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Wellness
Published Tuesday Mar 31, 2020 by Mindbody Team

What Mindbody is Reading/Listening to Right Now

Mindbody Community
Personal Growth

At Mindbody, we’re all trying to do our part, right now, WFH-ing, social distancing and spending as much time at home as possible. All that extra time confined at home makes it particularly tempting to mindlessly consume—whether it be a 10:15 AM lunch, out of boredom, or scrolling titles on Hulu for hours before giving up and re-watching The Office, again. 

It’s important to mix up the content we’re consuming and try to ensure we’re getting a balance of enriching content. We compiled a list of a few of our favorite books and podcasts that the Mindbody team is consciously consuming to try to keep ourselves enlightened and balanced during this time—that is, when we’re not bingeing Tiger King or Love is Blind. 

Hidden Brain [Podcast] with Shankar Vedantam 

“Makes you think about your unconscious decisions—for example, why do we all feel compelled to stockpile toilet paper right now.”  – Megan Incorvaia (Sr Manager, Advertising) 

Host Shankar Vedantam focuses his weekly shows on human behavior and social sciences. Diving deep into sociological & behavioral research to get listeners to understand the headlines through the context of human perception, memory, emotions, and subconscious. 

 

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Hidden Brain [Podcast] with Shankar Vedantam 

“Makes you think about your unconscious decisions—for example, why do we all feel compelled to stockpile toilet paper right now.”  – Megan Incorvaia (Sr Manager, Advertising) 

Host Shankar Vedantam focuses his weekly shows on human behavior and social sciences. Diving deep into sociological & behavioral research to get listeners to understand the headlines through the context of human perception, memory, emotions, and subconscious. 

 

Photo source: Npr.org

Digital Minimalism [Book] By Cal Newport

“We’re spending A LOT more time online, but it can be counterintuitive to overall wellness. Digital Minimalism helps shine a light on your behavioral blind spots.” – Meredith Simmons (Sr Marketing Communications Specialist) 

Digital Minimalism takes the approach that technology—a powerful but vilified tool—is not necessarily good or bad. Cal Newport highlights that we should be consciously considering how we’re spending our time (endless scrolling on the ‘grams, anyone?), assessing what value we get from our various tech connections and social platforms, and either consolidating, prioritizing, or taking a step away from technology. 
 

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Digital Minimalism [Book] By Cal Newport

“We’re spending A LOT more time online, but it can be counterintuitive to overall wellness. Digital Minimalism helps shine a light on your behavioral blind spots.” – Meredith Simmons (Sr Marketing Communications Specialist) 

Digital Minimalism takes the approach that technology—a powerful but vilified tool—is not necessarily good or bad. Cal Newport highlights that we should be consciously considering how we’re spending our time (endless scrolling on the ‘grams, anyone?), assessing what value we get from our various tech connections and social platforms, and either consolidating, prioritizing, or taking a step away from technology. 
 

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Armchair Expert [Podcast] with Dax Shepard and Monica Padman

“It’s so funny and smart but most importantly, Dax and Monica show you it’s okay to be honest, vulnerable, and sensitive” – Yuki Daniel (Executive Assistant) 

Dax Shepard, along with his co-host and longtime friend, Monica Padman have such a pointed, yet caring & humble way of interviewing. It’s not uncommon for him to prompt many of his celebrity and expert guests to open up deeply within the first five minutes of the podcast. Listening to Dax and Monica is highly entertaining and thought-provoking. A great soundtrack for cooking dinner. 

 

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Armchair Expert [Podcast] with Dax Shepard and Monica Padman

“It’s so funny and smart but most importantly, Dax and Monica show you it’s okay to be honest, vulnerable, and sensitive” – Yuki Daniel (Executive Assistant) 

Dax Shepard, along with his co-host and longtime friend, Monica Padman have such a pointed, yet caring & humble way of interviewing. It’s not uncommon for him to prompt many of his celebrity and expert guests to open up deeply within the first five minutes of the podcast. Listening to Dax and Monica is highly entertaining and thought-provoking. A great soundtrack for cooking dinner. 

 

Photo source: Armchair Expert Facebook

When Things Fall Apart [Book] by Pema Chödrön

“Everyone can relate and get advice from this book, whether they are going through a loss, divorce, work stress, etc.” – Keana Dapper (Lifecycle Program Manager) 

Pema Chödrön is a Buddhist nun, author and speaker. Drawing from her vast knowledge and experience with traditional Buddhist Wisdom—she provides a digestible guide on how to lean into our feelings of discomfort. 

