As the first African-American principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, 35-year-old Misty Copeland—"the unlikely ballerina"—is one to follow. In her new book, Ballerina Body, she shares her secrets to a lithe physique and glowing health.
Mind: Visualize your goals.
"Visualization, seeing ourselves victorious in whatever endeavor we take on, is one of the most powerful tools that we have in our mental and emotional arsenal."
Motion: It’s not a workout––it’s a way of life.
"Motion isn’t an aside to our daily lives. It’s essential to maintaining our health and stamina, flooding our bodies with the feel-good chemicals that give us peace, and enabling us to do all that matters most to us."
Meals: Eat foods rich in healthy fats.
"I know that it may sound confusing that you should eat fat to stay lean.… Certain types of fish, and other omega-3-packed items like flaxseed oil, are kinds of wonder foods, experts say. Not only do they burn fat and build muscle, but omega-3s also can pump up your levels of serotonin, that natural, feel-good brain chemical."
Ballerina Body (Grand Central Life & Style) by Misty Copeland, $39, indigo.ca.