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Published Thursday Aug 15, 2019 by Rachel Rhee

Ways to Escape the Heat in Orange County

Massage
Acupuncture
Yoga
Bootcamp

If you live in Los Angeles, you’re able to experience sunshine pretty much all year round. However, I’m sure you’ve been feeling the temperatures rising the past couple of months. I know I feel it where I live: DTLA.  

I’d love to get to the beach more often to cool off, but getting to the west side in LA can be a bit overwhelming—with its influx of people, limited parking, and traffic. The stress and anxiety I feel when commuting from the eastside of LA to the west can feel a bit much. Luckily, LA is close to so many neighboring cities, so it’s easy to get away and treat yourself to a relaxing and rejuvenating day without having to deal with the infamous traffic. So much of living well is in knowing what your needs are. For me, traffic can be overwhelming and heighten my stress levels, so opting for a quick vacay is so necessary for me to reset before the busy week ahead of me!
 
My favorite nearby destinations are the beach cities in Orange County—Newport Beach and Laguna Beach specifically. If you leave LA at non-peak hours, it can take around forty-five minutes to an hour to get to these spots.
 
From a good sweat session to a holistic oasis, here are some of my must-visit places in Orange County the next time you plan a self-care day trip down south! 

 

MOVE

Orange County local fitness
 
If the temperatures are cool enough, I do like to incorporate being active outdoors into my day. Starting with a morning sweat sets up my day for success. I’ve accomplished something healthy for my mind and body before lunch - it’s the best feeling! There are tons of hiking trails in Orange County, many of which will have views of the ocean or canyons nearby. Even getting a little walk along the beach can feel so nice! 

If it’s especially warm out, there are tons of boutique fitness studios in Orange County that I enjoy as well. Depending on what you’re looking for, there are so many options ranging from strength training to restorative yoga. A few favorite studios of mine include F45 Training Newport Beach, Ra Yoga, and The 12.
 
F45 Training Newport Beach - One of my favorite things about F45 Training is that no matter which studio location you go to, the programming is identical. So, if you typically go to F45 in LA or any other city, you can explore F45 in Orange County and know that you are going to sweat it out in the same way as you would at your home location.
 
Ra Yoga - All the classes at Ra Yoga are heated; ranging from 75 degrees to 110 degrees, so you are guaranteed a good sweat! If you are looking to really work your body, there are strength-based yoga classes offered.  If you prefer a calmer flow, there are restorative and even prenatal sessions that are more gentle for your body.
 
The 12 - This may have been the first Orange County-based boutique studio I’ve ever visited. The classes move quickly, with each day focusing on a different muscle group. It is a great gym to go check out if you’re also looking into nutrition coaching, as they want members to have a more well-rounded approach in achieving the health and wellness goals you have.


 
HEAL

acupuncture wellness Orange County
 
It’s important to note that wellness is not just fitness and nutrition; it’s about treating your whole self. I believe areas such as acupuncture, gua sha, and cupping are essential to rebalance your mind and body.
 
If you’re an active person like me, you can hold inflammation in your body from all of the workouts and movement you get into your life. All of the holistic approaches mentioned above can help drain your lymphatic system, reduce inflammation, and clear any blockage you may have in your body. Magnolia Wellness in Costa Mesa (a few minutes away from Newport Beach) is an excellent wellness haven to help ignite your well being.

 
UNWIND

Body Centre Day Spa local Orange County
 
Who doesn’t love a massage? BodyCentre Day Spa in Costa Mesa is an affordable spa experience that has been operating for over 20 years. They offer massage services as well as skincare treatments. It’s truly a full-service center where you can unwind after your very long day. Ranging from HydraFacials to spa samplers– where you can try a massage and a facial in the same package– they truly have it all. If you’re not ending the  day with a massage - you’re doing it wrong. 
 

Want more suggestions for spots to sweat? Check out Rachel’s blog at The Dimple Life and follow her on @justdimpleit to discover tips on living consciously. 

Rachel Rhee
Written by
Rachel Rhee
Wellness Blogger
About the author
A content creator for The Dimple Life and @justdimpleit, Rachel Rhee strives to inspire women to live their healthiest lives. Diagnosed with cancer in 2018, Rachel empowers women to educate themselves on the importance of living consciously - mind, body, and soul. Being well is much more than fitness and nutrition, it means being mindful of how we spend our time, what relationships we keep, and how we choose to nourish our hearts. She believes we are our strongest selves when we live with intention and help lift others up.
Prenatal Fitness - MINDBODY
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Published Wednesday Sep 11, 2019 by Whitney English

The Do’s and Don’ts of Prenatal Fitness 

Yoga
Pilates
Barre
Strength Training
Cardio
Expert Advice

For many pregnant women, exercise can take a backseat. I get it. You’re exhausted and uncomfortable—slipping into a pair of tight leggings and sweating your booty off doesn’t exactly sound like a great way to reduce your discomfort.
 
While working out may sound like the last thing you want to do when you’re carrying another human inside of you, engaging in regular, low-impact activities during pregnancy is extremely beneficial to both you and your baby. In fact, some studies show that prenatal exercise may help to reduce aches and pains, improve sleep, and boost mood. But figuring out which exercises are safe for you and your baby can be confusing. If you Google prenatal exercise, you’ll find a wide range of conflicting opinions on what moms-to-be should and shouldn’t do.
 
As a dietitian, a Certified Personal Trainer, and a mom to a 16-month old, exercise has always been a priority for me. During my pregnancy, I was determined to continue my regular routine as long as possible, so I spent a ton of time researching and speaking to experts to learn the best practices for exercise during pregnancy. Here is my list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to prenatal fitness, no matter where you are when it comes to motherhood. 
 

