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Jodie Kidd: The Model Who Loves Pizza And Shuns Extreme Fitness Regimes

Model, polo player and racing car enthusiast Jodie Kidd shares her fitness and beauty secrets

BY Sarah Royce-Greensill | 20 March 2014

There’s no rushing from Barrecore to TRX while nibbling on the latest superfood fad for Jodie Kidd. The 35-year old ex-supermodel advocates a far more relaxed approach to health and fitness.

“Fitness and dieting should never be extreme,” she told the Telegraph in the run-up to the 2014 Be:Fit event in London, of which she is the ambassador. “It should be gradual and balanced. You need to test your body and find what works for you. You need to push yourself and sometimes it does hurt, but it shouldn’t be extreme.”

READ – Jodie Kidd: I’d love to return to modelling with an older head on my shoulders[1]

An advocate of an ’80/20′ lifestyle (sticking to healthy eating 80 per cent of the time while allowing yourself the odd treat), Kidd is one of those increasingly rare types who exercises not because she feels she has to, but because she enjoys it. “A good run should release your endorphins and make you feel fantastic. Unless you’re a sports professional, there is no need to feel stressed over your regime. If you get stressed about training then I think you are going about it wrong.”

Horse riding enthusiast Kidd lists her current fitness regime as simply “running around after my two year old! I spend most of my time in the countryside and incorporate fitness into everyday life such as a long walk or a ride. I am a big lover of sports and staying fit so that helps! For me a fit and healthy body equals a fit and healthy mind.” She also frequents KX Gym[2] when in London, and takes fitness tips for her ex-Special Forces partner.

SEE: How top models work out[3]

As a life-long sufferer of back pain, she is a keen advocate of Pilates. “With a bad back I have to focus on strengthening my core, which Pilates is great for. The core supports your back [so] it’s very important.” The mother of one also credits Pilates with helping to tone up her stomach and abs after giving birth to her son Indio.

Variety is the spice of a fitter life for Kidd, who says that she’s always up for trying new things. “There’s something for everyone”, she says. Her latest favourite fitness find is the activity tracking wristband Fit Bit Flex:[4] “I just wear it on my wrist and it tracks the calories in the food I eat and I work off during the day as well as loads of other cool stuff. It’s great!” However happy she is to try new things, one class she admits not enjoying is spinning: “I am not a natural spinner.”

READ – The Knowledge: Jodie Kidd on how to cope with back pain[5]

At 6’2″, Kidd caused quite a stir when she began modelling aged 16, with critics claiming that her slender frame could encourage eating disorders in young girls. Despite the criticisms, designers including Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and Saint Laurent (then YSL) clamoured to book the ‘locust model’, as she was then nicknamed.

READ – Jodie Kidd reveals rush of motherhood[6]

Leading an active, outdoor lifestyle helped Kidd to maintain her slim physique, although she admits that she had to be careful not to gain too much muscle in her modelling days. “I did exercise regularly to stay toned and lean while avoiding too much muscle building. Unfortunately it meant I had to avoid Italian restaurants as I adore pizza!”

Aside from the odd slice of pizza and glass of red wine (her ‘guilty pleasures’), Kidd has always taken a healthy approach to nutrition. “I eat as organically and healthily as I can. I love juicing”, she explains. “I couldn’t live without my Hotpoint Slow Juicer. I can make delicious combinations of organic fruit and vegetable juices. I throw anything and everything in it!”

READ – Jodie Kidd’s top tips for looking good on a horse[7]

For beauty advice, the racing car fanatic often turns to her make-up artist sister, Jemma. Her favourite brands include Caudaulie, Elemis and Guinot: “I like to treat my skin to a little revival now and then so Guinot facials are great for that. They make me look and feel fresh. I also love to sneak off to the Caudaulie Spa for a treat.”

For relaxation, she looks for “anywhere that has a spa, is located on a quiet beach, with a beautiful backdrop, and possibly some yoga classes thrown in. The W Retreat in the Maldives is meant to be great.”

Beach-side spas, a relaxed approach to working out and pizza: this is one supermodel regime we wouldn’t mind following.

