New Year’s Resolutions
When the clock struck 12 AM on January 1, 2020, many of us kicked off the new year with resolutions centered around achieving a healthier lifestyle - both physically and mentally.
Fast forward to mid-March when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the country and forced all non-essential businesses to close their doors. We found ourselves in a state of uncertainty - and many businesses, as we have learned, have been forced to find innovative ways to operate as this pandemic continues to sweep the nation, and the world. Not only businesses - we, too, as individuals, have been tasked with the challenge of moving forward in unprecedented times.
Take Washington State, for instance. One of the first states to impose a Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, Washington closed all non-essential businesses in mid-March, and slowly started re-opening the state in phases beginning in early June. Hiking, camping and outdoor recreation were temporarily on hold, but eventually were able to resume. Recently, on August 10th, new guidelines were put into effect for indoor fitness, which includes increased distancing to 300 square feet per person and other measures designed to minimize possible exposure.
Keeping active, b8ta style
With all of these changes, how has it impacted you and activities that you participate in to stay healthy and active? I took that question to the team here at b8ta spread across the country to find out how some of us are adapting in this ever-changing environment. Here’s what they had to say:
Blake, GM of Tysons Corner“I taught yoga 6 times a week before Covid and still do, virtually. The biggest difference has been avoiding strength training since I have not been to a gym to lift. With that being said, the yoga routine has changed slightly to incorporate more arm balances and upper body strengthening poses to counterbalance the loss of strength training at a gym.”
Brooke, GM of Santa Monica
“I work out 6 days a week virtually..... I also run with a group from my gym 5 days a week. We do park workouts and a lot of stairs. I have always turned my backyard into a gym.”
K, Merchandise Manager, Forum by b8ta
“I have a weighted hula hoop that I've been using in quarantine while casting work out classes onto my TV. I try to get out for a hike once a week because I have trouble focusing when I'm not in a studio or gym.”
Domingo, GM, Austin
“I workout 7 days a week now versus 5 days a week. I’m averaging about 20,000 calories burned a month and about 40-42 hours of as I call fitness minutes a month.
All Peloton related workouts including cycling, running, strength, yoga and meditation.
Turning my garage into a gym over time and will do either tempo.fit or a Tonal in there as well.”
Noah, b8ta tester, Corte Madera, has taken some of our favorite outdoor products to new levels and adventures - cruising around Marin County on his Onewheel and Rad Rover.
“With quarantine in place, I’ve brightened up my days by exploring my town and finding new places to ride and adventure whether it be on two wheels or one.”
What about y’all in Seattle?
My team here in Seattle is small - but mighty! Here’s a few resources for those of you local to Seattle that we’re fans of to help us stay active.
Washington Trails Association: Seattle loves to hit the trails on the weekends, so picking a destination that may see limited people is key. Cue WTA From their hike finder to accessing user submitted trip reports, WTA is an amazing resource for all things trails across WA. Added bonus: August is the 17th Annual Hike-a-thon. One of our favorite hikes for a hot summer day? Otter Falls. It’s incredible.
Seattle All Stairs: As we know, Seattle is packed with hills - and stairways. This resource from UW tracks over 650 stairwells and has images of each. Perfect for planning a run and conquering some hidden gems in your own backyard.
Stay Healthy Streets: Throughout April and May, over 20 miles of Neighborhood Greenways were upgraded to Stay Healthy Streets and opened to people walking, rolling, and biking. A concept so simple, and so rewarding at the same time - making streets more accessible to forms of physical activity without the fear of traffic.
Trending Products from Seattle
Like Noah above, the team and I have a number of products that we’ve bought that have helped us maintain some sense of normalcy throughout these times that keep us active. Here’s a few of our picks that are currently trending in our store here in Seattle:
Tonal: New to b8ta in August, Tonal is the world’s most intelligent home gym and personal trainer. With digitized weights and AI that automatically adjusts as you go, Tonal has shown to be an instant favorite of those looking for a home gym set up at home. Pro tip: Seattle is one of three b8ta locations where you can demo it in person. Book an appointment with us here to try it out!
Propella: A local favorite based here in the Seattle area, Propella makes an affordable, lightweight pedal assist ebike to get you moving upwards of 18 MPH as you ride. Coming in at 35 lbs., everyone who's given it a test ride in our location is amazed at how light it is and how it packs a punch when you ride.
Onewheel Pint: In a league of their own, Future Motion, the company behind Onewheel, continues to dominate the market. With the Pint, you’ll venture 6-8 miles per charge at speeds up to 16 MPH. The Pint also features the Simple Stop, an easier way to roll to a stop and dismount once you arrive at your destination of choice.
Aftershokz Aeropex: A leader in bone conduction technology, the Aeropex is the smallest, most lightweight pair of headphones that Aftershokz has put out yet. With up to 8 hours of battery life, an IP rating of 67 (meaning it can endure sweat, dust and more) and built-in dual noise canceling mics, these are a solid addition to any bike ride, run, or workout.
The “new normal” has yet to be defined. However, we do know that this involves wearing masks, physical and social distancing, and adapting to ever-changing guidelines. But that doesn’t mean we can’t stay active and push towards achieving those new year’s resolutions in a safe manner.
We’d love to hear from you! How have you stayed healthy and active over the course of this pandemic? Drop us a note below!