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Wellness
Published Thursday Oct 31, 2019 by Jacki Carr

Tips From Fitness Instructors on How to Stay Grounded

Personal Growth
Yoga
Meditation
Fitness

It seems like we are always welcoming a new month of busy. Holidays. Ski trips. Summer vacation. Can you constantly feel the change in the air? And no, I am not talking about the different seasons.

Between working, packing, shopping, scheduling, we have to wonder where does self-care fit in? How do we find time for ourselves? 

Invest your time in exploring ways to support both feet on the ground. Say "no" to frantic chaos and hello to joy in the world—our inner world. I am committed to a clear balance between family and work in my calendar. With that, I know (and understand) the space to feel and check-in with myself, whether it’s out on a hike, or with a dose of self-care—a facial, massage, or meditation in my closet (the quietest spot in the house). Committing to me first actually allows me to ground down and choose my calendar from a clear and intentional space.

So how do others find balance? We spoke with some of the most grounded instructors in the wellness business to get real-life tips:

Honor your path.

“I can lose myself in one too many espresso shots and my Instagram feed, but I do know what brings me right back to my grounded way of being. For me, it's moving back into a relationship with my breath through meditation and yoga, spending time writing in my notebook (and less time in Gmail) and filling myself up with things that feel nourishing (often it's both an oat milk latte and a grounding maca smoothie.) I do believe that grounding will look different for each of us, and it's important to honor your path. The question I ask myself is—what would bring me back home to me?” 

- Mary Beth LaRue | Los Angeles
International Yoga Teacher and Mentor, Co-founder of Rock Your Bliss

 

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Honor your path.

“I can lose myself in one too many espresso shots and my Instagram feed, but I do know what brings me right back to my grounded way of being. For me, it's moving back into a relationship with my breath through meditation and yoga, spending time writing in my notebook (and less time in Gmail) and filling myself up with things that feel nourishing (often it's both an oat milk latte and a grounding maca smoothie.) I do believe that grounding will look different for each of us, and it's important to honor your path. The question I ask myself is—what would bring me back home to me?” 

- Mary Beth LaRue | Los Angeles
International Yoga Teacher and Mentor, Co-founder of Rock Your Bliss

 

Gather a broader perspective.

“When I'm feeling ‘ungrounded,’ or as if the train is flying off the tracks, I close my eyes, get quiet with myself, and do a scan. I scan my physical self first—am I thirsty, hungry, or tired? Followed by my emotional self—is there a current situation that might make me feel unbalanced emotionally? And lastly, my mental self—am I overthinking? What thought can I put to rest? Often times, this scan helps me step out of the spiral that is my current state, soften the intensity, and gather a broader perspective. It aids in seeing what I can own in regards to how I ended up in this state, and also leads me to choices of action that will start to move me back to a place of grounded.” 

- Jillian Keaveny | Denver
Fitness Instructor, Co-founder of Compass Fitness

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Gather a broader perspective.

“When I'm feeling ‘ungrounded,’ or as if the train is flying off the tracks, I close my eyes, get quiet with myself, and do a scan. I scan my physical self first—am I thirsty, hungry, or tired? Followed by my emotional self—is there a current situation that might make me feel unbalanced emotionally? And lastly, my mental self—am I overthinking? What thought can I put to rest? Often times, this scan helps me step out of the spiral that is my current state, soften the intensity, and gather a broader perspective. It aids in seeing what I can own in regards to how I ended up in this state, and also leads me to choices of action that will start to move me back to a place of grounded.” 

- Jillian Keaveny | Denver
Fitness Instructor, Co-founder of Compass Fitness

Find time to read.

“These days, I feel most grounded when I get some time to read. Yoga is still high on my grounding list, too, but it is certainly different now that I am pretty deep in on the business end.” 

- Jay Co | Los Angeles 
Yoga Instructor + Owner of Yogaraj

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Find time to read.

