Denise Richards talks Pilates and healthy lifestyle

DOB: February 17, 1971
Denise Lee Richards is an American actress and former fashion model. She became famous in the late 1990s, after a string of films that highlighted her sex appeal, including Starship Troopers, Wild Things, and The World Is Not Enough. She also has her own reality TV show, Denise Richards: It’s Complicated which is broadcasted on American channel E!.

Denise Richards Red Bikini

Denise Richards Red Bikini

OK Magazine sat down with Denise Richards and got the scoop on what she’s does to keep fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle:

OK Magazine: What’s the best part about exercising?
Denise Richards : I feel healthy and strong, and I love how I feel mentally and physically. This is the first season in a long time that I have felt comfortable on the beach without a sarong covering my bottom.

OK Magazine: Do you find stress causes your weight to fluctuate?
Denise Richards : Stress definitely affects my weight. I am thinner when I’m stressed or have a lot going on.

OK Magazine: With such a busy schedule, is it difficult to find the time to exercise?
Denise Richards : No, because it is part of my lifestyle. I don’t work out only when I’m preparing for a project or shoot or bikini season. Exercising is part of my routine. I try to do it five days a week for an hour. That’s an hour of time to myself, unless the girls come in, but that’s okay too. That’s the luxury of working out at home.

There’s more on working out with two young daughters as well what she wants to instill in them about body image, so read more

OK Magazine: Is it hard to get motivated with two daughters?
Denise Richards : No, my girls motivate me to exercise and eat right! I am a single mom, so I am outnumbered! I need my energy to keep up with them.

OK Magazine: How did you lose weight after having your daughters?
Denise Richards : I am naturally thin, and I feel that I am at a good weight for my body. I work out to be lean and have some definition. Of course my body went through many changes having two babies back to back. For me, losing the weight wasn’t that difficult; I was lucky. And no, I didn’t work out five hours a day, I had to wait six weeks to do anything after each baby because I had a C-section with each birth. I took it very slow getting back into my routine.

OK Magazine: What will you hope to instill in your daughters about body image?
Denise Richards : I will try to teach my daughters to love their body. Sami was looking at Lola and said, “Wow, look at Lola’s big belly,” and I told Sami that Lola has a beautiful belly. Now, Sami tells her sister her belly is beautiful.

OK Magazine: Who do you think has the best body in Hollywood?
Denise Richards : Demi Moore still has the best body in Hollywood!

OK Magazine: What are your favorite food splurges?
Denise Richards : Chips and guacamole. And ice cream!

“Pilates is the only exercise that doesn’t aggravate my back,” says the actress. In addition to feeling better, Denise is also happier with the way she looks. “Pilates was the only workout that made my belly flat again after having two kids,” says Richards. “I just love it.”

[source: OK! Magazine]