Being active is a big part of my life—it’s my job, my passion, and the thing that gets me out of bed at 4:30 a.m.! From endorphin-boosting dance classes to calming yin yoga sessions, or simply breathing in the salty sea air on a morning beach walk, I love how movement can recharge my batteries and lift my mood. However, unlike many trainers, I actually don’t believe that traditional exercise needs to be a high priority on your healthy living to-do list.
I know, I know. Fitness fanatics across the globe are shaking their heads in dismay. But here’s the thing: With over eight years of experience as a trainer and Pilates instructor (working with stay-at-home moms, retirees, professional athletes, corporate executives, and Hollywood celebrities), I’ve learned that if you want to create a healthy body and life that you love, there are some things more important than exercise. In fact, there are six things. So take off your sneakers, make a cup of tea, and let’s look at these six habits that can help you reach your wellness goals—without a gym membership.