Health & Wellness

The Sweat House Guide to Surviving CMA Fest

CMA Fest is here in Nashville, and fun is sure to be had! Whether you are working the events and shows, or attending them, it is important to remember to take care of your body and mind.  We know that this week can feel chaotic amidst all of the fun and music, so we pulled together our best tips for surviving CMA Fest like a pro!

Photo via @lifeaccordingtolauren

Photo via @lifeaccordingtolauren

Remember to Hydrate

Hydration is key to ensure that your body will be able to handle all of the sun, fun, and alcohol.  Make sure you always have a water bottle in hand.  We recommend drinking more than the recommended 8 glasses per day durning CMA Fest.  Your body will be working hard to keep you cool in the sun, and you will sweat a lot! Not to mention, alcohol causes further dehydration.  Basically, water needs to be your best friend this week!

Wear Organic Sunscreen

This is super important! Make sure you protect your skin with a reliable sunscreen.  We wear sunscreens that do not contain harsh chemicals because it is better for our bodies and our health.  We recommend this sunscreen from Supergoop because it is oil-free and comfortable to wear and apply: https://supergoop.com/products/everyday-sunscreen

Meal Prep

We know… that sounds impossible right now! But if you are working events, this could be a life saver! While we are busy, it is easy to grab for whatever is most convenient, even if it is neglecting our health.  However, if you already have your healthy meal packed and ready to go, you will already have the most convenient option right in your bag!

Bring Healthy Snacks when Possible

Needing a quick bite? Well, you’ve got one since you came prepared! Having a healthy snack on hand is key to making better whole food choices this week.  We recommend packing RX Bars.  These bars are high in protein and contain only four ingredients.  They are super easy, super yummy, and super convenient! 

Wear Comfortable and Supportive Shoes

Posture plays a very important role with how you feel throughout the day.  Wearing shoes with improper support causes everything to fall out of line and can lead to many health issues.  Onset issues that can occur this week are foot and leg pain, back pain, and headaches.  No thanks! We will stick with our sneakers!

Hit the Gym

Keeping your body and immune system up will be very important this week.  We know that the gym can be the last place you want to go during a busy week, but it can make such a difference in how you feel mentally and physically.  Not only will working out release stress, but it will also boost endorphins and make you happier.

Book a Sweat Session

Our sauna pods increase white blood cell count, which boosts your immune system and helps to prevent illness.  Being in large crowds, traveling, and drinking alcohol can lower your immune system, so it is important to keep it strong this week.  We definitely do not want to end up sick in the summertime!

Essential Oils are your Friend

Feeling tension? We have an oil for that! We always keep peppermint oil on hand to cool us down and relieve stress.  Bonus! The heat can cause headaches, and peppermint oil is great for relieving headache symptoms naturally.  Rub some on the back of your neck and temples, breathe in deeply for a few seconds, and feel the tension ease away.

Wear those Shades

The sun can wreak havoc on our eyes.  Make sure you always have your sunglasses on hand! Not all shades are equal, make sure they are 100% UV protection lenses and avoid looking up throughout the day.

Take your Vitamins and Supplements

This week, it is important to amp-up your vitamin intake.  Especially pay attention to taking vitamin C and vitamin B12.  Vitamin C will keep your immune system strong, and vitamin B12 will ensure that you are energized.  Being at optimal health is essential for being able to hop from stage to stage!

We hope you have the best CMA Fest yet! There are so many shows and events to attend, we can hardly wait! Remember to drink responsibly and have fun!

The Sweat House Approved Self-Care Sunday

Ahhh… the weekend… The best time of the week is here! At The Sweat House, we view the weekend as a time of reflection and intention.  As humans, weekdays can take a toll on our physical and mental well-being.  It is important to remember to care for yourself and your body, in order to heal and grow.  Self-care can look different for everyone, but what is most important is the way it makes you feel.  Need a few ideas for your self care routine? You’re in the right place! We have rounded up our top 5 Sweat House approved ways for you to practice self-care this weekend!

Photo via The Cosmetic Market

Photo via The Cosmetic Market

1. Sweat It Out

Obviously sweating has to be our number one choice! Whether you indulge in a sweat session at our studio or attend your favorite class, sweating those stressors away will relieve any built-up tension from your busy work week.  We like to attend a class at Pure Barre in Green Hills in the morning, then hit the studio after to keep our detox going and to zen out.  Bonus! You can use your sweat session as a time to meditate and reflect.

