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Ahh, Los Angeles. Home of Hollywood, Los Angeles is known as the place to be for those trying to make it in show-biz or live glamorous lives of palm trees, designer shopping, and Instagram-worthy food. It's been dubbed “playground to the stars,” so the chance of seeing someone famous (IRL or as a Walk of Fame star) is highly likely. This sprawling SoCal city is always popping—that's why it's so fun to live or visit there. Fashion designer Isabel Marant famously said it best: “In Los Angeles, you can have the city life and feel like you’re on holiday at the same time.”
With so much glitz and glamour, it’s no secret that LA is one of the top places to go for beauty and wellness! But it isn’t all about being runway-ready; Los Angeles has so many diverse options to fit your unique lifestyle and definition of wellness.
Located in the heart of sunny SoCal, LA is booming with opportunities for fitness and wellness lovers. Whether you want to grab a healthy bite after your morning cycling class, get celebrity-grade beauty services before your big event, or catch a sunset on the beautiful beaches in Malibu, you can find just about anything to fit your wellness routine in this famous city.
If you’ve seen the Mindbody Wellness Index, you probably know that Los Angeles residents work out the most compared to other major US cities. 87% of people who live there work out at least once a week! This might be because they have tons of great studios to choose from. From calming yoga to heart-pumping dance fitness, LA’s got it all when it comes to fitness.
PLATEFIT combines cardiovascular and strength moves with vibration technology to increase metabolic burn and create lean, sculpted muscles. It’s 27 minutes of (good) vibrations to activate and transform your body!
Half Stairmaster, half targeted resistance training, Bünda is designed to bring you your best body ever. They're all about efficiency and effectiveness—that’s why their workouts are built for the butt and legs, and the results will have you never looking back (except for selfies).
Y7 Studio is sweat drippin', beat bumpin', candlelit yoga. All studios are heated to 80-90 degrees using state-of-the-art infrared technology, which helps create a detoxifying sweat that stimulates blood circulation. In this music-driven practice, you will flow along to tracks ranging from A Tribe Called Quest to Cardi B. Classes are held in a dark, candlelit room with no mirrors to encourage you to turn your focus inward and explore your practice.
Classes at Training Mate are fun and fast-paced, designed to help keep you fit and motivated. You'll love this place from the minute you walk in! Their unique 45-minute circuit of high-intensity interval training combines intense training programs and cheeky humor to get you in the best shape of your life before you know it.
Hype is multiple studios in one location: Spin, HIIT, LIT Strength Training, Cardio Pilates, Barre, Cardio Kickboxing, and Yoga. Their classes break the mold of LA's image-driven fitness culture to provide the ass-kicking you expect without the pretense. No cheating you with a fad or plateauing with the same routine every week. With their wide variety of cutting-edge classes, Hype is the perfect place to build a workout regimen that fits your body—and Hype's supportive community will help you stick with it!
Body By Simone is a boutique dance fitness studio where you can get your sweat on and build that oh-so-desirable dancer's body. Celebrity trainer Simone De La Rue has created an exclusive boutique environment where clients can feel comfortable and at ease while achieving the best possible results!
There are three socially and environmentally conscious hot yoga studios that are part of the Modo Yoga family. We aim to collectively change the world one sweaty yoga class at a time. Modo Yoga is a form of hot yoga that combines the precision of therapeutic yoga and the foundations of traditional yoga in a specially heated room. The series is a cardiovascular workout that strengthens, tones and loosens the muscles, while calming the mind and reducing stress.
It’s where we’ve seen some of the biggest beauty trends take off—from hydra and LED facials to IV drips, lash lifts, and microneedling. It’s home to the Kardashians—the beauty trendsetters themselves—and pretty much any celebrity you can think of. If it’s related to beauty, you can find it in LA.
Gamine Beauty is a salon located on the famous Sunset Boulevard. They offer many services, including hair cutting, coloring and styling, makeup, brow shaping, and more–anything to help you leave feeling more beautiful than ever. They also carry an assortment of products carefully curated to help meet your needs (while remaining mindful of toxicity, performance, and value).
