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Wellness
Published Friday Jan 03, 2020 by Sara Lesher

The Top 7 Wellness Resolutions You Should Keep This New Year

Motivation
Personal Growth

It’s that time of year again—we’re starting to hear resolutions about dieting, losing weight, working out, etc. Maintaining physical health is important, but we shouldn’t neglect the other areas of our life that make us whole, healthy beings.  

At MINDBODY, we believe wellness comes in 7 dimensions:  
    •    Physical: Taking care of our bodies—proper nutrition, hydration, exercise, etc.
    •    Emotional: Our ability to recognize our feelings and manage them constructively
    •    Intellectual: Engaging our minds and challenging our intellects  

    •    Spiritual: Our greater purpose on this earth and how we find meaning in our lives 

    •    Environmental: Acknowledging and bettering the impact we have on our planet 

    •    Social: Making supportive and beneficial connections with others 

    •    Occupational: Fulfillment in the workplace and work/life balance 


Now that you understand the 7 Dimensions of Wellness, here are some resolutions you can make this year to fulfill each one!

Physical

It’s easy to get caught up in trying to lose weight, especially during the new year. But having a body that carries us each day is a gift in and of itself—we should be celebrating it, not punishing it! Rather than thinking about dieting to lose weight this year, try to shift your mindset on exercising and eating a well-rounded diet to better your mental health, increase your overall energy, and live a longer, healthier life. We only get one body, and it’s essential that we treat it well—trust us, it’ll thank you. Hint: Check out these last-minute deals on fitness classes near you!

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Physical

It’s easy to get caught up in trying to lose weight, especially during the new year. But having a body that carries us each day is a gift in and of itself—we should be celebrating it, not punishing it! Rather than thinking about dieting to lose weight this year, try to shift your mindset on exercising and eating a well-rounded diet to better your mental health, increase your overall energy, and live a longer, healthier life. We only get one body, and it’s essential that we treat it well—trust us, it’ll thank you. Hint: Check out these last-minute deals on fitness classes near you!

Emotional

Emotional well-being is about finding happiness in your daily life and routine. It’s closely linked to spiritual wellness, but with more focus on acknowledging and managing your emotions. Support your emotional well-being by finding joy in the little things, living in the present, and seeking help when you need it. In 2020, try to bring awareness into your daily routines—notice your breath, take time while eating to enjoy your meals, opt for walking when you can, find ways to practice gratitude, call a friend—the list goes on and on. If you need a mental health day, take one. If you’re feeling helpless, seek therapy. This is your life, and you control your happiness.

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Emotional

Emotional well-being is about finding happiness in your daily life and routine. It’s closely linked to spiritual wellness, but with more focus on acknowledging and managing your emotions. Support your emotional well-being by finding joy in the little things, living in the present, and seeking help when you need it. In 2020, try to bring awareness into your daily routines—notice your breath, take time while eating to enjoy your meals, opt for walking when you can, find ways to practice gratitude, call a friend—the list goes on and on. If you need a mental health day, take one. If you’re feeling helpless, seek therapy. This is your life, and you control your happiness.

Intellectual

For some, this one may sound daunting, but you don’t have to start applying for grad schools to work on your intelligence (although if that’s a goal of yours, what’s stopping you?). Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn more about? Read up on it. Have a long commute or need a distraction on the treadmill? Tune into a few new podcasts. Feeling intellectually drained from work? Exercise your creativity (paint, color, take up macramé). Intelligence comes in many different forms—find what inspires you, and just go for it.

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Intellectual

For some, this one may sound daunting, but you don’t have to start applying for grad schools to work on your intelligence (although if that’s a goal of yours, what’s stopping you?). Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn more about? Read up on it. Have a long commute or need a distraction on the treadmill? Tune into a few new podcasts. Feeling intellectually drained from work? Exercise your creativity (paint, color, take up macramé). Intelligence comes in many different forms—find what inspires you, and just go for it.

