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20 Amazing Over-50 Bodies

Here’s how they stay so fit.

Age is just a number, and these 20 remarkable individuals prove it. Madonna, Reba McEntire, Paula Abdul, Cher, Jane Fonda, and many more have graciously shared glimpses into their lifestyles, revealing the habits and routines that keep them looking and feeling their best. From Madonna's diverse workout regimen that incorporates dance, yoga, and circuit training, to Reba McEntire's focus on a healthy diet filled with fruits, vegetables, and omega-3-rich salmon, each story offers a unique insight into the choices these individuals make to maintain their vitality. These are the 20 amazing over-50 bodies that continue to inspire and challenge our perceptions of aging.



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The Queen of Pop's personal trainer, Craig Smith, spilled her diet and exercise secrets in an interview with Glamour. "Madonna does five to six workouts weekly that vary on a daily basis and focus on a variety of methods and training modalities. Her workouts include dance, resistance training, interval training, yoga, barre workouts, Pilates, aerobics, athletic conditioning, and circuit training."


Reba McEntire

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The Queen of Country eats a healthy diet to keep herself in shape. She shared some of her favorite foods in an interview with WebMD. "I eat fruits and vegetables. I love salmon for my omega-3s. …Take supplements. I try to drink coconut water, which I love, and aloe vera juice."


Paula Abdul

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Paula Abdul tells Us Weekly that she has reached a place of self-love. "I am a fan of loving and accepting myself exactly how I am in this moment right now — not in a few months, a few years ago. That's actually what helps me eat foods that nourish my body, keep me feeling good, add to my overall health and support my goals as a woman, a dancer and a performer."




Pop icon Cher has amazing skin. And she spilled some of her secrets in an interview. "In the early '70s I developed what is called adult acne. With Dr. Arnold Klein in Beverly Hills I began using Retin-A to treat chronic cystic acne… But what I learned is what everyone else has discovered over the past couple years: that Retin-A also acts as a de-aging agent."


Jane Fonda

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Jane Fonda makes working out a priority. In an interview, she says that she makes sure to stay fit. "I have to keep moving, because when you get older, it's more critical than when you're young. You have to keep your body moving. For me, if I don't, not only does my body begin to deteriorate, but so does my mind, and I know that I need those endorphins."


Meredith Marks

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The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star shared her nighttime routine with Us Weekly. She says that getting enough sleep is important to her. "It's hard for me to like settle down and it's also hard for me to stay asleep during the night. So, I like to sleep with an eye mask because it forces me to keep my eyes closed. If I could open them, I'm going to open them and like start working on my phone or doing something. I'm a restless person. I'm wired. I usually have like a glass of wine too. That usually helps a little."


Laverne Cox

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Actress, host, and activist, Laverne Cox, makes sure to workout on a regular basis. She tells InStyle that she also wants other trans people to have a safe space to exercise. "I've talked to trans folks who haven't felt comfortable at a certain gym. They don't feel like [the gym is] inclusive or they're not supported, they're singled out, or harassed there. So having this space be inclusive for people of color or LGBTQ folks, is crucial."


Padma Lakshmi

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TV host Padma Lakshmi tells Women's Health that she had to pick up some new workouts. "I started going to Pilates a few years ago, because my chiropractor recommended it for my back. Pilates changed my body. It made me strong in places I didn't know I needed to be. I have a butt now that I didn't have during my modeling career!"


Lenny Kravitz

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Rock legend and actor Lenny Kravitz opened up about his diet to Men's Health. Kravitz is vegan and makes sure to be conscious of what he eats. "I'm very careful about what I put into my body and how I take care of my body. It's a combination of eating all these things and working out and keeping my muscles and my joints in shape, so that I can do what I do."


Keanu Reeves

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The John Wick star works with trainer, Patrick Murphy, to help him stay in shape. Murphy shared some of Reeves' secrets with GQ, including what he does to recover. "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."


