Celebrities seem to age on a different timeline than mere mortals. When we’re starting to see wrinkles around our eyes in our 20s and spotting those first gray hairs just a few years later, they’re magically lineless and perfectly-coiffed, often looking decades younger than their chronological age. Perhaps even more impressive is our favorite stars’ seemingly magical ability to maintain their fit physiques well into middle age, keeping beach-ready bodies in their 40s, 50s, and beyond. From head to toe, these over-40 celebrities are more physically fit than individuals half their age, and are sure to motivate you to hit the gym. And when you want to turn back the clock, discover the 20 Best Ways to Give Your Dad the Gift of Time.
Jennifer Lopez, who will turn 49 this year, looks fitter than she did 20 years ago, and isn’t afraid to don skimpy attire that shows off her hard work. So, how does the mom of two do it? In addition to eschewing caffeine and alcohol, the Tracy Anderson Method devotee says that she prioritizes a good night’s rest and proper hydration. “I love the way working out makes me feel, so I try to keep my body hydrated and well rested after every workout,” she tells Hello. “That way, I’m ready to hit it hard again the next day.”
Wolverine didn’t get those eye-popping abs overnight. Hugh Jackman, 49, sticks to a low-carbohydrate diet when he’s not working out and hits the heavy weights to get his jacked physique, according to trainer David Kingsbury. And when you want to improve your own physical fitness, start with these 40 Ways to Get a Great Beach Body After 40.
51-year-old Halle Berry’s ageless face and figure have earned her a spot on countless “best bodies” lists since she started her career nearly 30 years ago. What’s the key to Berry’s ultra-fit physique? “No sugar, no carbs—nothing white,” Berry said of her ketogenic diet on Kelly & Ryan. “You don’t eat sugar and you train your body to burn healthy fats.”
Ryan Phillippe may be even fitter at 43 than he was 20 years earlier. The actor’s secret is a 90-minute workout created by trainer Happy Hill, which the actor completes five days a week. “ Eat right and get to the gym,” Phillippe tells Muscle & Fitness. “I’ve never gotten lazy about that.”And if you want to kick off your own slimdown, star with these 20 Surprising Weight-Loss Tips That Anyone Can Do.
45-year-old Sofia Vergara has managed to maintain her famous curves while staying in beach-ready shape, thanks to regular workouts. Her trainer, Jennifer Yates, tells Marie Claire that the star opts for short workouts on a spin bike, walking, and weights, combined with a diet that allows her to indulge—in moderation, of course.
Terry Crews’ plan for staying ripped is undeniably rigorous, but surprisingly doable. The 49-year-old Brooklyn Nine-Nine star combines heavy weight lifting, four-mile runs, and intermittent fasting to maintain his super-fit physique.
How does 45-year-old Gabrielle Union stay in bikini-ready shape all year long? Union credits Pilates, portion control, and drinking a gallon of water each and every day with helping her stay on top of her fitness game. And when you’re ready to start getting fit, try one of these 30 Workouts That Burn More Than 500 Calories an Hour.
At age 53, John Stamos’ amazing body is putting men half his age to shame. In an interview with the LA Times, the Fuller House star revealed that the key to his lean, yet muscular physique, was a combination of Pilates and swimming.
Rocking a bikini at 43 may take a lot of confidence, but fortunately for Eva Longoria, she’s got a lot to be confident about. The actress doesn’t mince words when it comes to how she stays so enviably fit, however: “There is no secret,” she tells Vogue Australia. “It’s diet and exercise.”
Scandal star Tony Goldwyn is as fit as ever at 58. How does he do it? Healthy food—including lots of protein—as well as regular workouts to maintain his signature on-screen sex appeal. “I have to stay in reasonably good shape so that I’m in striking distance of not being humiliated,” he tells People.
45-year-old Heidi Klum is every bit as bikini-ready as she was when she was posing for Sports Illustrated. Her recipe for success, according to nutritionist Oz Garcia, is a clean, protein- and veggie-rich diet, combined with daily exercise.
At 51, country star Tim McGraw has abs men half his age would envy. The key to his jacked body? Running, weight lifting, and a water-based resistance workout that combines elements of martial arts and CrossFit.
51-year-old Salma Hayek doesn’t just look great for her age, she looks great, period. While Hayek has admitted that she’s not a huge fan of working out, she makes sure her diet is full of healthy fat to fuel her body and maintain her ageless look. “I think people are afraid of fat,” the actress tells Extra. “And fat is your friend.”
At 46, Jared Leto, with his washboard abs and lineless face, could easily pass for a man 20 years younger. The 30 Seconds to Mars’ front man credits the vegan diet he’s adhered to since he was in his early 20s for his lean look.
At 61, Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall looks fitter than ever. Her recipe for maintaining her beach-ready figure is simple, however. “I take care of myself, which includes dieting and minimizing stress and exercising,” she tells Women & Home, joking that she’s “been on a diet since 1974.”
41-year-old actor Ryan Kwanten is making his 40s look fabulous. The former True Blood star’s secret? Ditching alcohol and refined carbs when he’s trying to lose weight and varying his workouts, opting for body weight exercises, trail running, cycling, and even bowling.
