Daily Inspiration: Jada Pinkett-Smith

She admits to facing the same challenges we all do: keeping her career hot, her marriage hotter, and her body hottest.

When you meet Jada Pinkett Smith, it’s kind of hard not to be awestruck –happily married for almost 12 years to Hollywood heartthrob Will Smith, three kids, a successful career and a killer bod!

Jada talks openly about how she really does it all. “I won’t lie to you,” the Baltimore native admits. “I have a lot of help. It takes a village to run my life successfully!” It also takes a focused mind, total honesty, and a great sense of humor.

Ever since she was kid, Jada’s been physically active, something her mother, a single mom and nurse, encouraged by enrolling her in classes for gymnastics, dance and horseback riding.

“Sitting at home on a Saturday or Sunday was never an option,” says Jada, who has passed the torch for fitness workouts on to her own kids, Trey [from Will’s first marriage], Jaden and Willow. “They love to go to the gym with Will and me, but surfing and snowboarding is what we do together as a family for fun.” Her mom gets in on the action when she’s in town, hitting the gym with Jada at 6:30 a.m. “She’s Miss Workout,” says Jada proudly.

Jada Pinkett Smith happily shares three important tips in living a healthy lifestyle

Healthy lifestyle tips # 1: EMBRACE THE UNKNOWN

This shift has also created a sense of balance in Jada’s relationship.”Will and I are yin and yang,” she says. “He’s all sky, vast and bright and soaring, and I’m all earth. I’m here to ground him, and he’s here to help me fly.” Case in point: When Jada put her acting career on hold between 2004 and 2005 to go on the road with her metal band, Wicked Wisdom, as part of the Ozzfest tour, Will not only supported her, he and the kids also went along for the ride.

Healthy lifestyle tips # 2: NURTURE ROMANCE

While family is the couple’s main focus, Jada makes sure she and Will’s love life stays, well, lively. Besides doing her daily Kegels (“It keeps the sex hot,” says Jada), she takes time to nourish their relationship. “Last week we were stressed out, so I packed a picnic and took Will to a place we hiked to on one of our first dates. We sat and reminisced on that time in our life. Then we went home and made love. Thank God Will has simple tastes. Even the littlest thing for him is like, ‘Wow!'”

Healthy lifestyle tips # 3: FUEL YOUR BODY

Jada admits she is lacking in one area: “I can’t cook!” she says. “It’s genetic. My grandmother can’t cook, my mother can’t cook. can’t. I was raised to believe you eat because your body needs fuel for energy, so I eat superfoods.”

Jada does love to bake, however; her specialty is 7-Up cake, but she has to be careful about having desserts around the house, for Will’s sake. “He has a horrific sweet tooth,” she says. “If there’s cake in front of him, he’ll eat the whole thing!”

Healthy lifestyle tips courtesy of Shape.com

Follow Jada on Twitter: @JadaPSmith

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MY FAV AB WORKOUT

We’ve all heard about the Ab Ripper X before, right?! If you answered no, you’ve probably hit the wrong blog! The P90X exercises show no mercy and this AWESOME core workout they’ve developed is no exception. I am often asked what my favorite ab workouts are and I couldn’t sum it up any better than mentioning the Ab Ripper X. I corporate this routine 3-4 times a week to help build a strong, firm core.

What I love about the Ab Ripper X is that the consecutive exercises target the entire core, back and front, including your obliques (side core muscles) & leave your feeling like you’ve rescued planet earth with your belly button, yes, it hurts! But as the cliche goes, where there is no pain, there is no gain. Each movement is relatively simple and anyone with a decent fitness level can maintain good form trying to mimic each move. The biggest challenge is trying to complete all 25 reps in each set! Can you manage 25 reps?!

All you need is 15mins to give this routine, 15mins! I’m not going to sugar coat it, it’ll be 15mins of pure hell but the rewards will be heavenly. I promise you.

Due to copyright issues you won’t find a legit P90X video online so I picked out these clips below, Part I & Part II that make up the entire Ab Ripper X routine. These three gutsy amigos do a brilliant job of getting through the workout without compromising their form & keeping up with the instructor (miss thang in the red shirt is a slight exception but kudos to her for sticking it out till the end!). OK, enough talk LET’S DO THIS!

Part I

Part II

The Complete Guide to Interval Training

Check it out! This infographic provided by Greatist.com doesn’t need any introduction or catch phrases to get your attention. It really is a complete guide to tackling INTERVAL TRAINING. I find that interval training works wonders if your goal is to cut body fat, lean out and tone those muscles. I would especially recommend it to those that are pressed for time, or better yet, those that claim they haven’t the time to dedicate themselves to a hearty cardio workout. Interval Training is your answer!

Take a moment to scroll down and check out the tips/advice and guidelines that Greatist.com have provided in the graphic below.

More Health and Fitness News & Tips at Greatist.

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Slim and Tone Your Thighs:

Are you THIGH HEAVY?

Looking to slim down the thigh area?

Wanting to tone the flab?

Well looky here…

Strong, toned legs not only look good, they help you stay on your feet longer and remain active, whether it’s playing sports, dancing or working and performing your daily functions. Women in particular worry that if they exercise their legs too much, they’ll get bulky. But the more you can tone your leg muscles and burn fat the skinnier your legs will look, especially if you do cardio exercises, such as running, brisk walking, bicycling or aerobics.

Check out a Jeanette Jenkins video on various exercises to help you slim and tone those thighs! I have recently incorporated into my lower body work outs as it pertains to my hamstrings, quads and transversus abdominals (lower abs). I’m using this combination as a warm up to heavier resistance and polymetrics training, completing 3-4 sets of 15-18 repetitions. You can alternate your count as it best suits you but don’t cheat yourself, the aim is the feel the burn! Don’t do anything less than 3 sets, 10 reps.

Video: ExerciseTV and Jeanette Jenkins