- What is Gwyneth Paltrow’s exercise routine?
- Beware of advice from the rich and famous
- Research explains why more exercise DOESN’T mean more weight loss
Don’t follow Gwyneth Paltrow’s exercise routine.
Exercising more doesn’t burn more calories.
Celebrities have incredible resources. It’s natural to assume they can find the best of the best—whether it’s shoes, baby shampoo or even their political preferences. We can end up putting them on pedestals and seeing them as role models. And when it comes to weight-loss advice, we can start believing that getting fit requires trainers, nutritionists and other specialized support. The rich and famous perpetuate the idea that getting healthy is hard. Even celebrities who are a healthy weight often make weight loss rocket science.
I wanted to write this post because after 10 years of looking to others for clues on how to solve the weight-loss mystery, I realized there was no mystery at all. When I simplified my approach to weight loss, weight loss became simple.
What is Gwyneth Paltrow’s Exercise Routine?
Gwyneth Paltrow’s exercise routine consists of working out for 2 hours a day, 6 days a week.
I work freakin’ hard.
– Gwyneth Paltrow, actress
Gwyneth exercises in her home gym with her personal trainer Tracy Anderson. When Gwyneth is traveling, she uses Tracy’s exercise DVDs.
During workouts, Gwyneth keeps the temperature at eighty degrees. Why? She explains that Tracy “likes it hot in the room so you sweat, because she says if the room is hot, you’re also burning calories to maintain homeostasis.”
Her home gym is by an apple orchard and Gwyneth can hear her kids play in the pool while she works out. She says these circumstances make it pretty great.
What message does Gwyneth Paltrow’s exercise routine send?
Over the 10 years I struggled with my weight I worked out 7 days a week, for an hour each day. Had I been aware of Gwyneth Paltrow’s exercise routine, I would have followed her example and doubled my daily workout. Additionally, I would have saved up to buy Tracy Anderson’s exercise DVDs.
Why? Not only does Gwyneth Paltrow look great, but when someone has tons of resources, you assume they, or someone they trust, has done their homework. So the natural thing is follow their lead.
When you’re 35, it’s like you either starve yourself or you eat and you do serious cardio. But there’s no free ride.
– Gwyneth Paltrow
Why you don’t have to follow Gwyneth Paltrow’s exercise routine
The bigger a person’s disposable income, the more the waters can become muddied. Too many options can complicate simple choices. Think of the weight-loss approaches available to:
- Oprah Winfrey
- Kristie Alley
- Mariah Carey
- Jessica Simpson
- Janet Jackson
… and many other Hollywood elite. It seems all their access has just led to years and years of yo-yo dieting.
I like Gwyneth Paltrow. I like how she values her friendships with males and females. She has a great variety of people in her life, from Chelsea Handler to Jennifer Aniston with whom she shares a common ex (Brad Pitt). She also has relationships she’s maintained since high school. And she counts her mother and daughter among her close friends. I like her focus on the environment (even with food choices) and that she lends her voice to charities. I like that she wears lots of hats and wears them with flare; I admire her business savvy, the three cookbooks she’s written and her Oscar-worthy acting. And that she’s been singing lately too. I like that she’s not afraid to get outside her comfort zone. I might like her most for her conscious-uncoupling with her ex-husband Chris Martin. Toxic relationships take up too much precious head space! She is a bright example of what it means to put your children first. And to make the best of any situation. Gwyneth keeps evolving. She shows us that life doesn’t generally work out the way we planned. But if we look for the positive, these twists and turns can actually contribute to everything turning out better than we imagined.
There’s lots I like about her. I just don’t like Gwyneth Paltrow’s exercise routine.
Research debunk’s Gwyneth Paltrow’s exercise routine
You don’t need to spend 12 hours each week in a gym to reach and maintain a healthy weight. That time commitment equates to 624 hours a year. Rather than being able to listen to her children play in her pool, she could actually be in the pool with them.
Why? Until recently it was believed that the more you exercise the more calories you burn. But a recent study shows that highly active people achieve similar results to people who exercise moderately. When you exercise more, your body adapts. It runs more efficiently. Then you burn less energy.
Gwyneth’s approach to weight loss has been proved false by research.
I decided, for me, the healthiest thing was to eat what I want and just exercise.
– Gwyneth Paltrow
Exercising more does not mean you can eat more.
The easiest and most natural way to reach and maintain a healthy weight is to build healthy eating and exercise habits.
From a decade-long struggle with my weight, which included years of over-exercising, I learned you can reach and maintain a healthy weight simply.
You can build enough muscle to:
- be toned
- burn energy
- boost your metabolism
just by exercising 3 times a week for around 25 minutes. Taking rest days between workouts gives your muscles a chance to repair and strengthen. And it’s important to have an active lifestyle.
I move every day. Whether it’s popping up to the corner store to buy milk or walking to the subway instead of getting a lift. If you don’t live near a public transportation stop, get dropped off part way there. Be creative about how you get physical each day. It can be as simple as taking the stairs instead of the escalator. And appreciate what you’ve got! Being healthy enough to get around independently is a luxury many people don’t have.
Stop making exercise complicated! Go back to the basics. Get into a healthy exercise routine.
Build healthy eating and exercise habits. A healthy weight will follow.
Start looking at the choices public figures make more objectively. Just because people are rich and famous doesn’t mean they’re always making good choices. Instead, try to understand why a choice sets you up for success. Keep in mind, going back to the basics and making the most natural choice (especially when it comes to eating) will often point you in the right direction.
Even though I don’t like Gwyneth Paltrow’s exercise routine there’s lots of things I like about her. For example her cookbook. Here’s one of my favourite recipes.
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