This is why Jennifer Lopez seems to be aging in reverse

Appearing as youthful in your forties as you did in your twenties is impressive. Looking even younger? That’s some Benjamin Buttons-style magic.

Ask your standard celebrity how they maintain an ageless appearance and you’re likely to get a rote answer about drinking lots of water, using sunscreen and getting plenty of sleep. (All arguably important when it comes to skin care.)

But Jennifer Lopez swears her secret potion boils down to the power of positive thinking. And since she’s turning 49 today and looks like that, we’re inclined to listen.

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Stitched onto a pillow at her estate in L.A. Bel-Air neighborhood are the words, “I am youthful and timeless at every age,” a phrase she repeats to herself several times a day. “It sounds like clichéd bulls–t,” she recently admitted to Harpers Bazaar, “but it’s not: Age is all in your mind. Look at Jane Fonda.”

And, okay, she also guzzles water, enjoys regular facials and is “a firm believer” in sunscreen. “She really leans in to the big fundamentals,” boyfriend Alex Rodriguez explained to Harper’s Bazaar, “like getting her rest, eight to 10 hours. She doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke. She lives a very clean life.”

A disciplined one at that. Because despite a schedule that would fell mere mortals—the multi-hyphenate juggles producing and appearing on three TV shows with a film career and a Las Vegas residency that will wrap this September—she exercises a minimum of five days a week to maintain her famed curves. (You know, the same ones some misguided manager once instructed her to shed.) And skipping out on a scheduled session is not an option. “Sometimes I work too late the night before and I’m like, ‘Ugh, I can’t do this,'” the mom of 10-year-old twins Max and Emme admitted to Us Weekly. “But I tell myself, ‘Just do it. It’s only an hour.’ It’s just talking yourself off the ledge of being a lazy bum.”

We’re going to go ahead and assert that’s a phrase that’s never been applied to Lopez. Even her boyfriend, a retired professional athlete, marvels at how hard she trains. “We work out together all the time,” he told E! News of the former track star last year. “She is a fitness enthusiast and she’s a much better athlete than me. She does all types of workouts which I don’t try to keep up.”

Source: E! News

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