Spiritual

Spirituality is a broad term and can have a different meaning for everyone. In short, spirituality is our sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves. What is the meaning of our lives? Why are we here on this planet? These are not simple questions. Whether you find your peace in organized religion or through solo meditation, there is no wrong answer. Spirituality is a personal journey we are all entitled to. So, how do we make spiritual resolutions in 2020? Start by asking yourself these questions, find what brings you fulfillment. Spend time alone—try writing in a journal or taking just five minutes a day to meditate and reflect. Remember: it’s your journey, and you’re in control.

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Spiritual

Spirituality is a broad term and can have a different meaning for everyone. In short, spirituality is our sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves. What is the meaning of our lives? Why are we here on this planet? These are not simple questions. Whether you find your peace in organized religion or through solo meditation, there is no wrong answer. Spirituality is a personal journey we are all entitled to. So, how do we make spiritual resolutions in 2020? Start by asking yourself these questions, find what brings you fulfillment. Spend time alone—try writing in a journal or taking just five minutes a day to meditate and reflect. Remember: it’s your journey, and you’re in control.

Environmental

Although we’re impressed with those who choose to go zero waste, it may seem like a big leap for many of us. If you think you’re ready to eliminate trash and go vegan, 2020 is your year to make it happen. If you don’t even know where to begin with environmental wellness, it’s okay to start small. Opt for paperless billing, learn to recycle, invest in clean beauty products, swap your household cleaning supplies. Whatever it may be, your contribution matters. We’re all living on the same planet, and it’s our job to protect it.

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Environmental

Although we’re impressed with those who choose to go zero waste, it may seem like a big leap for many of us. If you think you’re ready to eliminate trash and go vegan, 2020 is your year to make it happen. If you don’t even know where to begin with environmental wellness, it’s okay to start small. Opt for paperless billing, learn to recycle, invest in clean beauty products, swap your household cleaning supplies. Whatever it may be, your contribution matters. We’re all living on the same planet, and it’s our job to protect it.

Social

Whether you’re a social butterfly or you’d be happy interacting solely with your dog, we all could use a little community. This means something different for everyone, so don’t worry if you’re not hosting the party every weekend. If you’re a creature of habit, find a way to fit others into your routine. It could be as simple as calling your mom on your commute, grabbing coffee with a coworker each morning, or joining a group fitness class. We are social beings. Our connection with others makes up a crucial part of our overall well-being (maybe even as important as food and water!). So, call your friends, make plans, and connect this new year.

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Social

Whether you’re a social butterfly or you’d be happy interacting solely with your dog, we all could use a little community. This means something different for everyone, so don’t worry if you’re not hosting the party every weekend. If you’re a creature of habit, find a way to fit others into your routine. It could be as simple as calling your mom on your commute, grabbing coffee with a coworker each morning, or joining a group fitness class. We are social beings. Our connection with others makes up a crucial part of our overall well-being (maybe even as important as food and water!). So, call your friends, make plans, and connect this new year.

Occupational

We all want to succeed in our careers, and for many, this means working all the time. Our occupational resolution this year is the opposite of occupational: remember to hit pause and disconnect. In 2020, it’s easier than ever to communicate on-the-go. Many of us have our work emails or chat tools downloaded on our phones, so we never miss an important message. While this is great during business hours, it can often be intrusive and never-ending when we’re off the clock. Make it a goal to emphasize the O in PTO and keep your time off truly off. Silence your phone, spend time with loved ones, and leave work at work. Honor your coworkers’ time off as well, and don’t send that 11 pm message—it can wait. 
 
 

Want to get started on your wellness journey? Download the Mindbody app to book fitness classes and wellness services to support your physical, emotional, spiritual, and social health.  

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Occupational

We all want to succeed in our careers, and for many, this means working all the time. Our occupational resolution this year is the opposite of occupational: remember to hit pause and disconnect. In 2020, it’s easier than ever to communicate on-the-go. Many of us have our work emails or chat tools downloaded on our phones, so we never miss an important message. While this is great during business hours, it can often be intrusive and never-ending when we’re off the clock. Make it a goal to emphasize the O in PTO and keep your time off truly off. Silence your phone, spend time with loved ones, and leave work at work. Honor your coworkers’ time off as well, and don’t send that 11 pm message—it can wait. 
 
 

Want to get started on your wellness journey? Download the Mindbody app to book fitness classes and wellness services to support your physical, emotional, spiritual, and social health.  

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.