 

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When Things Fall Apart [Book] by Pema Chödrön

“Everyone can relate and get advice from this book, whether they are going through a loss, divorce, work stress, etc.” – Keana Dapper (Lifecycle Program Manager) 

Pema Chödrön is a Buddhist nun, author and speaker. Drawing from her vast knowledge and experience with traditional Buddhist Wisdom—she provides a digestible guide on how to lean into our feelings of discomfort. 

 

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Educated: A Memoir [Book] by Tara Westover

“An incredibly interesting perspective of the power of knowledge and information.” – Angelina C Murray (Lead Acquisition Program Manager) 

A true page-turner, Educated details the childhood and journey through life of Tara Westover. Raised in a home that eschewed formal education, subject to physical and emotional abuse from unstable parents, Westover’s story of discovering and seeking out education against all odds is truly inspiring. 

 

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Educated: A Memoir [Book] by Tara Westover

“An incredibly interesting perspective of the power of knowledge and information.” – Angelina C Murray (Lead Acquisition Program Manager) 

A true page-turner, Educated details the childhood and journey through life of Tara Westover. Raised in a home that eschewed formal education, subject to physical and emotional abuse from unstable parents, Westover’s story of discovering and seeking out education against all odds is truly inspiring. 

 

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Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend [Podcast] with Conan O’Brien and Sona Movsesian 

“Conan's untamed, yet likeable id unleashed on his guests who, after the hour is up, unwittingly become his friends. His assistant Sona and producer Matt laugh at, and sometimes with, Conan throughout each episode. Five stars.”  – Ryan Kaltenbach (Senior Business Insights Analyst & Office Meme Master) 

This podcast may not be as enlightened or educational as some of the other picks on our list—but laughter is the best medicine—and we could all use a couple of extra giggles right now. Conan brings through A-list celebrities and top comedians for an hour plus of one third interview & two-thirds side splitting laughter. Just give it a listen. 

 

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Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend [Podcast] with Conan O’Brien and Sona Movsesian 

“Conan's untamed, yet likeable id unleashed on his guests who, after the hour is up, unwittingly become his friends. His assistant Sona and producer Matt laugh at, and sometimes with, Conan throughout each episode. Five stars.”  – Ryan Kaltenbach (Senior Business Insights Analyst & Office Meme Master) 

This podcast may not be as enlightened or educational as some of the other picks on our list—but laughter is the best medicine—and we could all use a couple of extra giggles right now. Conan brings through A-list celebrities and top comedians for an hour plus of one third interview & two-thirds side splitting laughter. Just give it a listen. 

 

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Joyful:  The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness [Book] By Ingrid Fetell Lee 

“A good reminder that joy can be found in simple, cheap ways.”  – Christina Libertini (Senior Art Director) 

Especially now, when we’re all feeling a little bit more confined, this book gives some useful tips on how to improve our WFH spaces, our bedrooms, our lives, and find a little more joy. Drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology, Ingrid Fetell Lee breaks down the powerful impact of the physical world on our feelings and thoughts (both good and bad). Her anecdotes are fun to read, and the—while basic—are a good reminder that joy can be found in simple, cheap ways. 

 

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Joyful:  The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness [Book] By Ingrid Fetell Lee 

“A good reminder that joy can be found in simple, cheap ways.”  – Christina Libertini (Senior Art Director) 

Especially now, when we’re all feeling a little bit more confined, this book gives some useful tips on how to improve our WFH spaces, our bedrooms, our lives, and find a little more joy. Drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology, Ingrid Fetell Lee breaks down the powerful impact of the physical world on our feelings and thoughts (both good and bad). Her anecdotes are fun to read, and the—while basic—are a good reminder that joy can be found in simple, cheap ways. 

 

Photo source: Amazon.com

Planet Money [Podcast] 

“This podcast actually makes me miss my commute.” – Megan Incorvaia (Sr Manager, Advertising) 

Billed as ”The Economy Explained,” Planet Money breaks down the various forces at play in the economy in a digestible and interesting way. It runs the gamut from topics—is there any difference in top-shelf vs bottom-shelf vodka beyond the marketing—to explaining how the Fed is trying to combat the economic impacts of COVID-19. 

 

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Planet Money [Podcast] 

“This podcast actually makes me miss my commute.” – Megan Incorvaia (Sr Manager, Advertising) 

Billed as ”The Economy Explained,” Planet Money breaks down the various forces at play in the economy in a digestible and interesting way. It runs the gamut from topics—is there any difference in top-shelf vs bottom-shelf vodka beyond the marketing—to explaining how the Fed is trying to combat the economic impacts of COVID-19. 

