Just as the holiday season subsides, and everyone vows to take a healthier approach to life, the meat of awards season hits, with red carpets and soirees lined up till February.
There’s no reason to have to put anything on pause to live healthy in Hollywood. All it takes is a few simple tips and tricks to stay fit, look fabulous and feel energized.
There’s hardly time to decide which outfit to wear for each show, let alone clock hours at the gym. Unfortunately, the lack of exercise destroys energy levels. But high-intensity intervals can help. These involve maximal effort that can last anywhere from five seconds to five minutes at a time followed by a couple minutes of rest in between sets.
According to the “Journal of Physiology,” high-intensity interval training increases mitochondria levels in the muscles. With increased mitochondria, our muscles will create a greater energy deficit and turn to our fat cells to find fuel. This phenomenon is what causes the individual to lose body fat at such an elevated level compared to endurance training.
Perform 20-minutes of high-intensity intervals four days per week.
Plank variations are the best exercises for a flat, toned stomach because they work all the muscles in the core, including the hips and back. Strengthening the entire core is crucial — these muscles also provide support for the entire body in everyday movements, reduce back pain, and improve posture. Plus, planks burn more calories than sit-ups or crunches because they recruit muscles in the legs, arms, and rear.
Start to get into a pushup position, but bend your elbows and rest your weight on your forearms instead of your hands. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. Brace your core. Hold this position for 30 seconds while breathing deeply.
Plank with leg lift
Get into plank position on your forearms with your abs in tight. Engage your glutes to lift and hold one foot a few inches off the floor, foot flexed. Do 10 lifts on one side, and then switch legs.
Side plank with leg lift
Lie on your left side with your knees straight. Prop your body up on your left elbow and forearm, feet stacked. Raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders. Hold this position for 30 seconds (or longer if you can), bracing your abs and breathing deeply for the duration of the exercise.
DETOX: Last-ditch tips for the day of the show
Avoid cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, collard greens, cauliflower, and bok choy the day of the show. While these foods are nutritional powerhouses and should be eaten as often as possible, their tendency to cause bloating makes them a poor choice when wearing a tailored look.
Fill up on flat-belly foods
Reach for hydrating foods to help flush waste and excess water from your system. Grapefruit, comprising 92% water, is an excellent choice, along with oranges and mushrooms.
Bloating can also be a result of constipation, and the easiest way to relieve this is by eating high-fiber foods such as beans, oatmeal, and berries. Try a fiber-rich breakfast including oatmeal with flaxseed, almonds, and berries.
There is nothing wrong with a little indulgence. A great way to treat yourself at happy hour while still cutting calories is by getting creative with the drink order. Keep the alcohol clear, add fresh fruit (nothing from concentrate), and throw in any herbs and spices (all great for beauty boosting inflammation). Armed with that info, most bartenders will create a perfect guilt-free cocktail.
If you are opting for wine, know that one glass of red wine delivers a healthy dose of antioxidants and resveratrol, which is the key ingredient that helps prevent oxidative damage. Opt for a dry red or white wine, which is lower in sugar and carbohydrates.