, salad spots like Mixt or Sweetgreen, and more! With as many food options as there are workout classes, it’s so easy to check out yummy food spots after your next sweat sesh! Want to explore more healthy eats in the Bay Area? Check out Kimia's Kravings for all things food in SF.

Kimia Kalbasi
Written by
Kimia Kalbasi
Food + Travel Blogger
About the author
Your go-to girl when you don’t know where to go, Kimia Kalbasi is the creator of “Kimia’s Kravings.” Working with brands like CorePower, Buzzfeed, and Forbes, she specializes in food, travel, lifestyle, and everything in between. In her free time, she enjoys staying active through hot yoga, hiking, and boxing.
What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?
Fitness
Published Monday Sep 21, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the frayHas a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? 

So, why should we care about online gym memberships? 

There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.

Let’s break this down: 

1. Scheduling convenience 

A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine. 

2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19 

And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.  

With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room. 

3. Variety 

We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.  

With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours. 

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

 

4. Working out without a commute 

My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work. 

5. Community 

Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?  

We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind. 

 
Interested yet?

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).