It’s hard not to envy Kate Hudson. The blonde beauty, whether she’s playing a groupie or a Glee star, never fails to turn heads. And now, the mom of two is taking on a new role with a line of athletic apparel called Fabletics. “I really see it as more of a lifestyle brand,” she says in her cover interview for the new issue of SHAPE. “You can work out in it, then go have coffee with your girlfriends, then pick up the kids from school. The line is casual, chic, and very affordable—and there’s something for every body type.”
Hudson’s good genes can certainly be traced to mom Goldie Hawn, but her fit figure is a result of her own hard work and dedication. “I work out to feel great but also to look great,” she says. “There’s no way a woman gets up to work out at 6:30 a.m. just for the mood boost. She wants to fit into her jeans and look fantastic too.”
Hudson’s secret weapon? 15 years of Pilates and using her time wisely on movie sets. “My new thing is that I always carry a jump rope with me. Then whenever I have a break during the day, I’ll just jump,” she says. “I can either sit around looking at my phone or I can jump!” But exercise, of course, isn’t everything. Hudson sticks to elimination diets or juice cleanses only twice a year, leaving her diet open for bread and pasta, she says. It’s keeping an eye on calorie count that keeps her in check.
“I remember a few years ago I needed to lose some weight but just couldn’t drop these 15 pounds,” she says. “Turns out I was eating about 3,500 calories a day because I was constantly snacking on cashews! I don’t care how many people say it’s a “good fat,” that really got me.”
For more on Hudson’s diet and fitness plan plus details on motherhood, pick up the November issue of SHAPE, on newsstands and iPads nationwide on October 21.