Halle Berry embraced turning 50 two years ago, and she’s never looked better. She attributes her washboard abs to a seven-step exercise routine that helps her “accelerate muscular ab growth” and sculpt her abs.
Now 52, the actress showed off her intense fitness regime in one of her weekly “Fitness Friday” Instagram fitness videos. She has also shown off the ab exercises that she’s been doing to “accelerate muscular ab growth in preparation for her next film.”
Before she begins her workout, the ‘X-Men: Last Stand’ star stretches. She says strengthening your core is just as important as looking sculpted.
“A strong core supports every other part of your body. If you’re performing exercises correctly, you’re always engaging your core – now, that’s a win/win!” she advises in a training video.
Halle warms up with a set Bear Crawl Bench up and Downs. The move involves getting on your hands and knees on a bench and slowly lifting your left and then right hand up and placing it on the bench.
Then she does a set of Reverse Bear Crawl Bench up and Downs. It’s essentially the same as the original warm-up, however, she faces away from the bench and lifts her legs.
This is followed by a Lateral Hop.
She places both hands on the floor and jumps from side to side with her legs together.
The ‘Die Another Day’ actress continues with Hanging Oblique Crunches.
She advises bending your knees one at a time as you hang from a pull-up bar. She follows that with a Hanging Leg Lift. The exercise involves lifting both of your legs parallel to one another.
Then she performs a Hanging Knee Lift. While hanging from the bar with legs dangling, bend your knees and lift them to your chest.
The final part of Halle’s ab work-out is what she calls Hanging Windshield Wipers. Using your core, lift your legs into the air until your back is nearly parallel with the floor and then swinging legs to each side of the body.
Halle, who has type 1 diabetes, stays fit and gorgeous with a low carb, sugar-free diet and exercise, as Celebrity Health & Fitness has reported.
Berry, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 19, follows a low-carb diet that emphasizes leafy green vegetables and high-quality proteins like salmon, eggs and chicken.
Physicians say low carb diets such as the ketogenic, Atkins and modified Paleo diets should be the first line of defense for treating diabetes because they often outperform drugs, as Celebrity Health Fitness has reported.
“Dietary carbohydrate restriction reliably reduces high blood glucose, leads to the reduction or elimination of medication, and has never shown side effects comparable to those seen in many drugs,” wrote Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.
Low carb diets manage diabetes because they prevent blood sugar spikes, said physician Dr. Richard Bernstein, author of The Diabetes Solution.
Dr. Bernstein, 82, has managed his own type 1 diabetes with a low-carb diet since 1946.
Low carb diets also promote rapid weight loss, suppress appetite, and enhance mood, said Harvard professor and physician Dr. David Ludwig, author of Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells.
Halle Berry works out with her trainer 3 days a week, and exercises at least 30 minutes a day on her own. Her workouts include cardio sessions, calisthenics, cross-training and light weightlifting.
Like many people, Berry hates to work out, but does it because it keeps her diabetes under control. Plus, it helps her maintain her hot bikini body and age-defying health.
“I do not love to work out,” said Halle. “But if I stick to exercising every day and put the right things in my mouth, my diabetes stays in check.”