With the release of Glee: The Christmas Album -- tracks hitting #1 on iTunes and TV ratings soaring after their holiday-themed episode this week -- the cast of the musical comedy show is probably over-the-moon as they settle into their brief hiatus. Of course, that doesn't mean they can sit back and nosh on all the latkes, candy cane pie and eggnog lattes they want until they return to those grueling 75-hour work weeks. Oh no, no, The Glee-sters have gotta stay in shape so they can continue to deliver on those physically draining song-and-dance numbers they're known for.
Here, a few healthy holiday tips and tricks Glee clubbers have for staying at the top of their fitness game this season ...
1. Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson) pigs out. The Canadian actor/singer has confessed that he likes to eat healthy "sometimes," but he also likes to eat "incredibly badly sometimes, too." To balance things out, he opts to pig out on veggies. His favorite spot to do so is a full-service vegetarian restaurant in Vancouver called The Naam. Looks delish!
2. Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) is a ViPR. When she's not ripping up the stage with a duet rendition of "Dog Days Are Over," Jenna Ushkowitz, the 24 year-old actress burns calories with yoga, running, or a new workout at Equinox Fitness Clubs called ViPR, which stands for vitality, performance, and reconditioning. The total body workout requires participants hold a weighted rubber tube while doing lunges, squats, and lifts in 45-second intervals for 30 minutes. She told Shape magazine recently, "You're swinging it around so you hit every muscle group, including your core. It really made me push myself and was fun too!"
3. Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) has injections. Lea's made headlines for sticking to a macrobiotic vegan diet, but as it turns out, the strict regimen can deprive her of protein, iron, zinc, calcium, and energizing vitamin B-12. That's why Lea Michele says she injects herself with vitamin B-12 shots. Kinda wacky, but she also admits to enjoying her mama's homemade Italian cooking now and then, too, so I guess it all balances out.
4. Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones) runs and practices self-compassion. Last season, Amber Riley's character, Mercedes, was told she had to drop 10 pounds or else risk being cut from the Cheerios. She chose the latter because sacrificing her health for her looks just wasn't her. Off screen, Amber feels similarly and stays healthy by running for an hour three times a week and eating healthy without depriving herself. She says, "I love my breasts, my face, my butt. I love myself." You go, girl!
5. Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester) hits the road. The single and ripped TV teacher loves to throw his bike in the back of his truck, drive out to Malibu, and then bicycle along the Pacific Coast Highway. (Can we come, too?) He also surfs, does paddle boarding, and hits the gym hard four times a week to focus on only one muscle group during each 20-minute session.
6. Jayma Mays (Emma Pillsbury) goes Greek. According to OK! magazine, the adorable redheaded actress who plays Miss Pillsbury-Howell reportedly enjoys a veggie and protein-packed diet. Her mid-morning snack? Fage Greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey. (My fave right now, too!)
7. Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez) flips for dips. In order to look hot in a cheerleader costume as smart-mouthed Santana, Naya focuses a lot on her legs and butt, confessing that she does "lots of squats!" She also does planks instead of crunches and snacks on guac and hummus with veggies for the healthy fat and protein.
Wow, do you your healthy habits match up to those of the Glee cast?
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