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Small Business Saturday American Express
Wellness
Published Tuesday Nov 05, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

4 Ways To Support Your Local Fitness or Wellness Business

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Fitness
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Massage

Whether it’s your local salon that really nails your gel pedicure every month, or your neighborhood yoga studio you can walk to from your house for a little weekly zen, small businesses can play an important role in our daily lives. 

From cultivating a hometown feel for the locals, to putting in the effort to really know their neighbors, studios and salons can do a lot to help others in the community. 

But, what can *you* do? Get out and Shop Small for Small Business Saturday®. Founded by our partner, American Express, in 2010 to help bring more customers to local shops, it’s now a well-known shopping tradition celebrating individual communities and supporting many kinds of small businesses. Every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, shoppers come together to Shop Small and share the places they love with the people they love. 

So, if you’re obsessed with your local Pilates studio, or recommend your neighborhood hair salon to everyone looking for a new style, here are a few ways you can support your favorite local fitness, wellness, and other small businesses in your area.
 

Tell your friends and family.

Word of mouth goes a long way. If you love the small Pilates studio down the street from your house, tell your friends about it. That neighborhood spa where you get your favorite deep tissue massage? Text your Mom, sister, or cousin, about it and recommend it for the next time they need a little R&R. Small businesses often rely on the support of loyal customers to keep their doors open, so take the time out of your day to send that quick text, it could mean a lot. 

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Tell your friends and family.

Word of mouth goes a long way. If you love the small Pilates studio down the street from your house, tell your friends about it. That neighborhood spa where you get your favorite deep tissue massage? Text your Mom, sister, or cousin, about it and recommend it for the next time they need a little R&R. Small businesses often rely on the support of loyal customers to keep their doors open, so take the time out of your day to send that quick text, it could mean a lot. 

Write a review.

Are you on a first-name basis with your favorite barre instructor at your favorite small barre studio? Write a review for one of their classes! Whether it’s your go-to restorative yoga flow, Monday Pilates, or monthly massage, give your fitness instructor or wellness staff at your local studio a little shoutout for all the hard work they do. 

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Write a review.

Are you on a first-name basis with your favorite barre instructor at your favorite small barre studio? Write a review for one of their classes! Whether it’s your go-to restorative yoga flow, Monday Pilates, or monthly massage, give your fitness instructor or wellness staff at your local studio a little shoutout for all the hard work they do. 

Stock up on last-minute gifts.

The holidays are on their way; do you know what to get your loved ones? If you’re stressin’ what to gift your favorite people, just stock up on a few last-minute presents at your local small fitness studio or wellness boutique. Pick up a new mat for the yogi in your life, an extra pair of grip socks for your barre BFF, or even some essential oils at a nearby neighborhood spa after a massage. You’ll get the perfect gift and support your local spot – it’s a win-win.  

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Stock up on last-minute gifts.

The holidays are on their way; do you know what to get your loved ones? If you’re stressin’ what to gift your favorite people, just stock up on a few last-minute presents at your local small fitness studio or wellness boutique. Pick up a new mat for the yogi in your life, an extra pair of grip socks for your barre BFF, or even some essential oils at a nearby neighborhood spa after a massage. You’ll get the perfect gift and support your local spot – it’s a win-win.  

Treat yourself.

When you’re sitting in that comfy chair for your monthly pedicure, spring for that extra relaxing spa treatment you always look at, but don’t choose. If you’re more of a fitness lover, spring for that second class during the week, or treat yourself to a healing recovery session like cryotherapy. Stepping up your self-care every once a while is good for the soul, and for business. 

This month, don’t forget to Shop Small for Small Business Saturday on November 30th. Whether it’s fitness, wellness, or beauty, support the small businesses you love and celebrate your community! 


MindBody is a merchant of American Express as well as acts as a referral agent to payment partners of American Express. AMERICAN EXPRESS IS NOT A SPONSOR OR ADMINISTRATOR OF THIS MARKETING PROGRAM.
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Treat yourself.

When you’re sitting in that comfy chair for your monthly pedicure, spring for that extra relaxing spa treatment you always look at, but don’t choose. If you’re more of a fitness lover, spring for that second class during the week, or treat yourself to a healing recovery session like cryotherapy. Stepping up your self-care every once a while is good for the soul, and for business. 

This month, don’t forget to Shop Small for Small Business Saturday on November 30th. Whether it’s fitness, wellness, or beauty, support the small businesses you love and celebrate your community! 


MindBody is a merchant of American Express as well as acts as a referral agent to payment partners of American Express. AMERICAN EXPRESS IS NOT A SPONSOR OR ADMINISTRATOR OF THIS MARKETING PROGRAM.
Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
Workout Equipment
The Latest
Published Friday Apr 03, 2020 by Brittany Raine

Why You Still Need to Clean Your Workout Equipment, Even at Home

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Yoga
Fitness

Have you ever watched that oh-so-sweaty person leave their workout machine without wiping it down? Yuck. The Clorox wipes, paper towels, bottles of sanitizing spray are at your gym (and studio) for a reason— because no one wants to share bacteria. But now that our living quarters, even that tiny Upper Westside studio, have become our own personal fitness paradise, we’ve got one question: Is your at-home workout equipment *really* clean?  

