If there were one celebrity who we would suspect to have discovered the fountain of youth yet kept it hidden away from us mere mortals, selfishly keeping the time-reversal tonic for her own, it would be Jennifer Lopez. It's not that we think she's some sort of Sanderson sister, sucking the livelihood out of children in order to remain young and beautiful forever. (What can we say? It's Halloween. We obviously have Hocus Pocus on our minds.) It's just that the numbers don't add up. You see, the multi-hyphenate turns 50 next year, yet somehow she manages to look two decades younger than her actual age.
It's not only her looks, though. She keeps an intense schedule, which is filled with TV appearances, reality show judging, singing, photo shoots, and more, but she never appears to grow weary or tired. It's proof that she doesn't only look much younger than she is, but she also has the energy levels and active lifestyle typical of someone years her junior. Luckily for us, she just opened up to InStyle about her life. She talked about her career, her aspirations, and her wellness routine. Keep scrolling to see the three things she avoids in order to look (and feel) so young.
Lopez's secret to eternal youth is simple. She avoids three things: caffeine, alcohol, and lack of sleep. That is, of course, on top of an active lifestyle that involves cardio, dancing, and weight training. "I've taken care of myself, and now it shows," she says. That it does, J.Lo. That it does. For proof, just look to any number of the workout and/or swimsuit selfies she regularly posts on Instagram.
We all know the importance of consistent, healthy sleep. It keeps our brains and body functioning appropriately. Without it, we can suffer from stress, advanced signs of aging, cognitive impairment, and more. As for alcohol, it can also lead to a host of potential issues, including inflammation, dry skin, and more. Caffeine, on the other hand, doesn't seem to be so cut-and-dried. While avoiding too much caffeine is thoroughly encouraged, some caffeine could actually be good for you. Take coffee, for instance.
According to two new studies, "coffee drinkers had a lower mortality rate than non-coffee drinkers, and those who had a substantial amount of coffee per day (three or more cups) also had a lower risk of conditions like stroke, heart disease, and digestive issues."
That being said, caffeine intake (or lack thereof) isn't the root of a healthy lifestyle. The basis for J.Lo's wellness routine is consistency. Eating healthy foods, living an active lifestyle, and focusing on mental health (she mediates daily) is the real key to keeping your mind and body young.
It's important to note that Lopez celebrates her body for what it is. Growing up, she didn't realize that by embracing her curves she was helping to spearhead the body-positivity movement. "I didn't realize what I was doing—I was just being myself," she told the publication. "In my family, curves were glorified and part of the culture. It was just like, 'Jennifer has a big butt, and it's good.'"
After all, the word healthy has no specific body type associated with it. All different people with all different body types can be healthy and youthful. J.Lo gives us a good reminder to treat ourselves with kindness and focus on our health and well-being. Keep scrolling to see a few of our favorite products to do just that.
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