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fitness geek: health news round up 7.24.15

  • This one’s for our NYC Tribe: Did you know that city dwellers are at higher risk for having anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses than those who live in suburban settings? New research presents a simple solution: walking in nature can change our brains in ways that improve our long-term mental health. —the new york times
  • Most people meditate to help themselves, but could your daily practice be helping others? There may be a connection between meditation and increased compassion towards others. —the atlantic
  • Nothing good lasts forever: Well and Good rounds up everything you need to know about makeup expiration dates. —well and good
  • Want sustainable + continued success? You’ve got to practice “habit creep.” —james clear
  • When you work out from a place of loving yourself instead of hating yourself, everything shifts. Read up on the six things that body-positive people do every day. —mind body green
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“9 classes that will make you love fitness” on mgb

We’re in it for the results, but we’re also in it for the fun. Thank you to mindbodygreen for naming bari one of the “9 classes that will make you love fitness.” From mindbodygreen editor Allie White:

I felt like a hybrid cheerleader/gymnast/ninja as I jumped, chasséd and squated my way across (and up and down) the studio space. And the variety of props and tools we used (trampoline, TRX, weights, gliders, resistance bands, step) had my muscles feeling a serious but pleasant burn for days after.

An intense class for sure, but also intensely fun.

Read the full article here.

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the last inch: why stress sabotages your workout

It’s no secret that the infallible equation to weight loss and physical health is a good workout plus habitual clean eating. But what gives when you’ve committed to your sweat sessions, swapped processed junk for whole foods, nailed your form day in and day out and that last inch still won’t budge? Well, your stress could be sabotaging your hard work.

It has been well documented that stress causes us to develop belly fat and even clog our arteries, but now thanks to researchers from the University of Texas, Austin and Yale University, we know that how you manage that stress directly affects your physical recovery after a workout. According to the study, when participants ineffectively managed their mental stress, their bodies were more fatigued, sore and strained, making it more difficult for them to perform at their maximum capacity in subsequent workouts. What does this mean for you, Tribe? Your physical results are directly impacted by your brain power.

Listen, we get it. Stress is inevitable — ignoring that fact won’t help you get the most from your workouts, but addressing it and having some techniques in place to deal with it will.

Set the intention to have your best class, every class. Starting off your class intentionally not only determines your mood, but it will make you feel more in control. When you’re not sure what the trainer will throw at you next, it can feel stressful — but a little bit of intention can go a long way. It also provides an opportunity to take whatever you do in class and translate it to your daily life. Did you surprise yourself? Did you stay present? Did you have a good attitude? You can do it again outside of class. Use your hour at Bari as an experiment in a healthier, less stressed attitude.

Make your cool down count. This is the most important part of your workout because it is the moment your recovery begins. Allowing yourself to stretch your muscles, to pay attention to the sore spots and to send oxygen to your whole body gets the recovery process off to a solid start. Use the cool down efficiently to not just slow down your body and heart rate, but to slow down your mind as well. When our minds are racing, we tend to react to stress instead of thoughtfully responding. Your cool down reminds you to move slower, think slower, feel slower.

Meditate twice a day. These days, everyone’s meditating. And for good reason. Meditation has been proven to reduce the stress hormone cortisol. But you don’t need research to know that because anyone who has sat still for 10 minutes knows how much slowing down can help improve your mood. Slowing down, detaching from outside triggers and staying present are all part of meditation and part of the healing process. Allowing your muscles to recover begins with your mind.

Disconnect in the bedroom. Shutting off all electronics before you go to bed is a great idea, but have you considered making your bedroom a disconnect zone? Turning off the glow of the screen allows you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep more soundly. Getting the right amount of Zzz’s means your body has ample time to recover, your brain has enough time to process all the new information you learned that day (Ninja Twist, anyone?) and your hormone levels remain balanced.

Connect with your breath. Sometimes, all we need are a few long, deep breaths to settle down our stress levels. Practicing deep breathing simply means filling our lungs with as much air as possible and exhaling out every last drop. When you practice breathing deeply in daily life, it’s easy to bring that conscious breathing to your workouts. Connecting your breath and your movements ensures that you’re not holding your breath in, which tenses your body and makes it more difficult for you to move dynamically. Get more out of your workout and recovery by getting a better oxygen fix.

photo via craig hanson photography

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baribounce featured on racked!