“These days, I feel most grounded when I get some time to read. Yoga is still high on my grounding list, too, but it is certainly different now that I am pretty deep in on the business end.” 

- Jay Co | Los Angeles 
Yoga Instructor + Owner of Yogaraj

Clear the clutter.

“Two go-to grounding rituals I regularly practice: silencing the radio in my car with windows open and taking a walk with my dog. I feel grounded when the clutter has been cleared. Clutter can be my active and self-critical mind or my over-stuffed tote bag resting against a paper stack. I rely on movement, some quiet, and re-focusing on my goals to regain balance and feel grounded.” 

- Kathryn Smith | Durham, NC
Yoga Teacher and Founder of Yoga Off East 


Remember, finding balance is a personal experience. Can you become more grounded to help you listen in, feel the mind and body to, in turn, create choice? 

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Clear the clutter.

“Two go-to grounding rituals I regularly practice: silencing the radio in my car with windows open and taking a walk with my dog. I feel grounded when the clutter has been cleared. Clutter can be my active and self-critical mind or my over-stuffed tote bag resting against a paper stack. I rely on movement, some quiet, and re-focusing on my goals to regain balance and feel grounded.” 

- Kathryn Smith | Durham, NC
Yoga Teacher and Founder of Yoga Off East 


Remember, finding balance is a personal experience. Can you become more grounded to help you listen in, feel the mind and body to, in turn, create choice? 

Jacki Carr
Written by
Jacki Carr
Rock Your Bliss Co-Founder | Writer
About the author
Jacki Carr is a goal coach, writer, and yoga teacher with a real, honest style that helps connect people to their most powerful self. Co-founder of Rock Your Bliss, you can find Jacki in Evergreen, Colorado drinking another bulletproof coffee on her front porch with her husband, two daughters, and their pups.
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Published Tuesday Jun 30, 2020 by Dermatologist's Choice

The Summer Skincare Routine for Outdoor Workouts and Activities

Beauty
Fitness
Skincare

Summer is officially here, and with that, there are so many fun activities that will motivate you to get outside to stay in shape and strive for those post-quarantine fitness goals. But before you decide to get outside to enjoy some walking, yoga, swimming, or hiking, remember these best practice skincare habits to protect your skin from common skin concerns, such as, sunburns, chafing, and excessive dryness. 

Here, board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Bottiglione, shares some advice to help your skin stay healthy as you embark into the great outdoors.  


But first, protect

When going outside, the sun is going to be your biggest culprit for damaging your skin. While the sun boosts benefits like vitamin D production, take notice when your skin is overexposed to the sun’s harmful rays as it becomes dangerous. When overexposed to direct sunlight, the skin is irritated, causing sunburns, dryness, and sensitivity that can increase the chances for wrinkles and skin cancer as we age.  

Luckily, staying inside when it’s so pleasant outside is not the only skincare alternative to avoid the sun’s damaging rays. Here are a few simple tips to prep your skin before stepping outside.  
Opt to protect your skin with a clinical-grade sunblocking lotion of 15 SPF or higher.

“Anytime you go outside, you need to apply sunscreen to your skin,” advises Dr. B. “Ensure you apply sunscreen to the full body and reapply often. In the morning, after cleansing your face, is the best time to apply.” He recommends a spray for oily skin, or the Dermatologist’s Choice Sunscreen Enhanced Moisturizer for dry to combination skin types that needs a little extra hydration.  
 
 
The key is the more intentional you are about proactively protecting your summer skin, the healthier it will be. It may sound simple, but your skin will be happier when you take a preventive approach rather than a reactive approach—for example, applying the sunscreen moisturizer before a walk to help to avoid the treatment of a sunburn after. When prepping your bag for the fun day ahead, make sure to add sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.  
 
 
Now the real excitement begins! However you decide to get your fitness outdoors, we have the skincare routine you need or a carefree and healthy day. 


