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Published Thursday Apr 18, 2019 by Brittany Raine

10 Ways to Make Every Day Earth Day

Beauty
Fitness
Yoga
Food
Drink

With climate change, environmental awareness and sustainable goods on the forefront of all things discussed, it’s clear making our planet a major priority is more important than ever. With Earth Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect reminder (and celebration!) of how we can all make a difference when it comes to taking better care of our home.  

With over one billion people in 192 countries making Earth Day the largest civic activation in the world, we wanted to see what we are doing here at MINDBODY to make an impact. From a company-wide ECO-Fair to Sustain— a program that helps employees who care about the environment get involved on a local level—MINDBODY is taking action to support our environment. Big initiatives are key, but we’re all about some of the smaller, real-life ways we are making Earth Day part of our everyday routine—both inside and outside the office. Here are ten things a few of our team members are doing to help protect our planet today. 

 

POWER AN ECO-FRIENDLY PRACTICE.  

earth day yoga mat

Investing in a sustainable yoga mat was an immediate change I made to be more eco-friendly. My yoga mat is the foundation for my fitness routine and by investing in a mat that is not only good for me, but for the environment makes a huge difference all around. Brands like Manduka and Jade Yoga offer beautiful, high-performance nontoxic mats made out of sustainably harvested tree rubber. It’s a win-win for Mother Earth—and my workout. 
—Natalie, Manager | Project Management 

 

DON’T BE AFRAID TO EAT UGLY. 

produce health sustainable

I use Imperfect Produce to get all my fresh fruit and veggies. It allows me to purchase produce that has imperfections (think “odd” shapes, extra leaves) which would have previously been thrown away and uneaten. They help to reduce food waste, which is really harming our planet. 
—Lauren, Product Manager

 

EDUCATE YOURSELF. 

books reading environmental

I recently read "The Uninhabitable Earth" by David Wallace-Wells. This book is mind-blowing and eye-opening. It paints a vivid picture of the all-encompassing consequences that will touch every part of our lives, not just our children's or grandchildren's lives. Highly recommend! 
—Ryan, Business Insights Analyst 

 

BUY BETTER BEAUTY PRODUCTS. 

beauty earth day skincare

I love all things makeup, but what I didn’t understand was how harmful my (now old) beauty routine was on the environment… and myself. Single-use plastic waste, animal testing, hundreds of chemicals—me being “beautiful” was detrimental to Mother Earth. At least California has the right idea by trying to ban toxic chemicals in makeup! I started reading my high-end labels, researching and purchasing organic and sustainable beauty products, like MILK Makeup, and started adopting easy, eco-friendly changes to my routine. I still look fierce, but I am not harming my body—or my planet. 
—Brittany, Team Lead | Content Marketing

 

RECYCLE AND REUSE.

cans eco-friendly drinks

I try to avoid single-use plastics when I can. I purchased a fancy Tupperware FlatOut Container that I bring to restaurants to take home leftovers. I also prefer buying beverages (mainly beer) in aluminum cans instead of bottles. Cans don't shatter and are actually more economical to recycle.
—Barry, Software Engineer III

 

PUT WHAT YOU HAVE TO USE. 

mason jars eco-friendly

It’s simple and straightforward, but the most eco-friendly thing to do is keep using whatever you already have!
—Megan, Lead Acquisition Program Manager 

 

ESTABLISH A CONSCIOUS COMMUTE.  

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I try to take the train to work every day, and walk or ride a bike if I'm traveling a short distance and don’t have to carry anything heavy. It's good for both the Earth and my health. Planning your day around mass transit or human-powered transit is also a really fun way to get to know your city!
—Kyle, Senior Copywriter 

 

BE SMARTER ABOUT YOUR SUNSCREEN. 

skincare sunscreen health

I’m a Hawaiian beach girl so whenever I’m at the ocean, I always make sure to use reef-safe sunscreen. Coral bleaching is a terrible epidemic happening across our planet, so anything we can do as humans to protect this vital part to our living ocean (Moana in Hawaiian) is important. Some of my favorite reef-safe brands include Raw Elements, Kuleana, Ao Organics, and Coola. If you want to learn more, Chasing Coral is a great resource for taking action and helping our beautiful oceans!  
—Keana, Lifecycle Program Manager 

 

CARRY IN (AND OUT). 

tote bag sustainable green

When I make my Sunday afternoon trips to the grocery store, I always try to remember a reusable tote bag instead of buying or using a plastic bag. It's something small, but I've made a habit out of it—baby steps!
—Erica, Copywriter 

 

INVEST IN YOUR H20 INTAKE AND YOUR LOOK. 
reusable water bottle eco-friendly

This may seem like a no-brainer, but I always use a reusable water bottle. Replacing plastic water bottles can help reduce single-use plastic consumption worldwide. Brands like Hydro Flask and Swell have bottles that are long-lasting—and have cool designs. I also try to always support brands that are made from recyclable materials, especially when it comes to my clothes. Fast fashion companies, like H&M, have a detrimental effect on our environment, so I have chosen to shop more sustainably. Brands like Reformation and Girlfriend Collective offer super cute and stylish remanufactured clothes that are perfect for every occasion. 
—Devin, Consumer Marketing Communications Specialist

 

Whether you’re implementing small changes into your daily routine to help the environment or updating your wellness to be more eco-friendly, we encourage you to make every day your Earth Day! 
 

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
Prenatal Fitness - MINDBODY
Fitness
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.