2012 Most Valuable Motivator: Denise Austin

Featured Article, Fitness, Motivation
on October 1, 2012

Name: Denise Austin

Claim to fame: A true fitness pioneer, Denise Austin has been promoting health, wellness and exercise for more than 25 years. She began her career teaching aerobics classes in the Los Angeles area and got her big break as cohost of TV’s The Jack LaLanne Show in 1981. She went on to helm her own long-running TV shows including ESPN’s Getting Fit, (later known as Denise Austin’s Daily Workout), and Balancing Act, which debuted on Lifetime in January 2011. Besides gathering a legion of fans as a TV host and fitness expert, Denise has written 10 best-selling books, and has created nearly 100 videos and CDs, which have sold more than 20 million copies. The latest edition to her DVD library is the three-part DVD series Shrink Belly Fat. Denise also recently began contributing tips and videos to YouTube’s BeFit channel, an online fitness destination.

Health philosophy: Make yourself a priority. “My whole philosophy is to stay fit because you’re worth it! I’m from a big family and I love food, so everything in moderation. Just eat healthy 80 percent of the time and go ahead and have your treats 20 percent of the time. As long as you’re exercising, you’ll be fine. Consistency pays off.”

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Vitamins/supplements: A multivitamin, extra calcium and fish oil. Every day.

Favorite workout: Variety of workouts from Hot Body Yoga to Kickboxing to Shrink Belly Fat. “I am a big believer in mixing it up. That’s what surprises my muscles and keeps me free from injury.”

Motivational trick: Positive thinking. “When you’re feeling negative or you’re down on something, switch it around to a positive thought. The more you switch it around, the more it becomes a good, healthy habit.”

Favorite healthy dish: Arugula Beet Salad. “When my girlfriends and sisters come over, I’m famous for making this!”

Secret weapon: Don’t sit. “I try to get up from the computer as often as I can and take walking breaks. Sitting is our enemy, so get off your butt and move.”

Role model: Her mom—and Jack LaLanne. “I want to be the next Jack LaLanne, the next girl Jack LaLanne, and keep it up until I’m 96, the way he did!”

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  • Denise

    Yeah, I would just like to say that I had read that Denise Austin was quoted in the Washington City Paper saying she was upset over lewd comments made about past clips on YouTube. According to the Washington DC weekly newspaper, Denise giggled when someone asked if she was aware that she’s become the object of so much perversion and said, “Now I’m worried!” She also said that she was totally unaware of it (yeah right!). I wonder if she has ever read any of the comments and giggled. Look up “Denise Austin Gets Indecent Exposure” to read the article.

  • Fahq

    Wow. Denise Austin does not look as good as she used to. Her sun-damaged
    skin makes her face and neck look like an 87-year-old.

  • Denise

    Denise is getting a little long in the tooth. She still looks good but at least she looks her age now. 🙂

  • Denise

    Denise Austin has aged well. She seems not to have augmentation, botox,plastic surgery, etc. (That is, I’m not saying Denise hasn’t but if shehas it’s less discernible.) She does enjoy photo retouching though. 😉 Wonder what that Dorian Gray-esque painting in her attic looks like now? 😉