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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.
Workout Equipment
The Latest
Published Friday Apr 03, 2020 by Brittany Raine

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

Renewal
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. 
 

lemons and spray bottle

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.  

 
Clothes pins on line

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. 

 
Hardwood Floor and Exercise Ball

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. 

 
Blank Calendar and Coffee
 

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.