If there's one thing that Gwyneth Paltrow is good at, it is extolling extremely achievable bits of beauty advice. From skipping makeup in the morning to taking a more relaxed approach to skincare, her "you can do it" attitude regularly inspires us. That includes her latest recommendation on perfecting our legs.
The 42-year-old actress admits to working out on the regular and doing hundreds of squats a day. “I’ve been a Tracy Anderson devotee for eight years and I do it five days a week,” she says. “I do the dance cardio and the muscular structure ones.” She also swears by a body lotion that reportedly tightens and tones loose skin called Prtty Peaushun. "It makes your skin look amazing!"
But the main thing that the mom attributes her great gams to is myofascial exercises and massages.
Gwyneth, her gorgeous gams and Jessica Seinfeld
Fascia is a connective tissue in the body that many doctors now believe is the organ of structure and posture. The Goop founder’s site recently interviewed a structural integrative specialist about the importance of maintaining this part of the body.
“At its best, the fascia is a thin membrane that covers all of our muscles,” Lauren Roxburgh told Goop. “At its worst, it bonds together to create knots, pain, tension, and thickness, impeding our body’s ability to exercise its full range of motion, and then enforcing the body’s tendencies to restrict itself and shorten. Through a combination of her hands and a foam roller, [I] can re-align the body, eliminating thicknesses, bloating, toxins, and imbalances.”
She added: “Poor posture, poor flexibility, and repetitive movements pull the fascia into ingrained patterns. Adhesions form within the stuck and blocked fascia tissue like snags in a sweater, and make our bodies feel heavy, thick, uncomfortable, and run down. The good news is that your fascia is incredibly malleable and has almost ridiculous self-healing abilities.”