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Vanessa Hudgens in Bathing Suit Makes a "Splash"

Here's how she stays fit.

Vanessa Hudgens spent the weekend cooling off in a swimsuit, with a garden hose! The Caliwater backer (and star of tick, tick…BOOM! and High School Musical) always looks like she's making the most of life, making a splash, particularly when the sun is shining. How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 5 ways Vanessa Hudgens stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!


She Eats "Real Food"

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"My overall food philosophy is, if it's real, I'll eat it," Vanessa told Shape. "Many things are processed and contain chemicals and ingredients I can't pronounce. I want real food." Whenever possible, add ingredients such as peppers, paprika, chili, garlic, mustard, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, oregano, rosemary, turmeric, and grains of paradise can actually play a measurable role in helping your body burn fat.


Here's Her Take on Dinner

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"Dinner depends on my mood," Vanessa said to Shape. "I let myself have what I want. If that's a big bowl of spaghetti with clams and a glass of wine, then that's what I'm eating. Sometimes I crave a salad, and I'll make a big one with nuts and goat cheese and salmon. Other times, it's tacos and a margarita." Cooking salmon for dinner? Make a little extra for this protein-rich omelet that takes minutes to make and will keep you full until lunch. We call it the 5-Minute Salmon & Artichoke Omelet.

2 teaspoons olive oil
2 or 3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon chopped dill
Pinch salt
2 ounces cooked salmon, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup chopped artichoke hearts packed in water or marinade, drained
1-2 tablespoons feta cheese crumbles

  1. Heat oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the eggs, dill, and a pinch salt and cook, using a spatula to stir and then lift the cooked egg on the bottom to let raw egg to slide under.
  2. When eggs have all but set, add salmon, artichoke, and feta to one-half of the omelet. Fold the other half of the omelet over the filling and transfer to a plate. Makes 1 serving.


She Works Hard at the Dogpound

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Vanessa works out hardcore at the Dogpound personal taining gym, often with her friend GG Magree. "Workout means a twerk out," she said once. "Exercise strengthens all the muscles in your body, including your heart muscle," Chip Gay, a clinical exercise specialist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minnesota, said about interval training. "Interval training forces your heart to alternate between working hard and recovering. Doing that multiple times in a single workout can help your heart become more efficient."


She Does Planks

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Get into pushup position and then bend your elbows so your forearms lie flat on the floor. Brace your abs and hold the position. Or try a swiss ball plank. Place a Swiss ball on the floor and get into pushup position with your hands on it. Now lower your forearms to rest on the ball, keeping your entire body in a straight line with abs braced. Use your elbows to roll the ball in a circular motion, clockwise and then counterclockwise, as if you were stirring a pot. (Sets: 2  Reps: "Stir" for 30–45 seconds  Rest: 60–90 sec.)


She Uses Leg Resistance Bands

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To try a Lateral Band Walk: Wrap an elastic band around your ankles and step sideways for 20 feet and then come back, keeping tension on your legs throughout. "We should all do muscle-strengthening exercises at least twice a week," says BHF physical activity specialist Lisa Purcell.

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