“Denise Richards” is one hot mama in her 40’s who always manages to look incredibly fit and fabulous.
Best known for Starship Troopers, Wild Things, The World is Not Enough, Dancing with the Stars, and her own E! reality show Denise Richards: It’s Complicated, we can’t seem to get enough of this woman who SLAYS!
With her much-publicized divorce, custody and child support battle with Charlie Sheen, life has definitely dealt her some major complications; yet through it all, Denise is finding her strength to prevail. How does she keep it all together?
According her interview with Shape magazine, exercise is key. If your body feels better, so does your mind. *Exercise* and other physical activity produce endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers—and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn *reduces stress*.
To keep her figure fit and fab, Denise likes to do Pilates (on the reformer) and cardio dance classes with Louis Van Amstel (of Dancing with the Stars) 4-5 days per week.
But workouts alone will not sustain weightloss. It doesn’t matter if you work out 7 days week. 80 percent of your weight loss program should be focused on what you put into your mouth – nutrition. Nutrition is far more responsible for creating your shape and your health than you ever could have imagined.
For Denise, being a busy mom means needing quick, healthy balanced meals that the whole family can enjoy. Her favorite meals are roasted whole Chicken, sliced potatoes with veggies, Lentil Soup, and fully loaded salads.
Eating healthy foods can certainly affect your mood. Studies show that making time to prepare well balanced meals leads to a better quality of life as opposed to eating an unhealthy diet high in sugar and fat which may be linked to poor mental health.
Overall, what we are learning from Denise is that “me” *time* and dedicating time to take care of your mind and body allows you to de-stress, unwind and rejuvenate. Taking *time for yourself* allows you to renew, heal, and *create* reserves of energy and peace. Discover how Denise is healing her battle scars and what life lessons she’s learning in her first memoir The Real Girl Next Door.