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Wellness
Published Monday Nov 25, 2019 by Lydia Cardona

5 Ways to Help the Men in Your Life Get Into Wellness

Personal Growth
Yoga
Meditation
Cycling

According to research¹ from our MINDBODY UK team, one in three men who join a gym do so to build muscle, but keep coming back for their mental health. The link between exercise and better mental wellness is clear, however, 35%² of men struggling with their mental health admit to waiting two or more years before disclosing a problem to a friend or family member. This suggests many men believe they should manage their emotional wellbeing alone.
 
Here are five ways you can help the men in your life up their wellness game to benefit their physical and mental health.

Attend a yoga class together.

Yoga is known for its ability to ease stress and promote relaxation. Working on your breathing techniques is an essential part of every yoga practice, helping you stay calm and think clearer in certain situations. There are many different styles of yogaHatha, Vinyasa, Bikram, and more—some more strenuous than others. Before heading to class, check out our page on all things yoga for advice on which workout is best to attend with your loved one. 
 
“Yoga found me in my mid-twenties as a form of rehabilitation for back and knee injuries. I had no idea then it would take over my life! For me, movement is vital and so important,” says Stephen Marks, founder of Stephen Marks Yoga.

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Attend a yoga class together.

Yoga is known for its ability to ease stress and promote relaxation. Working on your breathing techniques is an essential part of every yoga practice, helping you stay calm and think clearer in certain situations. There are many different styles of yogaHatha, Vinyasa, Bikram, and more—some more strenuous than others. Before heading to class, check out our page on all things yoga for advice on which workout is best to attend with your loved one. 
 
“Yoga found me in my mid-twenties as a form of rehabilitation for back and knee injuries. I had no idea then it would take over my life! For me, movement is vital and so important,” says Stephen Marks, founder of Stephen Marks Yoga.

Head outdoors.

37% of men say their preferred method of exercise is running, and 54% also say they’re more motivated to exercise when they have a ‘buddy’³. Going for a run, jog, or walk outdoors not only helps you stay fit, but it also increases your energy and helps clear your head. So, if you want to help your man get outside and get active, offer to be their buddy! You’ll get to help him out while getting a jog in for yourself—it’s a win-win.

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Head outdoors.

37% of men say their preferred method of exercise is running, and 54% also say they’re more motivated to exercise when they have a ‘buddy’³. Going for a run, jog, or walk outdoors not only helps you stay fit, but it also increases your energy and helps clear your head. So, if you want to help your man get outside and get active, offer to be their buddy! You’ll get to help him out while getting a jog in for yourself—it’s a win-win.

Meditate.

In a Harvard study, researchers found that as little as eight weeks of meditation helped decrease anxiety and improve stress regulation. Working together to learn the basics of meditation will mean dedicating quality time to each other, which can have a positive impact on your relationship. Today, accessing meditation tools has become even easier. Technology like Muse and apps such as Headspace can help guide new users into meditation. You can also look for boutique studios that offer meditation classes on the MINDBODY app

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Meditate.

In a Harvard study, researchers found that as little as eight weeks of meditation helped decrease anxiety and improve stress regulation. Working together to learn the basics of meditation will mean dedicating quality time to each other, which can have a positive impact on your relationship. Today, accessing meditation tools has become even easier. Technology like Muse and apps such as Headspace can help guide new users into meditation. You can also look for boutique studios that offer meditation classes on the MINDBODY app

Pick up the weights.

Weight training doesn’t just increase your physical strength, but your mental strength, too. So, why not organize a gym session and focus on your physical and mental strength together? If you’re a beginner, make sure you do your research before reaching for those dumbbells. Try finding exercises you can do with a partner such as squats, lunges, chest presses, and curls. Whatever exercise you choose to do, be sure to push one another, as this will give you both a motivation boost.

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Pick up the weights.

Weight training doesn’t just increase your physical strength, but your mental strength, too. So, why not organize a gym session and focus on your physical and mental strength together? If you’re a beginner, make sure you do your research before reaching for those dumbbells. Try finding exercises you can do with a partner such as squats, lunges, chest presses, and curls. Whatever exercise you choose to do, be sure to push one another, as this will give you both a motivation boost.

Sweat it out in a cycling class.

Although cycling classes take some serious cardio, they offer multiple benefits, especially for your mental wellbeing. Yes, the class will be hard, and you’ll sweat (a lot!), but you’ll leave feeling much happier thanks to the endorphins your body will produce. If either of you is new to cycling, get to the class a little earlier and speak with the instructor to learn everything you need to know before you start.

 


Notes to editors:

1.  Survey of 1,148 UK men who have been to the gym and/or studio in the last week, undertaken in May 2019 by TLF
2.  A survey conducted by YouGov for the Mental Health Foundation (2016)
3.  Research of 1,000 UK respondents undertaken by TLF in July 2018 on behalf of MINDBODY
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Sweat it out in a cycling class.

Although cycling classes take some serious cardio, they offer multiple benefits, especially for your mental wellbeing. Yes, the class will be hard, and you’ll sweat (a lot!), but you’ll leave feeling much happier thanks to the endorphins your body will produce. If either of you is new to cycling, get to the class a little earlier and speak with the instructor to learn everything you need to know before you start.

 


Notes to editors:

1.  Survey of 1,148 UK men who have been to the gym and/or studio in the last week, undertaken in May 2019 by TLF
2.  A survey conducted by YouGov for the Mental Health Foundation (2016)
3.  Research of 1,000 UK respondents undertaken by TLF in July 2018 on behalf of MINDBODY
Lydia Cardona
Written by
Lydia Cardona
PR and Content Specialist, EMEA Marketing
About the author
A self-confessed exercise and sports junkie, Lydia made the transition from fashion to wellness, handling media relations in the U.K. In her spare time, you'll most likely find her hitting up a MINDBODY studio, shopping for houseplants, or walking the family Pomchi.
What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?
Fitness
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).