11 Movie Stars Who Are Fit After 50
Staying fit and healthy in your 50s is obviously a different challenge to wellness in your 20s—if anything, it's even more important to make the effort. "You don't realize how important our nutrition is and how it affects our bodies. It's fuel. But I also think we need a balance, you know? We have to be able to have our indulgences and things that we love while practicing the 80/20 rule," says Jennifer Aniston. So what's the secret to maintaining health and wellness after 50? Here's why Halle Berry, Keanu Reeves, and Nicole Kidman are thriving as they get older.
Halle Berry, 56, intermittent fasts and uses weights for her workouts. "Wherever I am, I just try to find the foods I've become accustomed to eating, and I've been a pretty healthy eater for many, many years because of my diabetes," she says. "And now that's become second nature to me. I fast until 2 p.m.—I usually eat between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., and then I'm done for the day, which is the same when I'm traveling or working. I also have so many things now that I can take with me as far as working out when I travel, all sorts of bands and light weights that are easy to pack and use when I don't have access to a gym. So much of my favorite kinds of exercise can be done in the house or in a hotel room."
Salma Hayek, 56, calls walking her dogs her version of exercise. She also likes the occasional juice fast. "When I feel stressed, I turn to food for comfort," she says. "After doing a juice cleanse, I'm motivated to eat healthier and not emotionally. Cleansing is like my meditation. It makes me stop, focus and think about what I'm putting into my body. I'm making a commitment to my health and hitting the reset button."
Viola Davis, 57, loved her training regimen for The Woman King. "When I was a girl wanting to win the Miss Central Falls Recreation Contest — wanting to look good in a bikini, wanting to be thin and cute and delicate and pretty — I just wanted to be willowy and thin," she says. "I was always muscular and thicker, and I felt like my femininity could not be created with this canvas. And then all of a sudden, with this role, my muscles, my arms, my thick legs, my heavy voice were perfect. I felt unapologetic about it. I celebrated it physically in every way. Sometimes you do a movie and then it's over. And sometimes, you do a movie and it shifts you a little bit. You're a little bit better for it. And that's what it's been like for me with the training."
Keanu Reeves, 58, has an incredible work ethic when it comes to his exercise and training. "Keanu's grit and stamina are astounding to witness," says personal trainer Patrick Murphy. "I would meet Keanu daily after his stunt training. We'd even train on weekends, for an hour each time. The exercises I prescribed influenced posture and alignment, and stabilization. KR possesses a serious commitment to ice baths, which I'm all for as well. One of the best recovery practices to do after all of the ground and pound stunt training is an ice bath."
Michelle Pfeiffer, 65, does Pilates and yoga, and follows a vegan diet. "I love the vegan diet because I love carbs," she says. "Eating this kind of food is much healthier, and you avoid a lot of toxins that could age your skin and body. I noticed a difference in my skin not long after I became a vegan."
Nicole Kidman, 56, follows the 80/20 rule when it comes to her diet. "I go out on the tour bus [with husband Keith Urban]," she says. "There's a lot of junk food on the bus … I'm just not someone that believes in denial. It's walking a path that's ultimately 80% healthy, 20%… sometimes it falls to 70. But that's why I think you have things like natural health remedies — you find out what works for you. And I do a lot and I have a lot of energy."
Elle Macpherson, 59, follows a mostly vegan diet. "Although I prefer a raw vegan diet, if I'm craving something hot, I'll have a poached egg on sunflower or wheat-free dark rye bread, raw oatmeal with agave or a raw chia pudding soaked in almond milk," she says. "I'm vegan at the moment, so I make veggie wraps—otherwise, it's veggie pizza or vegetable pasta with pesto. When I feel like having something sweet, I'll have my favorite dark chocolate or vegan ice cream—sometimes both!"
Sophia Loren, 88, credits walking for good health and energy. "A little exercise is good. But I walk, walk, walk, walk!" she says. "I walk an hour every day. That's very good for your heart. Physical exercise makes you more graceful. Walk as if the whole street is yours. Relax a little bit, read, look at the sunset—you know, things that please you."
Laura Dern, 56, exercises with her family. "I am realizing that as a mother and a daughter, self-care is a requirement in my day if I'm going to stay healthy enough to be the sole provider as an only child for my parents. If I can wake up and meditate before I grab my phone, that really helps me be centered for everyone else throughout the day," she says. We make sure to have the time in the day to walk our dogs and get fresh air, we make tea, take (online) yoga classes, and we're learning to knit together."
Cate Blanchett, 54, is a big fan of Pilates and at-home cardio. "I really like Pilates," she says. "I feel like it's made for actors' bodies. For me, I need to do it one-on-one. I find that when you go into a big class, you actually need a guiding hand. At home we have an elliptical trainer, which is good because that's often the only exercise I get. But my job is very active — I end up stretching each day before I go on, so I feel very taken care of in that way."
Jennifer Aniston, 54, has learned to genuinely love healthy food. "Well, what we put in our bodies is important," she says. "I used to eat mindlessly, and I never used to read packages or gave a hoot about what I was putting in [my body]. I'm much more mindful about what I eat and conscious of my ingredients. I try to practice balance by eating a proper amount of protein, vegetables, and water and exercising. Meditation, for me, is really important. If I were to skip my daily practice or miss a few days, I would notice a difference in my day—it's not something you can ever put your finger on, but I see a difference."