Olympic Champion gymnast Nastia Liukin is all about staying active all year round — here’s her advice to combat those holiday pounds!
You probably know Nastia Liukin as a SUMMER Olympian, but I caught up with her to do a winter sport — ice skating! — on December 19 in New York City. She told me EXCLUSIVELY that it’s so important to teach kids the value of being active during every season! “You don’t have to be training for the Olympics, just do something active! Make it fun! I mean, skating with your friends in Bryant Park? That’s awesome! But you don’t have to be in New York City. It doesn’t matter where you are, just get your body moving. Obviously, it’s easy in the summer but the winter is just as important. The earlier we teach these young kids, the better, because habits do stick. No matter what, it has to be fun. Everything you do — it should be fun and you have to be passionate about it. Gymnastics isn’t for everyone. You have to find something YOU love to do and that is fun for you and stick to it.”
Nastia says she is taking a break from gymnastics but told me EXCLUSIVELY, “I try to work out almost every day. I love pilates, I love hot yoga, SoulCycle, just going for a run. If I cant get out to do a class, in my house, I do squats, pushups, a little circuit. There’s really no excuse. There is no, ‘I don’t have access to a gym’ — go for a run or a walk outside, do squats in your living room. It’s really important to stay young, to stay healthy.”
HollywoodLifers, are you inspired by Nastia Liukin’s fitness tips?