With all the exercises that Judy Ann Santos has tried--from low-impact Pilates and yoga to high-energy Zumba and Muay Thai--Juday, as she is fondly called by her throngs of ardent fans, says she's found the "perfect combo" in a regular Power Yoga practice (that's a yoga class with pulses involved), coupled with weekly Krav Maga sessions. As for her workout goals, today, all of this superstar's fitness efforts are targeted toward maintaining her current dress size at four, which she says is most ideal for her height and age. "Of course, may mga moments na nagpla-plateau ako. Pero once I feel na nandoon ako sa moment na 'yun, sudden change of lifestyle agad ako (Of course, there are moments when I reach my plateau. But once I feel that I'm at that moment, I go on a sudden change of lifestyle)," she says, snapping her fingers for emphasis. Here's what she does to maintain her hard-earned slim-down.
1. INVITE PEOPLE YOU LOVE TO JOIN IN.
"I work out with some of my best friends," says Juday. "or I work out with my daughter. Meron kaming Zumba na DVD so nag-Zu-Zumba kaming dalawa. Nakakatuwa (We have a Zumba DVD so we do Zumba together. It's fun!)!"
2. LOOK FOR YOUR OWN FITSPIRATION.
For Juday, these are individuals much older than she is who also have their own impressive fitness and weight loss stories. "'Yun lagi ang iniisip ko. Kung kaya nila, kaya ko din. Wala akong hindi kakayanin kasi hindi siya imposible, kasi nagawa na, eh (That's what I think of. If they can do it, so can I. I can't not do it because it's not impossible, because it's already been done.)."
3. HAVE A NO-EXCUSES WORKOUT.
Juday has an app called Boot Camp on her iPhone, which contains a 24-day exercise program featuring 20-, 30-, and 45-minute workouts. "That's what I do when I'm just at home at tinatamad ako umalis (and I'm lazy to go out.)."
4. GET THE RIGHT KIND OF REST.
When she was younger, Juday would do hour-long Pilates sessions during taping breaks, then as soon as taping finishes--often, at the crack of dawn--she'd do Muay Thai for two hours. She thought it was fine since she didn't need to get up until noon the next day: "Pero 'pag iniisip ko ngayon, hindi pala ibig sabihin na if you got to sleep six hours a day, your body really rested well. You have to sleep a little before 10 P.M. para maka-regenerate ng cells 'yung body mo (But when I think about it now, getting to sleep six hours a day isn't a guarantee that your body really rested well. You have to sleep a little before 10 P.M. so your body's cells can regenerate.)."
5. DO THINGS AT YOUR OWN PACE.
"Ayoko nang pine-pressure ako (I don't like being pressured.). That's always been my mantra in life: 'Do not pressure me.' I can do this on my own time."
Learn how Judy Ann Santos keeps herself in tip-top shape by grabbing the September 2013 issue of Women’s Health, out on stands now! You can also subscribe to the magazine’s digital edition.
Also in this issue:
Slim Down Fast
Breast Protection: Pick the Perfect Sports Bras
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