You may have heard of sugaring, an all-natural hair removal technique using sugar, lemon, and water rather than wax or laser treatments. SugaringLA promises to be clean and organic in every aspect of their business, from the formulas they use to what they clean their studios with. If you have sensitive skin, sugaringLA is the place to go for all your hair removal needs. They have three LA locations (and one in Carlsbad), so you have plenty to choose from!
According to the MINDBODY Wellness Index, 45% of women and 24% of men want to try lash extensions. If you’re in that group, check out Blink Bar, an eyelash salon that exists to unapologetically uplift and empower women (or men!). They believe beauty is a feeling, not a look, and they want to help you achieve that feeling. Many celebs frequent their five locations across LA, so you know you're getting professional service.
If you’re looking for a mani/pedi, bellacures is the place to go. They offer a variety of nail services in six LA locations, including a Wake up! Coffee Manicure and Pedicure, including an Epsom salt soak, cooling eucalyptus gel, a minty clay mask, and more. They prioritize cleanliness in all their salons, cleansing all tools in a hospital-grade sterilization machine before each and every service. According to US Weekly, its clients include Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Cameron Diaz, and Demi Moore—we can all look camera-ready!
Doctor Refresh is a mobile IV hydration company, providing in-home infusions with essential fluids, electrolytes, vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants. They offer Hair of the Dog hangover cures, Rocket Fuel energy boosts, Make Me Over beauty blends, and more to keep you healthy and hydrated. They’re a mobile service, which means they come to you in the Hollywood, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills areas. You might have also seen them at Coachella 2019, preventing dehydration in the desert with their Coachella Recovery Infusion!
For anything else wellness-related, Vida Organic Wellness is your best bet. An organic boutique spa and herbal store in Seal Beach, Vida offers massage therapy, skincare, hair removal, airbrush spray tanning, and tone + sculpt therapies. Their specialties? Sculpt detox and lymphatic drainage techniques to reduce swelling and inflammation. Their herbal store carries beauty supplements, organic teas, healthy cooking items, and more. In short, if you want to try something new in wellness, this is the place to go!
While Angelenos tend to work out the most, it's only natural that their city serves up some of the best healthy meals. Whether you eat vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or balanced, you’ll be sure to find plenty of delicious options in LA.
Botanica is all about color and flavor, serving up vibrant, tasty meals with an emphasis on vegetables, fruits, and grains. It’s a restaurant and market, so you can spend hours shopping and eating delicious food. They serve sustainably raised meat, but you won’t find any refined sugars or processed foods on the menu.
Owners of The Butcher’s Daughter refer to it as a “vegetable slaughterhouse," a plant-based restaurant, café, and juice bar on the famous Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch with a 100% vegetarian menu that changes daily based on what’s in season, with produce from local and organic farms. For a quicker meal, you can also visit their food truck on Venice Blvd, or book it for your next event!
Channel your inner flower child at this local eatery. Serving up healthy food made from fresh ingredients in the heart of downtown Santa Monica, Flower Child is the perfect place to grab a bite after a day of shopping at the Third Street Promenade or riding the Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier. They promise to nourish your mind, body, and soul, offering yoga mat parking, a beautiful interior, and sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free options.
If you like fresh Mexican food, Tocaya Organica is the place for you. They offer a variety of healthy tacos, burritos, salads, bowls, and quesadillas in their own “modern Mexican” style. Of course, they offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options and don’t compromise on taste. With pure, natural, and locally sourced ingredients, they serve only the freshest meals in their eleven Los Angeles locations.
A hip, minimalist café, Sqirl serves up global-inspired breakfast and lunch. They also make and sell their own delicious fruit jams to take home after your meal. From fancy breakfast toasts to seasonal lunch bowls, Sqirl is a unique eating experience you won’t want to miss. There’s only one location in East Hollywood, and it's definitely worth the trip.
M Café serves Contemporary Macrobiotic Cuisine, “a plant-focused way of eating and living emphasizes balance and joy, and celebrates the health of the body, the mind, and the planet.” They offer creative and nutritious dishes with Japanese flair and inspiration from cuisines around the world, using local, organic, and sustainably sourced ingredients. Their menu is completely vegan with many gluten-free options.
