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Gisele Bündchen in Bathing Suit Says Happy Thanksgiving

Here are her fitness secrets.

Model Gisele Bündchen gave you something to be thankful for over Thanksgiving: some good advice. "The key ingredient to happiness? Gratitude," she wrote on Instagram, captioning a bathing suit photo. "Gratitude awakens our best selves, transforms our energy, and makes life lighter, happier! Cultivating gratitude means that we recognize the blessing of being alive. I am grateful today and every day for the opportunities I have for improvement, and for every person past and present who shares this journey with me. Thank you to all of you who come here to express your support and affection. Sending you so much love and light, and a very tight hug, and please know you have my eternal gratitude! Happy Thanksgiving!" How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 7 ways Gisele Bündchen 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!


She Meditates

Gisele has been known to practice Transcendental Meditation. "It's a different awareness and new level of peace. Once you learn how to do it, it's yours forever—you can always access that," she says. "All you need is 20 minutes. Even with a schedule like mine, I can find 20 minutes."


She Wakes Up Early for Me Time

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"Life is so fast and there are so many things going at us and we feel like: 'I have so much to do and I have so little time,'" she told Vogue. "This is why I wake up at 5:30 in the morning, because nobody needs anything from me at 5:30 and I can take care of myself…it's like charging my batteries." 


She Boxes

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"There's no proof that fitness boxing is superior to any other types of exercise, but it does have many health benefits. One is strength," says Harvard Health.  "You're swinging your arms, moving the muscles of your arms and shoulders, increasing your upper-body strength. And when you're in the boxer crouch with a wide stance, with your knees slightly bent, you're strengthening your core muscles, back, and legs," physical therapist Linda Arslanian, director of rehabilitation services at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's hospital, tells Harvard Health. 


She Does Yoga

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 "You can do it anywhere. All you need is a tiny space to do a few asanas and to sit and do a five-minute meditation." "Since yoga is based on breathing, parts of the nervous system are affected when exhales are lengthened and breath is controlled. This is cued throughout particular yoga sequences. Specifically, yoga can help lower the fight-or-flight response and improve the body's 'rest-and-digest' response," says the Mayo Clinic.


She Hikes


"The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits. For example, you may start out as an average walker, and then work your way up to walking faster and walking a mile in a shorter amount of time than an average walker, similar to power walkers. This can be a great way to get aerobic activity, improve your heart health and increase your endurance while burning calories," says the Mayo Clinic.


She Just Moves Her Body

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"I surf, I horseback ride, so I think I just really enjoy moving my body. It makes me feel good, and I make it a priority to do that every day, [when] it's the time of day for myself," she told E! News.


She Nourishes Her Body

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"You can go and buy all the products you want, but if you are not nourishing your body by eating nutritious food, if you are not exercising and oxygenating your blood and doing things that bring you joy, you are not going to feel good, and if you don't feel good you are not going to look good," she told Vogue. "Because I have never seen someone who doesn't feel good looking good, have you?"

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