At Visual Therapy, we’re all about Mind, Body, and Soul. As we work with clients to line up their optimal wardrobes and help them to be the best version of themselves, we’re huge believers that it’s not the dress, but what’s in the dress that matters. And even though clothes can help you feel like a movie star, there’s something that needs to be taken care of first on a deeper level. Welcome to “Wellness Wednesday”: our weekly feature to bring you tips for a healthy, whole and fulfilled life.
This post was originally published on vogue.com.au.
Karlie Kloss is in possession of some of the world’s most coveted and highly paid legs. She’s also dedicated a lot of time and energy to staying as fit and healthy as possible to maintain them, but like us, exercising isn’t always her favourite thing to do. Speaking to Style.com, Kloss revealed her golden rules of exercise that are easier to follow that you might think.
You don’t have to be the world’s best runner
Kloss’s least favourite form of exercise is running, she told Style.com. “I’m not a great runner,” she said, “but I’m getting better. It’s such a great way to break a sweat.”
Try classes even if you’re not good at them
You don’t have to be a pro to go to classes. “As much as I love to take cycling classes for my cardio workout, I always tend to be one beat off of the rest of the class and the instructor usually calls me out on it in front of everyone!” says Kloss.
20 minutes can be enough exercise
When Kloss can’t get to the gym she uses resistance bands and leg weights along with an exercise app to do a 20-minute workout.
You don’t need to be able to navigate tricky gym equipment
Kloss’s sculpted stomach isn’t the result of high-tech gym workouts. “My favorite trick for defined abs is good old-fashioned sit-ups. It’s something you don’t need…[a] trainer for and you can do anytime.”
It’s okay to skip the gym
Kloss does ballet for lengthening and flexibility and also says you shouldn’t feel tied to one type of exercise. “It’s so important to change up your workout routine, so I like a range of classes.”
Tailor your work out for your body
Copying the standard workout is all well and good but if you already have good muscle strength in one area don’t kill yourself overdoing it with strength training. Karlie focuses on the muscles she wants to improve instead. “Everyone’s body is different…I personally find it most difficult to tone my inner leg muscles. I’ve worked with my trainer specifically to do small exercises to isolate and tighten this muscle group.”
Never underestimate the power of incidental exercise
Yes, it’s a legitimate workout in its own right. “I think the most important part of working out and living a healthy lifestyle is incorporating movement naturally into your everyday life,” says Kloss. “Walking around the city, taking your bike to the store, or using the stairs instead of the escalator.” An oldie but apparently, a goodie.
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