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Tracee Ellis Ross Looks Age-Defying in Bikini Photos

Here’s everything the Black-ish star does to look fantastic at 48.

Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross has been living her best life on social media as of late. In addition to providing serious fitspiration and major fashion vibes, the 48-year-old impressed Instagram this weekend with photos of her beautifully toned figure, captioning them: "salty" (with "salt" as a salt shaker emoji). How does the spawn of legendary singer Diana Ross stay in such great shape? Read on for all of her best tips, tricks and health hacks that she's told others, and the photos that prove they work.

She Eats Healthy-ish


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Ross eats healthy, most of the time. "I like simple, whole foods," she told People, adding that she avoids dairy and buys most of her seasonal produce from the organic farmers market. She does allow herself one cheat day, however. "I love going to one of my favorite restaurants once a week to have a glass of wine and a delicious meal. I don't restrict my eating to firm meal times. I eat in the same philosophy that I live with: joyfully!"

She Relies On This Trendy Workout

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Ross has two secrets to staying in shape: "Talk nice to it" and workouts that make her "feel good," she told Health. "I have to say that Tracy Anderson's workout the last five years has been really good for me. I love the studio atmosphere, I love how beautiful and sexy and long and strong I look when I work out, and I love the loud music," she explained. "I find that, as adults, we stay so regimented in our movement, even if we get on a treadmill. The music changes all the patterns, and my body gets to move freely, so you feel amazing—which is ultimately the point of the workouts, too. One of the things that's most encouraging is you see a roomful of women working their asses off and looking beautiful. You see women in their 40s wearing jog bras and their stomachs out proudly, walking in a stance that says, 'I love my body,' and that's exciting to me."

She Doesn't Work Out Every Day

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Ross might work out hard, but she gives herself time to recover. She breaks a sweat "three days a week on a regular basis, sometimes four," she revealed to Health. "Sometimes I take a little break, but the truth is, I feel the best when I work out. I feel very strong. I didn't wake up like this. At 22, I woke up like that. At 44, I work really hard for this! I am on TV, and I don't want to lie to anybody. I'm not at my skinniest, I'm not at my fattest, but I live my life. This is my body. Health and the functionality of my body are more important than what it looks like."

She Prioritizes Self-Care

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In addition to diet and exercise, Ross prioritizes self-care. "I moisturize, and I dry brush, and I infrared sauna, and I do acupuncture, and I get facials," she told Health.

She Drinks Water, Not Alcohol


She also revealed to Health that her beverage of choice is H2o. "I drink water, and I don't drink a ton of alcohol," she revealed. "Alcohol makes the folds go deeper—one glass of wine is like being on 17 airplanes; it just dries you out."

She Also Makes Sure to Get Enough Sleep

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One of the "biggest things" Ross does to take care of herself is sleep. "Sometimes it's not eight hours, but my sleep is sacred to me," she told Health. In fact, she revealed in a recent Instagram post that sometimes she makes sacrifices in order to get enough of it. "I've tried to choose sleep over working out, which I think is the right choice," she said.

Leah Groth
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