Jennifer Aniston's Happiness Plan
2. Take care of yourself, from head to toe.
Even though Aniston once called exercise "cruel and unusual," her
well-toned body clearly says that she's come to terms with it. Much has been
written about how her dropping 20 pounds back in the 1990s set the stage for
her quick rise to fame as Rachel on Friends (a role that earned her a
million dollars per episode during the show's final two seasons).
Does maintaining her enviably lean figure mean she's on a treadmill for
hours at a time, seven days a week? Not at all. For Aniston, it's all about
moderation and variety, notes Mandy Ingber, her longtime friend and yoga
teacher. "She works on her body. It doesn't just happen. She does a little
bit of everything, but she's very moderate — it's so good to have something
manageable that you can do on a very consistent basis."
Aniston's current regime shapes up as follows: Three to four days a week,
she'll log 20 minutes of cardio followed by 30 to 40 minutes of Iyengar-based
hatha yoga, which focuses on alignment, breath, and inner awareness. Aniston's
routine incorporates sun salutations and basic poses like half-moon, standing
splits, and pigeon. She has raved about the results: "Yoga makes you feel
strong. Inner strength, I love it!" On other days, she uses an elliptical
machine to complete her low-impact routine.
The benefits Aniston gets from working out go beyond that fabulous body.
"You can be in a very uncomfortable yoga position, and you learn to relax
into it," says Ingber. "That's a great lesson for daily life. It's
easier when you don't struggle against things that are coming your
Indeed, Aniston's fitness plan has evolved over the past few years into a
wellness philosophy. "She's really taken care of herself the entire
time," says Ingber. "Self-care — meaning exercise, what you put into
your body, everything from flossing to acupuncture — she does all these things.
And those actions of self-care are actions of self-love. And that's what she's
emanating." Aniston seems to have nailed a simple, valuable truth here: The
better you care for yourself, the better you're able to enjoy your life.