46-year-old Brooke Burke isn’t shy about showing off her figure in a swimsuit, and with good reason. She credits her enviable body with never skipping meals and a combination of Pilates, running, and a full-body workout routine created by her trainer, Gregory Joujon-Roche.
Former SVU star Christopher Meloni isn’t afraid to hit the beach shirtless, and who could blame him? The 57-year-old star stays fit with regular weight-bearing workouts, including “CrossFit-type stuff” and a Navy Seal workout.
54-year-old Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Hadid is every bit as fit as when she was working as a model in her 20s. The key to her fabulous physique? Oats for breakfast, salad for lunch, and veggies at dinnertime, according to an interview with Harper’s Bazaar.
How does 43-year-old David Beckham stay so fit after retiring from soccer? The key is in his high-intensity interval workout, which includes sprinting and short runs that achieve specifically-targeted heart rates.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s body is enviably bikini-ready at 45, thanks to an intense combination of diet and exercise. In addition to regular 80-degree workouts with trainer Tracy Anderson, Paltrow starts her day with a smoothie with almond milk, coconut oil, Moon Juice dust, and mushroom protein, and opts for salads for lunch.
Daniel Dae Kim
49-year-old Daniel Dae Kim always looks beach-ready, and has his grueling workout routine to thank. Kim credits tennis, running, Pilates, yoga, a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and consistency for his look. “I’ve found that it’s important to do 30 minutes every day, as opposed to a 2-hour workout one day followed by a day or two off,” he tells Men’s Health.
52-year-old Elizabeth Hurley knows a thing or two about maintaining a beach body: she does have her own swimwear line, after all. While she tells The Cut that she doesn’t stick to any particular workout plan, she says that consistency is key, whether she’s hiking, taking Pilates classes, or just doing some weight-bearing exercise at home.
48-year-old Gerard Butler’s secret for getting and staying fit? A weight-heavy workout, including bench presses, kettlebell swings, deadlifts, pull-ups, and box jumps.
Jada Pinkett Smith
How does Jada Pinkett Smith stay so fit at 46? The mom of two tells Shape that she and her family team up for workouts, whether they’re hitting the gym, breaking out their surfboards, or hitting the slopes for some snowboarding.
53-year-old Blair Underwood isn’t letting middle age mean he’s getting soft. In addition to cleansing when he needs to drop weight fast, Underwood reveals that he does regular weight-bearing workouts.
55-year-old Vanessa Williams rocks a bikini like nobody’s business. Her secret? It’s all in what she eats. After starting her day with lemon water, the actress opts for a whole-grain bar for breakfast, kale salad for lunch, and indulges with some popcorn and ice cream as snacks.
Zachary Quinto is looking fitter than ever at 41. However, the Star Trek actor’s plan is surprisingly simple: “I love to run with my dog,” he tells People.
How does 43-year-old Mel B maintain her Spice Girl shape all these years later? She cut out alcohol, joined Jenny Craig to help with portion control, and hit the gym hard, the combination of which recently helped her shed 30 pounds.
Dwayne Johnson’s ripped physique means he’s always looking beach-ready. The key to staying fit at 46 is an intense bodybuilding workout in addition to a diet that tops out at over 5,000 calories a day.
53-year-old Brooke Shields works hard for her shape and isn’t afraid to show it off in a bikini. How does she do it? A combination of spinning and yoga.
Neil Patrick Harris
44-year-old Neil Patrick Harris still wows when he dons his swimsuit. The secret, he tells Men’s Journal, is training for longevity rather than fitness alone, opting for core exercises, bodyweight exercises, and training to promote flexibility.
54-year-old Elle Macpherson isn’t letting the aging process keep her from showing off her physique. The supermodel opts for a combination of water-based sports, like surfing, waterskiing, and paddle boarding, ensuring she exercises for at least 45 minutes a day.
Jason Statham looks as fit at 50 as he did two decades earlier. In addition to hitting the gym hard with a variety of intense workouts, the actor credits clean, protein-rich foods, like nuts, beans, chicken, and fish, for maintaining his body.
At 60, Sharon Stone is still slaying in a swimsuit. The key to her look? A combination of yoga, dance, and strength training.
51-year-old celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay recently shed a staggering 56 pounds and has the washboard abs to prove it. The secret to his success is no secret at all: he cut out unhealthy food, started biking, and added some weight training to his routine.
62-year-old Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner looks every bit as good in a bikini as her selfie-happy daughters. Kris reportedly starts her day with a workout, often getting up as early as 4:30 to hit the gym.
66-year-old Sting’s body is every bit as fit as it was back in the ‘80s. The key is consistency, including a macrobiotic diet and regular yoga workouts.
64-year-old Christie Brinkley looks every bit as good in a swimsuit as she did during her early modeling days. The model credits three key factors for maintaining her look: a vegetarian diet, yoga, and weight-bearing Total Gym workouts.
At 46, Mark Wahlberg is just as fit as he was when he was dropping trou for Calvin Klein. The key to those muscles? A protein-rich diet, basketball, and weight training. And for more stars keeping it fit, check out these 50 Amazing Over-40 Bodies.
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