6 Tricks A Celebrity Trainer Uses On Herself To Keep The Weight Off
Whether she's traveling for work or home, Rich typically wakes up 5 AM, trains clients from 6 AM until about 1 PM, and then meets with more clients from 5 PM until about 8:30 PM. She spends her afternoons doing paperwork and cranking through other to-dos for her business. However, at some point during this busy day—usually mid-afternoon—she takes a 30-minute break to move her body.
Once or twice a week, Rich's 30-minute workout may only involve walking or stretching. (Check out the incredible results you get from walking 30 minutes a day.) The other days, she's working up a sweat, running, biking, circuit training, or doing Pilates or yoga. (And yes that means she often has to go through the rest of her day unshowered, but she says feeling energized and healthy is worth having not-so-perfect hair).
The key to staying fit when you're crazy-busy is consistency, says Rich. "It'll amaze you how being consistent with just 30 minutes every day will help you achieve the vision you have for your body." (Struggle to sneak in weekly workouts? These 25 easy ways to fit in 10 minutes of exercise can help you stay on track.)
Drinking water throughout the day is crucial, says Rich. It helps keep energy levels high, combats bloat, and can even help curb hunger. When her clients feel hungry between meals, Rich has them drink water before reaching for a snack. "Try this the next time you're sitting at your desk and feeling a little hungry," she says. "I think you'll be amazed at how often you don't end up reaching for that snack after you've hydrated. And toting around a cute water bottle makes this tip really easy to implement because youalwayshave water handy." (S'Well Bottle offers countless color and pattern options that are sure to inspire you to sip. Buy one now: - , amazon.com.)
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Taking a little time to breathe and re-center has become a crucial part of Rich’s daily routine—and she's careful not to get too regimented about it because, you know, that would sort of defeat the purpose. "Sometimes I meditate in the morning, right after I wake up, and sometimes it happens in the afternoon. Sometimes it's just five minutes, and sometimes it's a little longer," Rich says. She also notes that learning how to meditate has improved her mood and the quality of her sleep and has even helped her reduce unhealthy food cravings.
To jumpstart this good-for-you habit, try Deepak Chopra's 21-day meditation challenge (Buy it now: , chopracentermeditation.com). Rich says she tried it and stayed dedicated for the entire three weeks. "It was what I needed to set me on the trajectory of a regular meditation practice," says Rich. (Don’t want to commit to a program quite yet? Try these 3 quick meditations absolutely anyone can do.)
Considering getting a solid seven to eight hours of rest each night has been shown to help people maintain a healthy weight, and even live longer, getting quality sleep is a worthy goal. "If you fall asleep with the TV on, or as you’re scrolling through your phone or tablet, it really messes up your ability to slip into a deep sleep—and you'll wake up feeling tired," says Rich.
Instead of checking her Instagram feed, Rich says when her head hits the pillow, and she finally closes her eyes after a long day, she takes a few deep breaths and calls to mind what she's grateful for. "It took me years to figure out this bedtime ritual, but now that I have, I sleep like a baby," she says.
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No matter how committed you are to living a healthy life, there will likely be times when something just feelsoff. When this happens to Rich, she opens the "Notes" app on her cell and types the phrase: "Kit, today I’m feeling ______." Then, she free-writes everything that comes to mind. "It helps me get clear onwhyI'm feeling down or unaccomplished and helps me avoid self-sabotage."
Often, when we can't name how we're feeling, it's easy to slip into old, bad habits—say, pulling up to the drive-thru after a stressful day, or hitting the couch instead of the gym when we're feeling sad. "Writing down how you feel can help you understandwhyyou’re tempted to binge on bad-for-you foods or skip your workout," says Rich.
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