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Wellness
Published Friday Nov 22, 2019 by Sara Lesher

Our Social Media Guru's Guide to Visiting Boston

Travel
Expert Advice

 

Last week, our Social Media Team Lead, Devin Dilday, took a trip to Boston for our Best of Wellness Event with Erin Foster. We asked her a few questions to find out everything we need to know about planning a trip there!

Knowing what to pack is always a challenge. What are the essentials for a trip to Boston?

This mid-November trip was my first time in Boston, so it was the perfect time to show off my festive fall gear in front of the iconic Bostonian views. Before packing, I checked my iPhone weather app one last time, and luckily I did because the weather had dropped by almost 20 degrees! I was looking at the weather in the 20s now, so the first thing I did was ask one of my co-workers from the East Coast to borrow *all* of her winter coats. 

To battle the cold, I packed a few pairs of jeans, a multi-colored scarf, and my favorite fuzzy sweaters. I wish I brought gloves and a beanie, but luckily while walking down Newbury Street, I was able to grab them at a boutique. Other than that, I packed an assortment of workout clothes to wear for our wellness event, and for the morning workout classes I booked on the MINDBODY app.

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Knowing what to pack is always a challenge. What are the essentials for a trip to Boston?

This mid-November trip was my first time in Boston, so it was the perfect time to show off my festive fall gear in front of the iconic Bostonian views. Before packing, I checked my iPhone weather app one last time, and luckily I did because the weather had dropped by almost 20 degrees! I was looking at the weather in the 20s now, so the first thing I did was ask one of my co-workers from the East Coast to borrow *all* of her winter coats. 

To battle the cold, I packed a few pairs of jeans, a multi-colored scarf, and my favorite fuzzy sweaters. I wish I brought gloves and a beanie, but luckily while walking down Newbury Street, I was able to grab them at a boutique. Other than that, I packed an assortment of workout clothes to wear for our wellness event, and for the morning workout classes I booked on the MINDBODY app.

What did you do while you were there (we heard you met Erin Foster)?

Going to Boston, I had all the recommendations. The Freedom Trail, The Paul Revere House, Fenway Park, Museum of Fine Arts, the list goes on and on. However, the majority of my time was spent at our Best of Wellness Event! This event was a huge success, as 200 attendees enjoyed different services and activities from various wellness brands and vendors. Not to mention, Erin Foster! 

Because we were having so much fun at this event, I really didn’t get to visit many of the Boston landmarks people had recommended. We did explore Boston Commons, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and Boston Public Garden. Looks like I’ll have to plan another trip soon to hit the rest!

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What did you do while you were there (we heard you met Erin Foster)?

Going to Boston, I had all the recommendations. The Freedom Trail, The Paul Revere House, Fenway Park, Museum of Fine Arts, the list goes on and on. However, the majority of my time was spent at our Best of Wellness Event! This event was a huge success, as 200 attendees enjoyed different services and activities from various wellness brands and vendors. Not to mention, Erin Foster! 

Because we were having so much fun at this event, I really didn’t get to visit many of the Boston landmarks people had recommended. We did explore Boston Commons, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and Boston Public Garden. Looks like I’ll have to plan another trip soon to hit the rest!

Let’s get to what we’re all really interested in—food. What did you treat yourself to while you were there?

We didn’t get to too many food places, but we did, of course, get the best cannoli in Boston from Mike’s Pastry. We were staying in South Boston, which was trendy and filled with dozens of crafty restaurants with award-winning chefs and mixologists. Again, I gotta book another trip.

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Let’s get to what we’re all really interested in—food. What did you treat yourself to while you were there?

We didn’t get to too many food places, but we did, of course, get the best cannoli in Boston from Mike’s Pastry. We were staying in South Boston, which was trendy and filled with dozens of crafty restaurants with award-winning chefs and mixologists. Again, I gotta book another trip.

One weekend isn’t enough to experience everything a city has to offer. What’s at the top of your list if you go back?

I would absolutely love to go to a game at Fenway Park, or experience one at a bar nearby. We also didn’t explore the North End too much, and I would love to go back for some pizza in Boston’s Little Italy.

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One weekend isn’t enough to experience everything a city has to offer. What’s at the top of your list if you go back?

I would absolutely love to go to a game at Fenway Park, or experience one at a bar nearby. We also didn’t explore the North End too much, and I would love to go back for some pizza in Boston’s Little Italy.

What are some tried-and-true tips you’ve learned from traveling?


The flight from San Diego to Boston is one of the longest domestic flights, so it’s always good to be prepared. When I fly, I always bring healthy snacks (and, I’ll admit, some that aren’t so healthy), sanitary wipes to wipe the seat, essential oils to help with any headaches or stress from flying, AirPods, a good book, and a computer charger (a girl’s gotta work!)

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What are some tried-and-true tips you’ve learned from traveling?


The flight from San Diego to Boston is one of the longest domestic flights, so it’s always good to be prepared. When I fly, I always bring healthy snacks (and, I’ll admit, some that aren’t so healthy), sanitary wipes to wipe the seat, essential oils to help with any headaches or stress from flying, AirPods, a good book, and a computer charger (a girl’s gotta work!)

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).
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.