As a dancer, I spend plenty of time sweating in the studio or on the stage—but that doesn’t mean that dance is the only way I work out. Cross-training helps keep me toned and ready for performances, as well as protected from injuries. And whether I’m on the go or hanging out with family and friends, I’m always looking for ways to keep moving. Here are my four favorite ways to stay fit off the dance floor, from core-blasting classes to hitting the trails with my fur babies.
During Grease Live I mainly worked out at Body by Simone, which is an amazing personal training and fitness club in LA and New York. Simone was originally a classical ballet dancer, so she really understands that long, lean dancer’s body. We do lots of mat work, bodyweight moves, and free weights. The trampoline cardio might sound crazy, but it’s a great low-impact option. As a dancer, you’ve got to take good care of your knees.
Hiking with my dogs
Now that Grease Live is over, I’ve been able to spend some more quality time with my sweet pups. Lexi and Harley, my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, are always up for a walk around the neighborhood or a hike. I love Fryman Canyon Park and Lake Hollywood Park—both have spectacular sweeping views of the city, and plenty of hills to get your heartrate up. Sometimes it even turns into an arms workout! Harley usually gets tired halfway through, and I end up having to carry her!
Yoga for balance
I occasionally swap a cardio class for CorePower Yoga, and I’m hoping to hit the mat more often. From practice to rehearsal, my life is all about music and movement, so it can be nice to balance that with a quiet moment. I love yoga because it’s a workout for the body, but even more so for the mind and soul. I feel refreshed and amazing after every session.
Even if you can’t make it to the gym or studio, you can take conditioning work with you wherever you go. Around the house, I do lots of lunges and squats. If we’re hanging out and watching TV, I’ll do an ab series. Once you start taking advantage of all those little moments throughout the day, there are so many opportunities to get fit.
How do you find your fit? Join the conversation below.
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.