Rita Ora in Bathing Suit Basks in "Natural Lighting"
Rita Ora is enjoying swimsuit weather. The British singer flaunted her fabulous figure in a series of Instagram images on Tuesday, rocking a black and white bathing suit while sunbathing in the grass. "Todays lighting was all very natural," she captioned the images. How does the 31-year-old keep herself so fit? Read on to see 9 of Rita Ora's top tips for staying 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!
Use Food As Fuel
Rita Ora refuses to starve herself. "I used to be like, 'I'm not eating!' Eating isn't the problem, though. It's about what your body needs, and everyone's body is different," she explained to Shape. Instead, she maintains it's all about making good choices. "I've been the girl on tour who eats when she can and goes along when the band wants to go out all the time. But you just can't keep that up. With the plan I'm on, you can eat quite a bit as long as you exercise." Her diet includes a lot of protein, veggies and healthy snacks and she avoids bread and sugar.
Cut Portions in Half
Rita has one go-to eating trick. "I watch what I eat but I just cut my portions in half. So if I want a burger I'll just cut it in half and eat half of it. That or I'll take the bread off and only eat the burger. Or if I want fries then I won't have a burger to go with them," she told Cosmopolitan UK.
Focus on Toning and Add Busts of Cardio
Rita doesn't do a ton of cardio. "I do toning exercises, pilates, yoga or a hike. If I run, I only run for about 10-15 minutes, if that," she told Cosmo. "I'm really focused on being healthy rather than anything else."
She Works out Long and Hard
"I usually work out for one or two hours, depending on how much time I have. I do three circuits and repeat that three times," she told Shape. "I mostly focus on my thighs and my bum, so I do a lot of squats and weight lifting. And I do one circuit of cardio. What I've learned is that you can take your time with training. You don't have to beat yourself up as long as you get in the workouts that you need. I used to push myself until I felt sick. But I'm approaching it differently now. I enjoy working out. And I like the aftermath—that feeling of contentment."
Find Your Fitspiration
Rita has a few fitness role models to motivate her. "Sometimes it's hard," she told Shape. "I don't just wake up and run to the gym. When I need to motivate myself to work out, I look at pictures of women like Jennifer Lopez and Kate Beckinsale. They look incredible! If they can look like that, I have no excuse."
Focus on Building Strength
"I'm not going to lie and say I was completely happy with my body before. I knew I could change a few things to improve my stamina, especially onstage. I didn't start working out to get skinnier—I started working out to feel better. And I think it's important for women to know that. Don't be obsessed with being thin. You just have to be fit, healthy, and strong," she told Shape. "I love my shape because it's curvy. I have thighs. I'm a size 28 in jeans. And that's an average, normal size. I'm proud that I'm normal."
Ora is disciplined when it comes to her diet. "I've been the girl on tour who eats when she can and goes along when the band wants to go out all the time. But you just can't keep that up," she told Shape. "With the plan I'm on, you can eat quite a bit as long as you exercise." Her breakfast consists of two boiled eggs, asparagus, and half a cup of muesli with almond milk. "For lunch, I have chicken or fish with vegetables, and for dinner, I have six to eight ounces of fish with vegetables and half a potato. Plus snacks," she revealed. One thing she avoids? Bread or sugar. "But I'm not starving myself. I used to be like, 'I'm not eating!' Eating isn't the problem, though. It's about what your body needs, and everyone's body is different."
Try New Workouts
Circuit training is Rita's go-to, but she is always down to try a new workout method. "I've started this thing called Barrecore," she told Harper's Bazaar a few years back. "I'm not a massive cardio fan, not that anyone really is, but this pulses your body to the music. It's shaky—you almost feel like Bambi, but it's really good for you. It's like ballet mixed with pulsing yoga??"
Meditation is part of Rita's post-workout cooldown. "One of the most important parts of my day. Meditating after working out, be calm, feel your breathing," she captioned a series of clips of her practice via a 2020 Instagram Story.