After our exclusive chat with Jennifer Aniston, where she let us in on her new go-to exercise trends and foods that keep her fueled, we’re dubbing this super-relaxed star Zen Jen.
This is because, along with her personal trainer, at-home sleeping bag-style saunas (yes, really), and work on the trusty treadmill, the 48-year-old Aveeno spokesperon is also all about finding her inner chill through strength-conditioning classes that are as physically effective as they are mindfully meditative.
And she has the mind, body, and soul to prove it.
Her go-to sweat sessions
Mixing things up throughout the year, Jen explains that 2017 is about being back in the gym and sweating it out with an interval-loving personal trainer.
“I’m working with my trainer, who has me pushing really heavy things, throwing heavy things, and whipping around ropes and crawling across the floor,” she said. “He’s a fabulous trainer, but it’s very different to what I usually do.”
“I love the class by Taryn Toomey [a yoga-based strength class also described as a cathartic mind-body experience] — which I freakin’ love and am addicted to,” she said. “It’s like a massive moving meditation that’s therapeutic and physical — it ticks all the boxes. It’s 75-minutes long and it’s a pretty powerful experience.”
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Aside from her training sessions and classes, Jen has a few at-home workout tips for those among us who are too busy to make it to a group-training session.
“I’ll run on a treadmill and do intervals for 45 minutes just to get a really good sweat and burn going,” she continued, adding that along with getting her heart rate up, she finds a calming, rejuvenating solace in infrared saunas.
“You can buy portable ones online,” she said, “but I do think they have them in spas now. It’s like jumping into an infrared sleeping bag for an hour, which does so much good for your cellular rejuvenation and detoxification.”
To maintain her fit frame for appearing in movie after movie (and, sometimes, bikini after bikini), Jen maintains a regular diet that’s loaded with the kind of good-for-you foods that all of us probably have in our very own kitchens and pantries.
“I was never a breakfast person, so I’ve had to make myself become a breakfast person because it’s such an important meal,” she said. “Usually a smoothie would be my best go-to in the morning, because it’s simple and easy. In the cooler months, I love oatmeal with cinnamon and bananas.”
Her typical lunch involves eating protein with salad or veggies, followed by a snack — like an apple and a soup – in the afternoon.
Dinner is much of the same for Jen, but she won’t deny herself a treat afterwards!
“I treat myself to a frozen yogurt for dessert if I want to have a sweet fix,” she said. “I do a little frozen yogurt, but I’m not a sweet person. My downfall is savory: It’s chips, It’s cheese — all of the salty and savory stuff. I mean, I can look at a chocolate cake and do nothing with it; it doesn’t affect me in any way [laughs].” Lucky...
Why she exercises is just as important as how she trains.
Mindfulness truly is a powerful thing (trust us, science says so), and is something Zen Jen can certainly attest to — with this perpetually busy celebrity admitting that understanding why you work out is imperative for achieving the results of the workout you choose to do.
“It’s vital to exercise, not just to stay strong, but to not become lazy. It’s such a game-changer if I have an injury and I can’t sweat or move my body. I just start to feel such a difference in my mood,” she said, explaining that exercising extends far further than solely focusing on your abs or core.
“I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about meditation that gives me such a charge in the morning for me to take on the day — things will just roll off me in a much easier way.”
This post was written by Ellie McDonald. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.