Resident Aussie on Dancing With the Stars,Sharna Burgess, has one of the most enviable bodies around. She gets her ripped physique by obviously staying active and eating right. However, she doesn’t deprive herself (yes, she even snacks!) and works equally hard at staying mentally fit. Keep scrolling to see the pro’s exercise and diet secrets!
“I’m a big fan of Tabata because you get so much work done so quickly and you don’t even realize it,” she told Us Weekly. This method of the exercise consists of 20 seconds of intense effort (like burpees or mountain climbers) followed by 10 seconds of rest. “You’re sticking to a schedule, you can’t mosey about. You’re in and you’re out in eight minutes with this one.”
“What you want to remember is to keep your core engaged,” she noted about doing isolated moves like fire hydrants and flex leg pulses. “This isn’t just booty, this is essentially all over your body as well. You’re engaging your shoulders, you’re keeping yourself supported. Don’t let everything hunch and sink.”
Snacking can feel like a minefield, but the athlete recommends just being mindful of anything you grab out of the cupboard. “The key to this is PORTION CONTROL,” Sharna wrote on her personal website. “You may not think another handful would make a difference, but times that handful by seven days or 30 days and before you know it, you’ve snacked your way to 7,000 calories.”
That’s not to say she wants people to starve, just set yourself up for success. She added, “I don’t believe in deprivation, I do believe in healthy choices and making sure those choices stay available to you. “
“To me being fit means … you want it and you’re willing to do what it takes for it. It’s self-motivation, mind over matter and digging deep when it hurts the most.” The dancer explained that she uses fitness as a way to deal with negative things in her life.
“The best form of exercise is one that you enjoy,” Sharna told People in 2016. “Find a local dance studio, take a friend to hot yoga — make it a social thing if you struggle to find the motivation. Once there are changes in your body and your energy levels, that will be all the motivation you need.”
The reality star even has her own Dance Cardio Series. She dished to ET this past summer that working the whole body is the secret to its effectiveness. “The dance workout uses every single muscle there is … Every single muscle is engaged … there’s a lot of rotation and isolation and using all those small muscles,” she said.
“Drinking enough water has made a massive difference in my skin and even my sleep,” the redhead divulged. “It helps flush toxins from your body naturally. Being dehydrated can easily cause you to snack more because you think you’re hungry when actually you lack energy because you’re thirsty.” She warned, “Drink before you’re thirsty, feeling thirsty is a sign you are already dehydrated.”
Sharna admits to having a salt addiction. She satisfies her cravings with seaweed snacks which she noted “aren’t for everyone.” The chip lover explained, “Once you get used to them, these 30 calorie snacks are the perfect replacement for a bad potato chip habit. So I get a little saltiness, but also, an excellent dose of micronutrients including folate, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and selenium. “
“We need to use the muscles of our mind if we want to be positive and motivated,” Sharna explained on her site. “This means positive self-talk, this means self-care and self-love. If we are not willing to be kind to ourselves then who on earth are you expecting to treat you with kindness.”
The girl can’t stop gushing about the benefits of exercise (and she’s not wrong). “Physical activity relieves anxiety, calms the mind, the nerves and brings you confidence from the inside out where you can battle some of those insecurities, straight on. Exercise is the space and time to push yourself and to feel proud of what you accomplish,” she said in a blog post.
The Aussie recommends blending herbal tea with half of a tablespoon of coconut oil and honey on her site. “Blending makes the tea frothy and more like a luscious, creamy latte rather than an everyday tea. The sweetness helps me swap it for a dessert, so my sweet tooth is happy.” She suggests chamomile tea to help drift off to sweet dreams.
What you do after a workout is just as important as what you do during. “Stretches and breathing are quick and effective ways to move the body and release tension both in the muscles and in the mind. I want to encourage each of you to stretch every day, just for 5 [minutes],” the beauty begged of her readers.