When you look at J. Lo and are told she is now in her 50s, your first reaction is “Wait, what?!” and your second reaction is “What’s her secret?!” Well, her secret isn’t a secret, and she is open about what she does to stay in such great shape. Whether or not us mere mortals can achieve what she has is another story, but it is worth considering the efforts she makes and applying some of it to be healthier.
One of her secrets is a lot of exercise. On tour, she is rehearsing or performing nightly, and her moves keep her fit. She also loves going to the gym, which she does three to four times a week.
In addition to what she does with her body, she is also conscious of what she puts in it. “I don’t drink, or smoke, or have caffeine,” she said. “That really wrecks your skin as you get older.”
Of course, she cares a lot about what she puts on her skin as well. She recommends glycolic acid for clear skin, and she also is careful with her makeup. She explained, “I never go to bed without taking my makeup off, [and I use] night creams to keep my skin hydrated.” She also is careful about sun exposure, saying, “I am a firm believer in SPF. I try not to stay out in the sun too long.”
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
J. Lo has also spoken about her meditation practice, and how having the right attitude is so important. She discussed the importance of affirmations, saying, “I am youthful and timeless. I tell myself that every day, a few times a day. It sounds like such clichéd bullshit, but it’s not; age is all in your mind.”
She also stresses the importance of sleeping well. “The number one tip is to always get enough sleep. I can’t stress this enough,” Lopez says, adding, “ideally I would love to get nine or 10 hours of sleep, but either way, I always make sure I get at least eight.”
Eat Right And Drink Enough Water
Diet is as important as exercise, and J. Lo recommends eating your veggies, just as your mother always told you. “We eat a lot of green vegetables, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, and kale. I love to cook, I cook a lot of stuff, I love cooking Puerto Rican food,” she says.
It is also important that you don’t forget to drink enough water. “First of all, hydrate. Drinking plenty of water, especially before a workout, can help you push harder and get more out of your exercise routine,” Lopez says.