When it comes to staying fit, celebrities can count on their trainers for help. Even if we can’t book an appointment with them, these fitness gurus were kind enough to share some advice with us.
Let’s look at some of their tips on how to stay on shape:
Allot Time For Fitness Daily
Gunnar Peterson is an American personal trainer who has worked with stars such as Kim Kardashian, Sofia Vergara, and Halle Berry. He believes that consistency is critical. He explains that a little bit of exercise all the time is better than doing a lot only now and then.
What does this mean?
Set aside a part of your daily schedule to work out. It doesn’t have to be for very long; a quick routine can be about 10–15 minutes. Go for short sets each day instead of a long, intense workout only once or twice a week.
Short but consistent exercise activities are easier to commit to and less tiring. These reasons make it easier for you to get used to the routine. You’re more likely to continue working out instead of dropping out after a couple of weeks. It’s an excellent tip for those who want to fulfill their new year’s resolutions.
Peterson further adds that daily exercise helps you make better choices in other aspects of life. For instance, it’ll make you rethink your eating and sleeping habits to supplement your workout.
Switch Up Your Routine
Have you been sticking to your usual exercise regime these past weeks?
Well, it’s time to change it up.
Personal trainer to Charlie’s Angels’ Cameron Diaz, Teddy Bass, stresses the importance of doing so. He explains that when working out the same way over and over, the same thing happens to your body. There isn’t any variation to what you’re doing.
Imagine it to be similar to this situation:
You drink the same beverage daily. Each day, you drink nothing but that. Doesn’t it get boring?
And there’s more:
Your body actually adjusts to your routine every six weeks. By that time, you’re not getting the most out of your workout. Your body just doesn’t feel as challenged anymore.
So what do you do?
Take a cue from Tracy Anderson, personal trainer to JLo, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Megan, the Duchess of Sussex. She says to try and change up your workout every week or every 10 days. But we don’t mean you have to restructure your routine completely!
Instead, add some variations to what you do. Maintain some of the reps you do, and switch out others. It’ll keep things fresh and exciting and continue to challenge your body as well.
Try Attending Yoga Classes
Do you know what you should add to your workout regime?
Exercise doesn’t have to be all “rough and tough.” Taking time to slow things down and be mindful has a lot of advantages. While it doesn’t burn as many calories, yoga does stretch and condition your muscles. As you go through the poses, you build strength as well as burn fat slowly.
What else does it do?
Yoga also teaches mindfulness and proper breathing. Both can aid in relaxation, improving your mental well-being.
Tara Stiles found that while training Brooklyn Decker, the swimsuit model seemed more positive, happy, and less-stressed after a session.
Update Your Workout Playlist
Every iconic movie scene has a fantastic score or soundtrack to back it up.
Who’s to say that you can’t have the same?
Studies show that music can help enhance athletic performance. It can either increase the distance you cover, speed, or the number of reps you finish.
Celebrity trainer Jackie Warner agrees with these findings. She believes that a great playlist can boost your motivation during a workout. Uplifting beats can also fight off fatigue, which means that you won’t even realize that you’re tired.
What does she recommend? Here are some songs you can add to your list:
- La Roux – Bulletproof
- Black Eyed Peas – Rock That Body
- Britney Spears – Womanizer
- Christina Aguilera – That Body
- Nicki Minaj – Super Bass
- Ellie Goulding – Lights (Bassnectar Remix)
- Usher – Climax
- P!nk – Raise Your Glass
- Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
- Eminem – Lose Yourself
When choosing songs, look for those with at least 80 bpm. Your warmup and cooldown routine can have slower songs that slowly build you up or down.
Dance It Out
Want to do something fun but also burn calories?
Try attending a dance class.
Are you worried that you can’t dance well and will end up looking like a frog?
It doesn’t even matter!
Nicola Addison, a personal trainer to Daisy Lowe, Erin O’Connor, and Elle Macpherson, calls it a form of hidden exercise. You won’t realize that you’re working out because it doesn’t feel like your usual gym reps.
Dancing is especially helpful because you get to move your entire body. You get to work a lot of muscle groups at the same time, and it improves coordination. An hour on the dancefloor can burn up to 400 calories.
Further, the upbeat music you’ll be dancing to helps uplift your mood. You’ll be generally happy afterward.
Incorporate Weights Into Your Workout
People, especially women, tend to skip out on weights out of fear that it’ll make them bulky.
But is this concern warranted?
Ben Bruno is a celebrity trainer who has worked with Kate Upton and Naomi Campbell. He shows that lifting weights can strengthen you physically and emotionally. Many of his clients can confidently pull off hip lifts while still maintaining a slim physique.
So hit the gym and pick up a couple of dumbbells! You can do so without any worry.
Switch To Counting Down
1, 2, 3, 4?
4, 3, 2, 1?
Instead of counting up from “1,” try starting from the last number and moving down. For instance, if you’re doing ten reps, start from “10.”
