The New Kelly Ripa
A Brand-New Kelly
At age 37, Kelly Ripa has done what most of us only dream about: She's given her abs, arms, and butt a total makeover. As Kelly puts it, "For the first time, I have muscles!" But her commitment to health goes beyond crunches and curls: She supports HEART for Women, a bill before Congress requesting funding for and education about gender-related aspects of cardiovascular health. Here's what this month's Mind, Body & Spirit Superstar told FITNESS.A lot of women think if they didn't exercise in their 20s, there's no way they can start at 35 or 40. You've done it. What's the secret?
KR: I was the same way about exercise. I didn't do it in my 20s and I was like, it's too late to start now. I figured, I work in an industry where there's a stylist and a makeup artist -- they'll make me look fine. But I began feeling tired -- just playing in the park with my kids wore me down. I thought, "Geez, I'm kind of young to be feeling this way." So I started walking on a treadmill. Then I started jogging on a treadmill. Then I began jogging outside. Now I'm running outside, three to five miles, and taking toning classes.At what point did you notice changes in how your body looked?
KR: A month or two after I started working out, I wore a sleeveless turtleneck to work. Regis was like, "Ripa, your arm muscles look incredible!" It was the first time anybody had ever said anything to me about my muscles. And because I am a vain person, that's all I needed to hear to stay with it.
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