Kate Hudson’s 4 Secrets to Better Abs

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It’s no secret Kate Hudson is in killer shape with some seriously toned abs that she often shows off when sporting her athletic-wear line, Fabletics. This week she posted a video to Instagram showing off, not only her awesome moves on the pilates reformer, but her strong, cut stomach.

To understand how she truly maintains this shape, we found some of her best secrets she’s shared over the past few years. From diet tips to workouts, see what Hudson does to get those envious abs.

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She loves pilates.
In 2016, the actress told Shape magazine that she discovered pilates at 19. "It's the workout my body really responds to," she says. "It's all about alignment, elongating your spine and strengthening your core." She claims it makes her feel her strongest.

She works with trainer and pilates instructor Nicole Stewart. When Stewart spoke with Shape, she explained, "It primarily works your core, but not just the front. You’ll work the entire body—front, sides, back, your whole midsection, trunk—it pulls everything in and together. You’ll become tighter, more toned, and stronger."

She works out three to four days a week.
In her book Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body, she talks about her workout schedule. She says that, although she wishes she could work out everyday, she typically does four, sometimes three, days a week. With such a busy schedule it can hard to fit it in. "I know that probably sounds like a giant cliche, but I do think if you pay attention to what your body needs in three ways aerobic fitness (through cardio exercises), strengthening (through weighted exercises), and toning (through stretching/sculpting/lengthening of the muscles) you, too, can figure out some shortcuts to the body that you want, with minimal time commitment," she writes.

She alternates between cardio, strengthen and toning and lengthening.
In her book, she explains her approach to working out is combining these three movements. She says she usually alternates these focuses throughout one session. Once or twice a week she’ll do 20–30 minutes of each, and the rest of the days she’ll do 15 minutes. She also sometimes alternates these workouts over consecutive days.

She maintains a high-alkaline diet.
Hudson also shares in her book that she sticks to a high-alkaline diet, meaning she gets most (60 to 80 percent) of her calorie intake from foods like tofu, nuts, fruits and vegetables. Along with sugar she also avoids meat, dairy and gluten. As for drinks, she told Glamour it means, “no wine and no beer—only vodka and only tequila, straight up."

Although she’s mindful about these healthy eating habits, she doesn’t obsess about it. “When people talk about dieting, I'm just like, oh my god, relax,” she told Self in 2016.

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