Get Fit with Jenna Barclay
What’s the first thing you do in the morning for your fitness?
I drink water. Staying hydrated is important for so many reasons, so the first thing I do when I get up in the morning is drink a big glass of water. I keep a glass waiting for me on the kitchen counter so I see it first thing. I drink a ton of water throughout the day, but starting with it right away in the morning helps with my digestion, energy, and gives me a boost of hydration before I have my morning coffee and start my day.
What are your favorite go - to exercises for every day if you can’t get to the gym?
There are so many! But I especially love anything simple that I can do without equipment. Planks and push ups are great because they use multiple muscle groups, and for legs I love simple leg lifts either in a tabletop (hands and knees) position or lying on your side. They'll have your glutes on fire within a few seconds and you can do them anywhere!
What is the minimum amount of time that should be carved out to get in a workout?
I tell my clients to aim for at least 20 minutes of activity every day - no excuses - and you really can get a quality work out in a short amount of time. If you don't have a lot of time, circuit-style workouts are great because you don't take time resting in between moves, and you can incorporate exercises for the whole body. If you're at the gym, doing compound exercises (like lunges with bicep curls, for example) is a simple way to maximize your time. You can even break up your workouts and do two or three mini workouts at different times throughout the day. It doesn't matter how you get your workout in as long as you're moving a little bit every day!
Any recommendations on equipment to keep at home that doesn’t take up too much space?
Mini resistance bands are my favorite home workout tool because they are so versatile and they take up almost no space. They're also amazing for travel because you can fold them up and throw them in a suitcase. They usually come in sets so you get a few different resistance levels, and you can do absolutely everything with them - arms, abs, legs, everything! I also love floor sliders, which you can mimic using paper plates on a rug or towels on wood floors, and ankle weights. People always under estimate the ankle weights, but those little things make a difference!
As schedules get tighter and time becomes limited - any pointers to keep active and in shape?
Honestly the biggest tip I give to all of my clients is to not stress over it so much, and simply commit to moving your body in some way every single day. Staying active doesn't always have to be this whole production we tend to make it out to be - traveling to the gym or studio, spending an hour working out, traveling home - it can really be as simple as taking 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening to do a few body-weight exercises or going for a quick walk on your lunch break. Don't beat yourself up for not sticking to your ideal or perfect workout routine 100% of the time. Some days you'll be able to commit a full hour to a workout, but others it might just be 20 minutes. It's okay! Take small steps to work a little more activity into things you're already doing, or squeeze mini-workouts in when you can (one of my favorite things is to do circuit-style body weight workouts during commercial breaks during my favorite shows). Remember there are always ways to move your body, even if it doesn't necessarily feel like a "traditional" workout.
How do you unwind at the end of the day?
I see clients until 9 or 9:30 every night of the week, and I'm a very early riser, so I usually come home and jump straight into bed without taking much time to unwind, which is something I'm working on. I think it's really important to have that time to let your mind rest at the end of the day, so one thing that I am really consistent about is not checking email or texts after 9 pm. Nothing is happening at 9 pm that can't wait until the morning, and it really helps me avoid stressing over my schedule or what I have going on the following day when I'm trying to fall asleep at night. But rest assured if you text me at night, you'll always get a response back before the sun comes up the next morning!