What it’s really like to spend 24 hours at an Ayurvedic wellness retreat

January 25, 2020 at 02:00PM by CWC After a particularly busy month, I deemed myself in need of some deep pampering. I’d been burning the candle at both ends, doing extra work during the day, and attending events in the evenings. I was getting a lot done and having a lot of fun, but I … Continue reading What it’s really like to spend 24 hours at an Ayurvedic wellness retreat

How to do wheel pose the right way, straight from a yoga pro

January 24, 2020 at 12:00PM by CWC Form is everything in yoga (technically, form is everything in any workout, but that goes double for the centuries-old postures). Misplacing a limb (even slightly) on your yoga mat, especially with repetition, can really work against you over time. And that’s exactly why we tapped yogi Andrea Russell … Continue reading How to do wheel pose the right way, straight from a yoga pro

I’m a PT, and I stretch for 5 minutes every day—here’s why that’s the magic number

January 24, 2020 by CWC I always decide how long I’m going to stretch for based on the scenario. If it’s the end of a workout class and we have one minute to stretch things out, that’s all I’ll do. If I’m working out on my own, it all depends on my schedule. Ask a … Continue reading I’m a PT, and I stretch for 5 minutes every day—here’s why that’s the magic number

We asked Well+Good readers their thoughts on recovery—here’s what they had to say

January 23, 2020 at 04:26PM by CWC Recovery is a hot topic among fitness folk: What does “active recovery” really look like? How many rest days should you take anyway? Is there really a right way to foam roll? The questions around this should-be-rejuvenating part of your workout routine never stop. For a deeper look … Continue reading We asked Well+Good readers their thoughts on recovery—here’s what they had to say

I do hundreds of yoga classes a year, but none has lit up my arms like this 10-minute flow

January 23, 2020 at 12:00PM by CWC Anyone who’s tried to execute crow pose (a Cirque du Soleil-worthy arm balance) knows that yoga demands a lot—I repeat, a lot—of arm strength. Even Vinyasa staples like downward-facing dog can light up your body from your fingertips to your armpits. So whether you find yourself longing to get … Continue reading I do hundreds of yoga classes a year, but none has lit up my arms like this 10-minute flow

5 common myths about meditation, debunked

January 22, 2020 at 04:00PM by CWC Meditation isn’t new, but given how the industry is booming in the digital age, it’s also certainly not passé—and great reasons for that abound. The goal of meditation can include facilitating resilience against stress and more compassion toward yourself and those around you. It may even help you … Continue reading 5 common myths about meditation, debunked

These are the most popular studios around the U.S., according to Classpass

January 22, 2020 at 02:00PM by CWC The beauty of a Classpass membership is that on any given day, you can choose from a seemingly endless number of workouts. From yoga to spin, from boxing to boot camps, you could try a different modality every day of the week (and in many cities, a different … Continue reading These are the most popular studios around the U.S., according to Classpass

Trainers tell us the reason you should switch up your fitness routine on the reg

January 22, 2020 at 02:00AM by CWC Some people are die-hard fans of one particular workout. Take the SoulCycle crew, Pilates devotees, dedicated yogis, runners, and the list goes on. While there’s certainly something to be said for having a go-to way to sweat, switching it up can also benefit your bod, helping to prevent … Continue reading Trainers tell us the reason you should switch up your fitness routine on the reg

4 things you should always do to your skin, according to a French facialist

January 21, 2020 at 07:00PM by CWC I’ve gleaned beauty secrets from all types of experts, ranging from top dermatologists to facial yoga instructors and everyone in between. But I’m very excited to spill what a French skin-care routine looks like, according to my latest resource: Mila Moursi, a 70-year old Parisian facialist who has … Continue reading 4 things you should always do to your skin, according to a French facialist

I’ve tried it all, and this is the only tool that releases my neck and jaw tension

January 21, 2020 at 02:00PM by CWC For someone who lives by the beach in Southern California—AKA one of the chillest places on the planet—I am surprisingly tense. I grind my teeth when I sleep and often find myself with a clenched jaw while I’m working at my computer, trying to meet a tight deadline. … Continue reading I’ve tried it all, and this is the only tool that releases my neck and jaw tension

Checks+Balanced: How a freelance publicist living in Puerto Rico budgets for wellness

January 21, 2020 at 01:00PM by CWC Do you know how much money your friends make? What about how much their rent is or how much is in their bank accounts right now? I’m guessing no. Even in a world where questions about menstrual cups and the ins and outs of sex are completely (and blessedly) normal to ask, … Continue reading Checks+Balanced: How a freelance publicist living in Puerto Rico budgets for wellness

I’m a movement specialist, and this is the best stretch based on your height

January 20, 2020 at 07:00PM by CWC First things first: Everyone—and I do mean, everyone—needs to stretch. No matter how active you are, how flexible you feel, or how stiff your joints seem, consistently and effectively stretching your body is necessary for a long, healthy, and active life. Without doing so, you can experience aches, … Continue reading I’m a movement specialist, and this is the best stretch based on your height

A music scientist explains how to hack your playlist and make your workouts more effective