Thank you to Racked and bari triber Carlye for this great feature on trampoline workouts: Trampoline, The Childhood Favorite That Makes For One Hell of a Workout!

“In New York, there is a flavor of trampoline exercise for every mood and I’ve tried them all (well, most). Through and through, Bari Studio remains my favorite for its full-body approach and challenging choreography. This is actually my regular workout of choice!” Read the full article here.

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daily front row + self’s joyce chang work out at bari

We had so much fun sweating it out with SELF Editor in Chief, Joyce Chang, and Daily Front Row writer Alexandra Ilyashov! Get the low down (pun intended, Tribers) on their bari experience + find out how one of New York City’s top fitness editor works out week to week. Read the full article here.

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women’s health feature: courtney’s #sweatitforward playlist

Thanks to Women’s Health for featuring Courtney’s Sweat It Forward playlist as this week’s “new favorite playlist.” Check out the feature on The Sweat Life’s #SweatItForward initiative + Courtney’s killer playlist here.

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#sweatitforward kick off with barry’s bootcamp

We’re still riding an incredible (bounce-induced) high from last night’s Sweat It Forward kick off event with Barry’s Bootcamp. To the Aly +  The Sweat Life, thank you for all of the hard work and brain power that went into taking this amazing idea from concept to action. We’re so honored to have been the studio to launch this rolling challenge, and we can’t wait for another studio to challenge us!

For some background on the Sweat It Forward campaign and how and why we’re banding together to stand up to cancer, read Aly’s post here. At bari, we’re sweating it forward because we’re all in this together — and it’s time we start acting like it. We recognize that our energy and efforts are far more potent when we collaborate, and we think fighting cancer is a pretty good reason to pack up any competition or egos in the name of affecting change.

Are you on board? Please consider donating to Stand Up 2 Cancer here.

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diary of a fitness studio owner {guest post on the sweat life}

Want a sneak peek into the brains behind bari? Check out bari founder Alexandra Bonetti’s latest guest post on The Sweat Life  for five business-meets-life lessons.

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#failproof2015 next steps: set an intention

You’ve just nailed your best program ever. You’ve seen results you’ve never seen before. You feel like a brand new person: when you sit at your desk, you actually miss holding plank (we get it, we feel the same way). So now what? Don’t let all that good, sweaty work go to waste. You’ve danced, bounced and toned your way to a new body and a new mindset, so go forth and conquer a whole new routine. The first step is simple: set your intention.

Intentions are everything. They align you with what’s important and keep you engaged when you want to give up. If you’re going to maintain your healthiest relationship ever, you gotta have one. So here are a few options:

My intention is…

…to make it all about today. for the triber whose mind is always racing too far into the future. You don’t need to work for the future, just work for this moment. Lace your sneaks, walk out the door and do it today.

…to feel grounded. for the triber who feels pulled in a million different directions. You can create a sense of centeredness and calm just by committing to your healthy routine and consistently staying present.

…to push myself past my limits. for the triber who doesn’t like to take a risk. Your body and mind are stronger than you admit, and when you let yourself push past your comfort zone, you’ll almost always surprise yourself.

…to feel balanced. for the triber who struggles with having a narrow, singular focus. You get in your own world, and that keeps you from experiencing the good parts of your life and your workout.

…to simplify my life and allow it to be easy. for the triber who fights against flow. Your body and mind work in perfect flow when you let go of tensions that don’t serve you. In order to work hard in the right places, it’s time to let go in the right places, too.

Setting an intention is the very first (most important) step. Pick one of these intentions, or set your own, and check back this week for how to use them to keep your momentum going.


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bari on mashable: “i worked out like a model for fashion week”

One Mashable writer tried working out like a model for Fashion Week at bari and lived to tell the (sweat-drenched) tale. Check out her review of bari + her insight into how models prep for Fashion Week here.

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