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Kelly Ripa on Fitness and Vanity

Kelly Ripa will not only grace the cover of Fitness Magazine this January to show off her super toned mommy bod, she also is showing her support for HEART for Women, a bill before Congress that requests funding for and education about gender-related aspects of cardiovascular health. It's not all serious though, she also fully admits that vanity enabled her to keep working out.

Here are highlights:

On being vain: “A month or two after I started working out, I wore a sleeveless turtleneck to work. Regis was like, ‘Pipa, your arm muscles look incredible!’ it was the first time anybody had ever said anything to me about my muscles. And because I am a vain person, that’s all I needed to hear to stay with it.”

On starting her fitness regime: “I figured, I work in an industry where there’s a stylist and a makeup artist—they’ll make me look fine but I began feeling tired-just playing in the park with my kids wore me down…So I started walking on a treadmill. Then I started jogging on a treadmill. Then I began jogging outside. Now I’m running outside, three to five miles, and taking toning classes.

On her best confidence-boosting trick: “I buy jeans that are tight in the rear end. I’m not kidding. I treat my cheeks like breasts in a push-up bra. I just reach down in there, lift them up and push them together. And they’ll stay put if the jeans are tight enough in the seat.”

On regrets: “I used to smoke, so lung cancer is the thing that keeps me awake at night. I worry, Did I quit in enough time? Did I do it for too long? It’s one of those things where I think, Boy, what a foolish thing I did. I’m not from the generation where you can go, ‘Oh, I didn’t know it was bad for me.’ No. Everybody knew it was bad.”

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katiebeth katiebeth 9 years
Her body is beautiful. She has an active lifestyle and is probably genetically prone to being thin... combine the two and you get a petite woman. Being really petite myself I can't agree with the comments that she isn't healthy because she is that tiny. I struggle to keep on weight and always have but i love working out - It reinvigorates me for my day and with a 7 month old around I know i need to keep active. AND... maybe she doesn't want to be a size 10, 8 or even 6 with hips, a butt and boobs... maybe she likes her athletic build (AND YES IT IS ATHLETIC).
lizadilly lizadilly 9 years
Yeah I'm also sick of people saying someone isn't healthy or is a bad role model if they look boyish or flat-chested. Hello, some women aren't curvy. I will never have more than an A cup, and when I'm physically active, my chest gets whittled down just like the rest of me. It sucks enough as is!
brutalcupcake brutalcupcake 9 years
She's cute
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 9 years
She has an awesome body-especially after having 3 kids! I think she works hard at it though and probably has quite a healthy diet.
onesong onesong 9 years
I love it that she came right out and said she's vain. I'm vain, too, and it is 100% my reason for working out. I'm sure as I get older I will appreciate the health benfits, but right now all I want is to look fabulous in a bikini and I'm not apologizing for it!
lizzie_ttu lizzie_ttu 9 years
I'm sorry, but she's waaaaaay too tiny to be healthy.
dorenavant dorenavant 9 years
Ripped? I don't see ANY definition. She's lean but no, I wouldn't say "ripped".
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
I don't see many muscles there. I think the pose may not be particularly flattering. But good for her for taking up jogging and quitting smoking.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I like it when people compliment me on my muscles too...I feel like I earned them and I work hard for them, so why wouldn't I want someone to notice? I don't watch Kelly and Regis, but I do think Kelly is kind of annoying just by reading interviews with her.
yogadarla yogadarla 9 years
YIKES! she looks really bad. too skinny. this is NOT buff- this is scrawny. i agree that she is not a good role model. eat girl, EAT!
moonlite moonlite 9 years
If you look closely at the cover it says, "How she got this buff". Buff!? She looks like a freaking toothpick! Did anyone else notice that? Also, she looks really airbrushed.
melissabritt melissabritt 9 years
She also does a ton of yoga she has a house out by me on Bridgehampton. On Saturdays, I always see her coming out of class w/ a bunch of her friends. She seems really cool...and TINY!!
pazuno9 pazuno9 9 years
I think not much of her, for the way she treated Clay, clearly she's a phony! sorry :( "stuPid is as stuPid does"
Hoaxerz Hoaxerz 9 years
Just because someone has a flat chest and butt, doesn't mean they're a bad cover choice for a fitness magazine- a girl can't workout her breasts! Some women just don't have curves. Being flat-chested myself, I admire Kelly for not following Hollywood's boob-job trend...I think she has a great body.
KimBurnett KimBurnett 9 years
I met her. When she had her book club, I was called and asked to be on the show. Regis was friendly and funny - she was cold and insecure acting, giving me an actual "who do you think you are" dirty look after a segment because I spoke, briefly. Mom 2 is right. She is very skinny with no butt at all. I mean flat as a board on both sides. What a terrible cover choice for a fitness magazine.
alex_289 alex_289 9 years
She is so THIN!
mom2 mom2 9 years
im not - i did used to work on the show though
syako syako 9 years
that doesn't mean anything. I rarely eat at work either in the mornings because when I get here in the morning I've already had my breakfast at home. Plus I wouldn't want to consume useless calories just because the show has some food segment. You don't know what or when she eats, you can't base it on this one observation.
mom2 mom2 9 years
ok - guys - if you watch the show pay attention to the food segments - she will NEVER eat anythingggggggggggg - she doesnt eat -sorry - i dont know why shes a good role model for other girls.
dd-sugar dd-sugar 9 years
What a good role model for other girls, showing you can lead a busy life and still make time for fitness.
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 9 years
Love her! I think she's fantastic and I give her big kudos for changing her life around to be healthy (not just skinny and unhealthy), esp. later on in life. She's an inspiration! And I agree with syako - way to represent the short girls! ;)
marcjacobs1 marcjacobs1 9 years
I just purchased this magazine at the airport on my way home! i adore Kelly and she really seems to be an "every-woman." I also love how she truly admits her reason for staying motivated, unlike other celebs.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
She generally annoys me a little bit, but I have to admit that the push-up jeans comments just made me giggle.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Hooray for vanity as a motivation for being healthy!
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