Clean & Cleanse Profile: Lauren Roxburgh of Be Aligned for Life?
We can’t get enough of Lauren Roxburgh’s full-body foam roller and rebounding workouts. Her unique approach to fitness is centered on body alignment, fascia, and flexibility. In addition to building her client’s core strength, her routines improve fitness and connectivity. For this, she’s been dubbed the movement healer. A fitness and wellness dynamo, she’s also written a best-selling book called Taller, Slimmer, Younger – 21 Days to a Foam Roller Physique, founded Be Aligned for Life™ by Lauren Roxburgh, created the Lo Rox Aligned Rollers, and developed the Be Aligned video series. We were excited when she agreed to share some of her insight and personal tips for wellness with us here.
The first thing I do when I wake up is… Drink 8oz of alkaline water with lemon and then meditate for 10-20 minutes.
I feel strongest when… I’m calm, grounded and surrounded by love.
To stay motivated, I… Keep learning and focusing on the results of my actions.
The exercise that yields the best results is… The combination of Foam Rolling and Rebounding. I call it the R&R Detoxifying and Fat-Flushing Workout —a less stressful, yet highly effective routine that combines foam rolling and rebounding on a mini trampoline. It’s all about quality and efficient movement; quick, fun, and easy. You’ll find it jumpstarts your metabolism, strengthens your core, and detoxifies your system to help the body flush fat.
I choose foam rolling because… The humble roller is capable of far more than just massaging sore muscles—in fact the roller is a total-body workout tool that can actually mimic many of the moves on the Pilates Reformer. Used correctly, the foam roller can help hydrate and smooth out your fascia (the thin layer of connective tissue that lies under the skin and wraps the entire body, as well as each individual muscle and organ), literally rolling away excess bulk, thickness, and density in the body. Also when used correctly, the roller boosts circulation and lubricates your fascia, which makes your skin look and feel more supple, toned, and youthful. Rolling stimulates the lymphatic system, too, which helps flush toxins, gets rid of bloating, and even reduces cellulite. I recommend a medium-density foam roller—I developed one that suits nearly everyone (and is not painful to use), with raised bumps that further boost circulation and get the lymphatic system going.
I standby rebounding because… When you combine rolling with another one of my go-to’s—the rebounder—you’ve got a one-two punch for detoxing, de-stressing, and improving total body strength and tone. The rebounder is basically a small trampoline that you simply bounce on, but it’s a remarkable tool for detoxifying your system—both body (it supports lymphatic drainage to flush toxins) and mind (bouncing can help you feel less anxious)—and also for weight loss when done consistently. Some research suggests that the rebounder is more effective for cardiovascular health and fat-burning than running—and it’s low impact, so it’s far easier on joints and muscles.
If I only have 5 minutes to exercise, I will… Bounce on my Bellicon Rebounder for 5 minutes.
One fitness tip that may surprise you is… How important it is to make time for recovery.
When I want to relax, I… Take a magnesium salt bath with lavender oil or go for an Infrared Sauna session.
My favorite smoothie or juice recipe is… Spinach, cucumber, green apple, coconut manna, avocado, vanilla whey protein powder, collagen powder and Super Elixir Green powder and water in my Vitamix.
I incorporate clean living by… Having plants around my house to purify the air, using eco-friendly/non-toxic cleaning products, eating and cooking organic foods from the earth and using natural and non-toxic skin care products and makeup as much as possible.