Serena Williams Shows Off Strong Arms in Beach Photo
Serena Williams is heating up the beach in her bathing suit. In a new social media post the GOAT shows off her incredibly fit figure – including her strong arms – as she enjoys a day at the beach with her daughter. "It may be winter, but we found some heat 🏝️Island Hopping," she captioned the series of Instagram snaps. How does the retired professional athlete maintain her body? Celebwell has all of her top diet and fitness tips.
Fuel Your Body with Food
"My philosophy is eat to live. Don't live to eat," Serena dished to Women's Health about her approach to eating. "You need it to survive. And [that's] very hard to live by, cause I definitely love to snack, but this is what I want. These are my goals." She is also moody when it comes to food. "I can have a smoothie for six months. And then I'll be like, I never want to see a smoothie again for the next six months. And then I'll be like, okay, I'm back on the smoothie. My eating is very moody," she told Women's Health.
Exercise on an Empty Stomach
Serena does fasted exercise. "I often don't make breakfast because I just forget or I'm running around getting Olympia ready. And then I go work out," she told Women's Health. "When I roll out of bed, I'm just not hungry."
Focus Your Diet Around Plant-Based Food
Serena's diet is plant-focused. "I want to have a healthy lifestyle and, so you know, [I'm eating] a lot of greens and mostly plant-based lately, just super healthy stuff," she told Women's Health. "I had a bean burger the other day today…[Today] I had a gluten-free bean burrito."
Use Complex Carbs to Fuel Training
Complex carbs are fuel for exercise, says Serena. "The only time I eat pasta is when I'm playing/training. Usually, you'll never see me eating pasta otherwise," she told Women's Health. "I usually like to have lots of greens before my match and then fruit actually, and a little carbs and some sort of a protein."
Don't Forget a Cheat Meal
Serena endorses the occasional cheat meal. "I love Moon Pies. If 'Moon Pie' sponsored me, I'd be bigger than any house on this planet!" she joked to Women's Health.
Take a Hike
Serena also enjoys outdoor exercise. "When someone tells you to "go take a hike …" she captioned a recent Instagram snap. "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.
"LISTEN – I stay on 'ready set' in case I have to RUN 🏃🏿♀️ and grab baby @adiraohanian …. But until then – burn inner thighs, BURN," Serena captioned a recent workout clip, set to the tune Eye of the Tiger. In a 2010 interview with Vogue, Serena discussed why she does Pilates. "When I'm not playing tennis, I like to do yoga and Pilates…I don't like to run," she revealed.