Sticking to a regular workout routine is hard—even for celebrities, who, for better or for worse, kind of have to. Ugh, I’ll just go to the gym tomorrow is a phrase most of us utter on the reg. The struggle to maintain a strong and healthy bod is oh so real. So how can we carb-loving couch potatoes summon the motivation to get moving?
Jennifer Lawrence’s trainer, Dalton Wong, once told us that it’s all about making small changes to your current routine. We were curious to learn what those changes look like in the lives of the fittest celebrities on Earth, so we put together this guide to staying motivated to work out, courtesy of famous fit women like Kendall Jenner, Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Miranda Kerr. Keep scrolling for 10 genius pieces of workout advice, straight from your favourite celebrities.
“I believe in doing squats whenever you can. If you can just do 10 squats when you think about it, that’s a good way to remember and get exercise incorporated into your day.” — Miranda Kerr
“I hate cardio. I’d rather just stand there and lift some weights than run in place.” — Kendall Jenner
“I like being trained by ballerinas, so I go to someone called Mary Helen Bowers in New York, and here I met someone called Andie Hecker about five years ago, and I’ve been training with her on and off for five years. She’s like the naughty ballerina. She’s great, and she’s in L.A. So when I’m here for longer, I try to see her. [When I’m not in town], I do the Ballet Beautiful videos.” — Phoebe Tonkin
“I work out not only to balance food but also to keep my mind focused. … It can be taking a walk outside, boxing, or going to dance. Anything physical has such a positive impact on people; the dopamine and serotonin that get released when you work out—afterward, you feel amazing.” — Shay Mitchell
“I’m a nature girl. I grew up in Colorado and was always outside. I still am, even when I’m in the city. If I’m in Amsterdam, I get on a bike, ride everywhere, and really see the place. I love that freedom, which you can’t get in a car. In New York City, if I’m staying downtown and have a meeting uptown, I’ll put on my earphones, listen to great music, and just walk. There is nothing better than walking in Manhattan.” — Kate Hudson, as told to Shape
“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.” — Rihanna, as told to Harper’s Bazaar
“I’m a vegan and I’m into Pilates and yoga. I do this diet called Ayurveda. … It’s really important to get outside and switch it up. Two days a week I try to work with a personal trainer.” — McKayla Maroney
“I do a lot of things with little weights—like, I’ll put on a song that I really like and I’ll do [bicep curls with] five-pound weights for the duration of the song and just try to burn out.” — Beyoncé, as told to Harper’s Bazaar
“I love doing Brazilian jiujitsu. … It’s like a human chess game. You’re constantly thinking. There’s never a pause that you can take unless you’re in a certain position. But anyway, there are no moments when you can just sit there and chill. You’re constantly thinking about what they’re going to do, how they’re going to attack, and how you’re going to defend. So it’s this constant mind game. It’s really fun." — Demi Lovato
“I wake up around 6:30, check my emails to make sure there are no fires, then head down to our home gym with a green tea. I don’t want to miss having breakfast with my family, so I get my workout checked off the to-do list. … I do 20 minutes of cardio, 10 on the Bellicon trampoline, and 10 running stairs. I listen to music and audiobooks—it makes it go faster. I don’t love working out—does anyone? But I love the way I feel afterwards.” — Cindy Crawford, as told to Harper’s Bazaar
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