Kate Beckinsale can go from period dramas to action adventures, and her characters have one thing in common: they are super fit. That’s by design. Beckinsale, 48, makes wellness a priority, often sharing her workout and meal plan secrets. They work: Today, Beckinsale shared some photos of her poolside, walking dogs and looking incredible.
How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 6 ways Kate Beckinsale 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!
She Uses Exercise to Relieve Stress
“I’m very connected to my body, so if I’m going to experience stress, I’m probably going to experience it physically,” she says. “So it’s usually a good idea for me to go do something physical to get rid of it. I kind of have to think of myself as a horse or something—time for a run around the paddock,” she told Women’s Health.
She Does Strength Training
Beckinsale will do squats while also doing something else simultaneously, like a bicep curl. “Before stepping into the squat rack or grabbing those heavy dumbbells, be sure to check in with your squat form. Stand in front of a mirror and begin with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-distance apart, giving yourself a good base of support. Throughout the squat, make sure your heels stay on the ground and your knees stay behind the front of your toes. As you begin to lower into the squat position, think about pushing your hips to the back of the room (or whatever is behind you). Continue to lower your glutes until parallel with the floor,” advises ACE Fitness.
She Does Cardio
Kate will do cardio, including the rowing machine. “To do the seated row with a weight machine, start by sitting on the weight bench with your knees bent and by grasping the cable attachment. Your arms should be extended and your shoulders stretched slightly forward. Slowly pull the cable to your waist, until your elbows are bent and your shoulders are back. Then slowly return to the starting position. You’ll feel tension in your back and arms,” says the Mayo Clinic.
Kate stretches after every workout and is impressively flexible. Try this Calf Stretch from the Mayo Clinic: “Your calf muscle runs along the back of your lower leg. To stretch your calf muscles:
Stand at arm’s length from a wall or a piece of sturdy exercise equipment.
Place your right foot behind your left foot.
Slowly bend your left leg forward, keeping your right knee straight and your right heel on the floor.
Hold your back straight and your hips forward. Don’t rotate your feet inward or outward.
Hold for about 30 seconds.
Switch legs and repeat.
To deepen the stretch, slightly bend your right knee as you bend your left leg forward.”
She Eats Protein
Kate eats protein before a workout, like chicken or eggs and also eats salmon for lunch. “Protein is an important macronutrient that your body needs for increasing calorie burn, decreasing hunger, and maintaining muscle mass. Not only that, but a diet with a sufficient amount of protein can actually help you to feel full. The RDI for protein is between 46 and 56 grams of protein for an average adult. A 3 oz. salmon fillet will actually give you around 21 grams of protein, which is almost half of the amount of protein you need for the day,” says our sister site Eat This, Not That!
Like fellow star Eva Longoria, Kate has used a trampoline to get fit. Doing so can work your core and drain your lymphatic system. “I just got into trampolining, and it’s the greatest thing. There’s this woman, Lauren Kleban, who does LEKFit, and I think she’s a genius because she streams classes online. It makes you feel kind of jolly!” she has said.