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Paulina Porizkova's Secrets to Staying Fit at 56

Here’s how the actress achieved her amazing bikini look. 

Paulina Porizkova, 56, is proof that life can get even better with age. The supermodel is currently on vacation in Costa Rica, enjoying all the sights in a string bikini. "Do go chasing waterfalls!" she captioned a post this week, showing off her sensational figure in a string bikini. "Good thing I always wear a bikini to hike in the jungle. I should also add that we got totally lost after this, and wandered the jungle for about an hour before finding our way. Thank you for the great camera work and for trusting me to get us the hell out." So, how does Porizkova maintain her fabulous physique at 56? Read on for some of her top tips and tricks.

She Started Exercising at 40

Surprisingly, Paulina didn't workout during her years as a supermodel. "I started exercising when I was 40. I never did anything before that. Just cigarettes and poor nutrition. I could eat whatever I wanted because I smoked," she told Elle. "Cindy [Crawford] would be there sweating and working out, and she had a fabulous body that she worked for and I was just like, 'Oh, that's stupid.' I had a good time being unhealthy for a while, but then you pay for it." 

Her Diet Is "Clean"

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In a recent Instagram post, Paulina revealed that she maintains a healthy diet, with a few exceptions. "I live reasonably clean- don't much enjoy processed foods, but love a variety and do love my cakes," she said.

She Makes Time For Exercise

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In a recent Instagram post she revealed that staying in shape at 56 takes work. "I try to exercise at least 3-5 days a week. And you know what? I frickin hate it," she captioned a workout video. "I don't like to sweat and huff and puff and hurt. If sitting on a couch, eating cake, drinking wine and reading did the same for me as exercise, there would be no contest. BUT. I have come to find out that 'working out' is that perfect little pill everyone is looking for. It makes you feel good, look good, good for your brain and body – a small miracle that has to be paid of by a little discomfort."

Dancing Is Her Favorite Workout

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Paulina's favorite method of burning calories is dance.  "I still dance. I've done boxing. I've done rowing. You name it, I've done it. Except for running. I don't like running. It doesn't feel good to me. It feels bad on my knees," she told Elle. "I'd rather do Zumba. And Bollywood dancing is a great way to get the aerobic part done. I do some really hard rowing classes. It's become something that's like brushing my teeth. It's something I have to do." 

She Also Does Pilates

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In her Instagram post, she also revealed that she relies on the Pilates based Norfar Method, founded by Norfar, "the woman responsible for the body I'm proud of," she revealed. The classes are taught online or out of the fitness brand's Manhattan studio. 

Leah Groth
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