Brooke Burke on Healthy Life Balance (When You're Not Always Perfect)
Brooke Burke's philosophy: Work with what you've got—and why not have some fun while you're at it? The 39-year-old celeb mom has given up striving for perfection and instead focuses on doing her best. And that's one of the reasons Brooke Burke wrote her book, The Naked Mom, a survival manual for mothers (and everyother woman for that matter) trying to artfully keep all those balls in the air. "Women need to hear the words 'It's okay if things don't go exactly the way you want them to,'" she says. "Give yourself a break!"Here, Brooke Burke gives no-nonsense advice on everything from living a healthy lifestyle to her personal bucket list.
Brooke Burke's Healthy Lifestyle Tip #1: Fad Diets are Not Fab Diets
"I've tried just about every crazy diet you can imagine," says Brooke, a former swimsuit model. "But now I've learned what really works for my body." Brooke and her family follow a Mediterranean diet, which includes lean grilled beef, chicken, fish (she loves salmon—try this celeb's favorite salmon recipe), salads, vegetables, and, of course, olive oil. "I also eat five small meals a day," she says. "And I never skip breakfast, even if it's just a protein shake. I can honestly say that I've never been healthier or fitter in my life."
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Brooke Burke's Healthy Lifestyle Tip #2: No Excuses: Exercise
Brooke Burke has always been a dedicated workout girl, but with four kids, it takes some creative scheduling to fit exercise in. "I keep a large weekly calendar in my kitchen where I write down every event that's happening in our lives," she says. "I always pencil in my workouts there so I'll really do them." In a perfect world, she exercises five days a week. When she's doing DWTS, she drops the kids off at school and heads to the gym for a cardio workout. "I get on the treadmill, put it at a 15 percent incline and walk at about 3.5 miles per hour," she says. "I'm also crazy about Pilates Plus, which I do three times a week. The class is 55 minutes, head to toe. In that short amount of time, I've done everything I need to do. And for a working mom, what could be better?"
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