In the 5 a.m. dawn light, Jennifer Lopez takes off sprinting — like, really hauling ass — down the beach. That would be a tall ask for any celeb for a simple commercial spot (I’m pulling a hammy just watching), but for J Lo, it’s kind of NBD.
“I’ve had to perform at a high level for many years, so it’s important to find the right balance to go harder and to get better without compromising things that are important to me.”
Over the last few years, Lopez has become known for her incredible dedication to fitness. The actress, singer, and all-around global superstar has become so synonymous with wellness that she’s now a spokesperson for Bodyarmor sports drink, the company behind the ad in question, which just launched as part of its “Choose More” campaign featuring Lopez.
We’ve seen J Lo pumping iron a lot over the years — both with her ex-fiancé, former pro baseballer Alex Rodriguez, and on her own. But in case the new video has you wondering, yes, she does run, too. “The campaign is a peek behind how I stay motivated, which does include running as one of the many ways I like to challenge myself,” Lopez tells POPSUGAR. “The goal of the BODYARMOR LYTE campaign is to showcase how you can push the limits to be the best version of yourself.”
In addition to running and lifting, J Lo has been doing a lot of cardio in the studio. “I’ve been dancing a lot over the past two months as I’m gearing up for my album to come out, so that’s taken over as my main fitness routine,” she says. Her ninth album, “This Is Me . . . Now,” is slated to come out this summer and is billed as an “emotionally raw and honest” album with a sprinkle of upbeat dance tracks that we’re sure will come with some breathless choreography of their own.
Though the internet tends to obsess over how good she looks, for Lopez, working out isn’t about aesthetics: it’s just an important ingredient needed to help her perform at her best. “Working out is a choice that I make every day, and I feel that it unlocks the best version of myself,” she tells POPSUGAR. “I’ve had to perform at a high level for many years, so it’s important to find the right balance to go harder and to get better without compromising things that are important to me.”
Indeed, the clip at which Lopez churns out albums, videos, blockbuster films, and other projects like her beauty line could have anyone feeling burnt out. But she learned early on that putting her health first is hugely important to maintaining her nonstop career. After experiencing panic attacks in her late 20s from lack of rest, Lopez cut out caffeine and began prioritizing sleep and workouts at the advice of her doctor. “I realized how serious the consequences could be of ignoring what my body and mind needed to be healthy — and that’s where my journey to wellness began,” she wrote in a July 2022 edition of her newsletter, On the JLo.
J Lo’s overall goal is to “live a very healthy and balanced life,” as she wrote in the newsletter, and that means regular workouts, sleeping enough, eating well, and staying hydrated. “Incorporating hydration into my day is a top priority for me as it helps me perform my best. For me, hydration is key to keep me going and have energy to do everything I am asking my body to do,” she tells POPSUGAR, which is part of the reason behind her collab with Bodyarmor.
Whether she’s busy touring, filming, or recording a new album, J Lo says she doesn’t sacrifice on self-care. “I always find a way to prioritize my physical and mental health.” And if one of Hollywood’s busiest stars can do it, that’s all the inspiration we need to make time for ourselves.