A Look Inside Eva Longoria Diet & Exercise Routines
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I think we could all agree that Eva Longoria is a stunningly beautiful woman. But it’s her focus on health and wellness that is also incredibly inspiring.
Eva, the Latino beauty that rose to stardom as the petite fireball Gabriel Solice in the Desperate Housewives series and still continues to feature on ‘Most Beautiful’ Hollywood type lists. Working hard as an atcress, producer, entrepreneur and a mum.
So what are her secrets to staying in shape at the age of 47?
It’s clear she puts her health at a high priority. Even on the eve of New Year’s celebrations, she was out moving on a family bike ride.
In the Women’s Health Body Scan series with Women’s Health Magazine, she explains that she does exercise a lot, but it’s not just for the reason of staying in shape. She is adamant that it’s the key thing that supports her mental health too. She was also very thoughtful after having her baby, whilst she did want to get back into shape, she was aware of being very grateful first and foremost for her amazing body and seems very much to have her health and fitness practices grounded in mindfulness too.
A key component to healthy living and maintaining weight is to make physical activity a part of regular and indeed family life. You only have to look at Eva’s Instagram page to see she is either moving doing workouts she enjoys or is at home cooking her favourite meals.
It really seems that she likes to make her workouts more than just being in the gym, but looking at ways she can make them fun and just practice being present.
She is also a keen lover of cooking, again stating she find it therapeutic and something that she enjoys doing She even wrote a cookbook called ‘Eva’s Kitchen – Cooking with love for family and friends’.
When she got back in shape post-baby she did say to Hollywood life that she was eating air and working her ass off.
I’m not too sure about the whole eating air part is super supportive to menal health but a statement to epress the hard work she was putting in. Cutting out calorie-dense simple carbohydrate foods, sugar and alcohol is going to play a key component in helping anyone to get into better shape and improve energy levels in the long term.
Though I would never reccomend crash dieting.
Eva On Training
When it comes to her workout routine it seems she loves a wide variety of fitness activities and says she trains for at least an hour a day in some way or another.
She is a fan of running, yoga, Pilates, SoulCycle and swears by her mini trampoline.
I love the idea of these mini trampolines for making a high energy workout low impact but fun. Though I have never actually done a full workout on one myself I can often be found jumping on the kid’s trampoline in the garden in the summer time.
If it’s something that you would love to try out you can get the trampolines quite affordably on amazon.
And I highly recommend Naomi Joy Fitness for some awesome rebounding home workout sessions, you can access them for free on Youtube.
Many people rave about the benefits of rebounding for improving leg strength, balance and is great for cardiovascular training as it has shown to be just as effective as running, but without all of the impact, and it’s possibly a bit more fun, depending on what you class as fun that is.
People also talk about the benefits of detoxification and also lymphatic drainage that occur with the bouncing action, but I can find little evidence to support that.
In fact, NASA went on to do a thorough study on rebounding as they began to use the tool for their astronauts. In the study, they concluded that
‘Rebound exercise is the most efficient and most effective form of exercise yet devised by man…(because) it does not just strengthen the muscles, but it strengthens every single cell of the body, both muscle and nonmuscle. It strengthens the bones, cartilage, joints, and every organ of the body. The liver, pancreas, kidneys, brain, etc are all subjected to the increased gravitational force of rebounding and will respond by growing stronger. In so doing, they build up increased resistance to disease’
Eva says she really loves to mix it up when it comes to her training and tries out a variety of trining styles.
She has more recently turned to weight training. You can see all of this in action as she posts it all on her Instagram page
The addition of strength training is an important shift as she is likely getting the latest training advice that is relevant to her age.
In essence, strength training is essential for the middle-aged woman. If you do nothing to work on your muscles you can expect to lose 8% of your strength each decade after your 30th birthday, and that decline starts to accelerate after the age of 60.
For women, this can get worse as estrogen is essential for muscle building, so as levels drop (with onset of menopause) so does your ability to maintain muscle.
You need muscle strength to help balance sex hormones, lean muscle, maintain a good and flexible metabolism as well as for being strong and capable of normal everyday activities. For all women, it’s important to remain strong, but even more so when you get over the age of 40.
So if you want to stay strong, toned and lean like Eva, adding strength training to your programme is highly reccomended.
Eva On Diet
Eva says she is an intermittent faster usually eating within the window of 11 am-7pm.
The jury is still out on this one when it comes to the midlife woman. Women’s health expert Dr Stacy Sims author of ‘Next Level: Your guide to kicking ass and crushing goals through menopause and beyond‘ is not a fan of Interment Fasting (IF) as a tool for women.
She theorises that fasting is highly stressful on the body and the older woman who is significantly more responsive to stress and elevated levels of cortisol. So not eating in the morning and then adding on the additional stress of exercise in the morning (the time of day when your cortisol levels are already at their highest) could add a compounding effect on an already stressed body. Not a supportive for good health and body composition.
Yet another expert Dr Sara Gottfired is a supporter of fasting (in some cases) to help the female body become better at insulin management. Though she is also a supporter of individualised nutrition, meaning that each individual is different and should be treated as such.
So before you go deciding on doing IF because Eva Longoria does it, please consider that approaches to nutrition and indeed and the best diet for you, is a very personalised journey and this should be a key consideration when approaching any changes to your fitness or eating patterns.
Bringing It Together
She wraps it up nicely herself by telling Vogue Australia, “everone thinks that there is some kind of secret to looking good. But it’s not a secret, it’s diet and exercise”
She shares that her motivation is her son. It’s a lot of hard work but she does it to have the energy for him and be the best her that she can be.
I love writing about celebrity health and wellness practices. I love seeing what makes them tick and I think we all love reading this type of article as we have that secret desire to learn the secret sauce or hack that we hope we too can tap into.
However, we must always give our minds a little reality check, that what really makes the biggest impact for many celebrities is unlimited money, time and also a good dose of single-focused determination that got many of them to the level of success that they have achieved. And lets not forget to mention the impact that a serving of good genetics can have too.
So pull out any of the tips that spoke to you, allow yourself to feel inspired into taking action, but don’t get too sucked up in the lives of celebrities.
Choose to move your body and work on your nutrtion if you really want to feel better in your body as you age.
Just work on being the best version of you. Whatever that means for you.
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