2. IV Hydration at IRevive
 

If you haven’t received hydration therapy from IRevive in Nashville, you are missing out! Board-certified nurse practitioners make the experience medically safe and enjoyable.  There are several different options for treatment, and you will leave feeling like a million bucks! The treatment is painless and actually relaxing.  Treat yourself to hydration and your body is sure to thank you. Book your session here: http://irevivenashville.com/

3. Eat Balanced

Unless you’re an excellent meal planner, it’s easy to sometimes stray away from a healthy diet during the week when in need something quick and convenient.  However, the weekends are filled with tons of time to relax and invest in your meals.  Whether you eat out at one of your favorite restaurants, or stay home to cook, choosing whole food options is key to balancing your physical and emotional body.  If you are wanting to go out for lunch or dinner, we love Avo in Nashville.  The entrees are plant-based, and some of them are even raw.  If you are cooking, we suggest this recipe from Goop because of it's light and summer-y feel: https://goop.com/recipes/grilled-mahi-mahi-with-papaya-relish/

4. Disconnect

Girl, turn it off! Phones, laptops, tv… shut it down and spend quality time with family and friends.  Just you time this weekend? Take time to read a new book, or take a walk outside.  There is nothing like truly being disconnected from the social media world!

5. Meditate

Meditation can take shape in many forms.  Whether it be a few minutes of silence, or treating yourself to an at-home facial, being without stressful thought is very important for our physical and mental health.  We like to use the app, Headspace, to tune out noise and direct positive energy.  Headspace sessions are guided, so it is easy to focus thought somewhere other than stress.  Download the Headspace app here: https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app

Memorial Day 2018 Style Guide

Memorial Day is a time to sit back, relax, and celebrate.  And this Memorial Day, we plan to take full advantage of that! As women, we know that the only way to completely relax is to feel good and empowered, not only on the inside, but also on the outside.  A few sweat sessions can definitely help with that internal glow, but what we put on our bodies can be just as important for our self confidence.  So if you have been wondering what to wear this Memorial Day weekend… no need to fear! We have put together some essentials that you can catch your sweat techs in this holiday! Bonus: All of these items are available right here in Nashville!

1. An Easy White Dress

Photo via Hemline

Photo via Hemline

Nothing says laid back like a comfy t-shirt dress.  This Memorial Day, we are keeping things really simple and casual.  We like this dress from Hemline because it takes the t-shirt dress to the next level.  The ruffles on the sleeves and the texture of the fabric will definitely draw the attention to you in the best way.  You can dress this look up with a pair of wedges, or dress it down with a cute pair of casual sneakers.  The styling options are endless, and we can’t get enough! Shop this dress here: https://shophemline.com/collections/dresses/products/sunset-dreams-dress

2. Comfy Overalls

Photo via Hemline

Photo via Hemline

If done the right way, overalls are always in style.  We love this pair from Hemline because of the light color of the denim and small rip details.  Overalls are so easy to style and can also be worn over your bathing suit to double as a cover-up.  That is what your sweat techs are all about… easy and multi-use clothing that is still stylish! Shop overalls here: https://shophemline.com/collections/jumpsuits-rompers/products/georgia-overalls-in-polar-acid-1

3. Red, White, or Blue Bathing Suit

Photo via J. Crew

Photo via J. Crew

Because…duh!  Nothing says Memorial Day like red, white, and blue! Instead of putting all three colors into your bathing suit palette, settle with just one to get into the spirit.  This one piece from J. Crew is great because it comes in red, cinnamon, blue, or navy, so you have a lot of options when it comes to color! This suit is also very comfortable and versatile for any location you might be for your extended weekend.  Shop it here: https://bit.ly/2s6cXNH

4. Casual Sneakers

Photo via Popsugar

Photo via Popsugar

You can always catch your sweat techs rocking a cute and casual sneaker.  Sneakers are so easy to pair with any look.  Whether it’s jeans, shorts, a dress, or romper, casual sneakers always work! Not only is it about style for us, but it is also about comfort.  And this pair of sneakers from Nordstrom has both! Shop them here: https://bit.ly/2xdezdu

5. Straw Handbag

Photo via Hemline

Photo via Hemline

Nothing says summer like a straw hat or handbag.  This season, we plan to rock the straw as much as possible! Not only is it stylish, but it is also practical! No need to worry about getting your bag wet or throwing it in the sand… Straw can handle it! Shop one of our favorite straw bags from Hemline here: https://shophemline.com/collections/accessories/products/small-straw-bag

We hope you have the best Memorial Day holiday yet! Remember to wear an organic sunscreen and stay hydrated.  Tag us on Instagram at @thesweathouse to show us your Memorial Day style! 

