The medical event that completely changed Jennifer Lopez’s life

Jennifer Lopez is one of the fittest stars in the game. The mother-of-two has made no secret of her dedication to hitting the gym day in and day out, and proudly shows off all her hard work (including those crazy abs!) on Instagram. She has also previously shared her diet and exercise routine with fans, as well as plenty of videos on social media showing how she works out. “I don’t deprive myself. But I’ve learned the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” Lopez told People in 2015, revealing exactly what she eats in a day. “I always have healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables with me,” she added.

As for Lopez’s exercises to keep fit and healthy, her trainer and life coach, Dodd Romero, told Us Weekly in 2019 that she likes to change things up when it comes to her workouts, but she typically does 90 minutes for a while, trying to hit her whole body instead of just focusing on one area. What are your favorite moves at the gym? Lunges turning into crunches, dumbbell squats turning into hanging leg raises, leg presses with weights turning into calf raises, leg extensions into weighted leg curls, and weighted hip thrusts into calf raises. phew! We’re tired of just reading this!

But there’s a big reason she’s training so rigorously, as Lopez opened up about a difficult time she went through in her late 20s that changed everything.

Jennifer Lopez’s Panic Attacks

Jennifer Lopez was very open about experiencing a severe panic attack in her On The JLo newsletter (via People), where she recalled hitting a wall in her late 20s. “I was in a trailer and all the work and the stress that came with it, coupled with not getting enough sleep to mentally recover, got to me,” Lopez said, sharing that she only got about three to five hours of sleep one night in her late 20s. Lopez felt frozen and temporarily lost her ability to see or speak properly, so she was taken to the doctor. “I was so scared I thought I was going to lose my mind,” Lopez shared, revealing that the doctor urged her to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night, stop drinking caffeine, and exercise religiously. “I realized how serious the consequences can be when I neglect what my body and mind need to stay healthy — and that’s where my wellness journey began,” said JLo.

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Lopez has previously been open about experiencing panic attacks. She told W in 2016 that she experienced one early in her career after a stranger called her name in the street, leaving her feeling like she could no longer appear in public on her own. Then she revealed another incident after breaking up with Marc Anthony in her book True Love. “My heart was pounding out of my chest and I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I was consumed with fear and anxiety,” she shared.