Kate Hudson Needs to Feel Emotionally Connected to Her Workouts: ‘My Mood is Constantly Changing’

05/18/2016 at 12:37 PM ET

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When it comes to workouts, schedules don’t work for Kate Hudson.

“Some people need structure and a regimen, but I’m not a planner,” the actress, author and co-founder of Fabletics, her activewear line, tells Shape.

“When I exercise, I need to connect to myself and see how I’m feeling at the moment, because my mood is constantly changing.”

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Which means Hudson, 37, has a list of favorite workouts a mile long, everything from apps like Hot5, Sworkit and QE2 that she can easily do in a hotel room, to intense boxing classes.

“Sometimes I just need to do aggressive routines, like boxing,” Hudson says. “I also recently tried a popular new workout in L.A. by Taryn Toomey, called the Class, and I loved it. It’s kind of hard to describe – it’s like an intense boot camp combined with cardio and yoga. It’s also a spiritual experience in which you get rid of old toxic energy. It’s very cool but definitely for people who are really into pushing themselves hard.”

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The one constant? Intensity. Especially when it comes to her absolute favorite workout, Pilates.

“I was 19 when I discovered Pilates, and I’m still doing it,” Hudson says. “It’s the workout my body really responds to. It’s all about alignment, elongating your spine, and strengthening your core. It makes me feel my strongest. Pilates is always challenging. The advanced moves are amazing, but so hard.”

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And she’ll even take commuting to the next level, preferring to make it active rather than sitting in a car or on a train, especially if it means she can be outdoors.

“I’m a nature girl,” Hudson says. “I grew up in Colorado and was always outside. I still am, even when I’m in the city.”

“If I’m in Amsterdam, I get on a bike, ride everywhere, and really see the place. I love that freedom, which you can’t get in a car. In New York City, if I’m staying downtown and have a meeting uptown, I’ll put on my earphones, listen to great music, and just walk. There is nothing better than walking in Manhattan.”

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Her active lifestyle gives Hudson a healthy body image.

RELATED: Kate Hudson’s Top Tips for Getting in the Best Shape Ever

“I love my shape because I work really hard at it,” she says. “I honor my body by working out and seeing what it can do.”

Julie Mazziotta, @julietmazz

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Nice body.