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Kelly Ripa has long been an open book: During her nearly two decades as a co-host of “Live!” the television personality has shared revealing details about her marriage to Mark Consuelos, their three children and all of the ups and downs that her family has gone through.
Ripa, 49, has also always been upfront about the important role that fitness and wellness play in her life, and she shared further details on her diet, workout regimen and wellness practices during a recent interview with In The Know’s Gibson Johns while promoting her partnership with Persona Nutrition.
“I work out seven days a week. And I try to workout an hour and a half a day, no matter what — whether I’m working or not,” Ripa shared with us. “If I’m working, maybe I’ll start it a little bit later or a little bit earlier, depending on what day of the week it is. But I am very religious about my fitness.”
The talk show host credits her affinity for exercise for allowing her to maintain her signature high-energy presence on “Live!”
“I think that energy begets energy,” Ripa continued. “There are people that say, ‘You must hate working out!’ It’s going to be so hard to push your way through [with that attitude], and I love working out. But it’s like developing a love for anything: You have to really practice it to love it. And, so, I found that years ago I really figured out that the more energy I put into the gym or left on the dance floor, the more energy came back to me.”
Ripa exhibits the same discipline when it comes to what she puts into her body, as well. The host, who quit drinking about three years ago around the time that Ryan Seacrest joined her show, also maintains a relatively strict plant-based diet, allowing herself only the occasional cheat.
“I’ve cut mostly all animal proteins out of my diet,” Ripa told ITK. “Occasionally — and I mean so occasionally, like children’s graduations occasionally — I’ll have a piece of fish. But I am pretty much mostly plant-based, and I love it. I feel that my energy level has improved so much since really having an alkaline plant-based diet.”
The most recent addition to Ripa’s daily routine? The customized vitamins from Persona Nutrition that she takes daily. The science-based nutrition company takes results from a user-driven self-assessment and delivers monthly hauls of daily vitamin packs catered to that individual’s needs.
For Ripa, it’s been a game-changer for her fast-paced lifestyle, especially when she considers the convenience of Persona’s service.
“It’s super convenient. I don’t have to reach for 35 different things and try to figure out what I’m supposed to take or when I’m supposed to take it: ‘Can I eat with this? Should I have this on an empty stomach?’ Persona does all of that for you with their assessment,” she explained to us. “They ask you questions about your life, your lifestyle, how much you sleep at night, what your diet is like, how much you exercise, what medications you’re taking. And they figure the rest out for you.
“It really is — it’s the most convenient, simple-yet-effective thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Ripa smiled. “They really try to figure it out for you specifically: What it is that is a gap in your nutritional program, [so] that they can fill that void for you?”
Ripa credits Persona for improving her sleep patterns, but points to the inclusion of ginger in her daily vitamin packs to fixing some of the digestive issues that she experiences as a result of her early morning routine.
“The biggest improvement in my overall well-being is that they’ve added ginger into my supplements, and that has really been so beneficial to my stomach and my digestive health,” she explained. “Because I have such a plant-based diet, I’m always suffering from being on the verge of exploding internally.”
Learn more about Persona Nutrition here.
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