Age ain't nothing but a number! Hollywood may be notoriously youth obsessed, but a number of A-Listers are proudly flaunting their amazing figures at 50.
Whether they sweat in style with Pilates or stick to a strict diet, celebs have their own tips and tricks to keeping their bodies in the best shape possible.
Taraji P. Henson
A health scare with gastritis forced Henson to revamp her diet in 2017. “I’m learning how to eat all over again,” confessed the 'Empire' actress, who has since replaced butter with ghee and opts for protein bars or smoothies when she’s craving something sweet. She also hired a trainer to keep her accountable. “I like to work out,” she revealed, “but I won’t push myself, so I need a trainer to do that.” They weight train three to four times a week. “I love squats,” added Henson. “My trainer has me do planks with weights on my back, which strengthens my core.”
In 2015, Ripa — who turned 50 on Oct. 2 — began following the alkaline diet, which encourages low-acid foods to fight inflammation. Breakfast is Greek yogurt (“I put honey and granola and make it look like some parfait,” she explained) and her pre-workout meal is “a big, beautiful salad.” Snacks are nuts, dried fruit and peanut butter protein bars. Ripa needs lots of fuel for her hardcore workouts — she does Soul Cycle and dance cardio classes with trainer Anna Kaiser. “Sometimes it’s not so pleasant,” she’s said of exercising, “but I just force myself to do it.”
“A day without running is a crap day,” said the 'Modern Family' alum, who alternates 55-minute runs with swimming. “It’s great for your body. I also have a waterproof cover for my phone, so I can listen to podcasts while I swim. It’s a game-changer!” Though Bowen admitted she can be “a boring creature of habit” when it comes to her diet — she stays away from fried, processed foods and eats lots of salads and chicken — she isn’t opposed to having a bowl of cereal for dinner. “A lot depends on what my three kids are eating,” she’s said, “and what I eat off of their plates!”
Campbell works hard to keep her supermodel bod long and lean. “I take care of myself, eat well, try to balance what I put in my body,” she shared. “And I stay away from sugar and drink lots of water.” In June, her private chef revealed she eats a clean vegetarian diet that’s gluten and dairy-free. “I never thought I’d go vegetarian,” Naomi once said, “but I just feel lighter.” While she isn’t a fan of traditional gyms, the beauty takes Zumba classes and swears by Pilates, which she’s said, “elongates you and keeps you toned.”
There may have been a time when 'The Hangover' stunner could get away with eating whatever she wants, but Graham admitted she’s become “one of those people who’s like, ‘I’m not gonna eat white flour… or eat sugar.’" Go-to meals now include sweet potato wedges and “a really good salad” with kale, chopped raw Brussels sprouts and toasted almonds. As for exercise, she counts Pilates and yoga as faves. “For fun, I would go on a yoga retreat and do four hours of yoga a day,” she’s said. “I’m obsessed.”
Giada De Laurentiis
Exercise is essential for De Laurentiis, who basically gets paid to eat decadent foods all day. So she squeezes it in whenever she can. The celeb chef brings yoga blocks and resistance bands with her when she’s traveling, and will wake up extra early if she has an especially full day ahead. “It doesn't have to be a lot of exercise,” De Laurentiis explained. “I just get up and I do it, and it really helps me sort of breathe.” When time isn’t an issue, she prefers boxing and yoga sessions. “The yoga helps me breathe and center myself,” said De Laurentiis, “and the boxing lets the steam out.