Julianne Hough’s Secret To Staying Healthy On The Road: “I’ll Do Squats On The Plane”

Actress, singer, dancer: Julianne Hough is one of those triple threats that makes your head spin. When she’s not acting in her latest flick or dancing up a storm on tour with her brother Derek Hough, the 28-year-old is planning a wedding with fiancé Brooks Laich. Not surprisingly, this means she’s on the road a lot. But, she still maintains one of the most enviable bodies in Hollywood. I had to find out her secret.

Q: Obviously, you travel a lot. How do you stay healthy while traveling?

JH: It’s sort of become my lifestyle now. It’s what I eat, it’s how I live. My fiancé always says “the next time you say you don’t have time, change the word time to priority.” Once I started doing that, I knew I need to make the time for health and fitness and I need to make it a priority. Now, I will take an earlier flight so when land so I have time to work out and get a good night’s rest.

Q: You’re hitting the road again with your brother this spring. What’s your wellness regimen while on tour?

JH: Before we even go out, we see the cities that we are performing in and then we try to see what kind of workouts are in the location. We’ll do the same for food. After show food is usually so disgusting, so I’ll ask the caterers make me double of whatever healthy foods they are making for lunch and then I will just save it and heat it up later. Otherwise, we are ordering pizza every night. Super glamorous, right?

 

Q: Do you work out or is dancing your go-to on the road?

JH:: We find places around town to mix it up and do different things. But, it’s funny, I don’t get super skinny on the tour. In rehearsal and the first couple of weeks, I drop a lot of weight and I get like shredded and then my body gets sort of used to the tour. I burn a lot, but I also eat a lot. So, I just get really muscular and then I get home and then I sort of have a little break and then I lose a little bit of the muscle.

Q: Do you allow yourself to indulge at all?

JH: A thousand percent. My fiancé makes fun of me because I eat so much. On vacation, he has multiple pictures of me just like with food in my mouth. I think the first trip we ever went on together – I was like it’s the last day, I am going to do a buffet. I had everything – there are pictures of it. He is like how does your little body fit all of that?

Q: Is there a particular culture you turn to for healthy living advice?

JH: I really follow more of a Mediterranean diet I don’t really cook with butter. I cook with olive oil or with coconut. I love my pastas and pizzas, but I love my fishes and my chickens and my vegetables and fresh stuff too.

Q: Do you use any devices to help keep you on track?

JH: I love my Fitbit Alta HR because it tracks everything from my sleep to my heart rate. First thing when I wake up, I’ll track my sleep patterns. Then it registers my workouts and steps, so I know how much activity I got in. My favorite part is the fact that it buzzes – it’s like get up and move! I am in the car and going to different places, so it will remind me I need to walk. If I’m at the airport, I will walk around and just get my steps in before I sit down on the plane. Or, I will get on the plane and do a couple of laps and just walk down the aisles, stuff like that. Sometimes I will stand in the front if nobody is up there and talk to the flight attendants and just pace or do my squats. When I am at the airport, I am shuffling and doing squats and lifting my arms. I only have a certain amount of time to do something and I want burn as much fat as possible; the Fitbit tracks it all. All of those little things add up.

 

Q: Where is strangest place you have ever worked out or danced?

JH: We danced on a plane once! On our first tour, they played “Happy” because that was in our show and we did the dance down the aisle. Also, we would be in outdoor amphitheaters so we would be working out on the steps and going around the grass and running around. My sister and I did a beach yoga, but we called it drunk yoga because it was like a girls’ trip and we had a few tequilas and margaritas before. It was a lot harder, I will tell you that!

Q: Do you ever eat airplane food?

JH: I eat it every time! I know that if I don’t eat when I’m hungry, then my body goes all weird. I did this when I was shooting Footloose and I was on this really weird diet where my body got messed because I was not eating enough. Ever since then, if I am hungry, I have to eat because I can’t mess up my body like that again. So, on a plane I will have a few bites to at least suppress that so I am not pigging out on Mentos.

Q: You pig out on Mentos?

JH: The cinnamon Mentos and the fruity Mentos, that is like my jam. I love those! But I eat the whole thing on a plane, it’s so bad. I know, so weird and so random.

DWTS's Maks Chmerkovskiy Wants to Live to 120. Here's How He Plans to Do It.

If you watch Dancing with the Stars, you've almost certainly noticed: Maksim Chmerkovskiy (simply "Maks" to his legion of fans) is in amazing shape. You might attribute this to hours and hours on the dance floor, but that's only a small part of the equation. Maks is not only fit, but also amazingly strong and healthy. He takes his health very seriously and that means subjecting every food, fitness, and lifestyle choice he makes to a simple litmus test: Will this help me meet my goal of living to 120...or will it detract from that goal?

"I truly believe I can make it to 120 and I want it to be an active and vibrant 120," says the 36-year-old dancer, choreographer, and television personality. "It's not just about quantity of life, but quality of life. This lifestyle is what allows me to even consider a 45-city tour at my age. Also, I want to be able to play basketball with my kids when they're teenagers and still kick their butt—I don't want to be an old dad." 

He adds, "To do that in the future, I have to make friends with my body right now," he adds. "If I get out of its way, and help it do its thing by giving it the right nutrients, it will take care of me in return. It will reward me. It will just live. Yeah, things come to an end—but they don't have to degrade by the time you're 60."

This may sound simple. But if you've ever tried to overhaul your habits in this age of processed foods, supersized meals, and electronic distractions that lull you into a sedentary stupor, you know you're swimming against the tide. Still, Maks is doing it—and he insists the rest of us can, too.