Yoga

First up, yoga. You want to avoid any poses that cramp your baby’s space or put pressure on your stomach. It’s easy to modify most poses to make them safer and more comfortable for you and your baby. For example, instead of trying to do a regular forward fold, open up your legs for a wide leg forward fold, which gives your belly more space. 
 
Some poses can be fine during the first or second trimester, depending on your prior yoga experience, but may be less safe later in pregnancy. If you are comfortable doing full wheel, it can be fine early in your pregnancy. I did this pose until about 25 weeks, but everyone is different. Keep in mind that pregnancy is not the time to push yourself with new poses. Additionally, after the first trimester, it’s best to avoid lying face down. Instead, try doing certain poses on your knees rather than on your stomach—like substituting camel pose for bow pose.
 

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Yoga

First up, yoga. You want to avoid any poses that cramp your baby’s space or put pressure on your stomach. It’s easy to modify most poses to make them safer and more comfortable for you and your baby. For example, instead of trying to do a regular forward fold, open up your legs for a wide leg forward fold, which gives your belly more space. 
 
Some poses can be fine during the first or second trimester, depending on your prior yoga experience, but may be less safe later in pregnancy. If you are comfortable doing full wheel, it can be fine early in your pregnancy. I did this pose until about 25 weeks, but everyone is different. Keep in mind that pregnancy is not the time to push yourself with new poses. Additionally, after the first trimester, it’s best to avoid lying face down. Instead, try doing certain poses on your knees rather than on your stomach—like substituting camel pose for bow pose.
 

Pilates + Barre

Similarly, with both Pilates and barre, you want to avoid doing any stretches or poses that put pressure on or around your abdominal cavity. During the early stages of pregnancy, you may not need any modifications, but the most important thing is to listen to your body and not push the limits. As your pregnancy progresses, remember to ask the instructor for modifications, so the exercise feels good for both you and baby.

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Pilates + Barre

Similarly, with both Pilates and barre, you want to avoid doing any stretches or poses that put pressure on or around your abdominal cavity. During the early stages of pregnancy, you may not need any modifications, but the most important thing is to listen to your body and not push the limits. As your pregnancy progresses, remember to ask the instructor for modifications, so the exercise feels good for both you and baby.

Hot Exercise + Heated Classes

Another crucial thing to avoid during pregnancy is hot exercise. There is a lot of misinformation regarding hot exercise, but be wary of anyone that tells you that it is safe. Increasing your core body temperature is known as hyperthermia, and it can be extremely dangerous for pregnant women. It is especially dangerous in the first month just after contraception, but hot exercise and heated classes should be avoided at all stages of pregnancy.

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Hot Exercise + Heated Classes

Another crucial thing to avoid during pregnancy is hot exercise. There is a lot of misinformation regarding hot exercise, but be wary of anyone that tells you that it is safe. Increasing your core body temperature is known as hyperthermia, and it can be extremely dangerous for pregnant women. It is especially dangerous in the first month just after contraception, but hot exercise and heated classes should be avoided at all stages of pregnancy.

Strength Training

When it comes to strength and circuit training, exercises like lunges and jumping may put excessive pressure on your belly as you get farther along in your pregnancy. Trust your body and discontinue these if they feel unsafe. Any exercises that cause you to hold your breath or could result in trauma to your belly, (for example kettlebell swings or powerlifting) I would advise against.

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Strength Training

When it comes to strength and circuit training, exercises like lunges and jumping may put excessive pressure on your belly as you get farther along in your pregnancy. Trust your body and discontinue these if they feel unsafe. Any exercises that cause you to hold your breath or could result in trauma to your belly, (for example kettlebell swings or powerlifting) I would advise against.

Cardio

With cardio, the rule is that you should be able to continue to hold a steady conversation during exercise. For some, running may be fine up until the end of your pregnancy. Others may find this puts too much pressure on their pelvic floor. Some low-impact alternatives include walking (on both a flat surface and uphill), swimming, elliptical machine, rowing machine, and low-intensity aerobic exercise.
 

If you’re looking for exercise classes to take while pregnant, I recommend searching for something mellow on the MINDBODY app, such as restorative or gentle flow yoga, beginner Reformer Pilates, or any other light, introductory classes.
 
As a general rule, if you’re questioning whether or not something is safe to do during pregnancy, it probably isn’t. Remember that the most important thing is the safety of both you and your baby, and no form or intensity of exercise is worth sacrificing that!
 
For more information on a healthy pregnancy, including nutritious recipes and exercise ideas, check out my Predominantly Plant-Based Pregnancy Guide!

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Cardio

With cardio, the rule is that you should be able to continue to hold a steady conversation during exercise. For some, running may be fine up until the end of your pregnancy. Others may find this puts too much pressure on their pelvic floor. Some low-impact alternatives include walking (on both a flat surface and uphill), swimming, elliptical machine, rowing machine, and low-intensity aerobic exercise.
 

If you’re looking for exercise classes to take while pregnant, I recommend searching for something mellow on the MINDBODY app, such as restorative or gentle flow yoga, beginner Reformer Pilates, or any other light, introductory classes.
 
As a general rule, if you’re questioning whether or not something is safe to do during pregnancy, it probably isn’t. Remember that the most important thing is the safety of both you and your baby, and no form or intensity of exercise is worth sacrificing that!
 
For more information on a healthy pregnancy, including nutritious recipes and exercise ideas, check out my Predominantly Plant-Based Pregnancy Guide!

Whitney English - MINDBODY
Written by
Whitney English
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
About the author
A former journalist and entertainment reporter in Los Angeles, Whitney English found her passion in wellness and nutrition. Tired of the quick fix promises she encountered in Hollywood, she became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer, making it her mission to research health trends to help determine the best ways to eat, move, and live for long-lasting health.