Who doesn’t love a good celebrity health secret? It doesn’t matter if it’s a crazy cleanse or a tortuous bootcamp. If it’s good enough for the celebs, it’s good enough for us. Research shows that we are greatly influenced by the health practices of celebrities. A recent study published in Systematic Reviews examined how the rich and famous encourage us to live healthier. “Celebrities are highly influential people whose actions and decisions are watched and often emulated by wide audiences,” wrote the authors. “Many celebrities have used their prominent social standing to offer medical advice or endorse health products, a trend that is expected to increase.”
So if you’ve been needing a little motivation to get healthier, check out what some of your favourite stars do to stay slim, trim, and beautiful.
Get in the Ring
Boxing has become a favourite among Hollywood’s leading men. Hugh Jackman doesn’t mess around when it comes to exercise. Sure, he swims in the ocean every day and goes for long runs, but even that isn’t quite enough. He has since taken on boxing. “A boxing class is about as good a workout as you can have,” he told The Huffington Post. “And if you need to lose a little bit of weight and you want to do it in a way that is tough but engaging and not boring, boxing is the way to do it.”
And Jackman isn’t the only one lacing up his gloves. Denzel Washington also loves to get in the ring, performing 10 rounds of boxing five days per week. I’m tired just imagining it!
Get in the Driver’s Seat
You won’t see Patrick Dempsey lifting weights at the gym just to stay in shape for his roles in movies and television. He has found a new motivator to stay as fit as he can. He needs to stay in shape for his new hobby: car racing. “The physical aspects of car racing are so demanding that I need to train,” he told Men’s Health. “I’m going back full circle to that period in my life as a kid when I wanted to be an Olympic skier. I do a lot of running and training. Cycling has been tremendous for my psyche, to get out in nature, the speed of it and the agility needed, and the stamina.”
Finding your motivation beyond simply looking good can be your secret weapon when it comes to staying in shape. And it’s not just racing that keeps Dempsey inspired and motivated. “Having children in my 40s, I want to be healthy for them when I get older,” says Dempsey. “I have to keep myself together. There’s a reward when I can pick up my daughter and not pull my back out.”
A Spoonful of Coconut Oil
When we watch models coming down the runway, it’s normal to wonder how on earth they maintain their bodies. That kind of perfection does not happen by accident. For flat abs, there’s no one better to ask than a former Victoria’s Secret model. Miranda Kerr takes a spoonful of coconut oil every day.
“Constipation happens — and more than you’re willing to publicly admit! But there is a very simple trick: take a teaspoon of coconut oil in the morning and you’ll be ready to go,” Dana James, New York-based nutritionist, told Elle. “I recommend it blended in a cup of coffee à la Bulletproof-style or in a green smoothie. Hello, flat stomach!”
And the other way Kerr keeps her abs flat? “The more sex I have, the more defined my arms and stomach get,” she told GQ UK. “One thing I’ve noticed is now that I’m having less sex my body isn’t as toned.” You heard the girl!
Sweat it Out
George Clooney has to stay physically fit, both for our fantasies with him and his own health. When Clooney came down with a torn dura mater (the lining of the spinal cord), he had a long recovery in front of him. “Everybody has that year in their life when you age a decade … But I’ll whip it,” he told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer. “You know, I’m getting further and further along with it every day.” To stay in tip top shape, Clooney turns to Bikram or hot yoga. Bikram yoga practitioners practice a series of yoga poses in a heated room with an increased humidity.
“It’s the most male-friendly style of yoga,” Jen Lobo, co-founder of Bikram Yoga NYC in Manhattan, told Men’s Fitness. “Guys embrace the challenge. They’re not just sitting around ohming and chanting. It’s a hard workout.”
Actor Daniel Craig and musician Sting also hit the yoga studio when it’s time for a serious workout.
Sit in Stillnes
Staying healthy goes way beyond an intense workout. We all need to eat right and take care of our brains as well. Celebrities have been touting the benefits of meditation, and for good reason.
Richard Gere has long been a fan. “The only thing that will get us anywhere on the spiritual path, whether it’s concentration, loving kindness, or wisdom that we want to develop, is dedicating ourselves to a daily practice,” he told About Meditation. “We take for granted that Olympic athletes and professional musicians train daily to achieve mastery of their sport or music. Why wouldn’t the same discipline apply to cultivating the most important qualities of our mind?”
Ready to try meditation? Simply sit in stillness for a couple minutes. Focus on your breathing and just allow your mind to be still.
Hit the Library
Speaking of healthy minds, you don’t need to sit in stillness all day to reap the benefits. At the 2005 Kids’ Choice Awards, Will Smith shared his two life secrets for health: running and reading.
“Reading… there have been millions and billions and billions and gazillions of people that have lived before all of us. There’s no new problem you could have — with your parents, with school, with a bully, with anything. There’s no problem you can have that someone hasn’t already solved and wrote about it in a book,” he said in his speech. “There ain’t no problem that some other dude didn’t have 1,000 years ago.”
Consider giving yourself the gift of some quiet reading time every night before bed. Curling up with a good book will be much more relaxing than scrolling Facebook for the millionth time.
Ice Water is not just for Drinking
Drinking plenty of water is a health secret that we should all adopt, but why stop there? Celebs are incorporating water into all areas of their beauty routines. Liv Tyler uses it on her hair during her morning shower. “I’ll turn the water to cold for the last couple minutes, which a hairstylist friend told me closes the hair cuticle,” she told Into the Gloss. “It makes your hair really shiny and beautiful. And I always feel like it makes you a little bit skinnier.”