From a Former NASA Deputy to Gigi Hadid, This Is How 8 Women Stay in Shape
While it's tempting to sit on the couch and inhale an entire pizza instead of hitting the gym, it isn't an entirely sustainable lifestyle. Sometimes we just have to pick ourselves up and break a sweat. Healthy living isn't so much about following a strict regimen as much as it's about knowing our minds and bodies (and practicing a routine that is energising and easy to maintain). We believe in balance, and lucky for us, Gigi Hadid and a former NASA deputy do, too. In fact, we've looked to some of the most inspiring, successful women we could find to discover the healthy habits they practice on a regular basis. Get ready—you're just a few steps away to celebrity- and CEO-approved methods for living a healthier life.
As the CEO and mastermind behind Glossier, it's no surprise Emily Weiss has a few wellness and self-care tips and tricks up her sleeve. "I try to have best practices that are consistent no matter if I'm in New York or Toronto or London, and that includes meditation," she tells Fleet Street Mag. Weiss also shares that she goes to Sky Ting Yoga a few times a week. When she's craving a more intense workout, she goes to a barre method class. As far as eating habits, "I take a high/low approach to wellness, meaning I will have a green juice for breakfast but then a Big Mac for lunch. I do take supplements: fish oil, ashwagandha, 5-HTP, vitamin D, vitamin B, and turmeric," says Weiss.
Geena Rocero tells Self that it can be hard to stay on top of her workout routine while traveling for work and maintaining a hectic schedule. "As I travel a lot, I'm constantly juggling between being a founder, model, producer, as a speaker, pitching, creating, etc.," she says. So she found a workout that she loves: yoga, which helps her recalibrate and take care of her mental well-being. "Yoga is one of the ways where I find solace. It's a practice I can do anywhere, anytime. It's my moment to nourish my thoughts, remind myself of the power of love and the gift in challenging my fear," she explains. "As a person who's advocating to change the system especially for trans people, it takes a toll on you," says Rocero.
Being the host of Top Chef has its perks, and being surrounded by decadent dishes is certainly one of them. That's why we're so impressed by the always glowing Padma Lakshmi. She knows how to balance her food-centric job and full-time role as a parent with a healthy lifestyle. Lakshmi tells Shape her cardinal rules for healthy living: Drink a glass of water every half hour, eat before you're starving to avoid overeating, and always eat clean, healthy foods that won't make you sick.
Body-positive activist and Sports Illustrated cover girl Ashley Graham is changing the way commercial advertising and the media define beauty. Curvy and toned, Graham is an advocate for healthy living. She describes herself as a "very active person" and enjoys all different kinds of physical activity, like dance, cardio, yoga, and rollerblading. Graham also believes in positive self-encouragement. She told Modern Wellness Guide, "Confidence can be achieved if you work toward it regularly. I love practicing affirmations every morning. I look in the mirror and celebrate my body inside and out."
As the former NASA deputy administrator, Lori Garver has a busy lifestyle. But she also squeezes in some time for healthy living and self-care. So how does she manage to do both? Well, she doesn't sugar coat it. "This is never easy and there have been many periods of my life where it wasn't a priority," Garver tells Self. "I finally trained myself to go to bed a bit earlier so I could have an hour or so in the morning for myself. I now spend that hour at a 6 a.m. outdoor boot camp in the neighborhood—which not only gets my blood pumping early, it allows me to have a quick catch up with my friends—something I often use to miss with my busy schedule." Doing this also gives her something to look forward to rather than dreading those early-morning workouts.
Besides drinking lots of Smartwater, Jennifer Aniston maintains a healthy lifestyle by keeping everything in moderation. "I eat really well and I work out, but I also indulge when I want to. … I don't starve myself in an extremist way. My advice: Stop eating sh*t every day," says Aniston. She also advises against keeping your meals too routine. "Mixing it up is always fun because that way you know you're excited, and it's muscle confusion. It keeps your body awake," she told Women's Health.
We love Gigi Hadid's healthy living mantra: "Eat clean to stay fit; have a burger to stay sane." The young supermodel has been an athlete her entire life, and beach volleyball was her sport of choice in high school. Nowadays, Hadid hits Gotham Gym in New York for intense one-on-one wrestling sessions. "The key to working out," she told Vogue, "is to have fun."
Insecure's Yvonne Orji opened up to Elle about working on feeling more comfortable in her body. "My comfortability with my body and what I wear is a work in progress," she says. She's been pushing herself outside of her comfort zone with a little help from her stylist on set, and has also come up with an exercise routine that helps her stay fit and feel good. She uses ClassPass and hikes outside, but her biggest rule of thumb is about ramping up the proteins, fruits, and veggies while avoiding processed carbs and refined sugars. "If it's a matter of cutting out carbs or adding an extra 30 minutes on the elliptical, I will cut out these carbs," Orji says. But she's also not afraid of a few indulgences. "I definitely kept a Snickers mini—that's my thing—frozen Snickers minis are my thing. … I believe in being diligent, but also cut yourself some slack."