10 Best BodyWatch Tips of 2008

J.Lo! Kate! Get the scoop on how to look – and feel – fab like the stars

01 of 10

1. FLIP YOUR ROUTINE

FLIP YOUR ROUTINE
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When it comes to her workouts, Kate Hudson likes to switch things up – whether she’s hitting the tennis court or running the streets of New York City. That’s smart thinking. Cross-training – or alternating different fitness regimens – works different muscles so you don’t overwork or injure them. It also prevents burnout caused by doing the same old routine, so you’ll be more motivated to get moving. Get tips from Health.com on how to add variety to your workout! – Serena Kappes

02 of 10

2. BE PLAYFUL

BE PLAYFUL
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Heidi Klum credits her svelte figure to chasing her active kids – Leni, 4, Henry, 3, and 2-year-old Johan. “When I’m not shooting Project Runway, I’m in the park with them,” the supermodel told PEOPLE in June. “They’re like roaches when you turn on the lights and they run in different directions.” Ordinary activities really can burn calories: For example, dancing around for 20 minutes with your little ones can shave off 120 calories. Read more everyday tips for trimming down on Health.com. – Jeffrey Slonim

03 of 10

3. DON'T LET SIZE MATTER

3. DON'T LET SIZE MATTER
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Jennifer Hudson is completely comfortable with her size. “I just don’t let people impose their insecurities on me. They may have a problem with being a size 12, but I don’t,” the curvy singer-actress tells PEOPLE. In fact, in a sea of size-2 celebrities, Hudson enjoys standing out. “What makes them different? They all look the same. But you know Jennifer when you see her.” Boost your self-confidence with Health.com’s seven simple strategies for embracing your body. – Serena Kappes and Rennie Dyball

04 of 10

4. RENEW YOUR SKIN

4. RENEW YOUR SKIN
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Celeb facialist Kate Somerville helps Nicole Richie and Jessica Alba get their glowing complexions, and now one of her tools of the trade – the Clarisonic Skin Care System ($195) – is available even if you’re not one of her star clients. A gentle device whose bristles move at a sonic frequency and enables cleansing products to be better absorbed, the Clarisonic helps slough off dead skin for a brighter, clearer complexion. And it’s great for smoothing elbows and knees, too! Find out other ways to get silky skin on Health.com. – Maureen Harrington

05 of 10

5. THE JOY OF SOY

5. THE JOY OF SOY
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To maintain her sleek dancer’s body, Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba does yoga and eats a diet inspired by her island upbringing. “I was born on Hawaii and I’m Japanese, so I was raised to eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables and protein, whether it’s soybeans or fish,” says Inaba. She has the right idea: Soybeans are packed with isoflavones, which are linked to the prevention of osteoporosis. Read more about why soy is good for you! – Kristen Mascia

06 of 10

6. SIT UP STRAIGHT LIKE KATE

6. SIT UP STRAIGHT LIKE KATE
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Your mother always nagged you not to slouch, but who knew that straightening up could make your back look like Kate Walsh’s! “We spend a lot of time working on posture,” says the actress’s trainer, Juliet Kaska. Good posture stems from a balanced mid-section and strong back.” To get her defined but graceful back, the Private Practice star also does Pilates, works with resistance bands and lifts light free weights. Learn some posture-improving exercises of your own on Health.com. – Amy Elisa Keith

07 of 10

7. EMBRACE YOUR AGE

EMBRACE YOUR AGE
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“Looking in the mirror as you age forces you to accept who you are a little faster,” says Jenny McCarthy. And, budding wrinkles and all, the 36-year-old actress doesn’t mind what she sees before her. “I’m starting to grow to love the little marks. Many of these lines are from the hell I endured with my son [Evan] and his autism – and the triumphs. Even as I age in the face, there’s a light that shines through my eyes.” Love your look with these tips from Health.com!”

08 of 10

8. ENLIST A WORKOUT BUDDY

ENLIST A WORKOUT BUDDY
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If the couple that exercises together stays together, then Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal’s relationship is in good shape. The pair – who’ve attended yoga classes and gone running together – have the right idea: Meeting your goals with a partner is a great way to stay on track – and try new things! Read about other ways to boost your relationship with fitness on Health.com! – Serena Kappes

09 of 10

9. TAKE A LIGHTER APPROACH

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To stay in shape, High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale does “a lot of cardio with my trainer,” but sticks to light weights to avoid getting bulky. “I want to be lean and toned,” she says. The actress also keeps her menu light with egg whites, granola or oatmeal for breakfast and lots of veggies through the day. “I don’t really diet crazy or anything,” she says. “I just kind of eat healthy.” Get Health.com’s recipes for light but tasty foods to keep you at your feel-great weight. – Jed Dreben

10 of 10

10. CHALLENGE YOURSELF

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When Jennifer Lopez started training for September’s Malibu Triathlon, she was worried about the “killer” half-mile swim. “It’s not something that was natural to me,” she said. So, the new mom took it slow. At first, “she was swimming laps and touching the sides,” says her trainer Gunnar Peterson. “Then we moved into open water. We did baby steps, building it up distance-wise and intensity-wise.” Take a page out of J.Lo’s playbook and try a new activity! – Charlotte Triggs and Bethany Lye

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