The Fit 5: Tips to Feel (and Look) Like a Star!

From how Michelle Obama jumpstarts her day to Kate Hudson's stand-up exercise routine, get the scoop on how to look fab like the stars

01 of 05

TIME YOUR WORKOUT RIGHT

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To squeeze working out into her packed schedule, Michelle Obama rises at 5:30 a.m. and exercises “pretty religiously” with husband Barack Obama in the White House’s private gym, she tells PEOPLE. But the first lady – who’s earned accolades for her ultra-toned arms – admits she’s not quite as diligent as the President. “I can skip a workout. He really can’t,” she says with a laugh. Discover the benefits of figuring out the best time of day to exercise for you on Health.com! – Serena Kappes and Sandra Sobieraj Westfall

02 of 05

LEARN A 'STANDUP' ROUTINE

LEARN A 'STANDUP' ROUTINE
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Kate Hudson is the latest star to hit the water and give standup paddle-boarding a try. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox Arquette and Jennifer Garner have also dabbled in the sport, a form of surfing that requires a longer and wider board and a paddle. Not only is paddle-boarding a full-body workout that targets building a strong core, but you don’t need to catch a wave to do it. Flat water – even a stream! – will do, too. Learn more about water workouts on Health.com. – Jennifer Garcia

03 of 05

FIND YOUR BALANCE

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus recently revealed her killer abs on the cover of Shape magazine, but the actress admits she has “to work at not being fat. I’m always trying different things to see what sticks,” she tells the magazine. Finding a balance between discipline (running or doing the elliptical machine) and indulgences (like chocolate) keeps her slim. One treat you won’t find in her refrigerator? Bacon. “I don’t keep [it] in my house – that would be way too tempting,” says Louis-Dreyfus. Get ideas on how to eat well without depriving yourself on Health.com.

04 of 05

EXPLORE THE GREAT OUTDOORS

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For volleyball pro Gabrielle Reece, working out is a day at the beach – literally. “Any time you can get outside, it also helps your stress,” says the mother of two, who lives in Hawaii during the winter and calls her exercise sessions on the sand “active meditation.” Her advice: Don’t let chilly temperatures hold you back from expanding your workout options. “Even if you live in a cold place, get out and snowshoe because gyms can be a little bit punishing,” Reece says. Read Health.com’s five tips to revving up your exercise routine! – Jenny Sundel

05 of 05

FOCUS ON YOUR FOOD

FOCUS ON YOUR FOOD
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The Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel, who’s also a natural-foods chef, says resisting the urge to multitask while eating is a way to maintain your weight. “When we [multitask], not only do we fail to digest our food as well or enjoy it as much, but we also eat more of it,” she writes in Health magazine. “Eating consciously makes food worth the calories. It also helps you become choosier about what you eat.” Read more of her secrets to being “naturally thin” on Health.com!

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