What Surprised Jennifer Aniston the Most About Turning 50 Is Her Knees

Perhaps you can relate.

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Last February, Jennifer Aniston rang in her 50th birthday with a star-studded party that included A-list attendees like Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock, Ellen DeGeneres, and Aniston's ex-husband, Brad Pitt. Now, she's on the cover the June/July 2019 issue of Harper's Bazaar, and it's pretty safe to say that 50 has never looked so good.

In the cover story interview with Aniston's First Ladies co-star Tig Notaro, she revealed what's surprised her the most about turning the big 5-0.

"I feel like regular Jen," she said. "But sometimes I can't really spring up like I used to… I've had a few knee injuries, so I think the knees might need a little WD-40. Sometimes you want to spring up and the body just says, 'Oh, no, you don't,' but mostly my body feels better than ever."

Looking as great as Aniston does at 50 doesn't happen without a substantial amount of work, but, luckily, she loves to exercise.

"I work out four or five days a week," she said, noting her love for boxing specifically. "It's mental, it's physical, it keeps your mind sharp. It's something that I actually look forward to—I crave it."

Aniston's perspective on her physicality completely negates the idea that we need to become increasingly ashamed of our bodies as we get older. "I think our bodies are beautiful," she said. "I think celebrating them and being comfortable in them—no matter what age you are—is important. There shouldn't be any kind of shame or discomfort around it."

Of course, the real benefit to getting older is not caring about what people think. So, it's no surprise that when asked what advice she would give to young people, Aniston said, "don't worry so much. Try not to care what people think. And get into therapy a little earlier."

And for more inspiring advice on aging, find out how Jane Seymour makes 67 look like 37.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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