It’s been 20 years since Agot Isidro first appeared on the showbiz scene—in 1990, she debuted as a backup singer on the Sharon Cuneta Show—and now, the 43-year-old actress, singer, and TV personality still holds sway in Philippine entertainment. This July, she graces the cover of Women’s Health in a lavender stretch top and short denim shorts—looking fresh, fit, and over-forty fabulous.
While she’s been working steadily on successful soaps—last year’s Tayong Dalawa and this year’s recently-wrapped Tanging Yaman—Agot also keeps busy by taking care of her body. “I go to the gym a lot,” she tells Women’s Health. The results are evident—Agot sports a physique that is toned and taut, with beautiful curves that women would kill for. But unlike her other body-conscious comrades, Agot isn’t one to fall prey to crash diets. “The only time I went on a diet was before I got married,” she shares. “I’d rather work it out in the gym; another 30 minutes of cardio instead of ‘I’ll starve myself.’”
Want to know how else this celebrity fittie keeps her shape in shape? Here are 8 of Agot’s personal health tips.
1. JUST DO IT.
Agot’s advice for people who keep saying they’re going to work out but never seem to get past the planning stage? Stop delaying—just do it! After all, when she finally got the hang of her own fitness regime, the singer-actress admits that she “got hooked [on exercise].”
2. TAKE ON A CHALLENGE.
Push yourself to the limit so you can find the motivation to take things up a notch. Agot herself joined a spinning marathon and kept going for five whole hours!
3. GET MOVING TO KEEP MOVING.
As you get older, exercise becomes more difficult because of all the changes your body undergoes. Agot says that you’ve got to make exercise a regular thing so that your body can adjust to the activity throughout the years without getting a major shock. “Take care of certain parts of your body, like the legs, because this is what will carry all the weight.”
4. LIFT WEIGHTS.
“When you lift weights, you’re burning calories even when you’re at rest,” shares Agot. Cardio may seem pretty vigorous, but the truth is that you are only burning calories while engaged in the exercise, not after. So pick up those weights and pump it up!
5. LOAD UP ON VEGGIES.
Agot buys a week’s worth of veggies in advance so that her food supply is always stocked with greens. Remember what your mother always told you about eating your vegetables? Take her advice and go green with your diet—it will serve you well in the long run.
6. EAT WHOLE GRAINS.
Our bodies need carbs for a constant supply of energy, but sometimes we can get carried away with our favorite carby comfort foods—which only leave us with a constant supply of belly fat. Opt for the healthier alternative by eating whole grains—Agot favors whole wheat pasta and brown rice.
7. COOK MORE HEALTHILY.
When it comes to the way she cooks her meals, Agot has a strict mantra: “No frying. Just baked or steamed or poached.” Follow her lead and watch the inches melt away!
8. DON’T DEPRIVE YOURSELF.
Everything is fine in moderation, so don’t think you have to bid every box of chocolate, bag of chips, or can of softdrinks adieu just to stay sexy. Agot shares, “If you eat substitutes, they can taste like cardboard, so might as well go for the original and eat less just to satisfy that craving.” Plus, long periods of deprivation are usually broken by gluttonous bouts of binging, which is one of the worst sins you can commit in the quest for fitness.
To read more about Agot, grab the July 2010 issue of Women’s Health, out now.
(Photos by Marlon Pecjo)