Wellness is a buzzword these days, but it can mean something different to everyone. Does it mean self-care and restoration, or is it more about strength and endurance? So we’ve created a series breaking down the healthy habits of local influencers and entrepreneurs, allowing them to define what wellness means on a personal level.
Jennifer Eitches, the owner of A deal, was one of the first to launch the Lagree method in North Texas. (The patented workout balances high-intensity exercise with low-impact movement on a Megaformer M3X machine.) Eitches introduced the new concept to the Dallas wellness scene in 2017 and still teaches daily in their studio. Oak Lawn. But its purpose is much broader than helping Dallas residents to sweat.
âStop obsessing over fitness just for looks,â Eitches says. âIt’s a good tool for mental health and general well-being. It’s something that took me years to fully understand and embrace.
We asked Eitches to tell us more about her philosophy of wellness and why she thinks exercise is an essential part of a happy life.
Tell us a bit about your background before founding One Lagree in Dallas.
I lived in LA and loved working out all the time. I took private Pilates lessons with Lia Bartha and was inspired to be a part of this industry. Once I settled in Dallas, I knew I wanted to make my mark in the fitness industry while providing a service that made people feel great, both mentally and physically.
what healthy does mean to you?
This is a complicated answer as I have struggled with my perception of health and wellness over the years. But I have evolved and now realize that I need to be aware of my overall health which includes all facets: mental, emotional and physical.
How do you start and end your day on a healthy note?
I like to start my days early with thoughts of gratitude. I have so much love in my life and more than I could have imagined. It’s something that I want to take a moment every day and recognize. And to end the day, I like to have dinner at 6:30 p.m. and be in bed at 8:30 p.m. so that I can start to relax in bed.
How do you influence your One Lagree customers to be healthy?
I tell my clients to stay uncomfortable, which means if they feel like they’ve hit a plateau, they need to change it. I never try to sell clients just by exercising in my studio. I encourage clients to keep moving and doing different things. Keep moving and stay uncomfortable, remembering that days off and downtime are just as important as movement. Achieving balance is the ultimate goal.
How do you practice mental health and personal care?
Mental health is one of those things that people don’t talk about enough. I’ve always battled depression to some degree, so I proactively do things like see a therapist and surround myself with people who are uplifting and positive for those around them. It’s so important to me. I also make sure I spend a fair amount of time taking care of my physical and mental health. I have found that walking is one of the best ways to clear my head and I try to do it daily. Sometimes I even walk to my studio. I am also obsessed with the idea of ââgoing to Breathe in meditation and well-being and using their Halo Salt Therapy, Glow Sauna Studio for the infrared sauna, and Ohzone Clinic for their ozone and IV saunas. Once a year, I register at Well-being Formula for all my blood tests to make sure everything looks okay. I have found my balance and am grateful to have these companies to support my health.