HAVE A POST-CLASS COFFEE.

After a recent group fitness class with a friend, Keith Irace, Equinox’s vice president of group fitness, added a coffee date. While this type of "bonus" activity may seem unremarkable, it’s anything but. “I had literal pent-up energy to speak directly to her (socially-distant) face, take in her expressions and eyes and smile and share real moments,” he explains. “We spent time unpacking what we did and didn't do fitness-wise during lock-down, how we felt, how class felt, and how great it was to be back.” As for how he felt in class, Irace notes that his inclination to perform to his fullest effort and potential is easily 20% greater IRL. “I am inspired by the energy around me and I am swept up in it.”
After a recent group fitness class with a friend, Keith Irace, Equinox’s vice president of group fitness, added a coffee date. While this type of "bonus" activity may seem unremarkable, it’s anything but. “I had literal pent-up energy to speak directly to her (socially-distant) face, take in her expressions and eyes and smile and share real moments,” he explains. “We spent time unpacking what we did and didn't do fitness-wise during lock-down, how we felt, how class felt, and how great it was to be back.” As for how he felt in class, Irace notes that his inclination to perform to his fullest effort and potential is easily 20% greater IRL. “I am inspired by the energy around me and I am swept up in it.”

INSIDER RESTAURANT GUIDE

The restaurant industry has been, like so many others, hit hard during the pandemic. Jake Kalick, inveterate gourmand and founder of Made In Cookware, made it his mission to support eateries through charity and relief efforts and by dining out and ordering in over the past year. Here, some of his favorites spots across the country:

Boston:

Alcove has a great setup on the Boston Harbor. I'm equally happy to go for a work lunch or a night out. The owner, Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli puts together one of my favorite wine lists in the city.

Los Angeles:

Gigi's is a new-ish spot that the entire Made In team has been talking about. The French menu, inspired cocktails, and stunning dining room put Gigi on our short list of places to visit when we're in town for work.

Chicago:

You can hit multiple Stephanie Izard restaurants in the West Loop but I particularly love Little Goat Diner’s version of comfort food.

New York:

I had one of my favorite meals this past year at Crown Shy. We ate in the yurts outside (which they redecorate seasonally) and did the family-style meal paired with wines from the Canary Islands. Chef James Kent and his partner Jeff Katz have some awesome projects coming up.

Austin:

Suerte is one of my hometown favorites and a must-visit when you come to Austin. Suadero [a variety of thinly-sliced meat] is king there, whether it's in a homemade tortilla or a croissant at brunch, but don't sleep on Chef Fermín Núñez's mastery of seafood.

MANAGE SOCIAL ANXIETY.

“We are seeing very high levels of reported anxiety about getting back out into the world both from people who experienced anxiety prior to the pandemic and those who did not,” says New York City–based clinical psychologist Zoe White, Ph.D. Here, her tips for managing re-entry:

1. Give yourself grace.

“Notice and observe what you are feeling and allow yourself these feelings. Try to let go of negative self-talk about anxiety such as ‘I shouldn’t be feeling this way.’”

2. Don’t dive back in all at once.

“We all have to work up to the levels of social interaction we had in the past and not rush and expect that it will feel ‘normal’ right away. Perhaps start with a short hangout with a close friend, then schedule a walk or run the following week with another friend.”

3. Maintain routines.

“Try to keep up with routines that are stabilizing in your day-to-day life like workouts, sleep rituals, meditation, and hobbies.”

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