Diet And Exercise Tips From Our Favorite Fit Women
As the saying goes, Black don’t crack. Fitness and healthy living play a huge role in making sure that axiom holds true. When it comes to body wellness, some of our favorite celebrities have the healthy lifestyle down to a tee. Whether they’re actresses, athletes or the First Lady of the United States, over the years, these inspirational women have shared the secrets behind their washboard abs, toned arms, flawless skin and overall physical well-being. These role models prove that you can and should maintain fitness at every age – in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond. All it takes is a commitment to doing the necessary work. That’s easier said than done of course, but the countless benefits – more energy, enhanced mood, disease prevention, increased life span, etc. – are obvious incentives to get busy moving. Check out what these fabulous women do to maintain their physical wellness, and how you can get in on the action, too.
How many times have we talked about Angela Bassett’s amazingly sculpted arms? That many?! Well, we can’t help it. Not only are the actresses’ arms beautifully toned, so is the rest of her body. How does Angela do it? In addition to her exercise routine, Bassett stays away from sweets and eats raw foods.
Being Mary Jane star Gabrielle Union commits to doing cardio on a daily basis. She makes sure to keep her heart rate up and her fat burning zone between 120 and 160. Union also eats two servings of leafy greens daily and dines on fish and lean cut meats.
Tennis champion Serena Williams’s court game is sick. When she’s not beating opponents, Williams does a variety of workouts that keep her in serious shape. From dancing to yoga, running and biking, this powerhouse does it all. And she makes sure to eat lots of natural and green foods.
Actress, trainer and lifestyle coach A.J. Johnson runs her own blog, The AJ Zone, chock-full of inspirational and healthy lifestyle tips. In addition to avoiding processed foods, Johnson does weight training. That includes doing hammer curls as well as front and lateral raises to maintain her chiseled physique.
A few weeks shy of her 50th birthday, dancer and actress Elise Neal damn near broke the Internet when she posted a bikini pic on Instagram. Neal works out five days a week and is a fan of doing workouts at Barry’s Bootcamp.
Regina King has always been athletic, but when she was diagnosed with hypertension, she stepped up her workouts. She commits to working out three or four days a week for two hours at a time, avoids dairy, and is a fan of protein smoothies, which she says keep her fuller longer.
Hollywood trainer and fitness author Jeanette Jenkins knows a little something about healthy living. While there’s no one size fits all plan when it comes to nutrition, she recommends eating three servings of green vegetables daily. She also believes in the 80/20 rule: eat lean cut meats, whole grains and organic fruits and veggies 80 percent of the time and whatever you like 20 percent of the time.
Rowland trains with Jeanette Jenkins and is part of her Sexy Abs Cardio Sculpt workout DVD. She’s also a SoulCycle enthusiast and a firm believer in the 80/20 rule.
First Lady Michelle Obama is the fitness champ behind the Let’s Move! campaign, which raises awareness about healthy living. She posted a video of her fitness regimen, which includes jumping rope, ab work with a medicine ball, weight lifting, and boxing.
In her mid-70s, Tina Turner maintains her health (and those legs!) by drinking lots of water, avoiding sweets, getting lots of sleep, and not eating after 6 p.m.
Like many celebs, singer and dancing queen Ciara works out an hour a day and does a mixture of weight training and plyometric work with a personal trainer.
Staying fit kind of comes with the territory for champion boxer Laila Ali. She maintains her healthy lifestyle by doing circuit training at the gym, and has a cheat day once a week.