Gwyneth Patlrow LOVES to talk about her body. Probably because her trainer, Tracy Anderson, is also her partner. The pair have produced four exercise DVDs together, each selling over 20,000 copies in Britain alone. They also co-wrote a book, ’30-Day Me.’
In a post for The Telegraph, the actress said that the key to staying in shape is a consistent exercise regime, regular detoxes and the occasional weekend treat (hers includes wine and cigarettes!).
Must Exercise: “Keep up consistent exercise. I am dedicated to the Tracy Anderson Method and it has completely changed my body. Still, when I first started working with Tracy, finding motivation was hard. She advised me to think of exercise as an automatic routine, no different from brushing your teeth, to avoid getting distracted. Now it is part of my life – I exercise Monday to Friday at 10am and always stick with it. I’d also recommend concentrating on moving more – we sit for so much of the day. Choose to walk or take the stairs, or briskly climb a hill in the evenings. It creates good muscle tone and boosts your metabolism.”
Measure in Inches, Not Pounds: “There is something punitive about weighing yourself. It can leave you vulnerable to shame and guilt, and it messes with you psychologically. Women naturally gain and lose weight during their monthly cycle anyway, so it can be more realistic to monitor your body shape with a measuring tape.”
Give Yourself a Treat Every Now and Then: “Stay away from processed foods, though cutting them out completely is no fun and can ultimately lead to a binge. Allow yourself programmed treats – I often have a glass of red wine in the evening and smoke a cigarette on a Saturday. I love those moments because they are just the right amount of naughty. That balance keeps you vibrant. You have to live your life, after all.”
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