Back to Basics
The Sweat Life was born out of the simplest of moments. I was trying to explain the difference between two very well known spinning classes to someone who had never set foot in a spin studio. I finally realized a simple solution: I would just Google a video, and SHOW what each was like. Much to my surprise, said videos didn’t exist. I couldn’t find anywhere on the Internet where you could actually SEE workouts before trying them (or deciding not to try them). With that, the core of The Sweat Life was born.
While we have grown into a much larger platform than simply reviewing fitness and health outlets, at our heart’s center is the strong belief that being healthy should feel simple and fun. It seems easier said than done, but it really is true: being healthy IS simple. And that’s what this week is all about — going Back to the Basics of healthy living.
I can’t think of a better place than The Fhitting Room to showcase during such a week. Their workout is simple, uncomplicated, fun, and EXTREMELY effective for people of all fitness levels. This week is also particularly meaningful to us, as not only are we covering a topic that is so close to our hearts, but The Fhitting Room was the very first place we filmed, and where we first established our voice.
At the time, I saw the studio as a perfect first partner for us. I had completely fallen in love with their workout, their culture, and their community — and I felt not enough people knew about this little powerhouse tucked away on the Upper East Side. I learned about The Fhitting Room through a SoulCycle instructor friend, who swore by it as the perfect workout to balance his hours on the bike, and also keep him strong for his job.
After just one class, filled with simple moves I had been doing since my early athletic days, but grouped together in a way that kept my heart pounding (and a smile on my face), I was not only hooked, but immediately felt stronger, and high on endorphins. This is what getting fit and healthy should be like — simple and fun.
In a time when the options for getting healthy are abundant, it can also be extremely confusing and overcomplicated. We get conflicting messages: Eat less carbs. Eat all the carbs you want as long as you stay under your allotted calorie count. Eat only meat. Eat no meat. Cook at home more. Only eat raw food. Do yoga, but don’t overstretch. Do cardio, but don’t pound your joints. Lift, but not heavy weights.
Our answer: There is no “right” way to do any of it. The only right way to get healthy is to do what works best for YOU. Being healthy should feel simple and fun, and be something you look forward to doing EVERY SINGLE DAY. Some basic rules:
1. Find a way (or a few ways) to be active EVERY SINGLE DAY - even if it’s just going for a walk in your favorite place. If you find activities that you truly love, you will WANT to be active every day.
2. Eat real, whole food. Forget counting your carbs, forget counting your calories, and instead focus on fueling your body. If you are eating real and nutritious foods - fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy and clean proteins - you just can’t go wrong.
3. Stop making health feel like a punishment, and find activities that feel like a reward. Because this is exactly what your health should be - a gift, a reward, and something that makes you truly happy and less stressed.
4. Get plenty of rest. While this seems like an impossible task in our hectic and over-scheduled lives, sleep and rest should be one of your top priorities and something you MAKE time to do.
5. Hydrate. With water. Lots of it. Period.
We can’t wait for you to hang out with us this week, as we share a workout that is based on all these principles. We also go Back to Basics in a host of other ways: What’s in that multivitamin you take every day? The basic rules of being a gentleman. Unplugging from your gadgets. Fresh, clean, and simple food.
Basically, we just want you to be healthy and happy — we’ll help you find what works for you.
Until next week,
Founder, CEO, and Host
The Sweat Life