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Cameron Diaz Stays Fit As She Un-Retires: Here's How

Diaz still looks fabulous as she prepares for a new film role.

Cameron Diaz, who last appeared in 2014's Annie, surprised everyone by coming out of retirement to co-star with Jamie Foxx in the upcoming Netflix action comedy film appropriately titled Back in Action. But to no one's surprise, she still looks fit and trim. The A-lister was one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood for decades but stepped away after Annie to make time and space for personal reasons, including raising a family. Still, the Something About Mary star clearly took time to stay fit and looks happy and healthy. Read on to see five ways Cameron Diaz stays in shape and the photos that prove they work. 


She Sweats Every Day

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Diaz wrote The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body, about " the essential role of movement, the importance of muscle and bone strength and why we need to sweat a little every day." Sweating can cure or improve some organ diseases, the National Library of Medicine said, adding, "Persian medicine physicians believed that sweating, hot and dry baths, and diaphoretic herbs [are] a simple, safe, and affordable method … to prevent and treat diseases."


She Does Interval Cardio

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"What you want to do when you do cardio is be a fire hydrant like in New York City that just got busted open, and you're pouring out after, and everybody gets wet," Diaz told Oprah. "I get on my elliptical, and I do intervals." "Interval training can give you the benefits of exercise in less time," said Howard Knuttgen, research associate in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard University-affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. "If you can reduce your moderate 30-minute workout to 15 or 20 minutes of interval training, the cardiovascular benefit should be about the same."


She Loves to Cook

Diaz loves being in the kitchen whipping up delicious food and sharing the recipes with her 9.5 million Instagram followers. People who cook meals at home eat healthier and consume fewer calories than those who cook less, according to new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research.


She Eats Plenty of Veggies


Diaz uses fresh vegetables in every dish and loads up on greens such as kale. Using more fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains, lean meats, nuts, and beans, is a safe and healthy way to lose or maintain weight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 


She Enjoys Healthy Snacking

Diaz likes a good summer salad and posted an Instagram video making a healthy one as a snack. "Hey y'all, just cookin' a summer snack. It's a quick pan-roasted corn and fresh pea salad with feta cheese and a champagne orange and garlic vinaigrette. Pairs well with @avaline white wine !! Hope you enjoy!" Harvard Health said the benefits of snacking include the following.

  • "Provides a boost of energy if several hours pass between meals and blood glucose levels drop.
  • Helps curb appetite to prevent overeating at the next meal.
  • Provides extra nutrients when choosing certain snacks such as fresh fruit or nuts.
  • Can help maintain adequate nutrition if a person has a poor appetite or cannot eat full meals because of illness or other factors."
Heather Newgen
Heather Newgen has two decades of experience reporting and writing about health, fitness, entertainment and travel. Heather currently freelances for several publications. Read more
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