Jodie Kidd is an ambassador for Be:Fit London, the women’s health and fitness festival taking place on March 28-30 at Old Billingsgate, London. Book tickets now at befitlondon.com[8]

References

  1. ^ READ – Jodie Kidd: I’d love to return to modelling with an older head on my shoulders (fashion.telegraph.co.uk)
  2. ^ KX Gym (www.kxlife.co.uk)
  3. ^ SEE: How top models work out (fashion.telegraph.co.uk)
  4. ^ Fit Bit Flex: (www.fitbit.com)
  5. ^ READ – The Knowledge: Jodie Kidd on how to cope with back pain (fashion.telegraph.co.uk)
  6. ^ READ – Jodie Kidd reveals rush of motherhood (fashion.telegraph.co.uk)
  7. ^ READ – Jodie Kidd’s top tips for looking good on a horse (fashion.telegraph.co.uk)
  8. ^ befitlondon.com (www.befitlondon.com)

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  1. Reply

    Workout Help Or Tips?!? I’m an 18 year old girl in college, 5 foot 5, and I weigh 118 pounds. I really want to work on toning up my body and I want to look amazing by this upcoming summer! That doesn’t mean Im going to stop when summer comes. I want to make this a lifestyle. I want to slim my waist down, tone up my stomach for some ab definition, tone/ add some muscle to my legs, and add some muscle to my back and shoulders. Pretty much my whole body. Recently I’ve been going to the gym 4 days a week sometimes more, I start by running for about 30 minutes or doing the elliptical or stairs. Then I do a 30 minute Nike training workout. I either do the get lean one or the get toned one. Will I see the results I want in let’s say 6 months? I’m really working hard. Again my MAIN focus is on my stomach and legs. And i have my diet under control so no need to comment on that! What would be a good weekly workout routine for my that would help me achieve my goal? Thank you!

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      If you try to define your fitness program with tips from random strangers in internet forums such as this which are frequented by teenagers, your fitness will suffer.

      It’s your body and no one can or should care more about its maintenance. That means you need to make fitness a priority. You’re wise to want to make it a lifestyle but to be all you can be you will need to become your own personal trainer and the ultimate guardian of your health.

      Study! Your body has no choice but to follow your brain. So, you should feed your brain a steady diet of good information if you want to be all you can be. It’s YOUR body and it has to last a lifetime so it’s worth the investment. Don’t ask questions of random strangers with no credibility in this or other online forums. Use high quality resources for information instead. The basic principles of health, fitness, and nutrition are not that difficult or hard to understand. Avoid the internet unless you’re using trusted sites in dot gov or dot edu domains. Use libraries. Books are much more reliable. I recently bought a $35 text book on metabolism for 25 cents on E-bay (plus shipping).

      The internet is a bad place to get information about health and fitness because anyone can say anything without fear of repercussions…and they often do. Bodybuilding.com, for example, was fined $7 million for selling over 60 different supplements which may have contained dangerous and illegal drugs. They have a huge amount of information to attract people interested in bodybuilding so they can sell them supplements and much of that information is bad. Even WebMD.com and Livestrong.com had bad or misleading information among their webpages.

      Try to use dot gov and dot edu websites. And, use books. Websites are inexpensive and many blog sites and YouTube channels are free. But books require a substantial investment so you can trust the printed information more than electronic. Use your local libraries, bookstores, and you can find good books cheap on EBay.com and Amazon.com.

      Here’s an example of a mistake you’re making presently because of your methods.

      Don’t run for fitness alone. Run marathons if that’s your thing but don’t run without a good reason because running is high impact and repetitive and that means risking problems if you run long distances for a long time. Running contributes to or causes shin splints, repetitive motion stress fractures, ACL strains or separations, early onset osteoarthritis, and much more. And, then there’s this……..

      In this book –> http://www.bodybyscience.net/home.html/?… the coauthors make the following assertion.

      “The scientific literature is filled with data that strongly make the case that long distance runners are much more likely to develop cardio-vascular disease, atrial fibrillation, cancer, liver and gallbladder disorders, muscle damage, kidney dysfunction (renal abnormalities), acute microthrombosis in the vascular system, brain damage, spinal degeneration, and germ-cell cancers than are their less active counterparts.”

      Each assertion is footnoted. They’re making the point that most people have “cardio” all wrong and don’t really understand how to train to be fit.

      And the problems continue…
      http://www.kneeclinic.info/knee_sports_injuries_running.php
      http://running.about.com/od/illnessesandrunning/ss/embarrassing.htm

      Don’t run. Start today by launching your own autodidactic fitness learning program. Use new editions of books from your local public of Uni library and learn the fundamentals of anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, and nutrition. Make it a life long endeavor. Set your goals now. Prioritize them. Seek out the best ways to satisfy them. Use critical thinking and always be skeptical. Avoid dot com websites.

      Fitness is a struggle. I’ve been training for 40 years and I’m still learning.

