A prolific singer, actress and now businesswoman, Robyn Rihanna Fenty has officially earned the right to put herself in the category of celebs that only need one name for someone to know exactly who you’re talking about. The Barbadian burst onto the U.S. music scene when she was 16 and hasn’t slowed down since. But whether she’s in the recording studio (maybe fine-tuning her highly anticipated next album currently being referred to as R9?) or working with designers at Fenty in Paris, the nine-time Grammy winner still makes time for her health and wellness.
For one thing, she’s got the body to prove it. Known for making bold fashion choices, Rihanna’s Instagram is filled with photos that reveal toned abs and strong legs. The singer has been known to work with multiple trainers at the same time and has a personal chef who travels with her on world tours to make sure she always has access to healthy, balanced meals.
Another priority for Rihanna is her mental health. Famously a night owl who survives on a seemingly incomprehensibly small amount of sleep, Rihanna has shifted her focus to allow for those days when she needs to take time to recharge.
While you probably don’t have access to the resources that Rihanna does, there are still plenty of tips you can glean from her lifestyle so you, too, can continue to shine bright like a diamond. Here, 40 health and wellness tips Rihanna has used to live her healthiest life.
Try a Supraformer workout.
The intense Pilates-inspired workout was developed by Lagree Fitness founder Sebastian Lagree, according to BET. Dede Lagree, Sebastian’s wife who has also worked with Rihanna, told the publication that it was Solomon who first convinced the superstar to add Supraformer training sessions to her fitness routine.
Love your body—and all of its fluctuations.
Take it from the stunner herself, everyone has days when they feel great in their skin and days when they feel…not so great. The secret is embracing your body that day and doing what makes you feel good when it comes to clothes. “Well, I actually have had the pleasure of a fluctuating body type, where one day I can literally fit into something that is bodycon, and then the next day—the next week—I need something oversized; I need a little crop here and a high-waist there to hide that part, you know?” she told The Cut.
Kick butt with some martial arts training.
Another of RiRi’s personal trainers Ary Nuñez told Shape that the singer loves to put her (fitness) work, work, work, work, work in with martial arts, dancing, and calisthenics. “Rihanna is so connected to her body. She used to work out because it was part of her responsibility, but now she works out because she loves it!” Nuñez said.
Work out at whatever time works for you.
As an internationally known singer and a full-on business mogul, Rihanna doesn’t always have a lot of spare time on her hands to spend hours at the gym. According to Nuñez, the two would sometimes train at 2 a.m. when she was in the middle of a tour.
Create meals focused on proper food combining.
Certain foods go better together not just because of their taste, but because the way your body reacts to or digests both work in harmony with each other. “You shouldn’t mix starches with protein because there is an enzyme that exists for the processing of starches, and an enzyme that exists for the processing of protein-and they don’t get along,” Nuñez explains. The trainer helped RiRi build a diet that made proper food combining a priority.
Maintain a thick skin.
What might be one of the most admirable things about Rihanna is that, even with her name known by literally millions, she seems confident in her ability to not care about what those millions of people think about her. “I’ve always had pretty tough skin—even as a little girl, which was completely due to my parents,” she told Interview. “Maybe that was god’s way of preparing me for what my life was going to be like.”
Indulge every now and then.
If you watched the YouTube segment of Rihanna day drinking with Seth Meyers or seen that GIF of her at the Grammys three years ago, you know that Rihanna likes to throw back a few.
Make time for whatever is your indulgence—whether it’s a nice cocktail, a fancy night out, or an hour spent in a bubble bath.
Make your happiness a priority.
The importance of focusing on her mental health and joy is something she realized in the past couple years, Rihanna told Interview. “If you’re not happy, you’re not going to be happy even doing things that you love doing,” she said. “It’d feel like a chore. I never want work to feel like a chore.”
Start the day with a little devotion.
The first thing the star does every morning? Prays, she told Interview. Even if you’re not religious, starting each day with some internal reflection can help you get in the right mindset to take on whatever comes your way in the next 12 hours.
Don’t try to change things that you can’t control.
Besides praying “a lot,” Rihanna told The Cut that whenever she is dealing with a particularly hard week or setback, she likes to embrace the “everything happens for a reason” mindset.
“Even if I can’t feel it in that moment, I just thank God anyway, because I know that there’s something better coming, and he’s doing it for my good,” she said. “I just don’t understand it right now. I look forward to when it’s revealed to me.”
Minimize rest between workout sets.
Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak created workouts for the Ocean’s 8 star that included minimal rest in order to keep her heart rate up, according to Popsugar. The more you’re able to keep moving throughout your entire workout, the better.
Perfect basic dumbbell moves.
Rihanna’s strength training focuses mainly on going back to the basics, according to Popsugar. Want to workout like RiRi? Think: lots of weighted squats, lunges and shoulder presses.
If you need to, see a mental health professional.
After touring around the world, it’s hard to imagine that Rihanna still gets nervous before shows. But even superstars still feel the pressure. According to the Daily Mirror, she reportedly sought the services of a counselor before one particularly nerve-wracking concert in the U.K. in 2014. Everyone needs some extra help every once and a while—and it’s empowering to ask for it.
Put the phone down. Seriously.
Spending too much time in the virtual world and not enough time in the real one is something that Rihanna admits she (like all of us) is guilty of.
But today, it’s a different story. “Even mentally, just to be away from my phone, to be in the moment, that has been key for my growth,” she told Vogue. “Now, when I come to work, I’m all in.”
Make little things a big deal.
When she’s starting to feel the burnout coming on, Rihanna told Interview that she focuses on things like going for a walk or going to the grocery store that may seem everyday, or even like a chore, things to be excited about.
…and a crucial cute workout outfit.
Before she changed the industry with Fenty Fashion, Rihanna and Puma collab’ed for a sportswear collection that debuted during Paris Fashion Week. Her goal for the collection? Marie Antoinette “if she was going to the gym,” she told the New York Times.
Get in a killer boot camp workout.
When she needed to get in shape for her role in Battleship, Rihanna trained alongside Navy soldiers in workouts that she described to Popsugar as “really intense with lots of yelling.” You’ll probably experience less screaming at a gym-based boot camp, but you should still expect full body drills and lots and lots of push-ups.
Do resistance training.
For the film, Rihanna also needed hella upper-body strength to be able lift the heavy artillery featured in the movie. According to Popsugar, her trainer’s answer was weighted sandbags. Give them a try!
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