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2020 wellness tips new year
Wellness
Published Wednesday Jan 01, 2020 by Erica Arvanitis

Our Favorite Wellness Tips for a Better You in 2020 

Expert Advice
Meditation
Yoga
Acupuncture
Personal Growth

Whether it’s setting the alarm to work out in the morning, ditching negative body talk, or practicing yoga poses for a better night’s sleep, 2019 has been chock full of wellness tips. As the ball drops and we head into the new year, our resolution is to make 2020 the year of continuing to improve our wellness. Here’s a roundup of our favorite blog posts with expert tips and tricks on all things wellness!

8 Happiness Hacks That Actually Work  

Winter have you feeling bleh? Check out a few hacks (like adding a diffuser to your space or the power of a good hug) that will boost your mood and get you out of your seasonal slump.  

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8 Happiness Hacks That Actually Work  

Winter have you feeling bleh? Check out a few hacks (like adding a diffuser to your space or the power of a good hug) that will boost your mood and get you out of your seasonal slump.  

Rise and Sweat: Here’s Why You Should Exercise Early  

Need help morphing into a morning exerciser? Learn how to get up and enjoy a workout if you tend to hit the snooze button. 

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Rise and Sweat: Here’s Why You Should Exercise Early  

Need help morphing into a morning exerciser? Learn how to get up and enjoy a workout if you tend to hit the snooze button. 

How I Learned to Love My Appearance By Ditching Negative Talk  

Guilty of talking down to yourself? One of our own created a game with her roommates to help them ditch the negative self-talk. Read more on how to play for yourself!  

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How I Learned to Love My Appearance By Ditching Negative Talk  

Guilty of talking down to yourself? One of our own created a game with her roommates to help them ditch the negative self-talk. Read more on how to play for yourself!  

4 Tips on Finding (and Using) Natural Deodorant 

You’ve heard the buzz about natural deodorant, but are you ready to make the switch? Clean beauty and wellness expert Paula Hoss — founder of CLN&DIRTY Natural Skincare — gives us her guide to finding and using natural deodorants!  

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4 Tips on Finding (and Using) Natural Deodorant 

You’ve heard the buzz about natural deodorant, but are you ready to make the switch? Clean beauty and wellness expert Paula Hoss — founder of CLN&DIRTY Natural Skincare — gives us her guide to finding and using natural deodorants!  

5 Ways to Make Self-Care Work for You  

From meditation to moving your body, this lifestyle blogger (and expert in all things restorative) teaches us how to figure out what form of self-care works best for you.  

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5 Ways to Make Self-Care Work for You  

From meditation to moving your body, this lifestyle blogger (and expert in all things restorative) teaches us how to figure out what form of self-care works best for you.  

Healthy Habits to Try While Traveling  

Whether you’re tempted by the fast-food at each terminal or stressed out just looking at the long security lines, traveling takes a toll on your body. Here are a few tips to keep your healthy routine and have some fun while out of office!  

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Healthy Habits to Try While Traveling  

Whether you’re tempted by the fast-food at each terminal or stressed out just looking at the long security lines, traveling takes a toll on your body. Here are a few tips to keep your healthy routine and have some fun while out of office!  

4 Simple Strategies to De-Stress 

I don’t know about you, but we’re looking to wave goodbye to stress in 2020. To get started, read up on a few tips from Mooch and Mel — co-owners of Move with MM — on becoming better aligned and reducing stress. 

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4 Simple Strategies to De-Stress 

I don’t know about you, but we’re looking to wave goodbye to stress in 2020. To get started, read up on a few tips from Mooch and Mel — co-owners of Move with MM — on becoming better aligned and reducing stress. 

Tips From Fitness Instructors on How to Stay Grounded 

As we close in 2019, the end of the year energy can feel a little overwhelming. One of our favorite fitness and lifestyle bloggers chatted with some of the most grounded instructors in the wellness industry to get real-life tips on achieving a sense of balance in this busy season.  

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Tips From Fitness Instructors on How to Stay Grounded 

As we close in 2019, the end of the year energy can feel a little overwhelming. One of our favorite fitness and lifestyle bloggers chatted with some of the most grounded instructors in the wellness industry to get real-life tips on achieving a sense of balance in this busy season.  

How Acupuncture Can Benefit Your Body 

Interested in acupuncture? We got an acupuncturist to share insights on what the full experience is actually like and expert tips on how this ancient trend can benefit your body.  

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How Acupuncture Can Benefit Your Body 

Interested in acupuncture? We got an acupuncturist to share insights on what the full experience is actually like and expert tips on how this ancient trend can benefit your body.  

7 Ways to Decrease (and Prevent) Bloat Naturally  

There’s nothing fun about being uncomfortable. Check out these methods we’ve found that can help to decrease and prevent the dreaded bloat. 

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7 Ways to Decrease (and Prevent) Bloat Naturally  

There’s nothing fun about being uncomfortable. Check out these methods we’ve found that can help to decrease and prevent the dreaded bloat. 

4 Yoga Poses for a Better’s Night’s Sleep 

Let’s leave sleepless nights in 2019. This year, we are helping you battle insomnia and calm the nervous system with tips from an acupuncturist and yoga teacher. Get some rest; you deserve it.  

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4 Yoga Poses for a Better’s Night’s Sleep 

Let’s leave sleepless nights in 2019. This year, we are helping you battle insomnia and calm the nervous system with tips from an acupuncturist and yoga teacher. Get some rest; you deserve it.  

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
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

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.