Halle Berry defies all odds when it comes to talent, beauty, and, of course, health. Not only can the 51-year-old easily pass for 25, but her physical fitness is equally impressive. Her trainer of two years, Peter Lee Thomas, recently told People that Berry has the "discipline and athleticism of a 25-year old." One peek at her #FitnessFriday Instagram posts and stories will attest to that fact. Berry regular engages in a variety of workouts, including boxing, yoga, martial arts, strength training, kettlebell exercises, military-style training like that of the Navy SEALs, and more.
"If Halle wasn't an actress, she would very easily transition into becoming a professional athlete if she was coached the right way," he adds. "She's also not afraid to experiment and explore and take risks when it comes to fitness because she understands that in order for there to be potential growth and change, she's going to have to do things that are commonly difficult to do."
But her commitment to health extends far beyond diet and exercise (she's a keto diet devout, by the way). The actress understands the importance of mental and spiritual health, sharing photos and advice about her meditation routine, the importance of stretching, how to nurture yourself from the inside out with supplement and more. Check out her full-circle approach to health below, as told through her Instagram posts.
Halle's advice: Try a kettlebell workout.
Boom! ???? #FitnessFriday yawl. Today it’s all about the kettlebell. It’s probably one of the most versatile pieces of equipment and it has become a staple in the fitness world. You can get a total body workout if your let your imagination go. You can swing it, pull it, push it, throw it, curl it, squat with it, walk and run with it and stretch with it....you get the picture! You know the great part about the #kettlebell workout? You don’t actually need a kettlebell to do it. You can grab a hefty-sized water bottle and get the same workout. Per usual, we share a few exercises to get you started, but we also challenge you to create your own kettlebell/water bottle flow and share it with the tag #FitnessFridayHB. You can also find my #keto lunch for the day on my Stories and Fitness Highlight on my profile. Enjoy ????????❤️ @koral
Halle's advice: Put collagen protein in your coffee for glowing skin and appetite control.
Today's #FitnessFriday falls on #NationalBestFriendDay so I thought I’d share with you some things my BFF @iamlindsayflores and I do together to stay healthy. We both have #Bulletproof Collagen Protein every morning. I have it in coffee and she in tea. One of the many benefits of #collagen is that it gives our skin elasticity and helps us maintain a more youthful appearance. This is a great practice to start in your youth and I give this to my kids as well. If you want to keep that amazing shine you’re born with, this will surely help. Collagen also helps maintain a lean body because it’s more filling than most proteins and helps suppress the appetite which supports weight loss. Lindsay and I also enjoy #Calli Tea. While this is a green tea, it’s much more than that. The unique herbal extracts in Calli assist in the body’s natural cleansing process. If you need a good night's sleep, have a cup at night and you’ll sleep like a baby. And finally, probably my favorite, #FortuneDelight. Being diabetic, I drink it all day! This sugar-free hydrating drink mix is loaded with #antioxidants which also help to clean out my system and aid in maintaining a healthy weight. If you work out regularly, it also helps to soothe sore muscles and helps your body replenish after a strenuous #workout. So, there ya go! I’ve shared all of these drinks in my Stories today and Fitness icon. So grab your BFF and give it a try and let me know what you think by tagging #FitnessFridayHB! As always, enjoy! ????????❤️
Halle's advice: Meditate for 10 to 30 minutes a day.
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 ????????❤️
Halle's advice: Take up yoga as a way to stretch before and after workouts.
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. ❤️????????
Halle's advice: Do skyscraper exercises for your glutes (slide 2) and sit throughs for your core (slide 3).
Yooooooo this #FitnessFriday is about overcoming discomfort and fatigue! Initially when adapting to a fitness lifestyle, fear of discomfort usually sets in. The truth is, when you get fit, exercise is actually something you look forward to. It’s a stress reliever (God knows I’ve needed that over the years), makes you feel relaxed, optimistic and those endorphins are just heavenly! After I workout, I feel like I can conquer the world. Ok, now real talk, I do sometimes get fatigued, tired and don’t always look forward to my workouts but that is when I force myself to push harder and work through it. When I get to the other side, it’s always well worth my effort. Why? Because I’m worth it and so are YOU! Today’s exercise is about lifting and firming our butts! Trust me the battle is real for us to keep it tight and right, especially if you have an average butt like me. ???? So today I’m sharing a simple exercise that I love! We call it a skyscraper. It’s easy to do at home all you need is a ball, a stack of towels or anything that you can lift your foot on. I’m also sharing another exercise for your core. My core is the only muscle group I work on everyday. A strong core is an essential part of performing every other workout I do. We call this exercise a sit through. All you need for that is a towel! Swipe left to view the exercises. Enjoy ❤️???????? #FitnessFridayHB
Check out Halle Berry's Instagram stories for more workout inspiration.
Time to Hit the Gym
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