It’s a small thing, but this switch can make a huge difference. Ashley Borden, a trainer to Mandy Moore, Ryan Gosling, and Christina Aguilera, recommends making this change.
How does this trick help?
Counting down gives you a sense that you have a finish line to cross. It makes you feel more like you’re about to accomplish something, thus pushing you to complete the rep.
Don’t Allow Yourself To Starve
We know that fitness isn’t only about exercise. Your diet is also an integral part of staying in shape.
Yet what’s something people tend to do wrong?
They sometimes end up starving themselves.
Kathy Kaehler, who has worked with Jennifer Aniston, warns that fasting doesn’t help with losing weight or muscle toning.
Instead of shedding pounds, skipping meals can do the opposite.
How does that happen?
Cutting down on calories causes your body to adjust. Your body thinks that it has to preserve these sources of energy and, thus, will slow down metabolism.
Additionally, starving yourself will further backfire as you may later binge on cheat days.
You don’t want all that hard work to be erased and go to waste, right?
To avoid all these issues, stick to a healthy diet that keeps you feeling just the right level of full. Opt for small but frequent meals to keep your metabolism going. When it comes to snacks, be smart with the choices you make. Avoid sugary food and look for nutritious options, such as nuts, fruits, and protein bars.
Also, remember to eat slowly. This tip will help you from overeating as it may take a while for your body to feel full after a meal. Likewise, being mindful while munching enables you to determine if you’re doing so because you’re hungry or simply because you’re bored.
Don’t Deprive Yourself
Another fitness tip is to avoid robbing yourself of fun too much.
Teddy Bass shares that he hates to ban a type of food altogether. Doing so would only make you crave it more. Allow yourself to indulge a little.
Take note of those words: “a little.”
If you love ice cream, reach for a cup at the end of the week to celebrate your progress. If you like pizza, split a box with your friends or significant other during movie night. Can’t resist chocolate? Break off a piece of a bar to have after dinner.
By paying attention to portions and servings, you can stay fit but still enjoy yourself.
Go For An Intense Workout
Ever heard of HIIT?
It sounds scary, doesn’t it? High-intensity interval training is a form of working out intensely for short bursts at a time. There are also brief recovery periods between each set.
Ashley Borden recommends the Tabata approach. Here, you train at maximum intensity for 20 seconds then rest for 10. You repeat this for eight complete rounds for each exercise, giving you at least four minutes of an intense workout.
What kinds of moves can you do with Tabata? Here are a few to give you an idea:
- Mountain climbers
- Bodyweight squats
- Squat jumps
- Reverse lunges
- Floor bridges
- Scissor kicks
- Jumping jacks
Choose about two to four of these workouts to build your Tabata routine for the day.
By repeating these workouts at the maximum level you can, you ensure that you’re continuously pushing your body. You’ll be able to build strength, endurance, as well as tone your muscles.
Avoid Watching Television During A Workout
It looks like it’s best to leave watching your favorite television shows for when you’re chilling out.
Tracy Anderson warns against watching television while you exercise. You may think that it can help keep your mind off the pain or difficulty of working out. However, keeping your eyes on the screen could distract you from giving it your all. Because you won’t be exercising as intensely, you won’t be burning as many calories.
As an alternative, you can listen to music while working out instead. It’s enough to keep your mind off the feeling of fatigue but not distracting enough to hold you back.
You can catch up on your favorites after you finish your workout routine.
Be Kind To Your Body
Sometimes, we tend to overdo it when working out.
We forget why we push ourselves to go through sit-ups, jog dozens of miles, and meticulously follow diets.
We could drive ourselves to the maximum of our abilities. Many of us become stressed out when we don’t achieve our goals as quickly as we want them. We forget to rest and that making mistakes is normal. Failing to listen to what we need at the moment can not only lead to injury but also cause us mental distress along the way.
That’s why Mandy Ingber, who has worked with Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Beckinsale, and Jennifer Aniston, reminds us to be gentle. She states that we have to love the body we already have to have the body we want.
Isn’t that eye-opening?
We need to learn to be comfortable with our skin at the beginning of the journey. Love yourself where you are now, so you can continue to do so in the future.
Accept what your body can do now and that it has limitations. Having rock-hard abs isn’t a top priority in the world. What matters is that you build confidence in what you are and what you can do.
On To Your Fitness Journey!
Personal trainers have a lot on their plates, especially when they have A-list celebrities on their client list. However, they thankfully have enough time to share these nuggets of wisdom with us.
Some things to remember are thriving for regular daily exercise and switching up our routine every couple of days. Try yoga to freshen things up. Likewise, carefully craft your playlist to include upbeat songs and try dancing as your workout.
Add weights to build strength and try counting down instead of up to motivate yourself further.
When it comes to food, don’t let yourself starve or deprive yourself of treats now and then.
Keep your workouts intense and avoid distractions such as television that can distract you from doing your best.
Lastly, remember to be kind to your body and yourself in general. The point of working out is not to become stressed but to become comfortable with who you are, no matter what your size is. Here’s to a healthier and happier you!