Get Reese Witherspoon’s Toned Body: How the Star Makes Fitness Fun

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Reese Witherspoon looks stunning every time she walks the red carpet. Considering the 38-year-old seems to constantly have a string of Hollywood hits set to be released, it means she is constantly rocking a perfectly toned body. How does she stay in such great shape? Witherspoon is a certified fitness junkie and enjoys every minute of it. There are no diet secrets when it comes to Witherspoon’s routine. She consistently eats healthy and in moderation, allowing her to maintain her petite figure year-round. Ready to sport your own red carpet-ready physique? Here’s how Witherspoon does it.

The Witherspoon Fitness Routine

To sculpt lean muscle and drop body fat, Witherspoon’s former trainer Michael George encouraged Witherspoon to take up hiking in addition to using light dumbbells to keep her muscles nice and toned. “Reese was already in great shape, but we wanted to improve her general fitness. We definitely accomplished that!” George says to Shape.

George wasn’t encouraging ordinary, run-of-the-mill hiking, however. He found a way to take it to the max in order to get Witherspoon in tip-top shape. Before you hit the hiking trails and test out this routine, make sure you have a good hiking spot to head to, quality hiking shoes, and light dumbbells, per Shape. Throughout your hike, you’ll stop along the way and do strength work with your dumbbells. After, George recommends cooling down with yoga postures, such as sun salutation and warrior pose. The best part? You won’t have to set foot inside a gym!

Lunge Walk With Bicep Curls: Begin with your feet hip-width apart, holding a light dumbbell in each hand, arms by your sides and palms facing in toward your body. Step your right foot forward as you lift your left heel off the floor. Lower your back (left) knee toward the floor into a lunge position. At the same time, bend your arms, bringing the dumbbells toward your shoulders, palms still facing each other. Straighten your arms as you return to the standing position. Immediately step your left foot forward as you lift your right heel off the floor. Do another bicep curl as you lower your right (back) knee into a lunge. “Walk” forward as you alternate between right and left lunges. Repeat 15 to 25 times per leg, aiming for 2 sets.

Walking With Shoulder Press: Holding a dumbbell in each hand, bend your elbows and raise your upper arms to shoulder height so the dumbbells are at ear level. Push the dumbbells up and in until the ends of the dumbbells touch lightly, directly over your head, and then lower the dumbbells back to ear level. Repeat 15 to 25 times. Do 2 sets.

Walking With Tricep Extensions: Position one dumbbell overhead with both hands under the inner plate (heart shaped grip.) With your elbows overhead, lower your forearm behind your upper arm by flexing your elbows. Flex wrists at the bottom to avoid hitting your dumbbell on the back of your neck. Raise the dumbbell overhead by extending your elbows while hyper-extending your wrists. Repeat 15 to 25 times. Do 2 sets.

Walking With Side Laterals: Grip a light dumbbell in each hand and hold them in front of your waist, palms facing each other. With your elbows slightly bent, raise the dumbbells by your side with a forceful movement slightly higher than shoulder height. At the top of the movement, your thumb should be below your pinkie finger. Control the weight back down to the starting position in a slower manner. Repeat 15 to 25 times, striving for 2 sets

Squats: Stand with your feet hip-distance apart with your toes, knees, and hips in a straight line. Pull your belly button toward your spine and contract your abdominal muscles. Slowly lower your body, as though you are sitting in a chair. If you can, go down until your butt is in line with your knees (knees at 90 degree angles.) Keeping the weight in your heels, slowly push your body back to the starting position. At the top of the movement, do not lock your knees. Keep a slight bend in them. Repeat 25 to 50 times. Do 2 sets.

Side Leg Raises With Glute Kickbacks: Stand behind a bench and hold on to the back. Lift your right leg straight out to the side until your foot is about 6 to 12 inches off the floor, and hold for several seconds. Keep your torso erect throughout the movement and slightly bend the leg that is supporting your weight. Return your leg to the starting position. Now, slowly move the leg back as far as you can, feeling the contraction in your butt. The knee of your weighted leg should be slightly bent. Don’t arch your back or overextend your leg. Hold for a few seconds before lowering. That’s one rep. Repeat 25 to 50 times on each leg. Do 2 sets.

Witherspoon also pays particular attention to her arms, since she can often be found sporting a beautiful strapless gown for her movie premieres. George tells Fitness that anyone can get her sculpted arms and shoulders; it just takes a little work. Here’s how your arms can look stunning in a strapless dress, too.

Sit on a stability ball, holding a 3- to 5-pound dumbbell in each hand, palms facing up. Curl weights toward your shoulders, then slowly press dumbbells overhead while turning palms to face forward. Return to start, turning arms back in as you lower. Do 20 reps, aiming for 3 sets total.

Sometimes it’s all about simplicity. When Witherspoon needs a quick endorphin fix, she turns to her go-to: running. “I like to run for about an hour, and I’m big into working out with girlfriends. It’s an acquired skill, being able to discuss your love life, children, and friends — all while you’re running! But we have mastered it,” she tells Good Housekeeping. Witherspoon’s philosophy is realistic and attainable: mix it up, and having fun doing it.

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The Witherspoon Diet

Does just seeing the word “diet” make you stress? There’s no need to panic if you’re planning to eat like Witherspoon. She keeps it simple by making healthy eating choices on a daily basis. “I work out all the time anyway just to stay healthy,” she explains to Us Weekly. “I don’t believe in crash dieting or anything like that.”

Remember: moderation is key. “Eat clean and healthy with small meals and snacks daily, reduce alcohol consumption, and do cardio 30 minutes a day for 6 days per week,” George tells Shape. But that’s about as far as Witherspoon is willing to go. She isn’t a dieter; she just wants to be healthy. Easy, right?

Witherspoon’s also a tea drinker, ensuring she gets plenty of antioxidants streaming through her system each day. Here’s how to make her spiced tea recipe, as shown in Good Housekeeping. Take some instant powdered tea, a can of Tang, a can of powdered lemonade, and mix them all together with some nutmeg and cinnamon (both of which are oozing with antioxidants.)

“I’m telling you, southern people will know this recipe. And you shake it all up, then you put it in a Mason jar, and put a piece of fabric on top and a piece of ribbon around it. Then, whenever you want, just put two scoops in hot water. It’s the most delicious thing in the world,” she says.

Witherspoon is the perfect example of just how easy embracing a healthy lifestyle can be. Looking for a way to stay trim and have fun doing it? Witherspoon has got it down pat: eat healthy, work out hard, and don’t forget to indulge every once in a while.

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