The Oscar-winning actress was pictured recently looking barely older than in her Bond girl days – here’s her (strict) daily regime
Eighteen years on from that infamous scene where she emerged from the sea wearing a tangerine-coloured bikini and a sheathed knife in her belt, former Bond girl Halle Berry has made waves on social media after returning to the beach to film a new advert for her wellness brand Respin.
Respin is Berry’s answer to Gwyneth Paltrow’s more well-known Goop brand, which promotes a healthy lifestyle based around the five pillars of strength, spirituality, connection with others, nourishment and giving.
Either way, the 54-year-old Oscar winner’s appearance has led others to ask exactly how she’s managed to maintain her youthful looks. In the Respin video, she’s seen practising yoga, boxing and circuit training alongside her personal trainer and mixed martial artist Peter Lee Thomas, who Berry has described in the past as her “secret weapon” to staying in shape.
However, Berry has also claimed that unless she’s working on a role that requires her to have visible abs, she prefers not to spend all of her time doing sit-ups and crunches, preferring exercises like squats, which she says help her work on every muscle group rather than just her stomach. And there’s one simple exercise for her core which Berry cites as one of her favourites: planking.
“One abs move I do incorporate into my workouts pretty often is planks,” she said in May. “I never did planks back in the day, but they’ve made a huge difference to my core strength and definition. Sometimes, I’ll just hold a plank for as long as I can. My abs start to ache first, but pretty soon my entire body feels like it’s on fire.”
The star is also a keen proponent of MMA fighting, which mixes jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai boxing and capoeira, which provides both aerobic and strength training. “You’re constantly bracing, twisting and ducking – it’s a recipe for really strong abs,” she said.
Berry has also been a proponent of yoga on Instagram, saying that poses like cat-cow, child’s pose, and cobra stretch have been helpful in centring her while also helping improve flexibility and warm-up for other exercises.
“Being diabetic most of my life, I have always had to take food very seriously,” she wrote on Instagram. “So for years, I have been following the keto or ketogenic diet… I also believe it’s been largely responsible for slowing down my ageing process. The keto lifestyle offers so many benefits such as weight loss, (moms, that’s how we get rid of our baby bellies), appetite control, more energy and better mental performance. If you’re like me, you can possibly reverse type 2 diabetes, you’ll experience better physical endurance, better skin and also less acne if that’s an issue. And it even helps control migraines!”
Finally, Berry practises mindfulness techniques such as meditation to keep on top of her mental health and reduce stress – something we could all do with as 2020 draws to a close.