It may be hard to believe looking at the below photo, but the unstoppable Jennifer Lopez will be turning 50 this year. However, JLo’s flawless skin and enviable abs are not simply the result of good genes or a casual yoga class—this mother of two works hard to maintain her physique. Check out her secrets to looking fabulous and staying fit at (almost) fifty.
It’s no secret that drinking plenty of water is essential for one’s overall health. Whether she’s dining out with friends, gearing up for a workout, or relaxing at home with her kids, JLo never skimps on her H2O intake.
“Drinking plenty of water, especially before a workout, can help you push harder and get more out of your exercise routine,” she told Hello!. “I love the way working out makes me feel, so I try to keep my body hydrated and well rested after every workout. That way, I’m ready to hit it hard again the next day.”
Live Clean and Be Mindful
While it may sound restrictive to some, Lopez abstains from alcohol, refined, processed foods, and caffeine. She also follows a healthy diet filled with protein, healthy carbs, and fresh fruits and veggies—even when eating out at her favorite restaurant.
“I’m a very social person and love spending time with my friends and family, so when we go out to eat I try to make healthy choices,” she told Hello!. “Most restaurants offer healthy, low-calorie meals so I watch for things on the menu that fit my lifestyle. I’ll have a salad or some fish with veggies. And I make sure I drink lots of water throughout the meal.”
JLo is also religious about applying sunscreen and limiting her sun exposure, following her skin care regiment, and meditating every day to help keep her grounded.
“I’ve taken care of myself, and now it shows,” she stated in an interview with InStyle.
Get Enough Sleep
While Lopez may been of the busiest stars in Hollywood, she always makes getting enough sleep a priority.
“I love a good nine or 10 hours, but I can never get that. So seven or eight is mandatory. [If I don’t get it] I just don’t feel right. I start feeling crazy, I get emotional and I feel tired all the time” she told Us Weekly.
Dedication and Dance
This multi-talented artist never misses a workout and likes to change up her workouts to keep things interesting.
“Very rarely will I skip my workout,” Lopez told Us Weekly. “Sometimes, I work too late the night before and I’m like, ‘Ugh, I can’t do this.’ But I tell myself, ‘Just do it. It’s only an hour.’”
JLo enjoys variety in her workouts, there’s one thing she always comes back to: dance.
“I am 100 percent convinced that working out is part of what makes me so happy. Dance has always been a huge part of my life and taking the time to move my body and do something that’s so good for me is key to my happiness,” she told Hello!
“When my confidence is lagging, I dance. There’s something about seeing what my body is capable of and feeling the endorphin rush that comes with a good dance session that really helps boost my confidence and my mood. I still consider myself a dancer at heart and I love it.”
Above all else, JLo loves herself. In an industry that often promotes unhealthy standards for women, Lopez embraced her curves at a young age—though she never really thought about it.
“I didn’t realize what I was doing—I was just being myself,” she says. “In my family, curves were glorified and part of the culture.
At almost fifty years old, this triple threat is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon and looks better than ever.
“I embrace who I am. I feel sexy, I feel youthful, I feel pretty sometimes,” she says. “You hit a stride where your spirit, body, and mind all come together.”
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