In 2015, actress Elise Neal posted a few bikini pics on Instagram to show off her amazing, fit body — and it immediately broke the internet. Why? Because the jaw-droppingly beautiful actress was just shy of her 50th birthday! Now, Neal, who stars opposite Hugh Jackman in the latest Wolverine film, Logan, has shared her go-to fitness tips and finally revealed how the heck she looks so great.
Dance Is Her Cardio
"I started dancing at 6 years old, so fitness is something I do regardless," Neal told People. "I train and work out really hard regardless of whether I'm in a film, or if I have to do something physical for a project or not. I've enjoyed being fit my whole life."
Dancing, she says, has really helped her to develop (and stick with!) a fitness routine.
"As a dancer, you could do six classes in a day, and that's just kind of the lifestyle," she said. "Working out an hour or an hour and a half every day is the norm for me unless it's really, really hectic. I just love it. I feel better, I sleep better, I don't get angry with people so much. It helps me all the way around. I'd like that feeling to continue so I try my best to keep it up."
But She Doesn't Skip Her Strength Training
"I believe that as you get older, you need to do more weight training," she said. "My metabolism is just not the same. My body has the same issues that anyone who's getting older has — I'm just more actively trying to fix it. Everything is attainable, you just have to be ready to do the work."
Her Eating Habits Are — Gasp — Normal
The biggest healthy eating lesson she follows: Moderation is key.
"I'm still a girl that was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, so I do occasionally still eat meat and things like that," she said. "If I'm craving a hamburger, I'm going to have a hamburger — I'm just going to work out really hard the next day. But I'm not going to have five bags of chips or a full plate covered in foods and sauces. I'll have a small plate of the things I like to eat."
That being said, she does love to eat salad and lots of fruits and veggies.
She Lives by One Simple Skincare Rule
What is it? Always removing her makeup before bed.
"To me, that's the easiest thing you can do for your skin," she said.
Here's hoping the rest of us can look even half as good as she does at 50.