There’s really no part of wellness that operates in isolation. There’s no one workout, one diet, or one meditation that will solve all your wellness woes. Good health is found in the small, consistent actions you take over a long period of time (even when you’re feeling great and in marathon-training shape!).
That’s why we sat down with our friend Lacey Stone, celebrity fitness trainer and creator of The Stone Method, to talk about her holistic approach to health and wellness—including how to get in the best shape of your life (and stay there!). Take it away Lacey!
1. What is your philosophy on health and wellness?
Fitness doesn’t start in the gym, it starts in the mind. When you can figure out what’s blocking you, be it past trauma or present worry, and work on finding healthy solutions to those mental roadblocks, no goal will be unattainable inside or outside the gym.
2. How do you set yourself up for success and hold yourself accountable when it comes to accomplishing fitness goals?
I believe in the 3 P’s: personal, professional, physical.
- Personal: Who cheers you on and who holds you back? Find your A-Team and stick with them. When you have great people in your life who lift you up when the going gets tough, that’s half the battle of sticking to your goals and staying centered in who you are.
- Professional: Do you like your job? Do you like your boss? Do you want to grow? Do you want to leave your job? You have to ask yourself the hard-hitting questions if you don't want a negative board meeting turning into a cupcake Postmates order.
- Physical: What’s your favorite workout? How many times per week do you work out? How’s your diet? Is your professional and personal life getting in the way of your healthy eating and workouts? You need to know the answers to all of these questions if you want to be held accountable to your fitness goals.
I recommend getting a trainer like myself who will keep you on track daily with your goals. That will help you break your unhealthy life patterns so you can be you again.
3. In your opinion, what is the most underrated exercise people should incorporate into their routine?
Deadlifts when—and I cannot stress this enough—performed properly. They work the peach in such a pleasant way. ☺
4. How do you stay balanced with such a busy lifestyle?
I’m big into daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly lists. Every week I make a point to balance my personal, professional, and physical goals.
Professionally, I work toward my quarterly and monthly goals one step at a time, which gives me a sense of accomplishment. Physically, I know I’m going to work out 5–6 times a week. I always find a way to make that happen even if that means I do an in-home Lacey Stone Fitness virtual training platform workout. Personally, I always make sure I have at least 2–3 things I do per week that I love like hanging out with friends, watching my favorite show, spending quality time with my daughter, or getting a massage.
Balance isn’t a noun, it’s a verb, and I work very hard to achieve balance every day.
5. What are 5 things that you always keep in your gym bag?
#1 Sagely Naturals Extra Strength Relief & Recovery CBD Cream, for real. I love to rub it on my joints post workout even if I don’t have any injuries—it feels good and it doesn’t have that after smell like most creams on the market.
#2 & #3 Daily planner and notepad: I’m very old school this way but I love being able to see what my day entails and I don’t like how my calendar looks on my phone. Haha! I also have a notepad to jot down ideas that I have or create new workout routines for my camps and group workouts.
#4 iPad: I love music. I have my iPad in my bag to listen to music in my car or listen to Tony Robbins or Oprah podcasts while I go about my day.
#5 Nuts: I keep little baggies of nuts in my gym bag and all over the place in case I start feeling famished. The healthy fats are a boost for my body and brain.
6. What’s the most important wellness tip you think people should know?
Drink lots of water, get plenty of sleep, find a good group fitness class you like, and smile often.
About Lacey Stone:
Creator of The Stone Method, the Comeback Camps, and star of Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian, Lacey Stone is one of the nation’s most sought-after trainers and transformation coaches. With the belief that fitness is a byproduct of wholehearted wellness, Lacey's signature high-intensity interval workout, fusing dance and sport, has been a favorite of Hollywood’s A-list and is revered coast to coast.
Lacey has been a regular expert guest on The Doctors, The Steve Harvey Show, and Good Morning America and now her signature body- and mind-transforming workouts are available to people worldwide in the comfort of their own homes and workplaces—on her virtual subscription-based training platform, which follows her LA-based camp programs. With nearly two decades in the personal- and group-training field, Lacey Stone Fitness’s proven track record of success is the direct effect of results-driven principles that have positively changed bodies, brains, and businesses.
As a bi-coastal fitness professional and celebrity trainer, Lacey’s mission is to inspire individuals to achieve optimal success in all aspects of their lives from the inside out. She has consulted with and held strategy sessions and group seminars for innovative and inspiring companies such as Nike, Google, Fitbit, Whistle Sports, Carbon38, Coca-Cola, Reebok, Dove and Nintendo Wii to make positive changes in the world.
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