You know Jennifer Lawrence likes you–like really, really likes you– when she writes the forward to your book. “He changed my body for that movie [X-Men: First Class] but gave me the skills to change my life,” Jennifer penned in the opening of celebrity personal trainer (and B.C. native) Dalton Wong’s The Feel Good Plan. “I could never live on a ‘diet.’ Dalton taught me how to eat, move, and live a delicious but healthy life. I will always thank him for that.”
And we’ll thank London-based Dalton (who also trains Game of Thrones star Kit Harington) for taking the time to share five of his celeb-worthy workout secrets.
Live by the 80/20 rule
“Most people start a nutrition plan and they say, ‘I can’t do anything.’ But what happens when your girlfriends call you up on a Friday night and say ‘let’s go out?’ Why shouldn’t you go out and have some drinks? Just make sure to be a bit more diligent with your food for the next couple of days. You just have to pick and choose what you’re going to do and be sustainable. If you’re good for 80 percent of the time, you going out and having some cheesecake is going to have negligible effect on your body.
You can exercise in five minutes. Or 15. Or 50.
“People get so stressed out about exercise; it’s whatever you physically can do [in a moment]. If you have a big deadline and you’re really stressed at work, you just need to be diligent with how you’re eating, and how you’re dealing with that stress. So maybe you’re stretching, going to yoga. But when you’re low levels of stress, that’s when you can really push it hard at the gym. So it’s about knowing when your body is going to respond to exercise.
Sleep is everything
Make like Ariana Huffington and get your Zzz. “When we sleep, that’s when our body recovers. In the summer, our body needs less sleep because it’s light out longer. In the winter we start to need a bit more sleep. When we exercise, we require more sleep because that’s when our body repairs itself and when were working we require some more sleep.”
Work to your weakness – not your strengths
Have Madonna-worthy biceps? Time to turn your attention to other parts of the bod. “People like to do things they’re really good at. So my view is that if you work on your weakness, everything around it will get a lot stronger. A lot of women don’t do any resistance training they just do all body weight training. Add in some bands, weights, cables.”
Have a bath
But skip the bubbles and sprinkle in some Epsom salts. “It just helps relax you, relax your muscles and helps top up your magnesium levels, which get depleted throughout the day and through your training,” says Wong. (Editors’ note: Magnesium helps bone health and regulate blood pressure.)
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