 

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The Body: A Guide for Occupants [Book] by Bill Bryson

“A great read in these times when our bodies have taken the headlines.” – Christina Libertini (Senior Art Director) 

Bill Bryson uses his trademark humor and strong storytelling to provide an engaging review of the human body. If you haven’t taken a biology class since high school (hi!)—this book provides a simple and entertaining walkthrough of how the human body works, one system at a time. It’s definitely not a medical textbook—but delivers on a lighthearted and anecdotal understanding of what keeps our bodies ticking. 

 

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The Body: A Guide for Occupants [Book] by Bill Bryson

“A great read in these times when our bodies have taken the headlines.” – Christina Libertini (Senior Art Director) 

Bill Bryson uses his trademark humor and strong storytelling to provide an engaging review of the human body. If you haven’t taken a biology class since high school (hi!)—this book provides a simple and entertaining walkthrough of how the human body works, one system at a time. It’s definitely not a medical textbook—but delivers on a lighthearted and anecdotal understanding of what keeps our bodies ticking. 

 

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Fitness
Published Monday Sep 21, 2020 by Devin Dilday

What a HIIT Class Near Me Is Like in the New Normal

Fitness
Bootcamp

The hybrid-style of virtual and in-person classes has become the new normal for the majority of fitness studios across the world. While we all have augmented our workout schedules to accommodate in-person and online classes, I suddenly got the motivation (it could be because I am getting married soon) to get back into in-person HIIT classes. 

Pre-COVID, I had just started getting into HIIT. Coming from a girl who grew up dancing and doing barre her whole life, it was a big adjustment for me, but I started to love the classes. And with studios near me reopening, I realized that I felt ready to go back into the studio to test out a new style of HIIT class.  


This is Gemini Fit 

I found Gemini Fit by Scott Baker on the Mindbody app. It’s a HIIT/ Tabata training studio in San Diego, CA that aims to create a unique, fun, effective group and personal training experience. What immediately sold me was the class sizes were limited to 5-6 people to allow for social distancing, so I signed up a week or so in advance and was ready to go.  

Not going to lie, when the day came to go to class, I was a bit nervous—what was an in-person class going to look like in the new normal? Luckily, my fears subsided when I arrived.  

Scott excitedly welcomed me and gave me the low-down on everything in the studio. I got there 10 minutes early to make sure I had enough time to go through everything and check in. I also got to meet the studio mascot, Alabama, Scott’s adorable dog! Scott explained that the class would be HIIT/Tabata style (like an F45 class), where you go from station to station for a certain amount of time. He explained the exercise at each station and equipment accompanying. 

He then went over the several COVID-19 precautions they were taking: 
    •    Limiting the classes to 6 people 

    •    Sanitization wipes and hand sanitizer at each station 

    •    50-minute class times 

    •    Masks required in the lobby areas (can be worn working out depending on comfort
          levels!) 

    •    Optional gloves 

    •    Extra cleaning between each class and station   



The Workout 

I was a bit intimidated; my workout regimen had been less than optimal (thanks, COVID), so I was scared to get back into things. Once we got moving all my concerns disappeared, and I got into a groove. The music was blasting, the exercises were dynamic, fast-paced, and effective. Each station had different props and moves, and they all felt extremely safe and clean. 

What stood out to me immediately was the personalization of the class.  

I was so impressed with the way he personalized each move at the different stations for each person. He really gets to know his team and provides separate workouts for everyone based on their comfort level and what they want to achieve—it’s almost like a personal training session! 

As the 50-minute class was drawing toward the close, I realized I didn’t want it to end! It had flown by due to the moving of stations and dynamic mix of exercises. I was feeling the burn and going to be sore the next day—but I loved it.  


The Experience 

What I enjoyed most about the class was the fact that I felt so safe the entire time, and could go at my own pace and comfort level, which is especially nice coming back to an in-person for the first time since COVID-19. I can’t wait to go back and would recommend trying the class. The fast-paced style of HIIT may not be for everyone, but if you're looking for a new workout to mix up your fitness routine, it’s definitely worth a try.  

Want to try it for yourself?  Book a class at Gemini Fit! Not ready to go in person, browse virtual HIIT on Mindbody.

Devin Dilday MINDBODY
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Devin Dilday
Social Media Manager
About the author
Social butterfly by nature, it's no wonder Devin found her niche in the social media and marketing industry. As a native San Diegan, Devin loves spending time at the beach and dining at local hot spots. When she's not working, you can find her at a Pilates, barre or yoga class.