Celebrity Fitness Trainer Taryn Toomey Shares Her Tips for Getting Healthy in 2018
The fitness guru to Jennifer Aniston and Naomi Watts and founder of The Class reveals her recommendations for starting the new year off well.
As 2017 comes to a close and 2018 kicks off with a bang, there’s much talk about new beginnings and resolutions. But not everyone buys into the hype: "I really believe that if it can't be a way of life, don't fool yourself in believing it will last," says Taryn Toomey, who created the fitness craze known as The Class, which she and her instructors teach to the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Naomi Watts and Christy Turlington atop a crystal-laden floor in her Tribeca studio — or in a variety of locations around Los Angeles.
Instead, she says, would-be wellness disciples who mean well should take a good look at themselves. "Stop procrastinating your own healing," Toomey says. "I use reflection for the year that has past. I take spiritual inventory and commit to using what I have reflected on and learned to apply to the next year — it's essentially a marker in time for me to check in."
Next, she recommends, make a plan. To break any unwell pattern — food, movement or relationship related — she says, there must be applied discipline and will. "I personally love a plan, especially when it comes to eating. Schedule your week ahead; write it out and include a time slot for daily meditation practice. Work with a nutritionist to help organize it so you are satiated. Write what you will eat for breakfast, what you will do when you feel a craving, what your movement practice will be, what days you will take a bath at night," says Toomey. "Get specific."
The kit for her cleanse program, called The Layer, is a good place to start. "By the way, eventually this self-care feels so good it becomes a way of life," she adds. Toomey doesn't subscribe to mind tricks, she simply says a person needs to "notice the mind, put the body in motion. You just go." Her wisdom: "I like to envision the heaviness that is keeping me stuck as the thing I am going to clear through the movement."
The fitness guru's personal challenge to starting 2018 off healthfully is "cravings — not just for food but cravings to feel something we aren't currently feeling. The antidote for that is presence and breath." And she's not one to go crazy on New Year’s Eve. For those who want to enjoy the festivities, she has a few tweaks to make it less damaging. "Break a sweat, eat real food — if going to a party, make a plate, eat and be done." Grazing and eating when talking is what she considers the danger zone. And, very importantly, "I always take B, C and NAC supplements before drinking to support my liver."
The wellness-minded attitude continues on Jan. 1. Those who wallow in their hangovers and eat grease are really just prolonging the misery, says Toomey. Instead, she advises drinking a massive glass of warm water with lemon upon waking, taking milk thistle and dandelion, meditating, and breathing. Also, hydrotherapy works wonders after a late night. "Alternate very hot with very cold showers back and forth five times to kick-start your lymphatic system and its ability to detox."
Her number one recommendation to set the tone for the rest of 2018: Take Natalie Kuhn’s special 90-minute New Year’s Day Class (10 a.m. at MNR in Brentwood), which she says is "more about using movement, sound and music to unlock the ability to step back and witness the mind. This needs to happen before you can break bad patterns."