Research has found that bacteria can live on some gym equipment (weights, mats, you name it) for three days. That’s right, 72 full hours. And your yoga mat or those dumbbells you just got delivered from Amazon so you can slay that new virtual class you just booked on Mindbody are susceptible to the same stat. While it may seem silly to clean your own “stuff” because you’re the only one using it, think about where your hands have been before you pick up those weights. Perhaps your apartment complex’s keypad? Bacteria knows no boundaries.  

From your resistance bands to your brand spanking new (and yes, most likely backordered) kettlebell, the gear you’re using at home could use a good wash, rinse, repeat—especially if you’re sharing it with someone you’re stuck at home with (like your S/O or stir-crazy housemate). Even if you’re the queen of clean (like me... just ask my co-worker, Natalie), here are six tips on how to keep your gear germ-free and looking good. Because we know all those classes you’ve been streaming are making you a fitness guru.  
 

Workout Bands and Mat


Know your surfaces  

You not only want to clean the dirt off your workout equipment, you want to sanitize it. Clean gets the dirt, sanitizing takes care of the bad stuff (aka bacteria). Before you start getting crazy with the bleach or a DIY deodorizer, you’ll want to take into account the surface you are about to wipe down. Something like your treadmill, Peleton bike, resistance bands or bench press bench can be damaged by certain chemicals and at-home cleaners. If you’re worried about your equipment, opt for disinfectant wipes especially made for gym equipment, like all-natural Wipex. Plus, it’s never a bad idea to keep some hand sanitizer next to your workout station. 
 

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Consider more natural, earth-friendly solutions.  

Clorox wipes have become the hottest household item of 2020—and we are guessing so has virtual yoga. If you’re not a huge fan of using chemicals you can’t pronounce and throw-away wipes on equipment like your Manduka mat, there are all-natural antibacterial cleaning options that will make Mother Earth proud. Who doesn’t want to make their cleaning routine a little more green? Companies like cleancult (we called them out in our 20/20 trends), offer effective, all-natural products delivered right to your door in recycled milk cartons —and they pair perfectly with your go-to disinfectants. Cleancult’s versatile All-Purpose Cleaner is my fave for wiping down workout gear, especially yoga mats (and almost everything in my home). The Saponified Coconut Oil acts as the “heavy lifter” without harsh chemicals. After working out, spray your surface(s), wait for a couple of seconds and wipe away with a reusable towel (or an old gym t-shirt you use as a rag).  
 

diffuser and cup of tea
 

If you want to DIY... 

While knowing what surface you’re cleaning is key, some of your equipment might benefit from DIY solutions. Before you roll up your sleeves and become the Harry Potter of cleaning solutions, invest in a glass spray bottle (or reuse an old plastic one). Oh, and break out the essential oils because they are about to boost your at-home fitness (and cleaning) routine. Most of the DIY cleaning “recipes” you find on Pinterest include ingredients you have at home—like vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. My must-use DIY cleaner is vinegar-based (with 10-12 drops of essential oils). It’s powerful yet natural enough that I feel more confident laying facedown in Savasana with my oh-so-sensitive skin after that yoga class in NYC I just streamed from San Diego.  

 
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Let it air dry (minus the sun). 

Now that cleaning your at-home workout gear is part of your routine (hint, hint), letting your equipment dry is key. If you’re cleaning your more expensive exercise machine with some cleaning solutions that have a “smell” or you want it to dry faster, trying turning on a fan or crack open the window to keep the air circulating. If you’re just cleaned a more porous surface (like your yoga mat) hang it outside to dry—over a railing, a chair, bike rack... you get the gist. While fresh air is good, UV rays are not. Certain materials that make workout gear can breakdown in the sun, and you don’t want to get burned before your next workout sesh. 

 
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Don’t forget about the floor.  

While cleaning your equipment might seem like a no-brainer, it can be easy to ignore the surrounding area where you work out. The title of this section tells you what you need to know—don’t forget to clean and sanitize the floor where you exercise. Just think of it this way, while you’re killing it in your virtual fitness class, your hard work is being noticed, by the floor that is, as your sweat beads go flying. And last time I checked; vacuuming doesn’t do the trick for dried sweat. After class, wipe down the area around your workout space with cleaning products that are conducive to the floor. Working out on carpet?  Consider switching areas or look into sanitizing and deodorizing spray for material surfaces. 

 
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Squeaky clean schedule.  

The most important part of cleaning and sanitizing your workout equipment is sticking to a schedule. If you’re forgetful (like me), keep your supplies adjacent to the area where you enjoy working out. And do it on the daily. Seeing the supplies will be a reminder to clean and sanitize before (and after) you get your sweat on—because who doesn’t love starting out their class on a cleanly note? Mother would be proud! PS: don’t forget to wash your hands!  

Do you have any at-home cleaning and sanitizing tips you swear by when it comes to your workout routine? From DIY to cult-favorite products, we want to know! Tag @mindbody on Instagram to let us know! Stay clean, safe and sanitized our friends!  

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.