"I want everyone to know that I'm not Miss Perfect. You can cheat every once in a while, and that's OK."
Julianne Hough makes things happen. In the past year alone she won rave reviews for her role as Sandy in the hit TV special Grease Live!, recently started her own television production company, created an athleisure line called MPG Collection by Julianne Hough (she's wearing it on our cover), and launched Juliannehough.com, a lifestyle website where she gives fitness, food, and fashion advice to her millions of fans. Julianne, 28, who is engaged to the Canadian hockey player Brooks Laich, is also about to start planning her wedding (one thing she knows for sure: Her dogs will be in the ceremony). She credits her fitness routine for giving her the energy, strength, and confidence to push herself in all these new directions. "I take time every morning to start my day with a workout," she says. "That's what makes me feel happy and personally fulfilled, which means I have so much more to give later on. Here's Julianne's advice on how to keep your motivation burning bright. (For more, check out the September issue of Shape, on newsstands August 16.)
Discover the routines you love
"I exercise three to six times a week, but usually I do five days of hard-core training. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I do Tracy Anderson or Body by Simone or I work out with my trainer, Astrid Swan. (Psst: We've got their workout here!) Tuesdays and Thursdays, I do CorePower Yoga, which I love. If I'm doing something special, like shooting the Shape cover, or when I want to tone up quickly, I'll also take a SoulCycle class. Saturdays, I go on a really long hike with my friends or take another yoga class, depending on how I feel. Sunday is my reboot day. I try to eat healthy and do something outside, like walk my dogs. I relax, enjoy the day, and get mentally and spiritually prepared for the week. It gets me excited for what's ahead."
"I try to stick with foods that don't come in boxes. I don't want a whole paragraph of ingredients in my body. Brooks and I generally eat protein and veggies. For a boost of energy, I mix in quinoa or rice sometimes. If Brooks had his way, we'd have steamed chicken and broccoli every day. That's too boring for me, and when I get bored, I tend to binge eat. Last night we made baked salmon with rosemary and lemon and broc- coli, onions, and cherry tomatoes. It took only 20 minutes and was really delicious."
... But cheat too
"E! News recently posted a picture of me coming out of the gym, and there were all these comments about the photo, like, 'We could have abs like this, but we love pizza too much.' I started laughing because pizza is my favorite food. I eat it a lot! I want everyone to know that I'm not Miss Perfect. You can cheat every once in a while, and that's OK. You can still have a fit body as long as you work out regularly and eat relatively healthfully throughout your life."
Strong is better than skinny
"I love my shape because I feel strong and fit, and that makes me feel confident. When I look at pictures of myself when I was 19, my body was bangin', but I was killing myself. I was working out two and a half hours a day and eating the bare minimum to survive. I was so miserable. I wasn't healthy. To be honest, I looked like a kid. Now I'm embracing the fact that I'm a woman with curves." (More body-love #goals from Julianne and celeb trainers this way.)
Get Julianne's Look
Cover: MPG Collection by Julianne Hough crop top ($60, mpgsport.com). Citizens of Humanity jeans ($268, revolve.com). Rachel Katz jewelry earrings, ring, and midi ring ($575, $1,800, and $400, rachelkatzjewerlry.com)
Denim Jacket 2: Amo coat ($385, fwrd.com). Free People Movement crop top ($38, carbon38.com), MPG Collection by Julianne Hough leggings ($76, mpgsports.com). Rachel Katz Jewelry ring ($1,800, rachelkatzjewelry.com). The Tie Bar scarf ($10, thetiebar.com). Nike sneakers ($100, nike.com).
Denim Jacket 3: American Eagle Outfitters jacket ($60, ae.com). Olympia Activewear sports bra and skirt ($90 and $80, olympiaactivewear.com). Le Specs sunglasses ($79, lespecs.com). Fitbit Alta tracker ($130, fitbit.com)