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Mariska Hargitay's 6 Tips for Healthy and Happy Living

Mariska Hargitay on Healthy Living: Own Your Age

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"Life begins at 40, and I'm living proof," says Mariska, who married actor Peter Hermann the year she turned 40 and gave birth to her son, August, two years later. "I have a more developed sense of my priorities. Life has so much more meaning now. To me, the definition of sexy—at any age—is strength and confidence." Embrace your age: celebrity beauty secrets for your 20s, 30s & 40s.

Mariska Hargitay on Healthy Living: Play Dress Up

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"I definitely have my days where I look like I got dressed in the dark," says Mariska, but the simplest change is often the most powerful. Rather than wearing the usual ponytail and jeans, she'll blow-dry her hair and put on a dress. "I get to work and people will say, ‘You look so pretty today.' Femininity found!" Find your femininity with these instant makeovers for your hair, face and body.

Mariska Hargitay on Healthy Living: Open Your Heart

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Nine years ago, Mariska had her "aha moment." She was swimming with dolphins on vacation when, "I literally came out of the water and said out loud, ‘I'm going to start a foundation [learn more about The Joyful Heart Foundation here]—and I'm going to get married!' I hadn't even met my future husband yet," says Mariska. "I'm a ready-shoot-aim kind of gal." She met Peter six months later.

Mariska Hargitay on Healthy Living: Work it!

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"Exercise has always been a big part of my life," says Mariska. "In the summer I swim, the rest of the time I work with a trainer. But, it's the little things that add up," she says. "When I'm standing around on set, I try to hold in my belly and tuck in my hips, which strengthens my core. And I live in New York, so I'm always walking around the city."

Mariska Hargitay on Healthy Living: Eat more greens

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"It's all about green veggies for me," says Mariska, who began following the Clean Program six months ago. "My skin has cleared up and I feel so healthy and vibrant." This detoxifying diet focuses on greens, served as side dishes to chicken, lamb, or wild-caught fish. (Try this garlicky chicken and broccoli.)

Mariska Hargitay on Healthy Living: Lighten up

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"Comedy and humor have always been a part of who I am," she says. So is spending time with friends—like comedian Ali Wentworth—who make her smile. "Humor is about perspective, and hanging out with people who see life through a similar lens is so important."

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