Fact: Jennifer Aniston has looked jaw-droppingly fit and healthy for decades. From her early Friends days rocking ’90s crop tops to facing off with Reese Witherspoon on Apple TV+’s The Morning Show to donning yet another show-stopping little black dress on a red carpet, the legendary actress is #fitnessgoals. But, tbh, she’s really hit her stride after turning 50. At 52, Jen has ridiculous abs, glowy skin, and legs even Rachel Green would die for. Clearly, her exercise and eatings routine are working for her—and working hard.
While she’s played a host of beloved fictional characters, Jen’s strong muscles are all real and all toned. Jen is committed to taking care of her strong bod and isn’t afraid to sweat it out. (Hello, she left a self-portrait in sweat on her yoga mat.) Plus, her trainer, Gloveworx founder Leyon Azubuike, says it’s difficult to keep up with her. Jen works out almost every day for up to an hour and half, Azubuike previously told Women’s Health. They may clock in for a session as early as 3 a.m. (!!) if she has morning photoshoot or jam-packed day.
But, balance is also key for her in the gym and the rest of her life. She seems to be pretty chill about her approach to health and recognizes when she needs a rest day. Here are the 40 health and wellness habits Jen swears by to stay active and basically ageless:
1. Start with mobility exercises, Jen always starts her workouts with mobility exercises, per Azubuike. The stretching and gentle movement primes her bod for her hard-hitting workouts. And hey, the extra flexibility comes in handy out of the gym, too.
2. Get in planking, To challenge her, Jennifer’s trainer Leyon Azubuike told Women’s Health that he has Jen do plank flow, where she starts in a standard plank, then moves to a side plank, then moves to plank with shoulder taps, and so forth.
3. Don’t take your fitness too seriously, 4.Stretch your core, 5. Think outside the sit-ups, 6. Don’t rush your workouts if you have the time, 7. Be flexible with your workouts, 8. Read up on intermittent fasting, 9. Find time to sweat no excuses, 10. Find your beast mode once in a while, 11. Eat nutrient-rich foods, 12. Get Some Sleep, 13. Try resistance bands, 14. Mix up your workouts, 15. Try boxing, 16. Don’t be bullied into weight loss, 17. Make exercise a consistent habit, 18. Keep pushing through challenging exercises, 19. Have compassion for past relationships, 20. Own your morning, 21, Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, 22. Set aside time to pamper yourself, 23. Watch your water intake before a workout, 24. Get a little sun but wear sunscreen, 25. Find a puppy love, 26. Don’t let yourself get thirsty, 27. Eat healthy fats, 28. Experiment with pre-workout snacks, 29. Keep a fitness journal, 30. Pencil in recovery days, 31. Bring a good attitude to every workout, 32. Be consistent, 33. Mix up your yoga, 34. Learn to crave exercise, 35. Switch up your cardio, 36. Work out even when you don’t feel like it, 37. Do body weight exercises, 38. Have a go-to smoothie, 39. Lean into that endorphins high, 40. Freeze some fruit for a snack Jennifer told Women’s Health that she loves to nosh on frozen grapes. “I like the red ones—they’re really easy and delicious,” she said. “They give you that frozen crunch. I was at a spa one time, and they gave me a little cup of frozen grapes after my mud bath soak or whatever. It was sort of like, ‘This is genius.’”