National Press Club

Fitness Expert Austin Revs up the Audience

January 6, 2010 | By Joe Motheral |

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“Okay, everyone stand. Put your arms above your head like this and then sway side to side. Two more to go. Now one more to go. Good!” Denise Austin, the health and fitness advocate, revved up more than 140 attendees at the Holman Lounge Jan. 5.

Austin was at the Club to discuss her book, "Denise’s Daily Dozen."

She lives by what she preaches. “I’m 52,” she said but looks 32.

Austin has sold more than 20 million videos and DVDs over a 25 year period and has served two terms on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. And her show, Denise Austin’s Daily Workout, has been on TV for more than 24 years.

Her mantra is "prevention" and consists of exercise, proper diet and positive attitude. All of these are featured in her book. For exercise, she says, toning, cardiac and stretching are most important. The title of her book suggests 12 minutes a day of exercise along with diet and attitude will promote weight loss and good health.

Austin describes a healthy diet regimen as 50 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein and 20 percent healthy fat. She says she eats apple slices during the day to keep her metabolism level.

She commented that it’s important to “Move, move, move. Sitting still is the enemy.”