The actress is hoping to inspire others in her new lifestyle book, Pretty Happy

By Julie Jordan
Updated February 08, 2016 11:40 AM
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So how does Kate Hudson keep her body in such great shape?

In this week’s issue of PEOPLE, the actress, 36, who is sharing all her tips and secrets in her new lifestyle book, Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body, reveals four ways readers can jump-start their own fitness routines:

1. Stretch Every Morning
Afterward you’ll feel “energized and open,” writes Hudson, and ready to start the day.

For more of Hudson’s interview, including an exclusive excerpt from her new book, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE on newsstands now.

2. Schedule Some Daily Downtime
Blocking out “me time” will make you feel “centered and grounded” says the actress. “I love to knit. My mom [Goldie Hawn] taught me when I was young, and it’s still my go-to relaxation method.”

3. Start Off Slowly

Hudson suggests beginners pick one exercise and commit to doing it three times a week. “That’s it!”

4. You Don’t Need to Leave the House to Work Out
The actress does DVDs like Insanity or Tracy Anderson or streams Ballet Beautiful routines. “Exercise really comes down to moving in a way that makes you feel good,” she writes.

Hudson insists the key to success is all about embracing a lifestyle that makes you look and feel good. “It’s about health and mindfulness,” she tells PEOPLE. “Because you can have the greatest body and you can be really unhappy if that’s all you’re working toward.”