Jamie Foxx

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The actor and singer opened up about his workout routine in an interview with Men's Health. He says that he keeps workout gear in his home, which helps him exercise on a regular basis. "I put a pull-up bar right near me in the bedroom. If you can manage to get 20 pull-ups a day…25 dips, 50 push-ups, 100 sit-ups…20 to 30 back extensions, you're done. I do that as soon as I get out of bed."


Wayne Brady

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The actor and singer opened up about his struggle with depression in an interview with Verywell Mind. Brady revealed that his ex-wife, Mandie Taketa, inspired him to get help. "She was the one who said, 'Wayne, I love you, and our daughter loves you, and our family loves you. And this is the path you go down when you don't want to live. And we are concerned, and I cannot stand by and watch you ignore this.' Like many people in the African American culture, I grew up thinking that therapy was a bad word or therapy's not for me—therapy's for white people, therapy's for crazy people. So it took a lot of work to open my eyes to see that asking for help is not a weakness. In fact, that's a strength, saying I need this. That's a superpower."


Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

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Actor and former wrestler, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson does a lot of strength training to stay in shape. He shared this video of himself doing bicep curls on Instagram. Johnson captioned the post, "Success at anything requires obsession — and I apply that obsession to everything I do. In the quiet of the night. Obsession fuels the passion. Passion fuels that fucking chip on my shoulder. That chip creates the mindset. Never. Full."


Angela Bassett

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Angela Bassett's trainer, Corey Callait, opened up to People about how the actress got in shape for her role in the film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. "I like to set up circuits," he said. "You do each movement for 30 seconds, then you take a break, get the heart rate down to get it right back up. The reason why I like doing it so much is because it's the fastest and the most effective way to burn fat."


Halle Berry


Actress and former pageant girl, Halle Berry, shared some of her diet and exercise tips in an interview with InStyle. "Over the past few years, I went from training for John Wick 3 to my upcoming film and directorial debut BRUISED. Some days I'd work on strength and cardio and others I'd do yoga and stretching, all while I did a few hours of martial arts training each day. For me, it's been important not to overstress my body. Taking cold hot showers has been a good recovery ritual."


Kevin Bacon

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The Footloose star shared some of his favorite workouts in an interview with WebMD. He says that he does a variety of things to stay in shape. "I hike, I lift weights, I do calisthenics. Sometimes I work with a trainer. I don't work out for long periods of time because I'm just too bored by it. High-intensity, short periods of time are much more beneficial for me."


Kevin Costner

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In an interview, the Yellowstone and The Bodyguard star revealed what he does to stay in shape. Costner said that he spends a lot of time outside. "I love a little horseback riding, followed by taking the kids out to the tide pools and just running around looking for crabs. 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. 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."


Tom Cruise

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When asked how he stays in shape for his many action movies, Tom Cruise said that he does a variety of things to stay in shape. "Sea-kayaking, caving… fencing, treadmill, weights… rock-climbing, hiking… I jog… I do so many different activities. For different films, whether it's an action movie or not, making a movie is very demanding. I'm constantly training for one thing or the other."


Vin Diesel

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The Fast and The Furious and Guardians of The Galaxy star shares a lot of his favorite workouts on Instagram. One thing Diesel enjoys doing is weight training. According to the Mayo Clinic, weight training has a lot of benefits. "Your body fat percentage will increase over time if you don't do anything to replace the lean muscle you lose over time. Strength training can help you preserve and enhance your muscle mass at any age."


Ralph Macchio


Karate Kid star, Ralph Macchio, seemingly hasn't aged since then. Macchio shared some of his diet and exercise tips in an interview with "Eating right and exercising are a necessary part of life. I've learned, especially over the last 10 years, it's easier to fall out of shape and things don't 'snap back' as quickly as they did in those Karate Kid years. I want to keep on enjoying a healthy life, and that means sticking to good eating and exercise habits."

Anna Bechtel
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