WALKING gracefully along a beach, washboard abs on show – you’d be forgiven for thinking Halle Berry was at least half her age. But the actress actually turned 56 last month – and to celebrate she shared two incredible bikini pics with her followers on Instagram.The images quickly went viral as fans questioned how the former Bond girl had hit middle age without so much as a stretch mark in sight. Her secrets lie with personal trainer Peter Lee Thomas, who admits Halle works hard for her killer body. The mum-of-two has also spoken previously about her years of strict dieting and exercise.
She said in one interview: “There is no shortcut, just hard work and dedication. It is about what you eat and consistency.”
While the star follows a pretty meticulous regime when getting into shape for movie roles, there are some aspects of it that you could try too. Here, we’ve rounded up six things Halle swears by for getting those abs popping – and they may even help you look younger too…Boxing has been Halle’s favourite form of workout for about 12 years.
She wrote on Instagram in 2018: “Boxing is still considered one of the best full-body workouts.
“You’ll sculpt every muscle and burn major calories and fat. “It dramatically decreases stress levels, develops hand-eye coordination, and builds confidence and discipline. But most importantly… you’ll never stop learning.
“I’ve been boxing for the past 10 years and regularly for the past three and I love that I always learn a new way to challenge myself and work new muscles.” If you’ve been spending hours doing sit-ups and crunches, don’t bother – Halle says she doesn’t do them at all. So, how does she get those abs to really pop? Halle said: “My average workout these days doesn’t involve a single sit-up or crunch. “One abs move I incorporate into my workouts pretty often is planks. “They’ve made a huge difference for my core strength and definition. “Sometimes I’ll just hold a plank for as long as I can. My abs start to ache first, but pretty soon my entire body feels like it’s on fire.”
Earlier this year Halle and her trainer Peter founded Re-Spin, a digital health and wellness brand, and launched a range of exercise equipment including an abs wheel, waist trainers and a compression vest that she wears to get “extra sweaty”.
While Halle extols the benefits of exercise, she reckons food is the “biggest impact on our health of any aspect of our lifestyle”. Ill-health in her early twenties prompted Halle to overhaul her diet. She had been living on sugar until she became ill in 1989 and slipped into a week-long coma, caused by undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes.
She revealed in 2007 that she had managed to wean herself off insulin by cutting out certain foods. She is now an advocate of the keto diet, a high-fat, low-carb plan. Halle said: “When my trainer Peter formally introduced me to the ketogenic lifestyle, I realised all I had to do to feel even better was give my body more healthy fats such as avocado, coconut oil and butter, so it had more of that fuel to burn.