The one person who stood out most for me at the recent Golden Globes was the beautiful bubbly actress Kate Hudson. At 36 she honestly looks better than I’ve ever seen her look and her sculpted arms and stomach were on justified display in a sparkling Michael Kors gown. Now I know she’s the walking poster board right now for her athletic clothing company Fabletics so it’s only right that she herself look fit and toned, but because she’s looking more shaped up than I ever remember her being in her younger years, I was immediately curious as to what her exercise of choice is these days, especially considering she’s also a mother of two now.
Turns out Kate is not one of those celebs who jumps on every new fitness trend that comes along in an aim to stay in shape as she has stuck to the same exercise and instructor for the last 15 years. The secret to her svelte body and most importunely her amazing abs is the almost 100 year old fitness system Pilates, which she has been practicing for a number of years with her trainer Nicole Stuart. She apparently does three pilates sessions a week sometimes preceded by a mile run, apart from Pilates she says she adds in whatever she “feels” like doing on a given day
You know, it just depends on if I have time to workout and what my mood is. Like sometimes, I’ll just want to stretch and do more of a hot yoga-type situation, sometimes I want to sweat it out and do more cardio, spinning. But my go-to’s are Brazilian Butt Lifts—it’s just really, really concentrating on your core and your butt—and Pilates. – Bazaar 2015
She’s also quick to say she believes that staying in shape is not how long or intense the workouts are, but rather doing exercise consistently, which means moving everyday. She says it can be as little as 20 minutes or as long as 40 minutes but once you exercise everyday, thats what really makes the difference. Its making exercise a habit and part of your everyday life. Another love of hers is skipping as she loves how she works up a sweat in no time at all and she usually does three sets of three minutes.
Overall Kate’s workout routine is very much designed to keep her limbs long limber and toned and her core is her main focus as she believes thats where true strength comes from. She adds in cardio for cardiovascular fitness as well but over all the exercises she does all seem to be quite lengthening while also strengthening.
She is also a believer in getting your workouts done first thing in the morning as it becomes harder to motivate yourself as the day goes on. Of curse everyone is different and evening workouts may be other peoples preference.
As for her diet which we all know at this point is a huge contributing factor to health and the overall tone of the body is mainly alkaline. An alkaline diet is designed around eating foods that create an alkaline rather than acidic ph in your diet and I talk more about it in my article about quitting sugar. The main things is 80 percent of your diet is from eating lots of veggies , fruit and alkaline grains, and only 20 percent is based around acidic foods like meat, dairy, legumes, coffee and alcohol. Kate does say she mostly sticks to a gluten, dairy and sugar free diet which certainly allows her to have most of her calories comes from alkaline food. She also makes a point of saying that she makes the alkaline diet her daily habitual way of eating so that she can freely and without guilt indulge when she wants to on nice food at restaurants and on good wine. Again, like most actresses who stay in great shape, she seems to employ balance when it comes to her diet.
Overall Kate’s approach to diet and fitness delivers a lot of oxygen to her cells. Pilates as her mainstay workout and eating an alkaline diet allows a lot of o2 into the body and reduces toxins and acid in the system which leads to a a light toned body and a very youthful glow, which Kate so obviously has.
So if you want sculpted arms and abs like Kates, get yourself to a pilates (or even yoga) class three times a week (or do videos from home if you’re on a budget) and fill your plates mostly with fruits and veggies! Doesn’t sound too hard does it? 🙂