Scary Spice Mel B in Bathing Suit is "So Proud" in West Indies
Mel B of the Spice Girls, aka Scary Spice, aka Melanie Janine Brown, has been named as the UK "face" of the West Indies island Nevis. "I am soooo proud and honoured that I have been made ambassador to Nevis—my dad's homeland yipppeeeeee!!!" she captioned a photo of her wearing a white bathing suit in crystal clear blue waters. "It's the most incredible island in the world and I want to help make sure EVERYONE sees just how amazingly beautiful It truly is. From the people, the food, the music, the setting and the feeling you have when your there Nevis is such a special place #myroots #myfamily #NevisNice #Nevis #CaribbeanTravel #nevisnaturally," she captioned it. How does the new ambassador stay so fit? Read on to see 6 ways Mel B 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!
This is Her Typical Day of Eating
"I keep it simple. For breakfast I'll whip up a quick smoothie with coconut water, greek yoghurt, and whatever fruit I have around me, like banana and blue berries and granola," she told Body + Soul. "I'll have some dark rye avocado toast for lunch with a leafy green salad and grilled chicken for dinner with some stir-fry veggies. I snack on a mix of Brazil nuts, almonds and fruit throughout the day and try to keep my chocolate intake to two squares after dinner every other day."
This is Her Best Fitness Tip
"Do what you enjoy. There's no point forcing yourself to do some workout you hate. If you're going to commit to looking after your body, love what you're doing so it becomes easy for you. And change things up if it gets boring!" she told Body + Soul. "I never do the same everyday. Also really important is having great music to listen to; my favorite UK garage or 90s R&B. I love working out with a friend too so you kill two birds with one stone."
This is Her 30 Minute Workout
"30 minutes is a perfect amount of time to focus on your core. I'll just go hard on my abs for half an hour, alternating between side planks, sit-ups, leg lifts and some work with the med ball," she told Body + Soul. For abs that show, also give up sugar and increase fiber.
She Has Done Reiki Healing
Before performing with the Spice Girls, Mel B would do some reiki healing, a form of energy healing in which universal energy is passed through the palms of the healer to the subject. She was ahead of her time. "Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is the popular name for health care practices that traditionally have not been part of conventional medicine. In many cases, as evidence of efficacy and safety grows, these therapies are being combined with conventional medicine," says the Mayo Clinic. "Thus, the term alternative has been dropped and replaced with newer terms, such as complementary and integrative medicine, integrative medicine and health, or just integrative medicine."
She Values a Good Night's Sleep
Mel recorded some bedtime stories for the meditation app Yours. "Not only are the tender tales perfectly designed to help you relax after a hard day, Mel's husky voice is so incredibly soothing that people will lose themselves in dreamland in no time at all," said editorial director Christian Guiltenane. Just don't check your phone too much before bed. More and more we're learning that our artificially illuminated world is simply devastating our sleep. When you check your email in bed before going to sleep—or you dive into that new Grisham novel on your iPad—and the shorter-wavelength (or "blue") light hits the photosensitive cells in your eye, it effectively slows the release of "sleep-promoting" neurons and "activates arousal-promoting" neurons. It suppresses the release of melatonin, the brain's chemical for making you sleepy.
She Battled COVID
Mel B was one of the many millions of people who had COVID symptoms last longer than just a few weeks. This can be called Long COVID. "In my head I'm here," she once captioned a photo of the Maldives, "ahhhh what a beautiful place, sunshine crystal clear sea being totally spoilt rotten in my private villa named after me🥰but in reality right now I'm curled up in bed getting over the final long haul of COVID🤢🤧🤒 #itsbeen5weeksnow #takemeback to #paradise #covidisnojoke #mydogs #thebestsnuggler thank god for #netflix." If you feel you have Long COVID, talk to a doctor about your symptoms or find a Post-COVID center near you.
"Everything in Moderation"
How does Mel B look so great at age 46? "I've done everything. I did vegan for a couple of weeks, a gluten-free food delivery that me and my husband tried for a few of days, juice cleanses," the onetime America's Got Talent host told People. "Overall I like to make sure I eat a good amount of protein and vegetables. I don't have a secret," she says. "Everything in moderation."