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How to live a long, healthy life? Trainer to Jennifer Aniston and Meghan Markle says low-impact strength training is ‘the future of fitness’

To live a long, healthy life, start doing strength workouts, says a celebrity trainer who has worked with A-listers including Meghan Markle, Jennifer Aniston and Sofia Vergara.

Resistance training, particularly through low-impact exercise, is key to healthy ageing, says Sebastien Lagree, the founder of US-based Lagree Fitness, a high-intensity, low-impact exercise method.

“Not enough people understand the benefits of resistance training. It’s not just for the aesthetics,” he said. “Now that I’m 50, I’ve started to spend a lot more time on how to make these workouts the best for longevity. It’s not a consideration, it’s a necessity.”

But working out is just the beginning. Lagree’s approach for clients, as well as his own personal routine, focuses on muscular strength, consistent habits and heart health, as well as simple nutrition tips to improve fitness for the long haul, both in and out of the gym.

Lagree loves food, and his approach has always been to focus on portion sizes, not cutting out foods entirely. Photo: Instagram.com/sebastien.lagree

Muscle building focus keeps body and metabolism strong

Resistance training to build muscle and strength is a key part of adding healthy years to your life, Lagree said – and there is plenty of research to back it up.

Lagree Fitness classes use unique equipment that incorporates springs for resistance instead of traditional weights, which he said can be easier on the joints than activities like HIIT – for high intensity interval training.
The workouts also focus on a “time under tension” strategy to help build muscular endurance, core strength, and balance, all of which can help make you more durable and resilient as you age.

“I’ve been preaching low-impact workouts as the future of fitness. With the low impact comes longevity; you can’t expect to do high impact forever

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