8 fitness tips from the stars

Alexa Villano

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8 fitness tips from the stars
Anne Curtis, Paulo Avelino, Jessy Mendiola, James Reid and more on how they stay fit

SUMMER READY. Stars share tips in getting fit this summer. Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler (James, Jessy, and Paulo) /Instagram/@annecurtissmith MANILA, Philippines – Have a fitness peg or heading to the gym this summer? Here are a few tips from your favorite stars. 

Paulo Avelino

RECREATION.  Paulo Avelino says one does not have to go to the gym to get fit. Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

Bridges of Love star Paulo Avelino said he makes time to work out even during his tapings. Paulo, a Century Tuna ambassador, shared how he keeps active.

“I try to work out as much as I can. I jog a lot and I go rock climbing,” he said at a press conference. 

Paulo also said one does not have to go to a gym to keep fit necessarily. If you have a yoga mat or somethin similar, you can exercise anywhere.

“During lunch break I would do push-ups and sit-ups and I would eat after,” he said. 

Jessy Mendiola

EAT RIGHT. Jessy Mendiola says eating right is very important. Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

Actress Jessy Mendiola meanwhile emphasized the importance of eating right. Jessy, who does yoga, boxing, and running, also said bringing a yoga mat along is very helpful.

“Bring a yoga mat with you. It’s very convenient. You really don’t have to go to the gym. You don’t have to bring weights just to work out. You can do explosive cardio exercises for 15 minutes and you would burn a lot [of calories],” Jessy said. 

Elmo Magalona

 70-30. Elmo Magalona follows the 70-30 ratio of 70% proper diet and 30% exercise. Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

Actor and singer Elmo Magalona follows the 70-30 principle for fitness – 70% focus on diet, and 30% on exercise.

“I’m more focused on my diet because I really don’t have time to go to the gym. I am focusing on my responsibility as to what I can eat, what’s allowed to eat and maybe like what the good carbs are,” Elmo said.

James Reid

 STARTING YOUNG. James Reid says being active at a young age helps him maintain a healthy lifestyle. Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

James said that exercise isn’t only about the gym. He also said that being active at a young age helps. 

“I started with sports at a really young age. It gave me the foundation, to go to the gym. And I did swimming and maintained a diet,” James said.

“There are exercises that don’t require the gym. Like Paulo (Avelino), most of his exercises are about recreation. Rock climbing, running – you really don’t have to go to the gym.”

Iza Calzado


Iza is known for advocating a healthy lifestyle. She turns to dancing, Crossfit, pilates, tennis, and yoga to keep fit. She recently launched her dance video “Lebelap (Go Lang Nang Go).” The video features basic exercise movements, nutrition consultation, and dance movements one can follow at home. 


 In an interview with The Philippine Star’s Supreme section, Iza said it’s all about making choices.

“Karylle [Tatlonghari] once told me we have to stop blaming our past for the decisions that we make now. It really hit me because for the longest time, even in my mid-20s, I was making a lot of stupid decisions based on, “yan ’yung nakalakihan ko eh.”  (what I grew up with.) All the decisions I’m making today I have the power to choose, so what choice am I going to make? For example, my body right now is the result of a month of clean eating. I haven’t had cake in a month. Imagine if I had normal dessert two to three times a week. Of course, I’m not going to look like this,” Iza said.

Erwan Heussaff


Erwan knows what it feels like to be overweight. In a previous feature on Rappler, Erwan said he loves to eat, but it became his problem as well earlier on. He started to swim and be active, and focused on diets that worked for him. 

Now lighter and leaner, Erwan keeps fits by running and also working out when he can. He also said that the food one eats is crucial.

“Once you’re fit, that’s when you need to start mitigating the food you eat with the sports you do. The more you are fit, the harder it is to maintain because your body is used to more activity,” Erwan said.

Anne Curtis


Anne credits her gorgeous physique to eating right and lots of exercise. In the April issue of Cosmpolitan Philippines, Anne said she is letting go of the ambition to be model-thin.

“Everyone goes through a stage of wanting to be thin. But my goal this year is to have the fittest body ever, which isn’t necessarily being thin, it’s being fit,” she said. 

She also makes the work out fun by doing it with friends such as Solenn Heussaff, boyfriend Erwan, Georgina Wilson, Luis Manzano, and Angel Locsin.

Matteo Guidicelli


For Matteo, being fit is important as well as doing it right. In the April issue of Men’s Health Magazine, Matteo, who is an active triathlete shared the importance of having a mentor in the sport.

“There are coaches no matter where you live. Ask anyone in triathlon –they’ll recommend someone and you can start from there. It’s very important in triathlon that you have a mentor because if you do it on your own, you won’t be efficient. Get a coach and trust them. Follow their way,” Matteo said. – Rappler.com 






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Alexa Villano

Alexa is one of Rappler's Lifestyle and Entertainment reporters, covering local entertainment news to a wide range of topics from beauty pageants to reality shows.