      Good luck and good health!!

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    What Are Some Good Health/fitness Tips? Im a fourteen years old and i been trying to lose weight for a month and only loss two pounds and i want to lose a lot of weight before the summer ends (seven weeks)

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      TIP 1. Study.
      Your body has no choice but to follow your brain. So, you should feed your brain a steady diet of good information if you want to be all you can be. It’s YOUR body and it has to last a lifetime so it’s worth the investment. Don’t ask questions of random strangers with no credibility in this or other online forums. Use high quality resources for information instead. The basic principles of health, fitness, and nutrition are not that difficult or hard to understand.

      Avoid the internet unless you’re using trusted sites in dot gov or dot edu domains. The dot coms are usually driven by profit motive and you’ll find bad information in most websties including WebMD, Livestrong, Bobybuilding.com, etc. and especially in this forum and others like it. And, avoid magazine and other cheap commercial informational products about fitness, glamour, muscle building, fashion and fads. Don’t be part of the “herd” unless you want to look, feel, and perform like the “herd”.

      Use books, especially late edition text books on subjects such as nutrition, anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology…especially exercise physiology. You can find excellent information resources at your local public or Uni library or for sale cheap online at Amazon.com and Ebay.com.

      Always follow the science. Use critical thinking. Be skeptical and do not believe anything without cross checking it with trusted sources. Grow your personal knowledge base and everything else will follow with relative ease.

      You have one body and it has to last a lifetime. It’s worth the investment to learn how to care for it properly.

      TIP 2. Don’t micromanage
      Your body is a work in progress. You won’t have your adult body for almost a decade. Don’t try to make changes which may go against nature while nature is developing you physically. Sure, everyone wants to be svelte and fit and so should you. However, you don’t want to try to lose fat, for example, when your body is trying to build muscle unless you are very much over weight. Trying to reduce body fat to 15%, for example, can inhibit the growth of muscle and important tissues. You at the age where eating disorders begin to manifest themselves so avoid obsessing about food, fat, and body image.

      TIP 3. Eat a good and proper diet
      This is easy said than done. Learn to read and understand food labels, count calories, manage macro nutrient ratios, etc. You are what you eat and your long term health and well being are very much dependent on your ability to eat properly for now and the rest of your life.

      TIP 4. Exercise
      Exercise does not have to be work. It can be dancing or walking or swimming or anything that involve low risk, a wider variety of motions and muscle contractions, and elevates your heart rate to 80% of max where max is 230 – your age and sustains it at that level for 20 minutes several times a week. And, build muscle too. Only muscle offers all of the following.
      • Stronger bones & increased mineral density (osteoporosis protection)
      • Stronger body & musculature (improved protection from injury)
      • More robust organic and systemic fitness (more survivable in crisis)
      • Improved cardio-vascular function (better than “cardio”)
      • Higher basal metabolic rate (~5-50 cal/day/pound of muscle)
      • Easier fat loss (more efficient lipid consumption)
      • Greater calorie consumption (prolonged afterburn)
      • Supports body sculpting (hypertrophy)
      • Slows natural loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) over age 30
      • Minimal wear & tear (low risk)
      It only take a couple of hours of hard work to build strength.

      TIP 5. Be happy
      Manage your stress. Keep your reactions in proper proportion, your negative emotions in check, and don’t be a drama queen. Do those things which bring you happiness.

      TIP 6. Use this website.
      Be sure to bookmark it and use it. It’s been recommended by the people your doctor listens to, US National Institute of Health, and has tons of information about your growing and changing body. –> http://teenshealth.org/teen/

      Good luck and good health!!

      PS: Here are some good websites you may find useful.
      • A MUST FOR DIETERS http://www.freedieting.com/
      • BEST DIET TOOL ON THE WEB http://www.myfitnesspal.com/
      • BEST FOODS FOR YOU http://www.choosemyplate.gov/index.html
      • NUTRITION DOT GOV http://www.nal.usda.gov/food-and-nutrition

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    Where To Get Health Fitness Tips? Hello friends let me know where you can get health fitness tips. I have recently read blog related health and fitness and I found it helpful. I am looking for more same king of blog which I have read before. Please you may take a review and suggest me more. Thanks!

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      Health and fitness centers are more in numbers where you can be trained to keep up your good health in good way. Inspite of visiting the Gym or health and fitness centers many a time, people are not able to maintain good health. Therefore one should maintain their daily diet along with the good exercise, by doing this you can maintain good health.

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