But while her life may be perfect now, Heart wasn’t always in such tip-top condition. She hit a career slump a few years ago, during which her health suffered, and this resulted in weight loss and falling hair. But she recovered from this downtime and worked hard to regain her health, not to mention her showbiz career.
Are you having trouble maintaining your health? Check out these five easy fitness tips from everyone’s favorite sweetheart to get you started.
1. HAVE YOUR OWN EASY-TO-MAKE FAVORITE RECIPE, AND KEEP IT HEALTHY.
Everyone has to know at least one recipe by heart. While it has to be nourishing, it's a definite plus if it's easy to prepare. In Heart’s case, she’s always been a pasta kind of girl. “I like pasta. My favorite is whole wheat noodle pasta with Spanish sardines and olives. It’s a concoction I copied from my sister.”
2. MAKE SURE HEALTHY MUNCHIES ARE ON HAND.
“I enjoy tomatoes with any kind of cheese,” Heart shares. “I snack on celery and turnips.” Despite her fondness for healthy snacks, though, Heart still indulges in the stuff she loves from time to time. “I admit, I have a weakness for Ruffles chips and chocolate. But I try to limit [these] to twice a week.”
3. TAKE THE STAIRS INSTEAD OF THE ELEVATOR.
If you love strutting in your high heels, it looks like you already have a head start when it comes to toning your body, if Heart's example is anything to go by. “I have big hips. I get it from my mom. I try to firm it up by running or doing a lot of walking,” Heart explains. “In GMA, instead of taking the elevator, I use the stairs. I’ve walked up to the 10th floor in heels. I think the only time that I’m not in heels is when I walk my dogs.”
4. MAKE EVERY NORMAL ACTIVITY A WORKOUT.
Exercise comes in many forms, so take every opportunity to be active. “Every time I exert effort, even doing something simple like walking, I suck in my tummy. I flex it. It helps a lot.”
5. DO WHAT YOU KNOW YOU’LL ENJOY.
Don’t torture yourself with running around a track or doing bench presses if that’s not your thing. You can start your journey to fitness without doing activities you don’t enjoy. Heart dislikes going to the gym so she gets her exercise fix in another way. “I enjoy walking my dogs or getting on the treadmill at home while watching Gossip Girl.”
Need more fitness tips? Read these articles on FN:
- Balancing Act: Why Eating Healthy Is Important in the Workplace
- New Study: 5 Minutes of Outdoor Activity Can Improve Mental Health
- Stop Making These Top 10 Excuses for Breaking Your Diet
(First published in Women's Health Philippines, as “A Well-Balanced Heart” by Ana Santos in May 2009; adapted for use in Female Network; photo courtesy of PEP.ph)