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Naomi Watts in Bathing Suit is "Taking the Plunge" 

Here’s how she keeps herself so fit at 53.

Naomi Watts is diving into the new year! On the first day of 2022, the Aussie actress went for a swim in seemingly chilly water, showing off her incredibly fit figure in a two-piece swimsuit. "Taking the plunge into 2022! (Pls be a kinder one!!)" she captioned a video on Instagram. How does Naomi keep herself in such fantastic physical form? Read on to see 7 ways Naomi Watts 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 Often Relies On an Anti-Inflammation Diet

Watts revealed to Women's Health in 2020 that she regularly depends on an anti-inflammation diet to help her reset. When on it, she eliminates wheat, sugar, dairy, and alcohol. She also maintains a nearly vegan lifestyle. "To get the most out of a vegetarian diet, choose a variety of healthy plant-based foods, such as whole fruits and vegetables, legumes and nuts, and whole grains. At the same time, cut back on less healthy choices, such as sugar-sweetened beverages, fruit juices and refined grains. If you need help, a registered dietitian can assist you in creating a vegetarian plan that's right for you," says the Mayo Clinic.


She Works Out Three to Five Times a Week

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When Watts wants to get into shape, she works out three to five times per week. She will alternate boutique fitness classes, yoga, and personal-training sessions. "Yoga has many styles, forms and intensities. Hatha yoga, in particular, may be a good choice for stress management. Hatha is one of the most common styles of yoga, and beginners may like its slower pace and easier movements. But most people can benefit from any style of yoga — it's all about your personal preferences," reports the Mayo Clinic.


She Cheats When She Needs to

Watts allows herself to cheat when she needs to. "COVID came, and I was like, 'Nah, I'm gonna have a glass of wine when I want,'" she told Women's Health. "I'm stealing the kids' Oreos. I never stop eating pasta. We're baking cakes, banana bread—I don't ever want to see another piece of banana bread after this." One of the foods she started eating? Bacon. "I was closer to vegan before [this situation]," she admitted. 


She Loves This Workout

Watts is one of the many stars who sweat by Taryn Toomey's workout method, The Class. The hour-long workout is a combination of calisthenics and plyometrics guided by self-help messages, which she streams about four times a week."I've always liked to be physical," she says. "I'm an active person. But I also love the outlet that Taryn creates. It's a 'get your freak on' kind of thing. It doesn't feel like a traditional workout. You get to move your body, but you also get to shift your mind in a way that's really cathartic."


She Does Strength Training

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Naomi strength trains with Keith Anthony. Her go-to move? Squats. She revealed that pistol and goblet squats (with 25-pound weights) are her favorites, which she does "three sets of 20, until I get to failure." She also does jackknife crunches with a stability ball.


She Exercises for Mental Health

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Naomi focuses on the mental health benefits of exercise."We've been told the endorphins keep you going and are great for anxiety and depression," she explains. "That all sounded good, but now, we really get to experience that."


She Goes to Therapy and Meditates

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Naomi is also a proponent of cognitive behavioral therapy, which she completed a number of sessions for when preparing for a role in the 2017 miniseries Gypsy. "I found the research very interesting," she told Women's Health. "It felt like a practical way of dealing with and managing specific issues within a certain time frame. Being able to improve or change your behavior by breaking patterns makes it tangible and beneficial." She also uses meditation, specifically transcendental meditation, to help manage anxiety. "I try to keep it consistent. It 100 percent always makes me feel better."

Leah Groth
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