Yoga / Walking 

Deep breath. Like our favorite flow, these skincare tips will keep our mind—and our skin—at ease. If you take your yoga practice outdoors, wear an SPF shirt, and lay your mat under a nicely shaded tree to help shield you from excessive sun exposure. 

“Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing protective clothing is smart to protect your skin from sun damage. Even if you are going for a relaxing walk or doing just a few sun salutations. Staying out of the direct sunlight will reduce your risk of sun damage and wrinkles.”     - Dr. B


Swimming 

Swimming is one of the best cardio and strength training workouts, while also an enjoyable activity during the summer. Whether you are swimming in open water or laps in the pool, the excess amount of water with exposure to pool chemicals and environmental pollutants can cause skin irritation and dryness. To keep your skin hydrated and protected, Dr. B. recommends applying the Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil to your skin before entering the water. This will seal your skin’s protective barrier to avoid skin irritation from chemicals and debris. He adds, “The Pre-Bath Oil is what I give to all my patients with eczema or dry skin. It is the only thing that will protect and also deeply hydrate the skin.” Just apply this serum before you put on your sunscreen, and you're good to go! 


Hiking 

With warm temperatures during the summer months, it’s the perfect time for hiking and exploring the mountainous outdoors. It is essential to take the necessary steps to avoid your skin becoming sunburnt, irritated, or breaking out. “Wearing a hat with a large brim that will shade your face and neck is key. A baseball cap is just not enough for the sun protection you need. After your hike, it is important to clean your face and pores of sweat, dirt, and toxins with Dermatologist’s Choice Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to avoid breakouts from occurring,” Dr. B. warns. Keep them in your bag for easy cleansing after a hike. 


Cycling/ Running 

One of the biggest skin concerns cyclists or runners usually bring to dermatologists is chafing. Even if you’re just cruising along the seaside or taking a cycling class, those tight clothes and friction can cause some intense irritation and redness. “When you have an issue with chafing, you need to protect your skin. You need armor over the skin. Beeswax, for example, is thick to coat the skin and protect it. Another effective option is the hydrating Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil. For best results, moisturize your skin, and then add a piece of clothing to cover it (that is actually like armor),” Dr. B. shares. Are you a runner? Feel free to use this tip too before your next mile or 30.  


Workout done, now what? 

At the end of your activity, the real results of that skin preparation set in. But sometimes, you need a little extra support afterwards. After any good workout, cleansing off the sweat, dirt, toxins, and irritant is paramount. Dermatologist Choice pH Balanced Cleanser helps to gently but effectively remove sweat, oil, and restore the skin’s natural pH levels.  

Did you end up getting a sunburn, or is your skin dry from the elements? Soothe with the Pre-Bath Oil with natural oils like sunflower and jojoba oil for deep hydration and healing.

“Sun damage can manifest in multiple ways. Most often, you will notice a sunburn first, which can then lead to irritated skin—and over time, sun damage increases the appearance of wrinkles.” For safe measure, at night regenerate sun-damaged skin with Dermatologist's Choice Ultra Anti-Aging Cream with 15% non-neutralized glycolic acid to your skin. This powerful dermatology treatment rebuilds the collagen and exfoliates fine lines, sunspots, and acne on the skin. “Do not apply the Ultra Anti-Aging Cream on a sunburn or irritated skin,” Dr. B. shares. These are long-term habits to aid in maintaining your best skin health.
 
 

Capture your best skin with everything you need this summer with the Dermatologist’s Choice Skin Kit, and get 20% off your order with code MB20 at www.dermchoice.com.

Dr. B Dermatologist
Written by
Dermatologist's Choice
Clean and Clinical Skincare Brand
About the author
Dermatologist’s Choice is founded, formulated, and tested by award-winning dermatologist, Dr. B. It's not just about keeping your skin clear, but providing clean and clinical formulations. DermChoice has no parabens and no fragrance, is certified cruelty-free, and is formulated with natural and organic ingredients.