If Heidi Klum’s amazingly fit body and infectious energy level weren’t enough inspiration for me to want to hit the gym already, her new collection of workout gear and sneakers with New Balance definitely did the trick.
We’re all for looking good at the gym, and Klum says she’s “bringing the runway to the treadmill” with this collection. Another bonus: with four kids and an empire to oversee, the supermodel/businesswoman finds herself strapped for time just like us. She’s come up with some very creative ways to raise her heart rate and fit in a workout anytime, anywhere. Klum shares a few workout secrets, fitness fashion ideas, and diet tips (which actually include cheeseburgers) with us below:
Glamour: What’s your fitness regimen to get ready for bathing suit weather?
Heidi Klum: I pretend it’s bikini season all year and regularly make healthy decisions. My favorite workout is a long run on the Westside Highway which stretches along the Hudson River in New York City… it’s a beautiful path, and you always feel surrounded by such an amazing community. You see the same people running every morning and they inspire me to keep going. That and knowing there is a Starbucks coffee at the end of the route!
How often do you exercise and what tips would you give our readers on getting the best workout?
HK: With my busy schedule, it’s impossible to have a set fitness routine. So instead I like to try and incorporate exercise into my daily life whenever I can—which requires some creativity. Sometimes I jump on the trampoline with my kids or take a hike with my dogs in the canyon by my house. Sometimes I run for 30 minutes on my treadmill, but I prefer to be outdoors. When I’m traveling, it could be doing a few sit ups in my hotel room before I head to work.
My best advice to readers is to work out with a buddy. They keep you motivated and get you out of bed. I think it’s also important to set goals. For example, when I started to run, I would run a mile and then walk a mile and kept building up as time went on. If you are running on the street go one mailbox or one house further each day. It also helps to build up your endurance!
What types of workouts did you have in mind when you created this collection for New Balance?
HK: I wear the pieces in my line for running, hiking with my dogs, riding my bike, jumping on the trampoline with my kids… pretty much for everything! I love pairing the dance pants with the floral run jacket if it’s cooler out or with the cropped dance tee if it’s warmer. I made pieces you could layer depending on the workout and the weather.
What’s the craziest workout that you’ve tried this year?
HK: The craziest (and most fun!) workout I’ve tried this year is dancing around the living room with my kids. We love listening to upbeat music, so sometimes we turn up the volume and dance around together. It’s important to teach your kids the value of being active by setting a good example.
What are your best diet tips?
HK: I like to stick to fresh fruits and vegetables and lean proteins. In 2013, I made a New Year’s resolution to drink a fruit and veggie smoothie every morning. It’s one of those that went from a resolution to a life habit. My kids and I do it together and we love it. It’s important to keep a balanced diet, but I’m not a fan of deprivation. If I want a cheeseburger, I am not only going to eat that cheeseburger, but I’m going to enjoy that cheeseburger.
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