Celebrities are often at the forefront of all the latest trends so it’s no wonder we look to them for hair, make-up and fashion inspiration. But what about exercise? When your day consists of photoshoots, red carpet events and TV interviews there’s a lot of pressure to look good so celebs often have some of the best workout routines and trainers in the world. Lucky for us, most of them are kind enough to share the secrets to their envious physiques.
Kim Cattrall – Fizzy Yoga
Fizzy yoga (or physiyoga) is a new exercise that has been brought to the world’s attention after Sex and the City actress Kim Cattrall claimed it ‘saved her life’ during a three month run of a play she was starring in. She was supposedly battling a sore knee, stiff sacrum and ‘bruises bigger than a professional snowboarder’ so found that fizzy yoga was the answer to healing and exercising. Fizzy yoga is a mixture of massage, meditative breathing, physio adjustments and yoga poses.
Kim says, “as I get older, I find that cardio is less important to me. What I want to do more of is intense stretching.”
Beyonce – Dancing
Want a bangin’ body like Beyonce? Then get dancing! If you’ve ever been to a Beyonce concert then you’ll know that girl likes to move. Even her film clips are full of hardcore dance routines. Single ladies anyone?
Beyonce owes a lot of her fitness and infamous figure to dancing. After giving birth to Blue Ivy she said, “I lost a lot of weight naturally, just from 12-hour rehearsals. That’s a lot of dancing. I would never work out for 12 hours, but I’m able to move around and not think about it. It’s part of my job.”
Of course, you may not have 12 hours to spare for dancing, but if the mere thought of exercising puts you off, dancing is a great way to sneak it in without you even realising it’s exercise.
Miranda Kerr – Pilates
She’s got one of the best bodies in the business and while she’s all for green juices and abiding by the 80/20 rule (80 per cent healthy eating, 20 per cent indulgence) she also owes her toned figure to pilates. Miranda told Women’s Health Magazine, “I practice pilates and light weights. They are the exercises that suit me and my body, and that I enjoy, so I stick to that.”
Pilates is generally a series of movements and stretches that work to build strength, flexibility and lean muscle tone. It also focuses on lengthening the body and aligning the spine, rather than bulking and shortening the muscles. That explains those long legs of hers!
Jessica Alba – Interval Training
Rather spend your time relaxing in a hot bath or having lunch with friends? So does Jessica Alba! The actress is a big fan of fast workout sessions like interval training.
“I do sprint intervals just because I hate working out. Anything where I have to do something but I can get my mind off of doing it, that’s so much better for me than anything that’s repetitive. Or the music has to be loud and I have to be moving.”
Interval training involves alternating between periods of very intense, short bursts of exercise with ‘rest’ periods. It often means that you end up burning the same amount of calories in half the time. Result.
Jennifer Aniston – Yoga
Jennifer Anniston claims that her body is leaner and fitter than it’s ever been, all thanks to yoga. She says, “I do hatha yoga three or four times a week. It keeps my body strong, and if my body is strong it helps me to sleep better, function in the day better and I can do my job better. It’s been wonderful for me.”
Hatha yoga is a gentle and basic yoga class with no flow between poses. It’s likely to be slow paced with stretching, simple breathing exercises and some mediation. It’s great for beginners and those who prefer a slow, relaxing session. That isn’t to say this type of yoga doesn’t have any weight loss benefits. Jen says that after starting yoga, “My legs got leaner. My arms got strong. I’ve maybe even grown half an inch from aligning my spine.”
Have you ever tried any of these exercises? Which celebrity exercise do you think would suit you best?