It pretty much goes without saying, but Jennifer Lopez is #healthgoals on so many levels. She regularly crushes it at the gym, she follows a healthy diet, and she’s basically a living, breathing ad for living a healthy lifestyle. Also, have you seen the woman lately? She’s 50 and she looks like she’s in her 20s. With that in mind, Women’s Health is breaking down J.Lo’s biggest health habits. Try one or steal them all to inject a little more J.Lo into your life.
Don’t skimp on abs workouts.
J.Lo’s trainer told O, the Oprah Magazine that the singer’s abs workout consists of a set of 50 hanging ab raises followed by 50 rope crunches and 50 incline sit ups with a 45-pound plate. Then, she does another set of 35 each, followed by a third set of 21 each. Oh, and she doesn’t take breaks.
Jennifer and her fiance Alex Rodriguez came up with a 10-day challenge, and whew—it sounded intense. “It’s no sugar, no carbs,” J.Lo explained on the TODAY show. “Anything that has sugar and carbs in it, you cannot have.” J.Lo and A-Rod both said it was tough to stick with the diet, but J.Lo said she liked how she felt so much that she might do it again.
Share pics of your progress.
J.Lo regularly shared photos on Instagram of progress during her 10-day challenge, including this shot of her ridiculous body.
Try pole dancing.
“I have a lot of respect for people who do the pole,” J.Lo told Jimmy Kimmel. In order to train for her role as a pole dancer in Hustlers, J.Lo recruited an acrobat from Cirque du Soleil to teach her how to pole-dance. She even installed a portable pole in her house. “It’s, like, acrobatic, it’s a different muscle group,” she said. “And the things that they do with their legs and everything and go upside down…it’s hard.”
Avoid processed foods.
J.Lo says she skips anything containing sugar, and tries to avoid processed foods as much as she can.
Rethink your relationship with caffeine.
J.Lo’s trainer Dodd Romero told Us Weekly that the star usually skips coffee, unless it’s decaf. “I haven’t had caffeine in years,” she says.
…and alcohol, while you’re at it.
J.Lo will have little sips of alcohol here and there, but Romero says she usually takes a pass when it comes to drinking.
Load up on good proteins.
Romero told O, the Oprah Magazine that J.Lo is big on protein. She sticks to whole sources like egg whites, white meat turkey, chicken breast, grass-fed beef, and salmon or sea bass.
Find sneaky ways to get more protein.
J.Lo is so big on protein, Romero says she sneaks it into any snack foods, like smoothies or pancakes made with protein powder.
Rock your favorite looks with confidence.
At age 50, Jennifer stole the show at Milan Fashion Week. She closed the runway at Versace’s spring 2020 show, wearing a replica of the iconic green jungle gown she originally wore to the Grammy Awards 20 years before—and she looked amazing in it.
Get a gym buddy.
J.Lo and A-Rod regularly share videos on Instagram of themselves totally crushing it at the gym together. A-Rod even shares their exact workouts sometimes, so you can copy them.
Don’t skip workouts.
Last July, J.Lo shared a selfie in the gym on her birthday. In 2015, Jennifer told Us Weekly that she “very rarely skips a workout.”