You may have seen Café Gratitude in our San Diego Wellness Guide, but its original location is in Venice Beach (and they have two other LA spots, too!). They say their food is prepared with love and is meant to make you feel grateful when you eat it. They provide high quality, nutrient-dense food from local farmers and celebrate Meatless Mondays to help reduce carbon emissions by offering half off select menu items. They’re all about health and wellness, and we’re all about them!
Plant-based and dairy-free, SunCafe is a vegan paradise. It’s located in Studio City, just down the block from Hollywood, so you can see the sights and grab a bite after. They make almost everything from scratch, including their yummy vegan cheeses. And on Saturday mornings, they offer vegan cooking classes with the chef, so you can learn how to prepare and enjoy delicious, vegan meals at home.
Wellness is not just about eating healthy and working out in fitness classes—it’s all-encompassing. You can contribute to your overall wellness in many ways, whether it’s watching a sunset, hearing some live music, or going for a beach run. Here are some ways you can practice wellness in LA!
If you’re in LA, this one’s a given—hike up to the Hollywood sign for a view of the city. If you’d like an even better photo-op, though, try Runyon Canyon, a nearby hike that’ll give you a full view of the sign rather than placing you right behind it.
The famous Marvin Braude Bike Path, aka “The Strand,” runs all the way from Torrance to Pacific Palisades. It’s 22 miles long, and most of it is along the coast, so you’ll have stunning beach views as you get your sweat on. If you bike the entire route, you’ll see nine beaches, a harbor, and a marina—including the famous Redondo, Hermosa, Manhattan, Venice, and Santa Monica beaches.
You’ve probably heard of this famous observatory or seen it in some Hollywood films—hello La La Land! Channel your inner Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling and dance your way to the top to see some *stellar* views.
If you’re in LA in the summertime, you can’t miss Twilight on the Pier. Every Wednesday night from 7-10 pm at the Santa Monica Pier, you can find art, comedy, games, food and drinks, and a free concert to celebrate emerging artists!
If you like to surf, it’s no secret that LA has some incredible beaches. Malibu, specifically, is home to the famous Zuma, Surfrider, and Topanga beaches. Whether you’re a surfing pro or want a beginner’s lesson, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for on the shores of Malibu.
If you’re a biker, you’ll love the Palos Verdes Donut Loop. With steep, winding inclines, this 24-mile ride isn’t for everyone, so if you’re not an experienced biker, stick to The Strand. But if you think you have what it takes, the views are totally worth the pain. You’ll ride through upscale neighborhoods and rolling hills with breathtaking ocean views, giving you the full picture of what LA has to offer.
If you’re in LA on a Sunday morning, check out the Hollywood Farmer’s Market. Here you can shop for fruits and veggies and enjoy street performances, delicious treats, book signings, art, and more. Since 1991, this market has been serving the people of LA with fresh produce and smiles. From 8 am-1 pm rain or shine, you’ll want to check this out!
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A somewhat hidden gem in LA county, Malibu State Park is an oasis in the hills. Pack your sunscreen, towels, and snacks, and take the well-worth-it hike from the main parking lot to the rock pools. Get there early to avoid crowds, and don’t try any cliff jumping (you’ll get a ticket).
If you want to experience Italy in SoCal, you’ve come to the right place. The Venice Canal Historical District was created in 1905, so you can do just that. Park your car and stroll through the neighborhoods, crossing footbridges, and watching canoers go by. It’s peaceful, beautiful, and really cool. And if you want to get some exercise or watch some serious talent, hit the famous Venice Beach Skate Park after!
We know we didn’t cover it all... because how could we? Whether you’re a weekend visitor or a lifetime resident, you’ll always have more to discover in this sprawling city. With tons of fitness studios, celebrity favorite beauty salons, and endless outdoor activities, LA is the perfect destination for all things wellness. And if this guide just isn’t enough for you, browse the Mindbody app for more studios, salons, and spas. Bet you can’t hit them all!
Now get out there and start checking things off your list (because you clearly have lots to do now), and use #MBLosAngelesWellness on social while you’re at it!
I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week. This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life.
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change.
Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes.
I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see.
The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence.
After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.
On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.
Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time.