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Julianna Margulies: Working Mom, ALS Advocate

How this busy actress takes care of herself and those with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Margulies on the Art of Self Care continued...

To stay on track, Margulies makes extra of whatever she cooks for dinner, stocking the fridge with leftover salmon and undressed salad. "And the second I buy fruit or vegetables I wash them, cut them up, and put them in the fridge so they are ready to eat," she says. "When you are hungry, you'll take what is in there, whether it's a premade salad or junk.''

Margulies also fits exercise into her schedule. "When I'm not working, I'll go to the gym 5, 6 days a week for 90 minutes," she says, adding that she counts on '80s playlists to power through 45 minutes of cardio using the treadmill and stair machines, followed by cable weights. "I prefer to be long and lean," she says. "So I work my arms with 4-pound weights, and I do a lot of holding push-ups, getting down on my elbows and counting to 30. It's incredible ab work!"

When The Good Wife is in production, Margulies works in whatever physical activity she can. "My dressing room is on the third floor, so I'll take the stairs two at a time," she says. "Or I'll bend backward over a medicine ball to get the blood rushing to my head. And if I have 10 minutes, I will close the door and do yoga. Whatever your form of quieting your mind, 10 minutes can save your life."

More Healthy-Living Tips from Julianna Margulies

The busy actress and mother says she's committed to a healthy lifestyle by keeping it simple, fun, and consistent. For instance:

  • "I don't leave the house without sunblock. I put on L'Oréal's RevitaLift and then dermatologist Patricia Wexler's Intensive 3-in-1 Day Cream with SPF 30 and facialist Tracie Martyn's Firming Serum. On my lips I use an Australian product called Lucas' Papaw Ointment."
  • "I worked out with a trainer for a movie once and he said, 'Whatever it takes to get yourself to the gym, whether it is new sneakers or a playlist, do it.' For me, it's Pandora on my iPhone and its endless music lists, especially the '80s workout."
  • "It's a rare exception for me to have dessert or carbs since they don't give me energy, but I don't look at it as being on a diet -- I look at it as the way I live. And once a week, it's fine! You have to enjoy yourself."

Margulies and Project ALS

One thing Margulies always makes time for is Project ALS. The nonprofit was launched in 1998 by theater and film producer Jenifer Estess and her sisters, Valerie and Meredith, after Jenifer was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 35. Also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS affects nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain. People with the condition eventually lose the ability to move their muscles, which are controlled by these nerve cells or motor neurons, and over time become unable to move, eat, speak, and breathe.

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