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Live Star Kelly Ripa Shares Swimsuit Photo of "Endless Summer"

This is why she stopped drinking.

It might be September but Kelly Ripa is not quite ready to say goodbye to summer just yet. Ripa, 52, shared those sentiments on her social media, posting a romantic photo of herself and husband Mark Consuelos silhouetted against a beautiful beach sunset, wearing a bikini and a big smile. "Endless summer," she captioned the post. How does Ripa only get better with age? Here are 5 lifestyle tips she swears by for ultimate health and happiness.


Dance and SoulCycle Workouts

Ripa's workouts consist of dance-cardio AKT, SoulCycle, and running. "There are a lot of people that don't have to work out, and I am so happy for them, but I have to work out for my body type," she says. "It's part of my routine. It's part of my ritual. It doesn't just make me look better, but it makes me emotionally feel better. I love the dance class. Because I think I've aged out of going clubbing, really, that's my nightclub. Everybody there is my age, so it's like a bunch of us old ladies working out."


High-Alkaline Diet

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Ripa follows a mostly high-alkaline diet. "I like to drink coffee. I occasionally will have fish," she says. "The alkaline diet is primarily a vegan diet, but I like cream in my coffee. So I don't adhere to it strictly, but when I do a cleanse, it will be seven days, and then I go back to my normal life. But my normal life, like I said, is not that different than the alkaline cleanse."


No More Wine


Ripa no longer drinks after experiencing the health benefits of an alcohol-free month. "I did a sober month — all my girlfriends did it, we all did it together — and I just never went back to it," she says. "It wasn't even really a thought process. It felt great, I felt like I looked great, I felt like I didn't feel hungover. Not that I was a heavy drinker — I wasn't someone who got drunk — but even like two glasses of wine at a girl's night out dinner; I would feel it the next morning. I just didn't really feel the need or desire to go back to it. It wasn't really a choice or a thought, it was just, 'Yeah, I guess I don't drink anymore.'"


Vitamins and Supplements

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Ripa takes vitamins to support her health and wellness. "So much of my life has been devoted to having the perfect diet, having excellent nutrition, having a fitness routine I can get behind and practice every day, and I do, I exercise seven days a week," she says. "I rarely have a cheat day, diet-wise. I'm pretty stringent about taking care of myself a certain way. But [vitamins were] the one thing that seemed so overwhelming to me, and so mind-numbing."


Home Cooking

Ripa enjoys cooking at home for her family. "I do make a lot of Italian food. My husband likes when I make a roasted, slow-cooked pork with hot chile peppers," she says. "But I'm not particularly good at it! I think [my family] is just being nice to me. I think they're trying to encourage me to keep trying."

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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