You may not be able to staff a full-time personal trainer to whip you into shape, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the best body you’ve ever had. It’s just on you, and every day is a new chance to do your body right. Here are the top 5 things celebs do to stay in shape. Apply their tips to your own workout schedule, and feel like an A-lister (with a body to match)!
Cardio is Key
Before a red-carpet event, many celebrities vouch for the same workout: a low on carbs, and high on cardio ‘get fit’ plan. Rihanna told Elle magazine, “”Cardio is the key. I have a personal trainer who travels with me if we have a big event coming up. I work out every day but I need a trainer to motivate me.”
You may not be able to afford your own personal trainer like Rihanna does, but you can up your cardio to reap the same benefits—and without spending hours at the gym. Instead of running on the treadmill for a lengthy period of time, blend a high intensity interval training into your mix (which will give you quicker results than a slower, consistent pace will). Cycling is a great way to get in shape, because you can speed up for a minute, and then slow the pace down with strength training. Rowing, dancing, and sprinting all offer a shorter ‘packed with a punch’ workout that will produce visible results in a period of a few weeks.
Get Things Circulating
Celebrities don’t always have a lot of down time to train, which means that they have to get creative with their workouts just like the rest of us! Says actress Cameron Diaz, “Just do the best you can, as often as you can. I need variety, which is so good for us, because that way we are constantly changing our surroundings, our companions, our muscle groups—I like anything that takes me outside and anything that makes me feel strong—I’m a very equal opportunity worker outer.” If the only available time you have to work out is on your lunch break, head outdoors and take a brisk walk in the neighborhood, or lunge in the parking lot. Whatever gets you moving and your heart rate increasing is a workout that counts.
The ‘Lifelong Journey’ Mindset
Celebrities like Khloe Kardashian (very has battled very publicly with weight issues) keeps the lifelong journey of health at the forefront of her mind during her workouts. Do the same by recognizing that exercise and getting in shape isn’t a sprint—it’s a lifelong ‘marathon’ that will allow you to live your best self. Enjoy your workouts by feeling empowered, and exercise in ways that you’ll enjoy.
Feel Good When You Work Out
Feeling good is essential, because when it comes to losing weight, or getting healthier, your biggest motivator is feeling joyful about what you’re doing when you’re doing it—not just the end result. What types of exercises allows you to feel stronger, more capable, or even sexier? Is it lifting weights, squatting, dancing, running or yoga? Whatever type of exercise or movement you love, keep at it (and don’t forget to hydrate—it’s Jennifer Aniston’s go-to secret for feeling her best).
Start Again When You’ve Let Your Exercise Program Go
Even celebrities fall off the ‘workout bandwagon’ from time to time—and there’s no shame in it, according to actress Kate Hudson. “Erase ‘quitting’ from your vocabulary, and replace it with ‘start again.’ Every day is a new opportunity to become your strongest self, so move your body (even if it’s just a 30-minute walk after dinner). Every minute, and every bit of movement counts!