How Choreographer Lauren Adams Stays Happy and Healthy
Courtesy 24 Seven Dance Convention
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.
"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."
"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."
"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."