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Sure, we love celebrities for their talented acting skills and gorgeous red-carpet style, but as beach season approaches, it's really their super-toned bodies that are making us envious! Stars from Keri Russell to Beyonce are sharing their fitness secrets, and now you can get in shape just like they do!
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Being 2013's Most Beautiful Woman in the world doesn't just take a killer beauty regimen. It also takes a rockin' body. To claim the throne, Gwyneth Paltrow turned to ballet barre trainer Tracy Anderson for long, lean muscles. "I have the same routine, my five-day-a-week Tracey Anderson," she reveals to Marie Claire UK. "I’ve made it such a habit, it’s like brushing my teeth." Tracy has over 3,000 fitness movements based on yoga, ballet and stretching to target every part of your body. The sequences strategically exhaust the muscles in a way that does not create bulk but targets abs, thighs, and even your overall physique. Putting in long hours has been the key for Gwyneth, and sometimes she says she's even cried while working out. But the trick is to overcome the doubt and the pain, knowing that feeling good and being healthy are the goals.
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Hitting the gym every day can not only be time-consuming -- it can get downright boring! That's why actress Keri Russell gets in her workouts in the privacy of her own home. No, she doesn’t' have a spacious in-home gym -- she's got a television and a DVD player. "[I have] this really nerdy workout I do in my walk-through closet in our brownstone, " she tells Women's Health magazine. "I do a workout video and use my own music -- whatever is inspiring to me at that time, like Alabama Shakes, the Cure, or Mumford and Sons."
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Shooting onto the Hollywood scene can be just as intimidating as a tight red dress or wearing a bikini to the pool. But for Community actress Alison Brie, yoga helps her manage the stress, stay in shape, and just remember to breathe during the hectic days and nights on set. The starlet told Esquire magazine, "[Yoga is] like my church." Another must-do workout for Alison is "running, because it never seems like a strenuous exercise and always clears my head." Take a cue from Alison and look for workouts that aren't just good for the body, but also have mental and emotional benefits. There aren't enough hours in the day to waste time on activities that don't fulfill you completely.
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Have you ever just needed some new gym-spiration? You know, inspiration to get you to and keep you in the gym? Actress and all-around funny gal Mindy Kaling is always looking for a little pep talk to keep her motivated to work out. Her solution? A well-thought-out fantasy. She tells Refinery 29, "My go-to is someone murdered my gorgeous, perfect, sweetheart husband, who looks like Michael Fassbender, and I then have to get in shape to murder him/her with my bear hands. Sometimes the murderer is hot too, and I have to sleep with them before I kill them. Like Tom Hardy or something. Use it!" While you may not want to go to that extreme, the next time you're on the treadmill, imagine yourself running towards the last pair of Christian Louboutins on sale in your size. Or sprint towards your future husband. Shoot, see how fast you can run to that chocolate chip cupcake. Whatever it takes, get that cardio in!
With all of the trainers and pros advising that women should work out three-to-five times a week, things can get a bit redundant if you stick to the same routine. That's precisely why Khloe Kardashian likes to switch things up depending on her mood. According to Examiner.com, in addition to hiking, Khloe boxes, does Pilates, circuit-training and lots of cardio. "Right now, I try to go on hikes," she said. "I’ve always boxed. I just love it. I’m good at it. I don’t get bored and you shed weight when you do it." What's your training trio? Pilates, spinning and yoga? Tennis, swimming and running? This month, identify three exercises or sports that you enjoy and start to rotate through them in one week. Then the next week, switch up the order and do them again. Not only will you be in shape, but you'll be engaged in your workouts in new ways.
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Who runs the world? Beyonce does! Case in point: her enviable physique. To drop the baby weight, Bey set a goal, albeit a high one. "I didn't have a lot of time to lose the weight because I scheduled a show three months after I gave birth, which I would never do again!" she told Shape magazine of shedding 57 pounds. Beyonce credits her exercise regime, which includes cardio and lunges, as well as her dance workout, with helping her lose the weight. Also, a healthy diet of veggies and lean meat -- no carbs -- helps maintain her curvy figure. Want to get bootylicious like Beyonce? Head over to Spotify to make a 30-song Beyonce playlist and get dancing. Join Zumba, take up a Yoga Booty Ballet class, or try pole dancing. Let the beats and her women-rule anthems fuel you to get bikini-ready this season. Our picks: "Survivor," "Who Runs The World?" "Crazy In Love" and "Get Me Bodied."
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Who says walking is for wimps? We say walking is for winners. Actress Melissa Joan Hart credits power walking with helping her get back into shape post-baby in just seven months. What do they say about "slow and steady"? With power walking and a healthy diet, the Daily Mail UK reports that Melissa got back on track in a way that was both easy to manage and gentle on her body. According to Livestrong.com, walking at 3.5 mph can burn 277 calories per hour if you weigh 160 lbs, and may burn 584 calories in an hour when jogging 5 mph. In just an hour you can burn off an entire meal! Don't get overwhelmed by your weight loss goals. Simply follow Melissa's lead and get outdoors for an hour of brisk walking.
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Sometimes those grueling daily workouts are just too much for Amanda Seyfried. On those days, she takes to L.A.'s Runyon Canyon to hike with friends for both cardio and casual fun. But when it's time to ramp up and get into shape for a role like the one in The Big Wedding, she goes to one man: Harley Pasternak. To keep her body toned, fit and fabulous, Seyfried has been following Pasternak’s 5-Factor Program. “She works out really hard and looks phenomenal. She knows what it takes and doesn’t need to spend a whole lot of time in the gym,” Pasternak says of the Allure Magazine cover girl. On Pasternak’s 5-Factor Diet, Seyfried eats five times a day: breakfast, a snack, lunch, a snack and dinner, which are all comprised of a low-fat protein, a healthy carbohydrate, a fiber, healthy fats and a sugar-free beverage. Set big and small fitness goals. On stress-free weeks, go hiking or jogging with friends. But for those big moments when you're gearing up for a milestone birthday or a vacation, kick things up a notch by hiring a trainer at your local gym.
If you're a curvy girl who wants to get healthy but not lose her figure, look to singer Jill Scott for inspiration.The soul songstress isn't aiming to be a size 2; instead, she's happy living a healthier lifestyle. Over the past two years, Jill has dropped over 63 pounds thanks to three 60-minute cardio and strength training sessions, three times a week, with trainer Scott Parker. Her weight-loss journey was spurred on by the birth of her son Jett in 2009. "There’s a world of discovery in his eyes, and I want to be around to enjoy it," she said. The Ebony magazine cover girl added of her routine, "We have fun!" Her workout routine includes kickboxing, boxing and her favorite -- biking outdoors with Jett. Grab the kids and get moving!