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DC Star Malin Akerman Shares Swimsuit Photo of a "Mood"

She’s 45 and thriving.

DC star Malin Akerman can pull off any look she wants, judging by her social media pictures. Akerman, who played Laurie Jupiter/Silk Spectre in Watchmen, shared a dazzling picture of herself posing in a bright 70s-inspired swimsuit, with bright sunglasses and a red headdress.  "Mood," she captioned the post. Akerman, 45,  has always been fit but ran into trouble during the pandemic lockdowns—here's how she got back on track.


She Exercises

Akerman tries to work out at least three times a week. "It's definitely hard to find the time, especially when I'm working," she says. "Like any working mother, I do the best I can and balance my schedule so I have time to take care of myself. Part of that time is working out and making sure I'm eating healthy. When I'm shooting, I always aim for three workouts during the week on average. It's a realistic goal for me, and then I can supplement it with workouts and activities on the weekends."


She Needs Breakfast

Akerman tried intermittent fasting and found it didn't work for her. "I always need breakfast," she says. "I need that energy to start the day, and it saves me from making bad decisions when the mid-morning hunger kicks in. I love a green smoothie for breakfast, or sometimes it's eggs or oatmeal. Lunch is usually a salad with protein, and then for dinner I like to do a hot meal – a good one is fish and vegetables with brown rice or quinoa. I stock my fridge with nutritious snacks that are easy to grab and go because I'm constantly on the move – whether it's on set or doing outdoor activities with my son."


Pandemic Diet


Like many people, Akerman fell into unhealthy habits during the pandemic lockdowns. "We were eating nachos at midnight and drinking wine," she says. "When quarantine started, I let everything go, and I maybe did three workouts in two or three months. Before that, I tried to get three workouts in a week if I can and I try to eat right. After a while I was like, 'Wait a second, this isn't a vacation. We have to get back to our lives.'"


Alternative Treatments


Akerman used fat-freezing CoolSculpting and CoolTone to deal with problem areas exercise didn't fix. "There's only so much we can do, especially with busy lifestyles," she says. "I try to exercise as much as I can. I have a healthy diet except for my cheat days. Especially after having a child, I've always had this little part of my abdomen where there was this little bit of fat that wouldn't go away around my love handles. That was just one of those things that my eyes always went to whenever I looked in the mirror.  I swear, after the last session even my husband [Jack Donnelly] was like, 'You look great — not that you didn't before!' Of course, he has to add that! I felt stronger and more toned. It felt like I deserved it after putting in so many years of hard work into myself, and I just couldn't get rid of that last little piece."


Meditation and a Glass of Wine

Akerman enjoys the small things in life. "I try to take a moment for myself every day," she says. "I took a course on Transcendental Meditation a while back, and I really enjoy that when I have time. Getting out in nature has been great for me, and exercise is always good for my brain. I can wake up feeling groggy and tired and not ready for the day, but as soon as I get some movement in, it shifts my whole perspective and capacity to deal with the day. When I need it, I definitely tap into a therapist. And sometimes, it's just indulging in a glass of wine—that's great for my mental health."

Ferozan Mast
Ferozan Mast is a science, health and wellness writer with a passion for making science and research-backed information accessible to a general audience. Read more
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