Do you have a big event coming up like The Oscars? Or are you just looking to get red carpet ready for the fun of it all?
Kathy Kaehler, trainer to the stars, tells MSNBC the last minute secrets that the stars (perhaps like Penelope Cruz, nominated for Best Actress in Volver) may use for looking so great on the red carpet (aside from being fit year round).
To check out the tips and to see a flashback from last year's red carpet,
- Two weeks before the event -- Increase your workout time (adding 15 to 20 minutes to each session), frequency (hitting the gym at least five to six times a week) and intensity (really go for the burn). For your cardio workouts, increase the intensity by going up in levels on the machines or adding some sprints or hills to your runs/walks so that you are burning more calories and really getting a good sweat. For the strength part of your workouts (up to three days a week), focus on alternating workouts of heavier weights/fewer reps with lighter weights/more reps to challenge your muscles in different ways.
- The week before the event – Really watch what you eat. I tell all my clients to cut sugar, salt and alcohol. This will help you feel and look lean. You will also have amazing energy for your workouts. The day before the event, I recommend sticking with lean proteins and complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, and limiting fruit and veggies to avoid feeling bloated or gassy.
- The day of the event – Work out some more. My favorite exercise for the day of the event is a long brisk walk with hills. This tightens the legs and hips, and burns lots of calories. Go for at least 45 minutes. Follow this by holding the “plank position” for three sets of one-minute holds. A plank is a yoga move where you start off lying on the floor, tummy down. Next, support your body by lifting up on your forearms and your toes, keeping your body perfectly straight. Press your shoulder blades down toward your waist. Keep your abs pulled in, and your neck aligned with your spine. Hold for 60 seconds.
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