• Any working mom can attest to the big challege posed by simultaneously pursuing a career and raising a child without sacrificing health and fitness. But when there's a will, there's a way, as proven by these four actresses: 

    Katrina Halili: 30 minutes on the treadmill

    To maintain her sexy figure, Katrina Halili makes it a point to do regular cardio exercises. If the 31-year-old actress has work, she allots at least 30 minutes on the treadmill or the elliptical machine before going to her tapings. Currently, she guest stars in various shows on GMA-7 like Wagas and Dear Uge while waiting for her next teleserye, the last being D’Originals.

    On her free day, the two-time "FHM Philippines Sexiest Woman" spends one to three hours working out. Aside from the treadmill and elliptical machine, she does a bit of strength training and hits the dancefloor for more cardio exercises.

    Katrina, whose daughter Katie is turning 5 on September 18, has switched to healthy alternatives when it comes to her diet. For instance, she opts for quinoa instead of white rice. She also takes the dietary supplement Gluta Trim.

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    Ara Mina: Core and strength training

    For Ara Mina, working out five times a week is the best way to keep fit. But the 38-year-old star of the upcoming drama movie Immaculada: Pag-ibig ng Isang Ina and a costar in the teen romance This Time I’ll Be Sweeter admits she can only do three times a week.

    Ara, who has a 2-year-old daughter nicknamed Mandy, works out through core training and strength training, plus Bikram Yoga, a type of yoga that is practiced in a heated room. She also enjoys hiking with her friends, they've called themselves #TeamSuperKlenk. The group’s name is inspired by the title of Ara’s old TV show, Super Klenk, which in turn, was culled from her mother’s name, Francis Marie Klenk

     As for her food intake, the actress follows the Ketogenic diet, which she describes as “70% fat, 25% protein, 5% carbs.” She alternates it with the 1,200-calorie-per-day diet. It is quite a challenge for someone who also cooks, bakes, and runs her own restaurant called Hazelberry Café, but Ara, whose real name is Hazel Reyes, admirably pulls it off.

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    Ciara Sotto: Pole dancing

    Singer-actress Ciara Sotto stays in shape via pole dancing, which she teaches. Head to The Podium branch of Movement Dance Studio every Wednesday and Saturday to see her moves. 

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    Her fitness regimen, however, does not stop there. The 37-year-old regularly attends classes in Bikram Yoga and Barre3, which its website says “evolves the dancer’s workout by combining the grace of the ballet barre with the wisdom of yoga and the strength of Pilates.” Sometimes, she tries other circus-inspired workouts like aerial hoop and aerial silk.

    Ciara, who has a 2-year-old son, Crixus, has started going on diet called Carb Backloading, “where I eat carbs during the latter part of the day, until before I sleep.” 

    She elaborates: “My brother taught me that diet, and it seems to work for us. So upon waking up and up until 5 p.m., I only eat protein and fat, no carbs or sugar. But after 5 p.m., I can eat everything I want.” However, she added, “You have to prepare yourself 10 days before actually doing the diet. You cannot eat carbs and sugar for 10 days before you can do the carb backloading.”

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    Jennylyn Mercado: Pilates

    If Jennylyn Mercado gained any weight since she won in the GMA-7 reality-based artista search StarStruck in 2004 (she was 17 then), we can't see it. In fact, the actress, mom to 9-year-old Alex Jazz, probably doesn't need to work out or go on a diet program to remain slim. Her accupuncture doctor has even advised her to go easy on her active lifestyle. “Papayat daw ako nang sobra,” she explains. 

    That’s why the 30-year-old actress/singer/TV host who used to train for triathlon races, has refrained from doing “extreme workouts.” It was a heartbreaking decision because she loves biking. She has four top-of-the-line bikes, two of which are hung as showpieces on one wall of her bedroom. “Tinitignan ko na lang sila,” she says, laughing

    What Jennylyn, who stars in Almost Is Not Enough, an entry to the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival that reunites her onscreen with past leading man Derek Ramsa, can do now is to attend a Pilates class once a week.

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