We caught up with Jennifer Lopez at the launch of her lifestyle brand, BodyLab, to hear what the superstar had to say about work-life balance, canceling workouts, and why she thinks all women are athletes.
When Jennifer Lopez—aka J.Lo—sits down to share her secrets for looking and feeling good, one takes copious notes. Such was the case earlier this month at a launch event in Santa Monica for the actress/singer/fashion designer/American Idol judge's new lifestyle brand, BodyLab. During the session, Lopez shared her lifestyle tips, her own experiences with weight and nutrition, and how her supplement line will help women achieve their health and fitness goals.
“The single greatest health issue touching women is the struggle with their weight,” Lopez said. “Everyone who knows me knows that I am passionate about women’s issues. BodyLab, for me, is the latest manifestation of that passion.”
Lopez grew up in a traditional Puerto Rican household, which amounted to flavorful dishes that weren't particularly healthy. She's also given birth to twins. Most recently, the actress filmed a love scene in her new movie, The Boy Next Door. "We all have challenges is what I’m trying to say,” Lopez said with a laugh.
The busy mom of two schedules her workouts for 9 p.m. after her kids have gone to sleep. And like the rest of us, she thinks about canceling most days, but never does. “I am a work in progress, a woman in progress, and that is the dedication that it takes," she explained. "And having these supplements will only help your body work better for you.'
Finding a healthy work-life balance is never easy, but Lopez advises women to make me-time a priority. “You have to make time for the things that make you feel good and that are important to you, like good nutrition, good exercise, and good rest,” she said. “When you put the time into yourself, you can be great for others.”
Lopez swears by BodyLab’s chocolate shake for a quick morning boost. “It gives me good energy and it just starts my day off right,” she said of the beverage. “I start off feeling light so then I want to eat better during the day.”
Even if you get off track with your wellness plan, Lopez reminds us that every new choice is a chance to get back into your routine. “Like my son Max says [when he gets in trouble], ‘Tomorrow is a new day, I can start over in the morning,’” she shared with a laugh.
Even though some of us don't consider ourselves athletes, Lopez argues that all women have the inherent capabilities to be one. "We have to do for our men, our children, our families, and our careers," she said. "Yes, I'm an entertainer and I'm a dancer, but ladies, we're all athletes. We all have that in us."
“When somebody says ‘She’s the girl of my dreams,' it means that they are totally in love with her, with who she is, how she looks, [they love] everything about her,” Lopez explained. “That is what we mean when we use the tag line ‘Be the Girl of Your Dreams’ because that is what you have to be for yourself first. You have to be in love with everything about yourself."
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