Jennifer Aniston spoke to TODAY.com about her approach to fitness, diet, and overall wellness. Jennifer is famously fit and has pretty much looked the same for the past 30 years, so sure, I’ll take her advice. But I’m trying to figure out why she’s randomly giving it now? I thought it would be to promote a partnership with this fitness method, Pvolve (annoying name) that she keeps talking about, but there’s no mention of a brand partnership. Maybe she’s an investor? Anyway, Jennifer talks about learning to feel content with shorter workouts and how she motivates herself.
For decades, Jennifer Aniston had a “no pain, no gain” approach to exercise.
“The workouts I used to do were exhausting and painful,” Aniston, 54, tells TODAY.com, noting that she would often injure herself from overexertion. She’s since stopped that cycle and shifted her approach to fitness.
Jennifer Aniston’s workout routine includes functional fitness
Aniston’s lightbulb moment came in 2021, after a friend introduced her to Pvolve, a fitness method that combines resistance training with low-impact exercise. The actor, who quickly became a devotee, is now an advisor for the online platform.
“It’s functional exercise. It’s mindful, it’s small movements,” Aniston explains.
Virtual classes range from five to more than 60 minutes.
Feeling content with shorter workouts is a big deal for Aniston, who used to feel panicky if she didn’t have time to do a long workout. “My mind used to (tell) myself that if I didn’t do 45 minutes to an hour workout, I wasn’t drenched, (it wasn’t enough),” she says.
“I put my body through it … and over time, breaking your body, pushing your body that hard is just diminishing returns,” she reveals. “And as long as I’m going to live, I want to be able to move.”
Though Aniston says she allows herself “that freedom” to take a day off, she offered advice on how to motivate yourself to exercise when you’re not in the mood.
“Just do 10 to 20 minutes, you can do anything for 10 to 20 minutes,” Aniston says. “You start to enjoy it, that’s the other thing. I really do push myself, just at least do that little bit. I’ll immediately feel incredible. You just instantly start to feel those endorphins and that energy. ”
Aniston says that’s one thing that appeals to her about the Pvolve platform, comparing it to a “good salad bar” because you can pick and choose what you’re in the mood for.
If I think about her comments in reference to Apple Fitness, my preferred platform, I definitely agree with what she’s saying. They also have shorter workouts available and I find those very motivating because I may feel like skipping my workout but then think okay, I’ll just do a quick 10 minutes of strength of HIIT or whatever to get it done. And then I end up getting into it and doing more than I planned to. It really does kickstart those endorphins and those shorter workouts are a welcome break from the days when I run. I do kind of have a similar mindset to Jennifer where I’ll do too much cardio and push myself too much and it’s counterproductive because then it takes me longer to recover. So I definitely agree with her advice, if not the platform and its ridiculous name.
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