Brooklyn Decker covers Women’s Health May 2012 issue. In the interview with the magazine, the 25-year-old model and actress dishes on her diet, working out, playing tennis with husband Andy Roddick, and she also reveals some of her top tricks to stay in a head-turning shape. Juggling two careers is not the easiest thing to do, yet Decker is totally aware that it is extremely important to maintain the body that made her famous.
“If I stop wanting to work out, then I’m going to be in some serious trouble,” she says. “I love working my butt off to prove I can do something new. If I don’t keep looking for challenges, life gets sort of dull.”
On her diet, the beautiful model admits that, “I try not to think about foods that are too fattening or too sugary. I always think about why it’s important to eat the best foods. By not obsessing over the bad, I think to stick with the good.” Decker’s typical menu includes 2% fat Greek yogurt mixed with blueberries for breakfast, egg-white sandwich on an English muffin with goat cheese and mustard, or soup and a salad for lunch, and lean meat or tuna with veggies for dinner.
When it comes to snacking, Brooklyn opts for a handful of almonds or cashews, hummus and pita, a granola bar, or raw veggies. She drinks several glasses of water and a few cups of coffee.
Brooklyn considers that when you do physical activities you enjoy, you see exercising as positive and therefore get more results. And one of her ways to bust boredom is to dance.
“Yesterday I returned from a trip to Australia and Munich, so I resorted to my secret, sure-fire method to get my body moving again. I blasted three Taylor Swift songs as loud as I could and started running in place and doing some stupid booty dancing. Sometimes I’ll watch a music video of a great performer like Beyonce and try to follow her choreography. Yeah, maybe I look ridiculous, but dancing gets your energy up a lot better than running on a treadmill or pedaling a stationary bike,” she told the magazine.
Another trick is to turn the workout into a sightseeing expedition. “I really love going places without a map,” she says. “When I went running in Paris, I headed for a monument or a statue that I could see off in the distance. To get back where I started, I simply used the GPS on my phone.”
On playing tennis with husband Andy Roddick, Brooklyn says that, “He tried to give me a lesson once, and I ended up hitting all of the tennis balls over the fence and smashing my racket because I was so frustrated. I told him, ‘You don’t teach me how to play tennis, and I won’t teach you how to model in a bathing suit.’ And so far, it’s worked. Being married to Andy has given me a new appreciation for my body. He’s taught me that it’s not how thin you are that matters. It’s how your body performs, how it endures wear and tear.”
Decker confesses that she has some idols, independent and talented women whom she admires. “When I see a woman who’s overcome obstacles, who’s done something with her life, I want to say to her, ‘Wow, you’re cool. Your career is awesome, and I’d love to hang out with you.’ It’s a respect thing,” Brooklyn says. Kristen Wiig, Erin Andrews, Marisa Miller, Charlize Theron, and Lana Del Rey are some of the women she would love to hang out with.
Speaking about Del Rey, Brooklyn says that, “She has such an individual singing style – a kind of smoky, old-school jazzy voice combined with a hip-hop vibe. It’s music I’ve never really heard before.”
On Charlize Theron, Decker told Women’s Health that, “Well, duh. It’s not just her breathtaking beauty that stuns me, it’s her ability to act completely against type, to defy everyone’s expectations, and to go for roles that she just finds interesting, not because an agent or manager tells her the parts will be good for her career.”
Photos courtesy of Women’s Health