Want to join Maks in his quest to live long and prosper? Then consider his 5 "best odds" secrets:

  1. Educate yourself on what to eat and why. Your body is smart and will regulate itself when you get out of the way—but that means learning how best to feed it. Do some research. Don't limit yourself to "mainstream" resources as many are driven by big food manufacturers with their own agenda. Digging deeper reveals that the typical Western diet—grain-heavy; filled with genetically modified, hormone-infused, processed foods; and deficient in many nutrients—is counter to what the body needs to operate at its best.
  2. Learn which nutrients you are missing and supplement them. Almost everyone is deficient in certain vitamins (D, for example) and minerals. That's why Maks starts each morning with three supplements he believes are the foundation for good health. The list includes Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C, Lypo-Spheric Glutathione, and Lypo-Spheric R-ALA (all from LivOn Labs). 
  3. Make a conscious decision to stay well. No matter how often you wash your hands during cold and flu season, you'll never be able to shield yourself from every germ. What you can do is follow a best odds regimen to strengthen your immune system so you get sick less often. In Maks's case, that means adhering to a natural "clean eating" regimen as well as supplementing with the aforementioned Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C.
  4. Find a doctor who believes in prevention—and don't go only when you're sick. "Most people go to the doctor only when stuff hurts," notes Maks. "But we need to use our doctors to help us stay healthy, not just to try to fix what's wrong. We can show up when we are not sick, and if enough people start doing that, doctors will have no choice but to start getting more involved in prevention."
  5. If it's man-made, don't eat it. Maks bases his diet on lean grass-fed meats and organic, GMO-free fruits and vegetables. This is not as hard as you might think, he says. Processed foods are an addiction, and when you're hooked on them, it's hard to imagine quitting. But once you do, you won't want to go back.

Emily Ratajkowski on Juicing, Her Body Insecurity, and Why You Shouldn't Copy Her Fitness Plan

Model and actress Emily Ratajkowski has had quite the last few years. Lately, she’s been traveling the world, promoting her new flick with Zac Efron, We Are Your Friends. And before that, the 24-year-old had a memorable part in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” music video in 2013, and also played opposite Ben Affleck in the 2014 film Gone Girl. So with all these high-profile roles, it’s not surprising that Ratajkowski is often asked about how she gets, and maintains, that enviable body.

And sure, she’ll tell you how she likes to stay in shape, or her go-to healthy foods. But she won’t share this info because she wants you to try to do the same exact thing, to achieve the exact same results — because the truth is, every person is different.  

“People will say ‘How do I get abs like you?’” she told me. “I don’t know. We’re all different. If my girlfriend did what I did, hiking and yoga for a workout, it would affect her body in a different way. That’s the message that I really want to get out there. I’m trying to counteract that culture. “

Click HERE to find out more about how Emily plans to promote female empowerment.

Brooke Burke-Charvet's secret to a killer body: No 'trendy Hollywood diets'

Brooke Burke-Charvet has been a TV host, model, clothing designer and more, but the thing she's most proud of is being a mom and wife.

The 43-year-old mother of four, who has balanced an impressive career with raising a large family, seems to live by the sought-after mantra of "having it all." And despite her hectic schedule, the brunette beauty has managed to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle — and an enviable body. 

"It's just about making the right choices," Burke-Charvet told me. "I don't believe in these no-carb, trendy Hollywood diets. I think eating often and making good choices and making sure you give yourself room to enjoy as well is key."

I caught up with Burke-Charvet, a spokesperson for Hillshire Farm, as she helped kick off the Hillshire Farm Naturals "Summer Love It" Tour. While you might think she's able to eat healthy meals and achieve that six-pack because she's a celebrity and has help, Burke-Charvet says that couldn't be further from the truth.

Click here to learn her diet and workout secrets!

 

No Gym, No Kitchen, No Problem: How the Property Brothers Stay Healthy On The Road

                                                                                              Photo: Caitlin Cronenberg

                                                                                              Photo: Caitlin Cronenberg

Drew and Jonathan Scott have turned their real estate and contracting backgrounds into uber-successful TV careers as the hosts of HGTV’s Property Brothers, Brother Vs. Brother, Buying and Selling, and Property Brothers At Home. But with their busy schedules, they’ve found themselves spending more time in other people’s homes than their own.

“We are on the road filming pretty much 10 months of the year and we travel weekly for live appearances and press,” Jonathan tells me. "In fact, Drew only gets home a few weeks a year.” 

But the duo haven’t let this lack of a normal routine stop them from living healthfully — they’ve figured out a way to squeeze in workouts and find healthy dining options on-the-go, despite limited time and access to a kitchen. (Or, at least one that’s not being demolished.)

Click here to learn more about how the brothers stay healthy on the road!

Beyoncé’s Trainer Marco Borges on the Power of Plant-Based Eating

Beyoncé has the power to set trends — in fashion, music, and beyond. So, it was no surprise that when she credited her post-pregnancy weight loss to going vegan for 22 days, the world wanted to follow.

But when working with Beyoncé, it was an overall lifestyle change that her trainer Marco Borges was aiming for — and not just a quick fix to drop weight. “Optimum health is always the focus,” says Borges, who continues to work with the singer. “It is all about creating healthy habits and bringing more plant-based foods into the diet.”

Click here to read more about Beyoncé's diet and the new book "22-Day Revolution" that was released by her trainer.