January 20, 2020 at 04:00PM by CWC Picture this nightmare of a situation: you’ve mustered up all your remaining energy after a long day of work to pack your running shoes, sports bra and towel, only to realize once you got to the gym that you forgot your headphones. You now have a tough decision … Continue reading A music scientist explains how to hack your playlist and make your workouts more effective

What the first new moon of the decade means for your big-picture goals

January 19, 2020 at 10:00PM by CWC Over the last few weeks, we’ve experienced some of the most intense aspects that this generation will see. With the Saturn and Pluto conjunction in Capricorn happening opposite a lunar eclipse in Cancer, deep-seated issues likely surfaced, inviting you to devote some attention to handling past issues. The … Continue reading What the first new moon of the decade means for your big-picture goals

These sleek wearable weights take functional fitness to a whole new level

January 19, 2020 at 04:00PM by CWC The quickest way to turn any move into an ab workout is to engage your core—this much we know to be true. But the quickest way to do the same thing for your arms and legs, sans dumbbells? Add a set of wearable weights. While the term “wearable … Continue reading These sleek wearable weights take functional fitness to a whole new level

7 secrets to living a long, fulfilling life, according to people in their 80s, 90s, and 100s

January 18, 2020 at 06:00PM by CWC Wouldn’t it be great if we could just know how to be the healthiest, happiest, and most fulfilled versions of ourselves? Of course, there’s something to be said for embracing the trial-and-error journey of finding what works for you, but we also have an untapped resource for discovering … Continue reading 7 secrets to living a long, fulfilling life, according to people in their 80s, 90s, and 100s

The definitive ranking of boutique fitness locker rooms with the best beauty supplies

January 18, 2020 at 12:00AM by CWC My old apartment had a scary bathroom that I hated using. To avoid it, I’d book evening hot yoga classes at Y7 Studio so I could shower there. The shower lines are much shorter in the evening, and the Malin+Goetz shower gel they provide smells so good you … Continue reading The definitive ranking of boutique fitness locker rooms with the best beauty supplies

How to know if you need to strengthen or stretch your hip flexors—because, ouch!

January 17, 2020 at 05:00PM by CWC The hip flexors are one of those regions in the body that you never notice until they’re epically sore. Most of the time, pain eeks into the creases of the hips after a particular grueling core workout or in the aftermath of a long run. Given that the … Continue reading How to know if you need to strengthen or stretch your hip flexors—because, ouch!

One of the most common yoga poses is also one of the easiest to mess up

January 17, 2020 at 12:00PM by CWC In yoga, it’s often the simplest-seeming poses that are the easiest to mess up. If your alignment is off, it screws with the entire functionality of the move. And what’s worse, it puts you at the risk of getting hurt. One such offender? Triangle pose, which might look … Continue reading One of the most common yoga poses is also one of the easiest to mess up

The 3 lower-body stretches a professional cyclist does every single day

January 17, 2020 at 12:00AM by CWC Spin class is a reliable killer. Now imagine ditching the stationary bike and doing those tough intervals on the road like a professional cyclist. It’s safe to say that once you’re done, you’ll be feeling it all over… and that’s exactly why having a good stretching routine is … Continue reading The 3 lower-body stretches a professional cyclist does every single day

The 12 most unforgivable gym etiquette offenses during the busiest month of the year

January 16, 2020 at 06:42PM by CWC Growing up, my family never missed church on Sunday. Never. As such devout practitioners (aka helpless charges of a devout mother), we liked to complain about the twice-a-year church-goers, the ones who made it unbearably crowded at Easter and Christmas and who never knew what the hell (sorry, … Continue reading The 12 most unforgivable gym etiquette offenses during the busiest month of the year

This 12-minute butt-sculpting yoga flow will put squats and lunges to shame

January 16, 2020 at 12:00PM by CWC People tend to forget that yoga is actually a sneaky butt-sculpting workout. Flowing into various poses helps to mobilize and strengthen your entire body, plus it’s benefitting your mind through mindful breathing, but so many of the moves require a huge amount of glute strength. In our newest episode … Continue reading This 12-minute butt-sculpting yoga flow will put squats and lunges to shame

Williamsburg is basically ‘Wellnessburg,’ and we have the healthy travel guide to prove it

January 15, 2020 at 11:00PM by CWC Ready to plan your wellness-rich Williamsburg itinerary? Watch the video for inspo. There isn’t much Well+Good video producer and host Ella Dove hasn’t tried in the name of wellness (horseback yoga, anyone?) So naturally, we tend to trust her opinions on what’s worth trying and what’s plain weird—no … Continue reading Williamsburg is basically ‘Wellnessburg,’ and we have the healthy travel guide to prove it

This interactive graphic shows how music makes you feel 13 distinct emotions

January 15, 2020 at 05:59PM by CWC When I’m feeling angry and need something to match my energy, I turn to Rico Nasty’s special brand of punk rap. When I’m ready to calm down, I’ll switch to a more soothing artist, like Nao or Alina Baraz. I know I’m not alone in this—whether you’re having … Continue reading This interactive graphic shows how music makes you feel 13 distinct emotions