If you saw *those* photos of Gisele Bündchen leaving the gym in mid-September with absolutely shredded arms and wondered how she’s been training these days, you’re not alone.
While the Gaia Herbs ambassador, 43, is known for practicing yoga and jiu-jitsu, she’s also recently added a new type of movement into the mix.
“Our body is our temple, our home, the place we’ve been given,” Gisele said at a Gaia Herbs event panel in New York City on Sept. 15. “We get to experience this amazing planet we live in.”
Gisele is extremely grateful for her body after a scare in her early twenties due to her unhealthy habits. She used to wake up each morning and smoke two cigarettes and drink a Mocha Frappuccino, then end the day with red wine when she couldn’t fall asleep. That resulted in her adrenal glands shutting down, Gisele explained at the panel.
Fortunately, she was able to change her diet, quit smoking, and begin implementing exercise, like jogging, plus breathwork each morning. So, when it comes to living life to its fullest, Gisele might as well be an expert.
Women’s Health sat down with the supermodel and got all the deets on her workout routine. Ahead, learn how Gisele implements movement into her busy schedule and about the new workout she’s started.
Gisele starts and ends her day with movement.
“Moving is just part of my every day,” she tells WH. Each morning, Gisele wakes up at 5:00 a.m. and meditates, then goes for a light jog with her dog, since he needs exercise too. The jog usually racks up about three miles. After, she does another morning workout, which is sometimes yoga.
At night, Gisele walks her dog again, and loves doing it after dinner because it helps her sleep. This time with her dog is one of Gisele’s non-negotiables—rain or shine, they move together. “Walking is underestimated,” she tells WH. “That’s great for me and great for him.”
She’s a longtime lover of yoga and jiu-jitsu.
Gisele has been practicing yoga and breathwork since her early twenties, a habit she implemented after her health wake-up call.
“Everything changed,” after she began those habits, she said at the panel. “I got a better life.” Of course, Gisele is also big into jiu-jitsu, a form of martial arts based on self-defense moves. She practices that three times a week.
But she prioritizes recovery as well. “Because I’m very intense and I go hard, the rest is extremely important,” Gisele says.
Gisele recently started weightlifting.
It seems like the entire fitness industry has been talking about the important of strength training over the past year, and Gisele is no exception. While she’s practiced yoga since her twenties, she recently added weights into the mix a few months ago.
These days, Gisele strength trains three days a week. “It just helps you feel stronger,” she says.
Most of the time, she prefers lifting 10 pounds or less and increasing repetitions. But sometimes, she lifts 25 pounds and does less reps.
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She enjoys working out outdoors.
Outside of strength training, yoga, and jiu-jitsu, Gisele also paddleboards or kayaks during the week.
“I always want to make sure that every day, I’m doing something in nature,” she says. She also likes to think of herself as an adventurer, and enjoys horseback riding, surfing, and skydiving too.
On busy days, she squeezes in a five-minute stretch.
Even Gisele gets overbooked with back-to-back Zoom meetings. So, she sets an alarm on her phone every hour so she can stretch for five minutes. During those short breaks, she loves doing downward dog or a sun salutation. “Otherwise, you get so stiff,” she says.
Well, it seems that Gisele is a master at getting movement in, even on her most jam-packed days. She’s still discovering different types of exercise to enjoy and better herself with, and that can definitely be motivation for all of us. I can’t wait to see what she does next.
Addison Aloian (she/her) is an editorial assistant at Women’s Health. When she’s not writing about all things pop culture, health, beauty, and fashion, she loves hitting leg day at the gym, shopping at Trader Joe’s, and watching whichever hockey game is on TV. Her work has also appeared in Allure, StyleCaster, L’Officiel USA, V Magazine, and Modern Luxury Media.