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November Wellness Intentions MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 30, 2019 by Rachel Rhee

How I Set My Monthly Intentions

Personal Growth
Fitness
Food
Pilates

I’ve always been a fan of setting intentions each day. 

What do I want my day to look like? What do I want it to feel like? What do I want to achieve?

I ask myself these simple questions each day so that I can move about my day mindfully, and with intention.

I recently started zooming out and taking a look at my intentions at a month’s glance. What is my “theme” each month? Last month, I really wanted to focus on creating space in my home. By minimizing the clutter, removing the items I do not need, or want, I have created space for myself to be creative, be free, and be centered. With less around me, this has made me more focused (especially as someone who works from home!).

Over the next 30 days, I have a few specific intentions I want to keep in mind that are all aligned with the word: appreciation.

Appreciate nature.

It’s such a blessing to live in a place where the ocean is just a short car ride away. As someone who deals with some anxiety, being in nature is grounding and calming to my soul. Ocean waves are always soothing and get me into the right mindset. If you don’t live in LA or in an area close to the ocean, find a nearby park or a hike you can explore and appreciate!

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Appreciate nature.

It’s such a blessing to live in a place where the ocean is just a short car ride away. As someone who deals with some anxiety, being in nature is grounding and calming to my soul. Ocean waves are always soothing and get me into the right mindset. If you don’t live in LA or in an area close to the ocean, find a nearby park or a hike you can explore and appreciate!

Appreciate my body.

Movement is such an easy way to show appreciation for the strength of my body. I’m focused on low-intensity workouts at the moment. People sometimes think low-intensity is less effective, but I think it can be even more intense! A lot of moves tend to be slower, where you can really feel your muscles working. I love going to Pilates, or even a good uphill hike can do the trick! Coreology is a favorite of mine, as is Carrie’s Pilates Plus

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Appreciate my body.

Movement is such an easy way to show appreciation for the strength of my body. I’m focused on low-intensity workouts at the moment. People sometimes think low-intensity is less effective, but I think it can be even more intense! A lot of moves tend to be slower, where you can really feel your muscles working. I love going to Pilates, or even a good uphill hike can do the trick! Coreology is a favorite of mine, as is Carrie’s Pilates Plus

Appreciate my culture.

I love cooking, but sometimes it can be hard for me to prioritize it into my schedule. This month, I want to be intentional in the kitchen and cook more Korean food. I grew up with my mom cooking Korean food, and I’m lucky enough to have her still here with me to pass down her recipes. I have a few Korean recipes on my blog, and I want to work on getting some more traditional food from my mom’s kitchen to yours.

What intentions are you setting? We can have limited time and energy, so it’s important to be mindful of how you spend your month.

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Appreciate my culture.

I love cooking, but sometimes it can be hard for me to prioritize it into my schedule. This month, I want to be intentional in the kitchen and cook more Korean food. I grew up with my mom cooking Korean food, and I’m lucky enough to have her still here with me to pass down her recipes. I have a few Korean recipes on my blog, and I want to work on getting some more traditional food from my mom’s kitchen to yours.

What intentions are you setting? We can have limited time and energy, so it’s important to be mindful of how you spend your month.

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.
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).