How J.Lo maintains her amazing physique

Jennifer Lopez does not age. The multi-talented entertainer, who has made a real name for herself as both a singer and an actress, was born in the Bronx on July 24, 1969, which is seriously hard to believe. From her roles in blockbuster films such as 1997’s Selena to her chart-topping records, like 2001’s J.Lo, Lopez has been in the spotlight for over two decades and she continues to wow with her talent and her beauty. So how does she do it? How does the mom of twins maintain her amazing physique year after year? We dug deep to uncover eight of her biggest tricks to diet and exercise success.

She does indulge from time to time

Lopez may adhere to a strict workout schedule and perhaps and even stricter diet, but everyone deserves the occasional cheat day and, as she told People, she isn’t immune to the odd sugary or salty treat. “We’re all human,” she declared. “I don’t think you should beat yourself up if you make a mistake or if you have a potato chip. Everyone wants a cookie or a piece of cake or fried chicken every once in a while. It’s not about that. It’s about consistently and always trying to be better and trying to do good.”

She stays out of the sun as much as possible

“I’m rarely in the sun” Lopez told US Weekly (via Hollywood Life), sharing one of her biggest (and simplest) beauty secrets. “I’ve never been one to take a lot of sun, which is why my skin has maintained itself.” And when she does step out to catch some rays, “I wear a lot of sunscreen.”

She’s a devout follower of the Tracy Anderson Method

For years, Lopez has been working out with celebrity fitness guru Tracy Anderson and following her custom Tracy Anderson Method, which, “unlike other exercise programs that target the major muscle groups, focuses instead on the accessory muscles.” On her website, Anderson says, “The routines change every 10 days — whether you’re doing the workout in a studio, or in front of your own TV, ensuring that your accessory muscles never get bored.”

And it clearly seems to be working for Lopez. The superstar follows her personal trainer’s unique routine devoutly — Anderson has shared her client’s full-body workout in Health and Lopez has even proudly declared, “[I’m like] a fighter, going into the ring. I do my cardio and I do my workouts with the Tracy Anderson Method.”

She knows the importance of beauty sleep

From keeping dark circles at bay, to boosting energy, to helping maintain a healthy weight, sleep goes a long way in the health department. This is a fact Lopez knows all too well, as she has repeatedly preached the importance of sleep. “I love a good nine or 10 hours, but I can never get that,” she admitted to US Weekly (via Hollywood Life), but “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.”

Speaking with ET, the mom of two echoed the same sentiment, saying: “Mommies have to be good for the babies at all times. They need to know that you’re solid and strong and good. Sleep is very important. I get my seven to eight hours sleep no matter what.”

A true source of inspiration

Jennifer Lopez is a talented entertainer, proud mother of two and, as we’ve learned, a true source of health and fitness inspiration. Whether it be her unwavering positive mindset, her devotion to the Tracy Anderson method or impressive self-control (bye bye, caffeine!), Lopez’s tips for staying fit and keeping an amazing physique, no matter her age, are really motivational… and can be applied to any lifestyle. Perhaps when she’s not busy being amazing, she could give us all a few more pointers in an online J.Lo Bootcamp class?

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