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Published Monday Mar 11, 2019 by Jacki Carr

3 Ways to Recover After a Snowshoe Excursion in the Rockies

Fitness
Beauty
Skincare
Acupuncture

Forecast in the Colorado skies says snow and the inches keep growing hour after hour. You check WAZE and traffic is intensely frightening on 70 to get to any ski lift any time soon. However, in the corner of your closet awaits a lightweight pair of straps-meets-waffles ready to rock any winter storm. 

Set the GPS to Evergreen and take the quick 37-minute ride to Three Sisters Trailhead. Hey there Rocky Mountain snowshoeing! With ample amounts of loops—insider tip, I love the second parking lot next to Alderfer’s Instagrammable barn—it’s time to turn your phone on airplane mode and prepare for a full-on winter wonderland nature immersion.  

Trekking in the snow is a killer workout, so may I suggest a full-on pancake free fall into the snow— or perhaps a snow angel—to start off, followed by a break and a granola bar at the halfway point to rest and refuel. 

Post-snowshoe excursion, you’re probably ready for a little *extra* recovery and rejuvenation. Upon returning to Denver, here’s my wellness hit list (and tips) to help you reset after that adrenaline rush you just conquered. It’s called balance and it is so necessary when it comes to the winter thrills we all seek living out here in the Mile High! 

 

Sore no more.

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Trekking uphill through the snow with the paddle magic that is snowshoes is a major workout for your entire body. Hello legs, hello core, hello heart cardio! And you will feel it the next day. Planning for recovery post-snowshoe is essential and I’m all about the holistic healing practices of Denver’s Harmony Healing. Specifically, cupping and acupuncture to balance my body after an epic adventure.

Newbie to cupping? Cupping uses glass cups and heat to increase circulation, release toxins and create suction on your skin to help with issues like inflammation, muscle tension, and blood flow. Adding on an acupuncture treatment enhances immunity, emotional health and has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. It is a double down type of treatment in which you work from the inside out and relax while the cups and needles work their magic.

 

Submerge. 

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A hard day on the trails puts major stress on your muscles, which calls for a space to get quiet, release any tension and literally float when you get back to the city. The benefits of float are endless, including increased oxygen flow (especially after getting in higher numbers on a hike!), neutralization of the spine, reduction of stress symptoms and removal of lactic acid. 

A new studio opened in the heart of Cherry Creek, VIVE Float : A Rest and Recovery Wellness Center, and I went for a float. Picture this: you enter the spa space and immediately switch from your hiking boots to spa sandals. The staff welcomes you, and gives you the tour, which includes a Quiet Room—featuring a fire pit, tea, and the comfiest chairs—to rest before or after treatment. Your private float room awaits with a body temperature pool of salt water mixed with magnesium to float any stress right away. You get to choose from any color of the rainbow you desire your float to be and different options of music. Or you can go Pure Float style, which is no music, no light, all you. Fun fact: one hour of sleep in the soak tank equals four hours of sleep IRL. You read that right, FOUR HOURS. 

 

Skin love. 

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It is no secret that we have to level up our skincare game living in the Rocky Mountains. The harsh winter air takes a toll on our pores and that wood burning fireplace is a recipe for dry skin and dehydrated muscles. Enter the magic of the Triple Threat Facial-Ultimate Glow Facial at I {Heart} Skin. As you lay down on the heated bed, founder Jenny Leazer-Ragolia clicks the steamer on your face to open your pores. From there, it’s time to zen out with an oxygenating treatment, LED Red Light Therapy and a long-format sculpting facial massage. Plus, Jenny’s facial roller game is impressive—I got the Rose Quartz roller to wake up the collagen in my face and smooth fine lines.
Pro tip from Jenny: If you’re looking to save your skin before you head out for a snowy adventure, put on a hydrating serum and good SPF. Once you get home, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and nourish your skin with a facial oil and moisturizer. While your skin might feel dry, this is not the time for harsh toners or a detox max, all about the replenishment. 

Not into spending a day snowshoeing to reap all these amazing benefits? Up your self-care practice and love your mind and body all year long with these amazing Denver wellness treatments on the MINDBODY app

Jacki Carr
Written by
Jacki Carr
Rock Your Bliss Co-Founder | Writer
About the author
Jacki Carr is a goal coach, writer, and yoga teacher with a real, honest style that helps connect people to their most powerful self. Co-founder of Rock Your Bliss, you can find Jacki in Evergreen, Colorado drinking another bulletproof coffee on her front porch with her husband, two daughters, and their pups.
What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?
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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).