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2018

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, so we have rounded up the ultimate gift guide to make your shopping experience that much easier.  Any mom will smile on her special day with these amazing and locally crafted gifts! So here’s Mother’s Day 2018 brought to you by your girls at The Sweat House! Happy shopping!

Photo via @ameliasflowertruck

Photo via @ameliasflowertruck

1. ABLE Jewelry

This local company not only sells pretty things, but they have a mission that is worth praising.  ABLE is focused on ending generational poverty by working with women who have overcome extraordinary circumstances.  We love ABLE’s mission and the products they sell.  Jewelry from ABLE makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift for the simple and traditional mom! Shop ABLE here: https://www.livefashionable.com/pages/about

Photo via livefashionable.com

Photo via livefashionable.com

2. A Sweat Session (Or 10!) 

We couldn’t talk about Mother’s Day gifts without mentioning The Sweat House! Sweats are a very versatile gift for any type of mom and at any age.  It’s basically like a detoxing spa sesh! BONUS: Book a tandem sweat for you and your mom, and make a day together out of it! Shop sweats here: http://www.thesweathouse.com/

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3. Candle Experience from Paddywax Candle Bar

The Candle Bar in East Nashville is sure to bring you and your mom together! Sit, relax, and pour your very own customizable candles while sipping on some drinks! It is the perfect way to bond, and you each get to bring home a wonderful-smelling handmade gift! Book your candle experience here: https://thecandlebar.co/

Photo via Nashville Interiors

Photo via Nashville Interiors

4. Ceri Hoover Handbag

For the mom who loves fashion, a Ceri Hoover bag is the perfect gift! This local company uses the finest leathers and employs American artisans to handcraft each bag.  This is definitely a gift for the mom who deserves to be spoiled this Mother’s Day! Shop Ceri Hoover here: https://cerihoover.com/

Photo via Ceri Hoover

Photo via Ceri Hoover

5. Poppy and Monroe Manicure

Right in the heart of Germantown, this quaint little shop is the perfect getaway this Mother’s Day.  All of the polishes are 8-free and organic, and they perform waterless manicures and pedicures.  Treat your mom to the most amazing manicure for the ultimate relaxing experience.  She definitely deserves it! Book your appointment here: http://www.poppyandmonroe.com/

Photo via google

Photo via google

6. Vital Proteins + Coffee Mug

Collagen is all the rage, and for good reason.  Collagen is great for hair, skin, nail and joint health and can slow the aging process.  Most people start their day by mixing collagen into their smoothie or coffee, so a package of Vital Proteins and a cute coffee mug is the perfect gift when given together! You can shop Vital Proteins right here in our studio!

Photo via Healthyfitandbarefoot.com

Photo via Healthyfitandbarefoot.com

7. Lemon Laine Makeup

The founder of Lemon Laine, Laura Lemon, has had 10 years of experience in the beauty industry so we know that we can trust her judgement of products! She hand selects each product in the shop and emphasizes that the products are natural and good for you.  So if your mom is a beauty junkie, makeup from Lemon Laine is sure to please! Shop Lemon Laine here: https://lemonlaine.com/

Photo via Homepolish.com

Photo via Homepolish.com

8. Blowout from The Dry House

Give your mom the gift of glam this year by treating her to a blowout at The Dry House! The Dry House is the premiere spot in the city for locals, a-listers, and tourists.  You can even book one for yourself and get glam together! Book your appointment here: https://www.thedryhousenashville.com/

Photo via thedryhouse.com

Photo via thedryhouse.com

9. Shopping Spree at Hemline

Hemline in the Hill Center is one of our favorite clothing stores in the city.  We love their clothes, accessories, and more! BONUS! We particularly love the Not Vodka water bottle sold in the shop!  Shop Hemline here: https://shophemline.com/

