What is Halle Berry‘s secret to looking so fit and fabulous at age 51? The actress and mom-of-two admits there’s no secret — it takes work! “I know it’s hard to dedicate time to working out each day,” she says, but “after a workout, I feel like I can conquer the world.” She exercises five times a week and eats right — fish, chicken, and fresh vegetables.
Recently, Halle’s been sharing workout tips on her Instagram platform, and she’s preparing to relaunch her website, Hallewood.com, which will offer insight on fashion, beauty, home, and parenting. So, to look and feel your best, here’s what she suggests:
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This #FitnessFriday is dedicated to the importance of stretching! After I work out, it’s important for me to stretch and lengthen. Fitness is not just about running, lifting and punching. For me, being athletic and super fit is also about being still, stretching and breathing. Including stretching in my fitness program helps my muscles stay long, limber, improves my mobility and range of motion and, most importantly, helps me avoid injuries. This is one of my favorite #yoga poses, the shoulder stand, that stretches my lower spine and legs. I feel 2 inches taller after this stretch! Some people use yoga poses to manage stress, increase circulation, for medication, recovery, better sleep, and mobility just to name a few. Check out my Fitness IG Story to see a stretch I like for hip mobility that lengthens my sides and for today's #keto meal. Today I challenge you to share your best yoga pose. If you don't have one, I encourage you to search for one, post about it, tag #FitnessFridayHB and tell me how it makes you feel. ❤️🙏🏽
Don’t be intimidated about how to begin. “It’s simple: You just decide!” she says. And no gym is necessary. “You can start by walking each day or doing jumping jacks while using very light weights or holding water bottles in each hand.”
“I don’t always look forward to my workouts, but that is when I force myself to push harder,” she says. “When I get to the other side, it’s always worth my effort.”
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To stay inspired, she notes, “it’s often easier to workout with a partner [who] holds you accountable so you won’t quit halfway through.”
Halle combines kickboxing, strength training, and aerobic conditioning, and she stretches after each workout. “Stretching helps my muscles stay long, limber, improves my mobility, and range of motion, and helps me avoid injuries.”
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Yay it’s #FitnessFriday! So many of you have asked about my meditation routine. A few months ago I had the good fortune of traveling to India and it was a life changing experience. While there, I met a yogi master who led me in meditation for 2.5 hours!! That was a first for me. The experience not only profoundly changed me, but it inspired me to never go a day without some sort of meditation. So, today I share with you my favorite spot to meditate at home. In the far back of my garden, I have a spot that’s super secluded with a fountain. I feel safe there, and the sound of running water relaxes me. I make sure I have on comfortable clothes and I decide for how long I’m going to meditate. I set my alarm so that I’m sure to reach my goal. I usually do some stretching first so that my body feels loose and stress-free. I then find a comfortable position that I can stay in for at least 30 minutes. I close my eyes and begin. I start by focusing only on my breathing. I try to clear my mind of everything. This is not easy to do, so don’t feel bad if you struggle for a while. Stick with it, I promise it does get easier. When thoughts creep in my mind, I gently push them away and get back to focusing on my breathing. Once I’m able to clear my mind, I start to repeat whatever mantra I have for day or I simply listen to the thoughts that come to me. Many yogi’s believe this is the time to hear the messages from your higher self, your higher power, the universe, Mother Earth or God! I let them wash over me, absorbing all that comes up. When I’m done, I have ultimate clarity and I feel at peace. Today I hope you can find at least 10 minutes to meditate. Trust me, it will start to transform your thinking, which will change your life. The time is not the key, the intention is. I encourage you to share a photo of you in your favorite mediation spot and tag #FitnessFridayHB! On my IG Stories I’m sharing my #Keto meal for the day and an exercise that complements a good meditation session. It’s called a Hindu push-up. It strengthens your upper body, decompresses your lower spine and provides a great stretch which is perfect before or after #meditation. Namaste 🙏🏽❤️
“I’ve felt happier and more like my best self since I started [meditating],” she says. “It helps to balance your left brain and right brain, and as a result I feel more creative, and I experience better emotional health.”
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