One of my favorite inspirational quotes on days when I’m just feeling to slammed to work out is this: “Someone busier than you is running right now.” In May’s edition of Women’s Health magazine, actor and Victoria’s Secret model Brooklyn Decker proves that point with some surprisingly great advice about how to fit in a workout–and make it fun, too.
Often, models (particularly those from Victoria’s Secret) are used in advertising as “fitness inspiration,” due to their conventional beauty and ultra-slim physiques. But unlike many of her cohorts, Decker, who has been public with her struggles with eating disorders and poor body image, isn’t one of those models that “pigs out constantly” and claims to be naturally, effortlessly thin (also known as “models eating syndrom“).
In her interview with Women’s Health, she explains that she loves to be fit and active, in all kinds of ways, including dancing, renting a kayak (which, seriously, if you’re ever near water, it’s pretty cheap to do and a really run way to work your upper body), and, one of the best gems from the interview, going for short, sight-seeing runs while traveling–which is probably my favorite thing ever:
Wherever she is, Brooklyn tries to run at least three times a week, doing three or four miles on each outing–and she turns the workout into a sight-seeing expedition. “I really love going places without a map,” she says. “When I went running in Paris, I headed for a monument or a statue that I could see off in the distance. To get back where I started, I simply used the GPS on my phone.”
Decker also gives a list of the women she finds inspiring (hint, it’s awesome ladies like Kristen Wiig), and explains how husband Andy Roddick has helped her appreciate that it’s not about being skinny–it’s about being strong.
Being married to Andy has given me a new appreciation for my body. He’s taught me that it’s not how thin you are that matters. It’s how your body performs, how it endures wear and tear.
Image via Women’s Health