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Melanie Brown of Spice Girls fame airs her new reality TV show Mel B: It’s a Scary World every Sunday on The Style Network. The new 10-episode docu-comedy captures Mel B’s new life as a mother and wife. She has given up her pop-sensation, party-girl ways, and is now trying to juggle her career and family. Not only is she training for a charity 10k with her husband, she is also creating a heart-pounding exercise video game. Check out how Melanie Brown stays in shape to keep up with her busy schedule!

Mel B on Her Workout

Melanie Brown told People, “I do half an hour of cardio and 200 sit-ups three times a day.” “I’ve always been obsessed with doing abs. I change positions every 10 reps. I like how quickly—if you stick to it—you can see results.” She also told Seventeen how to stay motivated, saying, “Start a club. Start where you’ll partner with your friends and have workout buddies. It becomes not just about you, but the whole team. That’s what I think works best anyway — instead of beating yourself up, like ‘C’mon! You can do it!’, it’s nice to have friends to rely on also. That’s where I come from. I’m all about women embracing women and giving each other motivation and strength.

Mel B even fits in a workout when she is having a rough day. She says, “I think the best thing you can do is take a nice, long bath. Play your music, light your candles, and just be good to yourself. I guess that should be the end of the day, actually. But, work out! Get yourself active; get your heart rate up. Whether it’s going for a bit of a hike outdoors … there’s great parks and places you can go.”

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Academy Award winning actress Marisa Tomei is helping to bring the hula-hoop back to the mainstream as part of an effort to introduce fun ways to keep people fit.

Two and half years ago Tomei’s friend asked her to come along to a fitness class that featured heavier adult sized hoops and the actress was immediately hooked.

“You just can’t help but laugh and smile when you’re hooping,” she told the New York Times. These days she hoops several times a week and credits the regimen with helping her get in shape for nude scenes in the 2008 movie “The Wrestler.”

Tomei began working with the fitness company Gaiam last year on the new “Core & Curves” workout video to be released later this month and now available for pre-order at Amazon.  While working on the video Marisa suggested doing another video centered around hooping.  They began shooting in December and the video is due out in May.

“We’re working with Marisa Tomei in potentially the same way that Jane Fonda worked with aerobics,” said William S. Sondheim, president of entertainment and distribution at Gaiam. The collaboration, he said, “may be the catalyst to take hooping from a cottage-based industry status that has been bubbling under for a few years into a significant and new form of fitness.”

“This whole culture has sprung up in the last few years, and there’s no reason to think it won’t continue,” said Philo Hagen, who helped found the Web site Hooping.org in 2003. The site, which started as a part-time gig but is now Mr. Hagen’s full-time job, gets 20,000 to 40,000 unique visitors each week, some of whom organize meet-ups in public parks.

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Katy Perry Wedding Workout and Diet

Although Katy Perry was already fit, she wanted to look amazing for her wedding. So for the next few months, she set out to not only prepare for her wedding, but also to work on her body as well. According to RadarOnline, Katy was on a strict diet and her workout routing included “5 times a week with celeb trainer Harley Pasternak.” Pasternak announced that Katy’s goal was to “look amazing…always. She works out as often as she can,” even though she is a busy woman.

Katy Perry’s workout routine includes following Pasternak’s Five Factor Fitness Program. This exercise routine is a “five-phase circuit that works each body part for five minutes, alternating between cardio, upper and lower body strength training, and abs to get a kick-ass workout in just 25 minutes.”

The principles behind the Five Factor include:
1. Eat 5 meals a day.
2. Every meal contains 5 key ingredients.
3. Every meal takes only five minutes to prepare.
4. Enjoy one free day each week to take pleasure in guilt free favorite food.
5. Five days of 25 minute workouts a week from the comfort of your own home.

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High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale’s new show Hellcats premiered this week on the CW. Both shows involve high energy dancing and performing. To prepare, Ashley has to eat right, exercise, and strengthen her core. Check out what Ashley Tisdale shared with Shape about her inspiration for adopting healthy habits!

Workout Inspiration

Back when Ashley Tisdale starred on the Disney show The Suite Life of Zach & Cody she suffered a back injury. She says, “It was a bad fall, and it really started hurting when I was dancing on tour.” “In order to get my back stronger, I knew I had to strengthen my core.” Although Ashley was used to performing, she did not enjoy her gym workouts.  She says, “I loved performing in the High School Musical movies — that didn’t seem like work — but the gym felt like torture!” Ashley’s new approach? “Now before I work out, I think, ‘I love exercise’ and it works.”

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