Maria Sharapova is at the top of her game.
Even though this top tennis pro announced that she will not be competing in this week's U.S. Open due to a shoulder injury, the 6-foot-2-inch Russian beauty is still a style star to us.
In fact, she's in the best shape of her life—and proves that regular exercise and a proper diet is all you need to defy the years and turn heads everywhere you go.
We caught up with Maria at the launch of her new fashion and accessories collection (inspired by her already crazy popular candy line, Sugarpova) to get the scoop on how she stays in tiptop shape (even with an injury), and always manages to look great.
Here's what she shared with us:
1. Work Out: "There's really no secret, you need to work out to feel good, and be in shape." Our tip: Join your local gym if you're not already a member. It's an easy way to exercise with all of the necessary equipment in one location. Bonus: If you find a spot with classes (spin sessions or dance-exercise programs like Zumba), you can have tons of fun while working out, too!
2. Get Inspired: "I like to work out outdoors and with music because I like to get inspired by my surroundings," she says. "It motivates me even more." Excellent advice. Working out doesn't need to be boring, and seem like a chore. Make a playlist of your favorite songs, or grab your go-to magazine if you're hitting the treadmill. Anything you do to make your routine more enjoyable will make you work out that much harder and push you to meet your fitness goals.
3. Always Treat Yourself. "I like the idea of going and working hard, and then coming home and treating yourself because it's good for the mind," she says. "And for me, it's all about indulging in candy." But don't go too overboard—indulge yourself in moderation.
And there you have it!
We'll certainly be keeping Maria's tips in mind next time we hit our workout routine.
Will you incorporate her advice into your workout regimen? Sound off in the comment section below!