Hollywood fitness fads may come and go, but there is one very simple exercise regime on which T’town’s most toned residents can agree – jogging. With SJP, Fergie, Katie Holmes, Madonnaand Heidi Klumall advocating endorphin-raising running to keep their super-toned physiques in check – and with the Dubai Marathon less than three months away – there’s never been a better time to get outdoors and pound the pavement. Star Style gets some tips from the celebs...
If you’re going to last the distance as a runner, the first thing you need to learn is to slow down the pace. “We do a half-hour, three-to-five-mile run or a 45-50 minute five-mile run. We don’t run at a fast pace,” says Fergie’s trainer Natasha Kufa.
While Katie Holmes’ marathon trainer, Wes Okerman, claims that anyone can become a proficient race-runner if they set their mind to it. “For first-timers, running 26 miles sounds like an eternity, but your body gets to the point where running becomes second nature. If you’re healthy and willing to train for it, you can do it,” he says. Adding, “It’s mainly about building up mileage to a point where your body – and mind – can handle 26 miles. After a couple of months of increasing your mileage, I recommend doing two short runs (four to five miles), two intermediate runs (six to eight miles) and one long run (10 to eventually 18 miles) per week. Completing 40 to 50 miles a week puts you on track.” Wes also points out that you should never try and increase your mileage by more than 10 per cent week on week.
Lastly, celeb trainer Harley Pasternak – who counts Katy Perry and Megan Fox among his clients – says splurging on decent kicks is key.
“Get a great pair of running shoes,” says Harley. “Wearing a solid pair of running shoes helps put you an active mindset.”
Crank Up The Tunes
Keep your energy up by packing your iPod with pumping tunes...
“Michael Jackson’s Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough. It just makes you have a bounce in your step.” - Emmanuelle Chriqui
“Rihanna’s Rude Boy. It’s high energy!” - Jessica Stroup
“My trainer gets me going with heavy metal like Lamb Of God. It’s very aggressive – gets all the rage out.” - Malin Akerman
“I run to Lady Gaga’s Fame Monster album. Paper Gangsta’ has a good steady beat and sprinting intervals. In the regular part of the song I’m running at 7mph and then I sprint at 10 or 11 during the riffs.” - Rachelle Lefevre
“When I go to the gym it’s a lot of Taylor Swift’s Fearless album. Love Story makes you happy and energised. It’s the perfect melding of silly, sweet and fun.” - Sophia Bush