11 Movie Stars Who Are Fit After 60
Is 60 the new 50? When it comes to health and fitness, these movie stars show no sign of slowing down or giving up on their wellness routines—and all without restrictive or fad dieting. "For me, it's a lifestyle, it's a foundation for your future. Because your health is your greatest wealth. I really think that's something everybody needs to invest in," says actress and supermodel Christie Brinkley. So how do they do it? Here's how Kevin Coster, Jane Seymour, Dolly Parton, and others stay so fit after 60.
Julianne Moore, 62, swears by yoga and weights. "I try to do Ashtanga yoga two to three times a week," she says. "I've also started working out with a trainer, doing light weights and a lot of jumping around. The main problem is I can't do anything six days straight because I get hurt. That's the thing about old age, eventually your hip starts to hurt and you have to switch and do something else."
Christie Brinkley, 69 fits exercises into her daily routine. "I'll drink like, five cups of coffee. When I finish that, I try to get exercise in," she says. "As far as exercise goes, everyone always asks if I use the Total Gym and yes, I really do. But I also might go to a spin class or work with weights. I would say running is my favorite way to sweat, but I'm not really supposed to do that anymore because of injuries… Some days the only thing I can get in is a seven-minute run on the Total Gym. Then while I'm brushing my teeth, I'm doing leg lifts. When I'm drying my hair, I do all kinds of squats."
Angela Bassett, 64, works out with a personal trainer for accountability. She does cardio, weights, and sometimes yoga. "I gotta pay, so I will show up, 'cause I don't want to waste my money. I know myself, and I will talk myself out of going," she says. "My workout quotient will diminish as the day goes on. [At the end of the week] it's about deep breathing, a massage or yoga. Actually, I don't do yoga, I go for the massage."
Madonna, 64 works out with a personal trainer at least five times a week. "Madonna does five to six workouts weekly that vary on a daily basis and focus on a variety of methods and training modalities," says trainer Craig Smith. "Her workouts include dance, resistance training, interval training, yoga, barre workouts, Pilates, aerobics, athletic conditioning, and circuit training. Dance is a great exercise modality because it is a well-balanced method that includes all of the essentials of fitness: cardio, strength, endurance, stability, balance, flexibility, and mobility."
Helen Mirren, 77, focuses on healthy habits every day. "My advice is to work from the inside out," she says. "First of all, take control of your diet and find one that makes you feel good. I'm the first one at the fish and chips, but what you're putting inside your body does influence how you feel about yourself, so start there. The next thing is exercise, which doesn't mean joining expensive gyms. I'm a big believer in the Canadian Air Force women's exercise regime, which is 12 minutes. It is an exercise regime that starts from very low and easy, then if you follow it through, it can become quite difficult."
Arnold Schwarzenegger, 75, limits red meat for the most part. "I would say the majority of my meals now have no meat," he says. "But every so often I still make a steak and I still have my Wiener schnitzel when I go to Austria. I will never stop that: Everything that you do in moderation is not bad. I never call myself vegan, but I've learned that for health reasons and fitness reasons that it's better for me at my age to just eat less meat. Also, there is some correlation between a healthy body and healthy Earth. It's good for your body to eat less meat and it is also good for the Earth."
Kevin Costner, 68, has made it a point to stay active for his health and happiness (especially when his children were younger). "I've been real lucky about a lot of things in my life, but one of the things has been this ability to stay healthy," he says. "I think one of the big things that helps me is that I don't sit it out. I move. I get out there and take the biggest bite out of life that's possible."
Susan Sarandon, 76, stays active by walking and hitting the treadmill. "If you want to age gracefully, you don't smoke cigarettes and probably laugh a lot, and get the normal amount of exercise, and eat well and stay out of the sun would be the main things," she says. "As is having an amazing makeup and hair team, that's really the secret. It helps to live in New York because I walk everywhere. I ride my bike down the West Side Highway, and I get 30 minutes on the treadmill."
Jane Seymour, 72, still works out like a dancer. "Having been a dancer who quit when I was 17, my body is reminded every time I try to do any kind of ballet exercise," she says. "My brain will tell it what it needs to do and my body will cramp up and say, 'Not on your life.' But, if I'm very careful, I can do some pliés and stretches, all of which I am doing in dressing rooms, at home, on the road, in hotel rooms, anywhere. Even at the airport. When I do workout, I tend to do Pilates reformer [exercises]. Because I do have [dance] injuries, it really helps me enormously. I also do gyrotonics, which does more of a rotation of the spine, which I find to be very important. And I got one of those power plate machines! If I stand on that and do any of those plies or squats or anything like that it sort of gives you quadruple the workout."
Dolly Parton, 77, knows how important exercise is—but she admits she doesn't enjoy having a regimented workout routine. "I hate exercise, like I hated school," she says. "I watch my diet the best I can. I try and do low carb but if I see something I want to eat, I eat it, as I am a hog at heart. But exercise, I hate, hate, hate. I just do my diddly squats."
Michelle Yeoh, 60, says her mother is her role model when it comes to aging with grace. "For me, exercising is the most important," she says. "When I'm in New York, I love walking around Central Park. I mean, literally, the whole circle around the park… I get this glow after I exercise that comes right from your core… your skin looks better right away."