Life after The Real Housewives of NYC certainly suits Kelly Killoren Bensimon, whose figure looks more enviable than ever.
When I saw her sauntering into the amFar Inspiration Gala in NYC last month wearing a backless gown, I was blown away. She had absolutely no back fat, which is quite a feat considering I’ve noticed other celebs flaunting their opposite side despite their flab and cellulite.
This week, she hosted Hpnotiq’s Camp TAO Beach in Las Vegas, continuing to stun.
Of course, we’d expect nothing less from the model-turned-single-mom-of-two who authored I Can Make You Hot: The Supermodel Diet.
For Kelly, 44, to get that body, it takes just 20 minutes a day.
“I believe in 20 minutes a day,” she tells me. “Other health and fitness people are going to tell you that you have to work out 45 minutes a day and sweat like a pig and if you’re not sweating and freaking out, then it’s not good enough. I fully believe in the complete opposite, that it’s just good to keep your body moving.”
She continues, “Twenty minutes a day – sometimes I’ll run 20 minutes, I’ll bike 20 minutes, take my kids on a fast walk. Moving your body for 20 minutes. A body in motion stays in motion, so that’s my philosophy. I don’t believe in overexercising your body — I believe in energizing the machine that you have, just like you wouldn’t drive a Ferrari at 80 [mph] every day. You work it a little bit, and then the one day you really want to let it go, you let it all out, but you don’t do it every single day.”
Hmm, what improvements take place with 20 minutes per day?
“When your body’s in motion, you’re eating better, you’re sleeping better, your body asks for more water, so you’re more hydrated. When you’re eating and sleeping and you’re well-rested, you’re going to make good decisions and you’re not going to want to feel bad. When you’re feeling good, you just want to keep on the 'feeling good train,' you don’t want to jeopardize that.”
Her choice exercise is running.
“Everyone can put on a pair of shoes and go for a run for 20 minutes,” she says. “You just put the shoes on, put your hair in a ponytail and hit it. You feel great 20 minutes later. Anyone that says ‘I don’t feel like running,’ that’s an excuse and a reason for them to make bad decisions later on during the day.”
Even fitting in 20 minutes of exercise per day can sometimes be a challenge, so it’s important to make it a priority.
“The best tip for maintaining an exercise program is to start with seven days, and then build on that, so you’ve done seven days, you’ve done 14 days, all of a sudden you’re at a month,” she says. “I believe in baby steps, so you start with your breakfast – ‘OK, I did a great job on my breakfast,’ then you start with your lunch – ‘Oh, I did a great job on my lunch,’ and then it’s day 2, 3, 4, and after 7 days, it’s like a milestone. Fourteen days is another milestone. When your body starts to feel really, really good – you don’t want to change that. You don’t want to stop feeling good.”
Kelly’s book, I Can Make You Hot: The Supermodel Diet, is out now.