Photo via notvodkawater.com

Photo via notvodkawater.com

10. Mary’s Nutritionals CBD Cream

This CBD Cream is amazing for aches and pains.  Treat your mom to the gift of relief this year with the best pain cream on the market.  We love to use this cream as a natural alternative to other pain killers.  Shop Mary’s Nutritionals here: https://marysnutritionals.com/

Photo via marysnutritionals.com

Photo via marysnutritionals.com

11. Classes at Pure Barre

Active mama? We got you! Pure Barre provides a total body workout, while lengthening and strengthening.  These workouts concentrate on the areas women struggle with most: hips, thighs, seat, abdominals, and arms.  The workouts are low-impact, so they are great for all ages! Book your session here: http://purebarre.com/tn-nashville/

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Photo via nsucurrent.nova.edu

12. Barefoot Dreams Island Wrap from Magpies

Nothing says comfort like a product from Barefoot Dreams!  We especially love the Island Wrap because it is extra snuggly and versatile.  We shop our Barefoot Dreams products at Magpies in Nashville.  They also sell the cutest items for children and babies! We love this shop! Shop Magpies here: http://magpiesnashville.com/

Photo via nordstrom.com

Photo via nordstrom.com

13. Love Heals Thistle Farms Products

Thistle Farms has an amazing mission that we fully support.  For 20 years, their mission has been to heal, empower, and employ women survivors.  Not only is their mission amazing, but their products are too! Anything from Thistle Farms makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift! Shop Thistle Farms here: https://thistlefarms.org/collections/all

Photo via The Tennessean

Photo via The Tennessean

We hope you have a fabulous time shopping for your Mother's Day gifts! Keep a lookout for a BIG surprise coming later today on our Instagram page: @thesweathouse 

Brush Your Way to a Better Sweat!

Dry brushing is all the rage!  Celebs, like Gwyneth Paltrow, are big supporters of this skincare routine for many reasons.  We don’t know about you, but brushing our skin didn’t sound all that appealing when we first heard about this craze.  However, dry brushing can be very beneficial for your skin’s appearance and overall health.  The act of dry brushing is very simple.  Usually before showering, using a natural bristle brush, one will brush the skin, starting from the feet and moving upward towards the heart.  This helps to eliminate the outer layer of dead skin on our bodies.  Not only that, this is a direct opening to our lymphatic system.  

Photo via Goop.com

Photo via Goop.com

What the heck is a lymphatic system, you ask? The lymphatic system is a combination of tissue and organs that help rid the body of toxins.  Spreading lymph, a fluid containing white blood cells that fight infection, is the main focus of the lymphatic system.  So in other words, dry brushing will jumpstart your lymph into motion! This will aid in lymphatic drainage, which will help to eliminate toxins.  Some other benefits of dry brushing include:

1. Glowing Skin

Exfoliation leads to healthier skin.  Shedding the dead skin cells off of our bodies allows our skin to look refreshed and revived.  This is the first benefit that most people notice once he or she starts dry brushing.  Pair that with a few sweat sessions, and we will practically be summer beach goddesses!

2. Goodbye Cellulite!

Just like our sweat sessions, dry brushing helps with the appearance of cellulite.  There isn’t much evidence to support this claim about dry brushing, but many people who do this daily report having less cellulite.  So why not try it? Summer is just around the corner, you know!

3. Say No More to Body Acne

Eliminating dead skin cells and brushing over your pores can help remove dirt and acne-causing pollutants from the skin.  Dry brushing can improve everything from acne, to ingrown hairs! Do you hear that? It’s clear skin calling your name!

Pairing dry brushing in your morning routine along with weekly sweat sessions will definitely help to further eliminate toxins from the body.  Combining the two sounds like the ultimate detox, and we are here for it! You can purchase your own dry brush here: https://shop.goop.com/shop/products/skin-brush?taxon_id=610

The Best Natural Face Masks

Skin is, has always been, and will always be, in.  So it only makes sense that skincare is in, too! When it comes to caring for our skin, we believe in a natural approach.  Why would we put something synthetic on our body’s largest organ when we wouldn’t ingest the same ingredients? There are so many brands and products on the market… it is hard to keep up! To make it simple, here are our favorite natural face masks to get that post-sweat skin detox and glow:

1. Lush Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask

Unlike it’s title, Rosy Cheeks will not give you red cheeks.  In fact, this mask does the opposite.  With its calming ingredients, like rose petals and calamine powder, this mask calms and soothes the skin.  We especially like to use this mask during a breakout.  It helps to eliminate redness and inflammation in our acne-prone areas.  And bonus! It smells SO GOOD.  Rosy Cheeks is fresh for up to three weeks and needs to be stored in the refrigerator between uses.  

