Kate Beckinsale is not only beautiful, she has a great sense of humor. The 49-year-old actress posted a photo of herself in a one-piece swimsuit emblazoned with the Greggs logo (Greggs, for those unfamiliar with the British brand, is a bakery chain famous for its sausage rolls). “Everyone relax, it’s possible to wear a Gregg’s swimsuit from day to night PANIC,” Beckinsale captioned the post. How does she stay in shape? Read on to see 5 ways Beckinsale stays in shape and the photos that prove they work – and to get yourself beach ready, don’t miss these essentials 30 Best Celebrity Swimsuit Photos!
Beckinsale doesn’t eat carbs or sugar because she doesn’t like how they make her feel. “They make me feel very slow,” she said to Delish. Beckinsale focuses his diet on protein and vegetables, which “fit my body well.” Vegetables are packed with antioxidants, experts say. “Research shows that flavonoids are also powerful nutrients and may help explain why plant-based diets are consistently associated with health benefits,” says Joyce Prescott, MS, RD, LD. “We believe this is due, in part, to their antioxidant properties.”
“I start out absolutely dreading it, I do incredibly punishing training, I groan all the time and I end up feeling 100% better when I leave,” Beckinsale says. “Working out is basically nature’s antidepressant. I do circuit training interspersed with brutal cardio, like crazy stuff on a non-motorized treadmill. That part is torture. But what I love about circuit training is that you never do one thing for very long, you get to the point where you almost can’t take it anymore, and it turns into something else.
Beckinsale likes to start the day with a workout, the sooner the better. “Morning workouts tend to be completed by those who prefer to check exercise off their list for the day before the rest of daily chores, the needs of the kids, a busy gym or a decrease in motivation doesn’t hit them”, says Heather MiltonSenior Exercise Physiologist at New York University’s Performance Lab.
“I was a vegetarian for a very long time because I’m incredibly sick of meat,” Beckinsale says. “But when I was filming Pearl Harbor, I didn’t have enough energy, and the coach I was working with at the time told me, ‘You have to start eating chicken and fish.’ So I did, and it helped me. [daughter] Lily and I eat healthy – we have lots of sautéed vegetables like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, chicken and fish. Also, I don’t drink alcohol. I feel [its effects] very quickly, so I never drank an entire glass of alcohol.”
Beckinsale is a devotee of yoga, which experts say has benefits for both body and mind. “Yoga is known for its ability to ease tension and anxiety in the mind and body. But it can also impact a person’s ability to exercise,” says Harvard Health. “Researchers studied a small group of sedentary individuals who had never practiced yoga before. After eight weeks of practicing yoga at least twice a week for a total of 180 minutes, participants had greater muscle strength and endurance, flexibility and cardio-respiratory fitness.”