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Carmen Electra in Bathing Suit is a "VIP"

She refuses to be obsessive about the gym.

Carmen Electra is showing off the strong, toned physique that comes from years of dancing and enjoying a healthy diet. The 50-year-old actress shared a picture of herself posing by a pool in heels and a white two-piece swimsuit. "VIPs only," reads the text over her sultry snap. How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 5 ways Electra stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!



Smoothies For Breakfast

Electra starts the day with a fruit and veggie-packed smoothie. "Smoothies help you incorporate more fruits and veggies into your day, which the majority of people (90%, according to the CDC!) are lacking," says Chelsea Gloeckner, a registered dietitian with a master's in nutrition. "The fiber from fruits and veggies can help keep you full and satisfied, feed the healthy bacteria in your gut to support a healthy immune system, provide antioxidants to reduce inflammation in the body, and help keep you hydrated to provide that much-needed energy boost."


Sushi For Lunch


Electra loves seafood and says sushi often gets her through the days. "Sushi can be a healthy choice, but it depends on the type you choose and the ingredients used," says registered nutritionist Nicola Shubrook. "Oily fish, such as salmon, provides omega-3, which is an essential fatty acid and has to be obtained from your diet. The World Health Organisation recommends eating 1-2 portions of oily fish a week, so sushi may be a delicious way to help reach these targets."


Trained As a Dancer

Electra has a background in dance, and says it helps her stay disciplined about her physical fitness. "The social aspects of dance help to make it very attractive for an increasing number of people versus, say, an elliptical training machine," says Polly de Mille, exercise physiologist at the Women's Sports Medicine Center at Hospital for Special Surgery. "Scientific studies are now also telling us that many things make dancing an excellent fitness regimen with attractive benefits."


Holistic Health


Electra's health and wellness philosophy is to keep things simple and straightforward. "Having a healthy lifestyle isn't that complicated—you need to exercise, eat right, stay hydrated, get the right amount of rest, and, most important, try to live as stress-free as possible," she says. "One of the sexiest qualities you can have is to be confident in who you are. You have to accept yourself for who you are, flaws and all. Always be yourself."


Skincare and Haircare

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Electra swears by drinking plenty of water to keep her skin looking and feeling beautiful. "My skin routine starts off with my SkinCeuticals Facial Cleanser, then a light scrub," she says. "If I've had a lot of makeup on that is not coming all the way off of my skin easily, I use Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser. It really gets all the makeup off while keeping the moisture in. I live for this product and highly recommend it. I also love the oxygen facials at Ole Henriksen and constantly drink water all day long to keep my skin hydrated. As far as my hair, I really don't do anything special to it because it's naturally straight. I like to lighten my hair because it gives it more texture and helps hold waves and curls better."

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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