Sailor Brinkley-Cook in Bathing Suit is "Gorgeous"
Sailor Brinkley-Cook is heating up social media with her latest swimsuit snaps. The daughter of Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook shows off her incredible figure in a bathing suit while posing on the shoreline. "Gorgeous," she captioned the Instagram photo. How does the model maintain her amazing figure? Read on to see 7 ways Sailor Brinkley-Cook 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 Bikini Photos!
She Practices Self-Love
Sailor openly discusses her body image issues and the importance of self-love. "I've grown up with a lot of body issues. I spent my entire life being so insecure," she told InStyle. "When I did my first bikini shoot, I was worried because I don't even have boobs; I'm a B cup. I don't have all of these intensified assets that many bikini models do. Why should I be considered sexy?" Modeling helped give her the confidence to "own" who and what" she is "at such a bare, raw state," she explained. "I really felt like I was celebrating my body and my womanhood." More recently she shared about her struggles with body dysmorphia. "I've been so down on myself recently. Crying about my cellulite, letting the fat on my body ruin my day, getting mad that I'm not as skinny as I once was," she wrote in an Instagram post. "The body dysmorphia and left over eating disorder tendencies have been coming in strong. "As I come into myself as a young woman my body shifts and changes by the month, the 'control' I felt I once had over it has been completely stripped away from me. Hormones, emotions, growing pains."
She Exercises Every Day
Sailor sweats daily. "In general, I try to work out every day. A normal workout would start with cardio. I'm a big runner—I try to run two miles a day. Then I work out with my trainer at Work Train Fight, doing HIIT workouts like burpees and lunges. If I need a day off, I'll do yoga or something low-intensity," she told InStyle.
She Avoids Sugar
Sailor regularly cuts sugar out of her diet – especially right before a shoot or show. "I start cutting sugar 10 days before. Every time I stop eating sugar, it's immediate, and when you're going to the gym every day, cutting out sugar changes the game. I see myself getting a lot more shredded," she said.
Sailor prioritizes hydration. "You want to be hydrated because it shows up in the way your skin looks, in the way that your body looks, in the way that you're acting and feeling," she told InStyle. "24 hours before a shoot, I'm drinking a crazy amount of water—I'm talking like three gallons." According to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine men should drink about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day and women about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids.
She Avoids Processed Food
Sailor eats "as clean as possible," she told InStyle. She also avoids processed food. "Lots of lean protein. I'm vegan so I can't have grilled chicken or salmon, but I go for salads with quinoa and beans and fresh vegetables and then something light, like a sautéed vegetable dish, for dinner."
She Goes for Walks
Sailor loves walking. "I think that's a really underrated thing people don't do enough when they're feeling stressed out. Especially in the city, I'll put my phone in my pocket, put my headphones in, and I'll just play my favorite music and take a walk around the city. You just see all these different people of all different walks of life, and the art on the streets, and little fluffy dogs. All these little things remind you that, Okay, we're all in this together, we're going through it, you've got to make the best of it. That really helps me a lot when I'm feeling chaotic," she told Glamour.
In these photos, she goes for a hike on Vancouver Island. "Hiking is one of the best ways to get exercise. No matter what type of trail you find yourself on, hiking is a great whole-body workout—from head to toe and everything in between," says the National Parks Service. Some of the physical benefits include building stronger muscles and bones, improving your sense of balance, improving your heart health, and decreasing the risk of certain respiratory problems. It also offers many mental health benefits, according to a Stanford University study.