Photo via Lush.com

Photo via Lush.com

2. Immunocologie Vital Clay Mask

This mask is a miracle in a jar… literally.  Use it once, and you will see what we mean.  Immunocologie’s Vital Clay completely transforms the skin in thirty minutes.  This mask works with your body’s immune system to fuel whatever your skin needs to thrive.  Whether it be anti-aging, or eliminating acne, this mask can do it all.  After use, the skin mimics a burn-type appearance and pores are enlarged.  But don’t worry! This only lasts for a few hours.  After the redness goes away, you will be left with beautiful and clearer skin.  This mask comes with a hefty price tag, but in our opinion, it’s worth it.  (Tip: It is best to use this mask before bed so your skin will have time to recover properly.)

 

Photo via Immunocologie.com

Photo via Immunocologie.com

3. Leahlani Skincare Mermaid Mask

So, you’re saying I put this on my face and become a mermaid!? Well, not exactly.  But the name definitely suits the ingredients.  With sea clay and chlorella, this mask has us feeling sea vibes.  We love it because it gives a youthful glow to our skin.  The Mermaid Mask is great for when you want to brighten and smooth the skin.  It is not one that will detox or resurface, but rather a great everyday skincare step that will allow you to put your best face forward.  Plus… It has “Mermaid” in the name! 

Photo via Leahlaniskincare.com

Photo via Leahlaniskincare.com

Why You Should Have Plants in Your Home

Have you ever felt your anxiety levels decrease when you were outdoors on a sunny day? Taking a walk in nature is not only good for your health, but it is also great for your soul.  Considering these benefits, it only makes sense to want to bring some of the outdoors… indoors.  If you’re someone who is thinking about bringing plants into your home, do not wait any longer! We have rounded up the top reasons why you should bring greenery into your living space.

Photo via @thejungalow

Photo via @thejungalow

Fiddle-Leaf Fig // Photo via @drivenbydecor

Fiddle-Leaf Fig // Photo via @drivenbydecor

1. Plants Purify the Air

A famous NASA experiment found that plants can purify the air, eliminating the indoor environment of cancer-causing pollutants.  Plants, such as the Peace Lilly, are able to remove indoor pollutants through their leaves and their roots in the soil.  For us, living in the city comes with the knowledge of knowing there is pollution in our air.  Knowing that we can bring plants into our homes to decrease the number of toxic chemicals in our air definitely brings a sense of relief.  When it comes to choosing a plant, the leafier and fuller the plant, the better.  We particularly like fiddle-leaf figs for their beautiful leaves and ability to grow tall and strong.

2. Plants Reduce Stress Levels

Studies have shown that plants have the ability to reduce stress by suppressing the nervous system.  Being out in nature significantly reduces our stress levels, so it only makes sense that having plants in our homes will do the same thing.  Reduced stress comes with a lot of other positive factors, such as, increased productivity and happiness.  It has been shown that people who have plants in their workplace are more productive and efficient than those who do not.  So we can be happier, more productive, and healthier just by surrounding ourselves with nature!

3. Plants Boost Interior Attractiveness 

If you look through interior design catalogues or Instagram accounts, you will almost always notice that plants play a major role in the aesthetic of certain homes and spaces.  Plants are not only good for you, but they also look great indoors! We would much rather have beautiful, leafy plants fill our spaces rather than big, blocky air purifiers.  You really can’t go wrong with adding greenery to your home. 

 

Plants make the world go round… literally.  They are a major part of our ecosystem and well-being.  With knowing that plants can purify the air, reduce our stress, and brighten-up our homes, it is a no-brainer to welcome the outdoors inside.  So today, we encourage you to get outside! Take a walk in nature, and take it all in...side.  Oh, and if you need us, you can find us hanging at home with our new green BFF’s!