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Jada Pinkett Smith has revealed that her secret to looking fab at 43 is a balancing act.

The actress, who is set to star in “Gotham” starting this fall, told Health magazine that she’s not exactly a fitness buff despite having a body that would physically argue the contrary. She credits regularly incorporating cardio into her daily routine and eating pretty much whatever she wants.

“It’s funny—my cardio workout varies. If I have a heavy carb week, I’ve got a heavy cardio week,” Jada explained “I tell people all the time, ‘You can eat whatever you want, as long as you’re willing to put the work in, and that’s a thing I had to learn.”

She added, “I make sure I do something physical every single day. But that doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym and freaking kill yourself!”

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You won’t find Jada spending hours and hours a week in the gym because she keeps her workouts fairly short.“I do 20 minutes of cardio a day,” she said.

Everybody’s thinking you gotta be in the gym for an hour and a half. Literally, I’m never in the gym longer than 45 minutes. Just be consistent—that’s it!” The actress said, encouraging readers to try small things at first just to get into the habit of being physical. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be intense, and you will see a difference. Just go out of your house and do a brisk walk! Every night, my mother and I take the dog and just walk, and that’s a ritual for us.”

What you eat is half the battle when it comes to health and fitness. Many diet guru are quick to cut out one food group or another, but carbohydrates are one of the most avoided. Jada shared, however, that she has it on god authority that carbs are actually ok for her!

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“My husband’s trainer started giving me diet tips, and he dismissed the myth that more carbs means you’re going to be unhealthy. What I realized is that I wasn’t eating enough of the proper foods like pasta and rice,” said Jada.“I needed more of a high-carb situation in order to facilitate the amount of calories I burn. That meant more fruits, meant a lot of vegetables because those are carbs as well and, if I want, some pasta or toast or English muffins.”

This all seems totally doable, Jada! But, girl, fantastic genetics has got to play a part. Either way, Jada’s killing it, and she doesn’t need to overdo it in the gym to keep her physique in tact.


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