J Lo is almost fifty…. FIFTY! And we gotta say, she looks better than most twenty-something year olds. So how does she do it? Nope, she doesn’t have some miracle secret; what she does have is a lot of willpower. First off, she completely cut processed foods from her diet and mainly eats organic, nutrient-dense meals, and when it comes to fitness, J. Lo is just as committed.
They goal here is to feel confident in your skin. “I see pictures of myself in my twenties and go, ‘Oh, I look better now!'” she told US Weekly magazine. “I embrace who I am. I feel sexy, I feel youthful, I feel pretty sometimes!”
Clearly, she’s doing something right! How you can follow her lead to look and feel your best, too?
- Never skip a workout.
It’s so easy to let excuses keep you out of the gym, but Jennifer has learned to hold herself accountable for maintaining her strength and agility. Of course, it’s not always so easy to incorporate regular exercise into a busy schedule. Especially for average women who may not have a persoanl trainer. Setting realistic goals for yourself is key; for example, don’t pretend you’ll make it to that 6 a.m. workout if you know you’re not a morning person. Start small, stick to it, and you’ll see results sooner than you think.
- Eat lots of protein and veggies.
Jennifer is not about starving herself to stay slim; instead, she opts for meals that leave her satisfied and full of energy. Jennifer has worked with nutritionist Haylie Pomroy, whose diet plan is designed to help the metabolism function efficiently. The diet involves eating lean proteins and non-starchy veggies along with some healthy fats and complex carbs. Jennifer also cut out processed and refined foods along with alcohol and caffeine. Instead, she drinks plenty of water to stay hydrated. It’s hard to say no to pizza, but find what drives you. Jennifer, for example, says she’s motivated to stay fit to keep up with her children and set a good example for them.
- She leaves time for rest.
As hard as she works at the gym, Jennifer leaves time to rest and rejuvenate. Her number one beauty tip? “Always get enough sleep. I can’t stress this enough,” she told InStyle magazine. “Ideally, I would love to get nine or 10 hours of sleep, but either way, I always make sure I get at least eight. I also definitely think beauty comes from within — you have to keep your mind, soul, body, and spirit in sync. I am a firm believer in meditating, and when you are happy and feel joy and love, you radiate beauty.” Getting ample sleep and taking moments to relax throughout your day is truly an underrated anti-aging habit.
- Take care of your skin.
You don’t need an expensive, multi-step skincare routine to keep your skin smooth and supple as you grow older. Even Jennifer sticks to the basics, and it’s clear that it’s working wonders. “I always, always wash my face after a workout. That helps keep my pores clean and my skin feeling healthy,” she told Hello Magazine. “Then I’ll usually put on moisturizer and sunscreen, with maybe a little makeup if I’m going out or moisturizer and eye cream if it’s the evening.”
- Change up your workouts.
If you’re not changing up your fitness routine regularly, you’re probably bored out of your mind every time you hit the gym. Finding a way to look forward to exercise is key to sticking with it over time and reaping its benefits. J. Lo switches up her routine all the time, working with different trainers. Keeping score with yourself and trying to beat your record, whether that’s miles you run or daily steps you take, is one way to add a bit of challenge and boost your motivation. Taking your workout outside, rather than breaking a sweat in the gym, is another great way to switch things up, and it’s been shown that people who exercise outdoor are more likely to work out again soon.