The Fit 5: Tips to Feel (and Look) Like a Star!
FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE
Valerie Bertinelli has lost 40 lbs. since last March through eating right, exercising and having a positive attitude. “It’s not about what size jeans I’m in,” says the Jenny Craig spokeswoman. “It’s just about feeling good about the way I move in the world.” And when she sees herself in a bathing suit, she doesn’t “worry about one little bulge here and there. My body moves. It’s better than the alternative.” Learn other simple strategies to feeling good about your body. – Liz McNeil
GIVE YOUR SKIN A BOOST
Eva Mendes and Isla Fisher are fans of Being True mineral makeup, which incorporates the antioxidant Idebenone (known for its anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties) in their products. Antioxidants “boost your skin’s resilience,” says dermatologist Dr. Kathy Fields. “It’s another protective layer.” Celeb makeup artist Elaine Offers has used the Protective Mineral Foundation ($40) as a bronzer on Mendes, while Fisher loves the Purifying Blemish Treatment ($44). “It clears blemishes quickly,” says Offers. Get more tips on more healthy makeup here! – Maureen Harrington
TONE YOUR TRICEPS
If arm jiggle has you rolling down your sleeves, try Ugly Betty star Becki Newton’s go-to toning exercise: tricep pushups – positioning your hands behind you and doing dips with your arms. “Triceps are the biggest muscle group in the arms, so it’s going to build really quickly,” explains Newton’s trainer Elise Gulan, who adds that the actress does 15-20 reps up to four times a week so she can look svelte in her strapless gowns. Go to Health.com for more tricep-toning ideas! – Jenny Sundel
HOOP IT UP!
Want to reminisce about your playground days while whittling your waistline? Give hoop-dancing a whirl! Taught by professional hoop dancers Keaton Talmadge (pictured) and Rayna McInturf, the Hoopnotica DVD series merges hula-hooping with dance for exercises that focus on strengthening abs and back muscles, increasing flexibility and providing a serious cardio workout all in one. Try the hip-swiveling exercise with Health.com’s hoop workout. – Thailan Pham
CHOOSE SMARTER FOOD
Her big voice was praised on American Idol, but Carly Smithson didn’t enjoy being called “a big girl.” Since the show ended, the Irish-born singer has dropped 15 lbs., thanks to a decision to make smarter food choices like drinking water instead of soda, cutting down on carbs and saying no to junk food. Happy to fit into her True Religion jeans again, Smithson says, “It’s a small amount of weight, but it’s huge in terms of my energy.” Learn other slim-down tricks on Health.com. – Monica Rizzo