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3 wellness subscriptions that are worth the money

Improve your health without leaving home

The subscription market has grown more than 100 percent per year over the past five years, with no sign of slowing down. In fact, more than 60 percent of American consumers have two or more active subscriptions. The health and wellness industry has welcomed subscription e-commerce with open arms, with products and services ranging from fitness programs to vitamins to nail polish.

I’ve tried my fair share of wellness subscriptions with varying degrees of success. As quick and simple as it is to start a subscription, it’s just as quick and simple to cancel. Unsurprisingly, maintaining multiple subscriptions can become expensive and cumbersome with diminishing returns. Through arduous trial and error, I’ve found three subscriptions that are worth every dollar because they make my life easier, healthier and happier.

barre3

I discovered barre3 nearly two years ago. I dropped into one of their studios for a free class with a friend and was blown away by the form, cadence and rigor of barre. It’s unlike any other style of exercise and it’s deceivingly difficult — dominated by high reps and small range movements, usually until failure.

The pandemic forced us out of our gyms and fitness studios, requiring us to look to at-home workouts and fitness apps, which led me to barre3’s online subscription. It’s better than an in-person studio because I have the freedom to choose every detail, from the instructor to class length to muscle group — all without leaving my house. I can do a 10-minute mindful workout one day, and then a 45-minute cardio burner the next. And, barre just makes me feel good. As Marie Kondo says, it sparks joy. It’s high intensity, low impact and genuinely fun. After years of competitive sports, heavy weightlifting and long-distance running, barre3 offers functional fitness that makes me simultaneously sweat and smile — all while strengthening my mind-body connection.

function of beauty

Thanks to good genetics and an innate inability to style my hair, I’ve never been concerned about hair health. I can count on two hands how many times I’ve straightened and curled my hair, and I’ve only colored my hair once a.k.a my hair has suffered minimal damage. But, about two years ago, my hair started feeling dull, oily and flat. After a lifetime of cheap drug store shampoo and conditioner, I figured it was time to step it up. Enter: function of beauty.

Function of beauty offers customizable haircare (as well as body and skincare). Take a five-minute quiz to indicate your hair type and goals, choose a fragrance and color, pick a few products and voilà — you have haircare tailored to your exact needs. With function of beauty, my hair is shinier, more voluminous and softer. Plus, all of their products are cruelty-free, vegan, sulfate-free and paraben-free, meaning the ingredients are clean and better for the environment. Trust me, investing in high-quality, sustainable hair products is worth the extra cost.

quip

I’ve tried everything from cheap, manual toothbrushes to pricey, electric toothbrushes, but I always experienced issues with both. Manual toothbrushes wouldn’t do a good enough job cleaning my mouth. Plug-in electric toothbrushes were difficult to transport and required a constant supply of electricity. Of course, there was also the day-old challenge of knowing when (and having the motivation) to regularly buy new toothbrushes or toothbrush heads.

Ostensibly, quip is an ultra-modern oral care brand targeted at slightly bougie young consumers — which in many ways it is — with its sleek designs, subscription model and technology-driven products. But, if you look closer, quip’s sole mission is to make oral health simpler and more enjoyable for everyone. The toothbrush’s compact, ergonomic design is reasonably priced, easy to travel with and provides a happy medium between manual and electric. Quip also offers other products like toothpaste, floss and mouthwash, which are equally as stylish and functional. My favorite part of the quip subscription, though, is that I don’t have to think about replacing my oral care products. A new toothbrush head is auto-delivered every three months, so I know that my dental care is always at peak performance (and that I’m not putting gross old bristles in my mouth). Quip makes mouth hygiene — dare I say — fun?

Note: this post is not a paid advertisement. These are my real opinions of brands that I use daily and genuinely believe in.

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