Courtesy 24 Seven Dance Convention

How Choreographer Lauren Adams Stays Happy and Healthy

It's hard not to gush about choreographer Lauren Adams. The always-smiling 24 Seven faculty member has a heart of gold, and the moves to match: She's a contemporary queen who can also hold her own in the ballroom and at the ballet barre. Add the fact that she's a total knockout, and it's safe to say Lauren is equal parts #goals and #girlcrush. So how does she stay so happy, healthy, fit, and fabulous? Here are her secrets.

1. She gets her LOL on daily.

"The most important thing I strive to do every single day is laugh," Adams says. "While I absolutely love my job, I can get pretty serious when I'm working. I become physically, mentally, and emotionally drained after I teach, choreograph, or judge. The best medicine I know of is laughter. Thankfully, I have a really funny husband, quite a few hilarious friends, and a stunning little dog with a healthy sense of humor. I also love to unwind while watching comedy TV series. Right now I'm loving Jerry Seinfeld's 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.'"

2. She stays hydrated.

"I try to drink a ton of pH-balanced water," Adams says. "I feel so much better when I'm hydrated. Since I travel a lot, staying hydrated is practically a full-time job, but I feel more awake and my skin looks better when I drink at least 10 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Water is the key to success."

3. She makes moving a priority.

"When I'm not traveling, I go to at least one movement class per day," Adams says. "I alternate between Pilates, Gyrotonic, weight training, and Latin ballroom lessons. I love being a student! On days when I can't get out, I'll get on my elliptical or do my new favorite thing, which is following along with a Jane Fonda workout DVD. Let me tell you, Jane Fonda is legit! I'm sore for days after her program."

4. She connects to her emotions through music.

"When I'm stressed, or if I just need a good, healthy cry, I listen to music. I'm addicted to Spotify. I look forward to Mondays, because they curate a new playlist each week called 'Discover Weekly' based on your individual taste."

5. She doesn't stress about her diet.

"If you know me, you know I have a sweet tooth—but I really love vegetables, too, I swear," Adams says. "I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism, so I'm giving up gluten and I've cut back, ever so slightly, on sugar. I will say, though, I think it's super important to enjoy your life, and a big part of my life's enjoyment is eating. So I truly eat whatever I want, whenever I want."

6. She loves a good soak.

"I believe wholeheartedly in Epsom salt baths," Lauren says. "I don't think there's much they can't cure."

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