Yesterday I read the best article regarding Kate Hudson and her top 10 tips for radiating positive energy inside and out.
It really resonated with me so I had to share it with you today. I agreed with everything she said, because it was a fantastic explanation of how important balance is to making you a happy person with a great perspective on life.
Below are my favorite parts from the article:
10 principles for radiating positive energy inside and out.
1. “Change is my constant.”
“I change my routine. I change my look. I change my mind,” says Hudson. And when it comes to exercise, she says, “I really switch it up.” Her only fitness regimen, it turns out, is not having one. “I’ll do Tracy Anderson, I’ll do Body by Simone, I do everything,” Hudson says. Her other love is exercising outdoors. While outside, she says, “your body is constantly adapting as it moves.” Still, when she really wants to whip herself into shape, she focuses on pilates.
2. “When people talk about dieting, I’m just like, OMG, relax.”
As with exercise, Hudson is mindful—but not obsessive—about what she eats. She goes for five small meals a day, sticking to unprocessed and plant-based foods for the most part. “I’ve pretty much cut meat out,” she says. “I don’t remember the last time I ate a steak.” After breakfast, Hudson usually has a postworkout protein shake, a salad for lunch, and a late-afternoon snack before dinner.
3. “I like living my life—I’m not highly regimented.”
Hudson isn’t averse to guilty pleasures—in fact, she encourages them. “If I want to go out and eat at a restaurant with amazing food, I’ll do that, like, once a week where I’m not thinking about it,” she says. “I want to indulge! I want to do things that are not necessarily healthy sometimes.”
4. “Dancing can be a great release.”
When it comes to letting go of stress, Hudson has an instant happiness trick. “Dancing is the thing for me,” she says. “It just makes me feel so much better. You know how you see dancers always crying? It’s like reconnecting with an old self.” Though she tries to hit jazz classes at her favorite dance studio when she’s not filming, she’s not above cutting loose alone, Flashdance-style. “Sometimes I’ll lock myself in a room and dance. I’ll turn music on as loud as possible and just get weird!” she says, laughing.
5. “I don’t judge my practice, ever.”
To stay fit and mentally sharp, Hudson believes in using whatever techniques work for you. “It’s about understanding your own individual likes, not fads,” she says. For Hudson, that means doing transcendental meditation and Kundalini, a form of brain-focusing yoga. “Anything you do helps,” she says, adding that there is no one way to get your om on. “You could sit there and not think of your mantra for your whole practice, but you’re still benefiting,” she says. And while she advocates learning to let go and be still, she also insists it’s OK to skip a day or two. “That’s what my book’s about—don’t beat yourself up,” she says. “Throw that idea of ‘I have to, I have to, I have to’ out the window.”
6. “Journaling keeps me centered.”
“When you jot things down, you can really see what’s going on,” Hudson says. “What are you eating? What are your food patterns? You can get clued in to the things that are going on with you.” She also recommends making a habit of being thankful—of taking a few minutes each day to acknowledge a couple of good things, even if it’s just a clear blue sky in the morning or a funny moment with her kids. “It’s proven that people who express gratitude, people who make that a practice in their life, are more joyful,” she says.
7. “Find the place where you feel really good in yourself.”
Forget the trolls and shamers. Hudson believes women judge themselves too much; she’d rather her followers spend less time pining away for that perfect six-pack on Instagram and more time celebrating what they love about themselves. “We’ve been programmed to feel like we’re under this great obligation as women to look and be a certain way. And that’s not our fault. That’s what culture and society have gifted us as women,” she says. “Thank you but no thank you.”
8. “Exercise is a way to connect with people.”
Being part of a wellness-minded community is major #Fitspo for Hudson. She says that fans regularly come up to her, and they bond over their obsession with Fabletics and the whole workout experience.
9. “Your mental health is so key to your physical health.”
You’ll never look or feel your best if you’re emotionally run-down. Having access to her family and a tight-knit group of girlfriends keeps Hudson on an even keel. Surrounding yourself with a trusted network of people you love is how you “stay tuned in and connected” to what matters, says Hudson.
10. “I don’t take myself too seriously. That’s how I am.”
When your mind is in a good place, Hudson says, life’s ups and downs can actually become their own source of fun. “I think finding the balance really is more about emotional balance, isn’t it?” she says. “Sometimes stress can be good stress. The whole point is that life doesn’t ever get easy. And so you have to learn how to enjoy it.”
You can find the full article here.
This definitely encapsulates my attitude regarding fitness. I can never do the same thing over and over again. My attention span is way too short for that. You also have to make sure that you ENJOY what you’re doing. I used to attend a spin class every week until I realized I just didn’t like it. After that, I tried to fill my fitness schedule with things that I would look forward to attending/doing. I’ve also realized I need to add pilates into my schedule because Kate looks so amazing, and that’s what she swears by.
I have also been an avid food and fitness journaler, but may start a gratitude journal too. I think that although I have a generally positive outlook, it is important to be more in tune with my mental health. I keep stating that I want to start some form of meditation, but haven’t actually gotten there yet.
Those were my reflections after reading the article. What were yours?
It also inspired me to do some online browsing at Fabletics:
Seriously into this outfit. Shop it here.
I love the edgy look of this, and how the top is really different. The back looks amazing too. Those leggings are my favorite clothing color (black!) but have a cool ice-print on them.
Alright, well I better stop online shopping now, as my credit card is not a fan. Have a great day everyone!