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​​Salma Hayek in Bathing Suit is "Dancing on Tables"

Here’s how she stays in shape.

Salma Hayek is dancing on a table in a swimsuit! The icon is known for having one of the best figures and doesn't shy away from flaunting her beautiful curves for her 20 million plus Instagram followers. At 55-years-old, the Mexico born actress is still rocking a swimsuit happily. "#dancingontables #sailing," she captioned the new photos. But, unlike other Hollywood stars, the ageless beauty doesn't spend too much time thinking about the gym or counting calories. Instead she found what works for her and below are five ways the star keeps in shape. Read on to see 5 ways ​​Salma Hayek 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!



Juice Cleanse

Salma calls juice cleanses her "reset." Matt Gehlbach, a certified ISSA and NASM personal trainer with says "A juice cleanse can help you stay in shape and healthy by creating a caloric deficit. When you're on a juice cleanse, your body is getting all of its nutrients and calories from the juice, which means you're taking in significantly fewer calories than usual. This creates a caloric deficit, which can help you lose weight or burn fat. Additionally, juice cleanses can help improve your digestion and boost your immune system. They're also a great way to detoxify your body and get rid of harmful toxins. All in all, juicing is a great way to stay healthy and in shape!"


She Doesn't Eliminate Anything From Her Diet

Hayek does not like dieting. Gehlbach shares, "There are a lot of benefits to eating in moderation, especially when it comes to staying healthy and in shape. One of the main benefits is that you create a caloric deficit, which means you burn more calories than you consume. This is essential for weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight. Additionally, eating in moderation helps regulate blood sugar levels, lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and reduces inflammation. All of these things contribute to a healthier overall body and can help you stay in shape. So, if you're looking to improve your health and maintain a healthy weight, moderate your diet and make sure to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats."


She Walks Her Dog

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The mom of one openly admits she's not a fan of the gym and doesn't enjoy working out, but does love to walk her dog. "Some people have the discipline to exercise in the morning, and I didn't develop that," she told People. She joked on Instagram, "This is my version of exercise and these are my #dogs coaches….These are my trainers!" she captioned a video of her walking her dogs. According to Gehlbach "Walking is a great way to stay in shape because it's a low impact exercise that gets your heart rate up and burns calories. But what many people don't know is that walking also has a significant effect on something called non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT). NEAT is the energy we expend during all kinds of activities that are not formally considered exercise, such as standing, fidgeting, and walking. And it turns out that NEAT accounts for a surprisingly large percentage of our overall daily energy expenditure. In fact, recent studies have shown that NEAT can account for up to 30% of the total number of calories we burn each day! You can use a step tracker or a smartwatch and track your steps each day. Aim for around 10,000 steps each day for optimal health."


30 Minute Daily Workouts

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While Hayek doesn't like the gym or dieting, she does still workout. Her trainer Sara Shears told Shape that Salma works out up to seven days a week, with a focus on training sessions that last 30 minutes or less. Those include cardio and HIIT training, along with some strengthening moves. Gehlbach says, "When you work out, your body burns calories. The more vigorous the workout, the more calories you'll burn. So by working out for 30 minutes a day, you're essentially burning an extra 300 calories per week. That can add up to a significant amount of weight loss over time. But it's not just about burning calories during your workout session; your body continues to burn calories even after you're done working out. This 'afterburn effect' is known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), and it helps explain why workouts are so effective for weight loss and overall fitness. So if you're looking to stay in shape and lose weight, make sure to work out for at least 30 minutes a day!"


Good Posture

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Hayek keeps a busy schedule with work and doesn't have much time to work out. Instead she uses an unconventional trick to stay fit. She revealed to People, "I work with a woman in London who taught me how to hold my body in a way where the muscles are activated all day long. So even when you brush your teeth, you're working the muscles. It's restorative yoga," she explains. "She taught me to tone [my muscles] without clenching them. You relax them and focus on the parts that need to be used, but never with tension. If you're aware of your body, you'd be surprised by the effect it can have." Gehlbach explains, "Body weight is determined by the balance of energy in and energy out. When we move our muscles, they use energy (calories). This is what we call 'active thermogenesis.' The more active your muscles are, the more calories they will burn. Good posture helps us to be more active throughout the day because it helps us to move more easily and with less effort. This increased activity leads to a higher calorie burn, which can help us to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Good posture is also important for maintaining a healthy spine. When our spine is in good alignment, it takes less work for our muscles to support it. Additionally, good posture helps improve breathing and circulation, which also contribute to overall health and fitness. And finally, good posture makes you look slimmer and more toned, so you feel more confident about your appearance!"

Heather Newgen
Heather Newgen has two decades of experience reporting and writing about health, fitness, entertainment and travel. Heather currently freelances for several publications. Read more
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