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.

Portland is Good For the Body and Soul. Here's Why.

Over Fourth of July weekend I was lucky enough to take a quick trip to Portland, Oregon. I never really spent time in the Pacific Northwest, aside from a wedding in Vancouver last summer, so I went in with an open mind.

Of course, I was told the typical tales of how every resident wants to secretly be a farmer. While I didn't speak to enough people to confirm that rumor, what I do know is that the way of life there is made for healthy and happy living (my goal in life if you haven't noticed).

Aside from the creepy man who followed me for blocks insisting I put my hand in his brown paper bag, overall Portland is what holistic health coach dreams are made of.

Here's why:

1. The food is da bomb
Sure, you can have donuts for multiple meals (which I may or may not have done), but the fresh ingredients and flavors make eating a salad a religious experience.  “In Portland, we’re surrounded by small farms that are capable of producing customized ingredients for chefs who only know how to cook seasonally,” Marcus Hibdon, Travel Portland's senior media relations and PR manager told me. Joshua McFadden, executive chef and partner at Ava Gene's added, “The access to real food is amazing. The raw products here are some of the best in the world.”

There are so many healthy options, like vegan ramen for example, that it's not hard to stick to eating whole foods and lots of greens. It makes all of the indulgences (Salt & Straw ice cream anyone?) available that much less resisting, but also that much more satisfying when you can, well, indulge in them.

 2. It's easy to be active
It seems like everyone in the city would prefer to use two wheels instead of four making it easy to join in on the bike culture. This constantly active mindset is one that I always try to instill in my clients. Just move every day. Then there's great outdoors to be explored nearby and it seems like that's what everyone is doing every weekend. Mount Hood and Multnomah Falls are within and hour of downtown and the drive there is just as stunning. Who needs late night bar hopping on a Saturday when you can go natural wonder hopping?

3. Creativity is encouraged
Unfortunately, so many of us fall into the trap of working 9 to 5's and feeling like a cog in the machine. By the time you get home, you're exhausted and have no energy to pursue outside interests if you have any. In Portland, the whole community encourages you to turn your side passion into a full time business if you want. There are literally entire stores dedicated to promoting local craftsman and many restaurants are owned by locals.

Having a place that inspires you to open your mind to possibilities and tap into that inner childhood dream is ok in my book. It's one of the things I feel we as a society are missing the most. Want to create hand-stitched leather saddlebag for bikes? Go for it!

4. People genuinely care
Ever get asked by a stranger how your day is going? Well, in Portland they mean it. And there will follow-ups. Yes, there is the stereotype of how everyone is super nice, but it's true. The cab driver was so excited it was our first trip to the city, the woman at hotel check in took the time to point out her favorite bars on a map and every store I walked into took time to compliment me (without pushing a sale).

As a New Yorker it took me a little while to settle into this friendliness, but after a couple of days it was nice to feel like I could let my guard down and relax. I heard so many interesting stories from different people and felt genuinely considered everywhere I went. Living in a place like this can certainly make it easier to live a happier life. It's contagious right?

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.

Victoria's Secret model ​Sara Sampaio shares her tips to staying fit

Sara Sampaio is one of the latest Victoria's Secret models to earn her Angel wings and has been having a blast traveling the world. The 24-year-old has even created her own hashtag, #saratakeover, to follow her adventures on . But, being a part of a long line of famous Angels like Gisele Bündchen and Karlie Kloss takes some hard work. The brunette beauty opened up to me, while celebrating the all new Body by Victoria launch in Houston, Texas to fill us in on her workout and beauty secrets to be runway ready.

"To be a Victoria's Secret Angel it takes confidence and determination to really go after your dreams," Sara shared. "You can never give up."

Click HERE to read more about her workout and diet tips!

Harley Pasternak: Celeb Trainer Turned Luxury Hotel Expert

If there is one thing personal trainer Harley Pasternak and luxury hotel line the Four Seasons has in common, it’s their ability to cater to their high-end clientele. So, it made sense when the two parked up in a business venture. As someone who has worked to craft some of Hollywood’s best bodies like Rihanna and Jessica Simpson, Harley has also developed home gyms aimed at getting the most use out of little equipment in a short amount of time. Hotels have a similar problem with wanting to provide top-notch machines and gear in an often-limited space.

“I always have client you say they’d love to have my gym at home,” Harley tells me. “So, I started building home gyms for people like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kim and Kanye and now I’m helping the Four Seasons develop their fitness spaces around the world.”

Never expecting “hotel expert” would be something on his resume, Harley admits that this partnership and project has “been super exciting.” He adds, “I started as a personal trainer, then took on celebrity clients, then became an author, a video game designer and she designer and now I get to help create one of my favorite hotel’s fitness space.”

But, he not creating you ordinary hotel gym. These spaces are the epitome of luxury and functionality to please the clientele using them.

Click HERE to find out how he's turning these hotel gyms into workout gems!