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Jennifer Aniston's exercise routine seems intense — but it's surprisingly doable

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  • Jennifer Aniston has always prioritized a healthy lifestyle. 
  • She loves switching up her workouts, sometimes opting for group classes or at-home workouts that anyone can do.
  • Her go-to workouts, however, include yoga and boxing. 

Jennifer Aniston has always prioritized health, and is happy to talk about all the ways she stays in shape.

In addition to a surprisingly simple diet filled with plenty of fresh fruits, veggies, and protein, Aniston has an intense workout routine that features plenty of exercises anyone can do from their own home, using minimal equipment and space. 

"I feel really beautiful when I finish a great workout," Aniston told People magazine after winning 2016's World's Most Beautiful Woman. "Because I've taken care of my body, my endorphins are going, my blood is pumping. I'm taking care of the one body I have."

But as she gets older, she's learning to love and accept her body as it is. "When we're kids, we're constantly working out for smaller arms, a leaner butt, a flat tummy," she told Elle magazine in 2015. "Don't beat it up so hard. Let it be. It can be a little soft."

Here is Aniston's easy, effective workout routine that anyone can do. 

Aniston switches up her workouts, but considers yoga her go-to exercise

To get her signature toned muscles, the actress is constantly changing up her workouts, telling Vogue magazine in 2017 that she "goes in and out of [certain exercises]."

That said, she is also a longtime yoga devotee, having worked with yoga trainer and friend Mandy Ingber since 2005. According to InStyle, Aniston's typical yoga workoutstarts off with 20 to 30 minutes of spinning. Once her heart rate is up, she and Ingber do 40 to 45 minutes of yoga, incorporating moves like sun salutations, warrior II, triangle, and other standing poses.

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"She loves balancing poses, like tree, half-moon pose, and warrior III," Inbger told InStyle.  "She does love a good tree. She also likes plank as well, because plank will work with the abs, or the forearm plank, so any variation on the plank or the forearm plank."

In an interview with Shape, Ingber explained how to do a few of Aniston's favorite moves, including tree pose:

"Place most of your weight on your right leg and draw your left heel to the inner-thigh of the right leg. Steady your gaze and connect with your breath. Keep the left knee turning out, and gently tuck your tailbone, as you extend out throughout the crown of the head."

Then, "with the hands in prayer position, press the palms together, at the same time press the inner-thigh and the sole of the foot together."

Aniston sings the praises of both yoga as a whole and Ingber, testifying on Ingber's website, "When I started doing yoga with Mandy, I noticed many things. My legs getting leaner. My arms getting stronger, and most importantly, I noticed an inner strength... I feel like I am getting a meditation, a workout, and time with my friend, all rolled into one hour."

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When a hip flexor injury kept Aniston from doing yoga, she turned to the Bar Method

The Bar Method is a Pilates/ballet hybrid using body weight exercises as well as props like a bar, a medicine ball, and free weights. It's gentle, but don't let that fool you.

"I've been in constant pain for three weeks straight," Aniston told Elle of the workout. "The kind where you're not sure you'll walk again!"

Aniston also loves group classes and boxing

In 2017, she told Shape magazine she loves The Class by Taryn Toomey, a combination yoga/cardio/strength training workout.

"I am in love with because it's sort of a fantastic moving meditation. You get your emotions out, you get your psyche cleaned, you get your body sweating — it checks a lot of boxes," she said. "You feel the power of the group energy — it's kind of an extraordinary experience."

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Recently, however, Aniston took up boxing, saying that, aside from yoga, it's the longest workout she's stayed with consistently. That may be due to the mental and emotional aspect of the workout. 

"There's something about the mental aspect of boxing — the drills, your brain has to work, you're not just sitting on a bike," Aniston told InStyle in 2018"Boxing is a great way to get aggression out. You get a mental release of all this crap you're taking into your ears and eyes every day and have little fantasy moments imagining who you're punching."

Aniston's boxing trainer Leyon Azubuike, owner of Gloveworx boxing studio, tells Us Weekly that they work out anywhere from 45 minutes to two and a half hours.

They start with "dynamic" warm-up, which Azubuike explained as "getting the body ready to go" by engaging the glutes and core.

"One thing I like to use is jogging and getting the body sweaty and ready to go, also something like butt kicks, where heels are coming to the glutes and you are pumping your arms in a swinging motion or they are behind your back," he said. 

They then enter the "grind phase," which Azubuike describes as a "hard activity such as boxing [throwing punches], asymmetric holds, light weights with high reps or something that is challenging like jump rope."

The duo then moves to core work using battle ropes and mini bands. He told the magazine that ropes "are something you can do to add resistance to a movement and it really makes your core fire" while mini bands are "placed slightly above the knee and slightly about the ankles and we do things called monster walks or lateral steps to activate the glutes and make sure they are firing."

Then there's the cool down, which Azubuike says includes variations on the plank, as well as using a foam roller and trigger point balls to help with recovery and tightness.

The reasoning behind this flow, he explains, is to keep the workout "smart and strategic," adding, "we are not always going super hard all the time so we can keep her performing at her very best no matter what phase of the workout we are in."

But he says Aniston doesn't mess around when she hits the gym, telling Us Weekly that "with Jen, the challenge is less on Jen and more on her coach — me. She is at the top of her game all the time."

Despite having access to top trainers, Aniston often hits the treadmill or uses workout DVDs

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Aniston's go-to arm moves can be done anywhere and don't require a gym. Trainer Danielle Lagree of Lagree Fitness Studio says Aniston loves resistance moves for her arms. These use a resistance band and are all about tiny, controlled movements that engage the entire body, including the core, as she demonstrated in a video with InStyle magazine in 2018.

When she's not working with a trainer or attending a class, Aniston hits a cardio machine just like the rest of us. In 2017, she told Vogue she sometimes does the elliptical

, revealing, "I do 45 mins of intervals on my elliptical. I raise the incline, run for two mins, walk for one, run for two ... and I do it for 20 minutes straight until I'm just drenched."

No gym? No problem. In 2016, she told Harper's Bazaar magazine she loves the "Body by Simone DVD for floor work. It's so freakin' hard, it's unbelievable."

Aniston ends every workout with meditation

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Ingber told InStyle in 2014 that the duo, "always complete our session with a 5-minute savasana, which is basically a corpse pose," Ingber says, adding that Aniston also uses a meditation timer on her own. When using a timer, like on your phone, Ingber recommends that you "set the timer, close your eyes, sit straight up in a chair, both feet flat on the floor, and put your attention on your breath and do your best."

In 2014, Aniston told PopSugar that meditation is "like a kick-start for your day."

"Your stress levels are just down and you find yourself interacting with the world much easier and better and in a calmer way, and there's a peaceful joy that comes over you," she said.

She also loves that "there's no right or wrong" no matter how you choose to meditate, whether you take a meditation class or simply listen to music and close your eyes, adding, "you can't mess it up."

Related: Health Beat: Meditation shown to soothe anxiety after just one session (Baltimore Sun)

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