After months without exercise, would you like to integrate sport into your everyday life again? Three top trainers in the fashion industry reveal how you can start (and maintain) a fitness routine in five simple steps.
Workout for beginners - the right training after a sports break.
At the start of a new year, many of us resolve to make exercise a priority. However, figuring out how to start your workout (and then persevere) is easier said than done - especially in these turbulent times. "When we are under a lot of stress, it is much more difficult to maintain a healthy routine because we simply do not have the necessary energy," says yoga teacher Eddie Stern, who counts Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow among his clients. That's why we asked Stern and a handful of the best trainers in the fashion world how to best integrate fitness and a workout into everyday life, even for beginners. To a healthier, happier life in 2021.
"It's important not to overwhelm yourself," says Pilates trainer Amanda Kassar, whose upcoming core club videos from L.A. are already a favorite. "Rushing into an advanced workout can be daunting and can keep you from continuing," she warns. Instead, start with the basics and work your way up to more challenging routines.
"So many people bite off more than they can chew," says Stern. "Bite off a little less and you can feel great." With this in mind, his newly launched Yoga 365 app offers a daily guided breathing or movement micro-practice that is between one and four minutes long. "Our goal is not to encourage people to do more but to encourage people to be consistent. To have that little bit of discipline to take care of themselves." If you have time for a longer (and more intense) workout, Stern, who also leads a daily asana training session via Zoom, suggests setting an achievable goal and then checking the result: "If you feel better, then you are on the right track. If you are tired, grumpy, or unhappy, then you need to change what you are doing ".
"The easiest way to build fitness into your day is to create a setting for the day," says fashion world's favorite coach Joe Holder, who is known for working with stars like Naomi Campbell, Bella Hadid, and Virgil Abloh. Kassar quickly agrees: "If you take the time to exercise, you can prioritize, make your exercise routine consistent, and pursue your goals," she says.
Exercising doesn't have to be excruciating. Put simply, "If it's not something you enjoy, you won't want to do it again," warns Kassar. To find the routine that puts a smile on your face, "block out all the hustle and bustle and just discover what you like and want to do," Holder suggests, noting that thanks to a plethora of virtual options, it does it all from the Nike Training app to Sky Ting TV to its own platform, Exercise Snacks, "the possibilities are almost endless". Next, he continues, "find a comfortable feeling that you associate with exercising," whether it be an endorphin rush after sweating or the sense of achievement that comes from progressing.
Another tip? "Working out with a friend (even virtually) is a great way to make your workout more enjoyable and" - especially in the age of social distancing - "to make you feel like you're part of a community," says Kassar. (It is rumored that Moda Operandi founder Lauren Santo Domingo and her global group of girlfriends are now sharing ideas during a weekly Ballet Beautiful online session). Plus, Kassar adds, "It's also a great way to hold yourself accountable".
Of course, even the most motivated among us can miss a training session. "Remember, if you miss out on training, it's not the end of the world," says Holder. "Things happen in life," admits Stern. "Just don't let too many days go by!"