Jennifer Aniston has just shared her preferred workout routine – and not only is it surprisingly accessible, but the coaches give it a thumbs up too.
Aniston, 52, told InStyle for the magazine’s September cover interview that she tries to exercise every day. “I had an injury last fall and could only do Pilates, which I absolutely love,” she said. “But I’ve missed that kind of sweat if you just try.”
Now, she said, “she’s going back to my 15-15-15, that’s a 15-minute elliptical run.” After that, she said, it was “just old school: I can chase my way through a gym”. Aniston said she was someone who needs regular activity in her life. “I need some kind of exercise, even if it’s only 10 minutes a day on a trampoline,” she said.
OK, but 15 minute intervals on different machines seem incredibly … doable. For starters, it’s in line with the American Heart Association’s exercise guidelines, which state that adults should strive to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week. (The AHA also recommends moderate-to-high-intensity muscle-building activities like weight training or weights for at least two days a week, but more on that later.)
With the coaches, everything revolves around the training plan of the former Friends star. “It’s great,” Albert Matheny, RD, CSCS, co-founder of SoHo Strength Lab, Promix Nutrition and ARENA, told Health. “The idea of the three different modalities and the fact that you vary them a little is excellent. It’s probably less intimidating and mechanical, you’re not just doing the same repetitive motion at high volume. “
The problem with just one workout, like running or cycling or the elliptical, is that you can develop an overload injury, Matheny explains. “If you mess things up, the chances of an overuse injury are less,” he says.
Cycling through various exercises can also reduce the risk of getting bored during your workout, Doug Sklar, CPT, personal trainer, treadmill, and founder of PhilanthroFIT in New York City, told Health. “When you’re struggling with motivation, it’s much easier to convince yourself to do something for 15 minutes than it is for an hour,” he says.
Jennifer Aniston hinted that she also lifts weights, which Matheny says is crucial. “Everyone should do some strength training,” he says. Sklar agrees, “It’s a pure cardio routine, so I would definitely add regular strength training to your schedule,” he says.
Do you like the idea but don’t have a small home fitness setup with you? Experts say that is not a problem. “It is difficult to recreate a bicycle or a cross trainer without the actual equipment, so bodyweight exercises such as jumping rope or jumping jacks would be the closest,” says Sklar. Matheny also points out that if you have a pool you can bike or run or swim outside.
While coaches like Aniston’s routine, they emphasize the importance of weight training there too. “The importance of strength training in a fitness program cannot be underestimated,” says Sklar. “The cardio is fine, but I would recommend making strength training the main part of your exercise program and adding such a cardio program to it.”
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