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10 Fat-Blasting Habits That Keep Chalene Johnson in Her Best Form Ever at 55

Here is everything you need to know about her lifestyle habits.
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Age shouldn't be your excuse for not being in shape. Just take it from all the over-50 fitness influencers on social media, who serve as living, breathing proof that you can achieve your health goals at any age. Chalene Johnson, 55, is one of the most inspirational over-50 health and wellness experts. She maintains that at her age, she has "more energy and 💪🏼than I had at 35" in her Instagram bio. "You can feel better than ever in this season, but you have to start NOW!" she says. How does she approach diet, fitness, and self-care? Here is everything you need to know about her lifestyle habits.

Strength Training

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Chalene's workout of choice? "Strength training is my jam! There's nothing like feeling strong, empowered, and seeing my body evolve," she says in a blog post. According to the Mayo Clinic, strength and weight training help reduce body fat, preserve and increase lean muscle mass, and burn calories more efficiently. Strength training may also help you:

  • Develop strong bones
  • Manage your weight
  • Enhance your quality of life
  • Manage chronic conditions
  • Sharpen your thinking skills


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When it comes to her strength training workouts, the "secret sauce" behind it all is something called "phasing or periodization," she says. "Every 4-6 weeks, I shuffle my workout to keep my muscles on their toes—figuratively, of course."

Here Is Her Workout Breakdown

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Chalene follows the below workout schedule:

  • Monday: Chest, shoulders, and triceps
  • Tuesday: It's all about legs
  • Wednesday: Back and biceps
  • Thursday: Plyometric leg day
  • Friday: Again, chest, shoulders, and triceps
  • Saturday: Stretch and cardio
  • Sunday: Another leg day (because why not?)

Core Strength

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Chalene puts a lot of time into strengthening her abs. "One thing I'm often asked is how I've managed to dodge back problems. Simple—I focus on core strength, which includes back muscle development. That means a lot of back extensions and other movements targeting my erector spinae," she says.

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Steady-State Cardio


"Though I'm a weight-lifting aficionado, I never skimp on cardio," Chalene says, explaining that she doesn't overdo it. "No HIIT, just moderate, steady-state cardio for at least 30 minutes on my strength training days."

Food Tracking

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She also makes sure to track her food intake. "Shifting gears to my diet, I keep tabs on what goes into using MyFitnessPal," Chalene explains. "It's like my virtual food journal, helping me spot when I need to recalibrate."

Changing Up Her Eating Plan

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"I rotate my eating plans roughly every month and a half. Recently, I sensed that my body was not its vibrant self—hello, inflammation. So, I switched gears and went into what's known as the 'target phase,' where intermittent fasting takes a back seat," she says. "I aim for a macro split of 35% carbs, 25% fat, and 40% protein. It's not one-size-fits-all, though—you need to tune these to your body."

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Here Is What She Eats in an Average Day

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During the target phase, here is what Chalene eats:

  • Breakfast: Egg whites, ground turkey stir fry with veggies, and Ezekiel toast
  • Lunch: Chicken breast, rice (either brown or cauliflower), and greens
  • Dinner: Halibut, again rice, and spinach
  • Snacks: An oatmeal mix and hot turmeric drink

Intermittent Fasting

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As she mentioned above, Chalene practices intermittent fasting. However, she stresses the importance of taking breaks from it. "Women, especially over 40, should know when to take a break from intermittent fasting. Warning signs? Increased body fat, irregular eating cycles, and loss of appetite," she says.

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Chalene makes sure to get her steps in. "Did you know for every 2,000 steps, your risk of heart disease, cancer, and premature death decreases by 10%? Did you know Zone 2 Cardio is one of the absolute best ways to restore your energy?" she recently revealed on Instagram. And if you enjoyed this article, don't miss these 20 Superfoods for People Over 50.

Leah Groth
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