Normani knows how to get everyone’s attention! The singer, known for Fifth Harmony and the singles “Wild Side” with Cardi B, “Diamonds” with Megan Thee Stallion and “Waves” featuring 6lack, shared a “like”-worthy photo to her Instagram account on Tuesday, teasing the release of her upcoming single. “Seventeen days and counting (: 🖤 releasing my other baby on march 18thhhhhhh,” she captioned a series of images, flaunting her figure a tiny black bathing suit. How does she keep herself so fit? Read on to see 7 ways Normani stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don’t miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!
Normani is one of the many stars who trains at The Dogpound (other celebs to train there are Vanessa Hudgens, Addison Rae, Ashley Graham and numerous Victoria’s Secret Angels). She does three workouts per week with Kevin Mejia, focusing on cardio and “areas like my abs and” backside, doing squats, walking lunges with elastic bands around her thighs, planks, and mountain climbers, she recently told Women’s Health. Before doing a high intensity workout, it’s important to warm up, says trainer Mark Langowski. He recommends:
Walk for 5 Minutes: “On treadmill: 3.8 mph and 10% incline.”
Dynamic Stretches: “Think knee pulls, quad pulls, hip openers, hamstring kicks, body rotations, arm circles. This gets blood moving to the muscles and joints that we will be utilizing during the workout. This is much safer and proven to be more effective than static stretching before a workout; which can actually cause you more harm than good.”
Normani prioritizes hydration. She revealed to People that she drinks two cups of herbal tea and 80 ounces of alkaline water a day, including 16 ounces of water with lemon. Drink up. “Water helps:
- Aid digestion and get rid of waste.
- Work your joints. Water lubricates them.
- Make saliva (which you need to eat).
- Balance your body’s chemicals. Your brain needs it to create hormones and neurotransmitters.
- Deliver oxygen all over your body.
- Cushion your bones.
- Regulate your body temperature,” says the Cleveland Clinic.
Normani’s diet is incredibly healthy, she revealed to People. For breakfast she fuels up with unsweetened oatmeal topped with almonds, strawberries, and honey with turkey bacon and a glass of OJ. Lunch usually consists of a simple salad with grilled shrimp and balsamic vinaigrette, and for dinner, grilled chicken seasoned with rosemary and thyme with some steamed brown rice and steamed organic broccoli.
During lockdown Normani learned how to slow down. “I’ve been able to meditate more and take a time-out before allowing anybody else to affect my energy,” she told Women’s Health. “Before I talk to anybody, before I look at a text, before I go on Instagram, I center myself in my room and pray and do breathing exercises and create my own space so that I have a foundation to walk on throughout the rest of the day.” “Meditation, which is the practice of focused concentration, bringing yourself back to the moment over and over again, actually addresses stress, whether positive or negative,” says Maria Caselli, a group fitness instructor at Mayo Clinic. “The heart rate drops, your respiratory rate drops. There is decreased oxygen consumption, decreased carbon dioxide expired. The body is healing itself and starting repair,” says Caselli.
She also does yoga. “It is spiritual for me,” she told Women’s Health. “I’m working out, but I’m also becoming more in tune with my body. Having more awareness about what’s going on pushes me to be in the now and to breathe, which is something I desperately needed because I’m always thinking ahead or dwelling on something that could’ve been better.” She said her practice has been a game changer. “I did not know I needed this time as much as I did because I was going, going, going,” she adds. “But now, I’m able to be more intentional and give things the proper focus they deserve.”
Normani also loves hiking, even if it involves masking up. “Doing it with a mask is hard,” she confessed to Women’s Health. “But [I’m] making it happen. I need to prioritize being more connected to nature. I’m motivated by making sure I’m always working toward something.”
Normani revealed to Women’s Health that she has cut pork, beef, dairy, and gluten from her diet, after struggling with acne and eczema. She tried eating strictly vegan, but it was too hard, so she opted for a mostly pescatarian plan supplemented by doses of turmeric and probiotics. “I’m trying different things to be happy and maintain a healthy lifestyle,” she explained. A fish-centric diet can be great if you’re eating the right kind. Reducing saturated fat could lower the risk of heart disease if it’s replaced with a type of “good fat” known as polyunsaturated fat, found in vegetable oils such as soybean and corn oil, and fatty fish such as wild salmon, Atlantic herring, sardines and trout.
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