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Gretchen Rossi in Cycling Gear Says "Be Present and Relax"

Here are her diet, fitness, and lifestyle tips.

Former The Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi is reminding fans and followers to stop and smell the roses every once in a while. Rossi, 45, shared pictures and video of herself doing things that bring happiness. One video showed the reality star riding a bike outdoors with partner Slade Smiley, both decked out in head-to-toe cycling gear. "Yes, Sometimes you just need to stop & forget about the 'to do' list…just go outside and connect with nature & your family and feel the wind & fresh air on your face & laugh with your loved ones! It's one of my favorite times of the year to just be present and relax!" she captioned the post. Here's how the Bravo star stays fit, healthy, and camera-ready.


Cardio With Trainer

Rossi works out with a personal trainer and combines cardio and weight sessions. "I work out with a trainer three days a week and weight train at Stark Irvine, which is, in my humble opinion, the best facility in Orange County," she told A Sweat Life. "The other days I do light cardio, 30 minutes on the elliptical or treadmill, riding my road bike, walking or running outside. I eat healthy five to six days a week and have a cheat day. And I am constantly active throughout the day while working, walking my dogs or doing stuff around the house that keeps me moving."


Balanced Diet and Cheat Day

Rossi has an intuitive relationship with her body, eating a healthy diet with allowances during her cycle. "I now eat only organic chicken, grass-fed beef and lots of veggies," she told A Sweat Life. "I had to cut eggs and cow's milk out of my diet as well as green beans, kidney beans, avocado, whey, corn and oysters. My blood work also showed I was positive for the celiac disease gene, so I don't eat a lot of bread anymore, but really should be going completely gluten-free."


Weights In Every Room


No time for the gym? No problem. Rossi keeps 5-10 pound weights scattered around her home, so she can do small workouts whenever possible. "I have weights all over my house," she told OK!. "I have weights in my living room, office, master bedroom, in the closet next to the kitchen. Because I work so much I don't have time anymore to dedicate an hour or two at the gym. Throughout my daily routine I will pick up my weights and do a couple sets of bicep curls or I'll do pushups.  I fit in my exercise routine all day long. I'm downstairs in the kitchen straining the spaghetti and I'm doing a bicep curl. I know it sounds crazy, but it takes the pressure off, 'Oh my gosh I haven't worked out!'"


Social Media Tricks

Rossi is honest about how social media is not "real", and how much effort goes into the "perfect" shot. "I have a professional camera, with amazing lighting, and soft skin effect, that helps camouflage my imperfections!" she told BravoTV. "I DO have cellulite and parts of my body that don't look good if taken in the wrong lighting or angle (obviously I don't post those). So please don't beat yourself up for looking at others pictures on Instagram. I happen to take a lot of pictures for my business and therefore know a lot about lighting and angles to get a good pic."


Tony Robbins and Oprah Winfrey

Rossi listens to inspirational spiritual content to soothe her mind. "Sometimes I do practice mindfulness, but most of the time my best wellness technique is to listen to my daily devotionals," she told A Sweat Life. "I also love listening to or watching Tony Robbins or Oprah's SuperSoul Sunday. I get so much out of those inspirational pieces."

Ferozan Mast
Ferozan Mast is a science, health and wellness writer with a passion for making science and research-backed information accessible to a general audience. Read more
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