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Elle Macpherson in Bathing Suit Enjoys "End of Day" Sun

Here’s how she stays so fit.

You know that end of day feeling on a vacation, when the sun's going down and everything feels just right? Elle Macpherson captured that in a series of photos, in which she's sitting—well, standing—on the dock of the bay (or some beautiful body of water), watching the sun go down. She even quoted the lyrics to "(Sittin' on) the Dock of a Bay" in a caption. How does she stay so fit while keeping so busy? Read on to see 7 ways Elle Macpherson stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!


She Enjoys a Plant-Based Diet

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Elle follows an alkaline diet, rich in veggies. "I really enjoy a plant-based diet, I love vegetables," she told Harper's Bazaar. "If I'm really in my groove, I love a raw, plant-based diet," she added to New Beauty. "That's how I feel best. I eat grains, nuts, seeds, beans, vegetables, almond milk, hemp milk, chia seeds. I make my own granola in a dehydrator. Avocado, salads, juicing—you know, beautiful, whole, natural foods. As far as animal products are concerned, I'll have a poached egg every now and then, some Parmesan cheese and goat cheese, but they're not staples of my diet."


How to Maintain Your Plant-Based Diet/slidetitle]

"Make a weekly meal plan, then shop," advises the Mayo Clinic. "Your plan should include incremental change. If you eat only, say, a vegetable with dinner, begin by adding a second serving — how about fruit with breakfast? Once you've established that routine, add a third serving, maybe a salad at lunch. If you make the plan, you're more likely to stick to it." Also: "Get creative with prep. Steam, broil, roast, blend, saute: It's chef's choice here. So mix up a smoothie, simmer some soup or toss a salad — it all counts." And: "Use the stealth approach. Sneak extra veggies into salads, soups and casseroles; add berries and other fruit to whole-grain breakfast cereals, salads and snacks. You'll improve your health and you won't even know it."

[slidetitle num="3"]She Sets Her Intentions in the Morning

""I wake at 5.00am and lie in bed for about 10 minutes before getting ready for my morning routine. It sets me up for the day and is non-negotiable. I know it makes me feel great so I stick to it. I set my intentions for the day and try to understand how I am feeling in my body and mind. I put my hands on my chest and feel my breathing and think about what I want to accomplish today. Sometimes it might be a tangible thing like running through my to-do list, or something self-nurturing like meditation," she tells Marie Claire.


Meditation is Good for Her

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"Meditation may offer many benefits, such as helping with concentration, relaxation, inner peace, stress reduction and fatigue," reports the Mayo Clinic. "Research has found that meditation may help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. When combined with conventional medicine, meditation may improve physical health. For example, some research suggests meditation can help manage symptoms of conditions such as insomnia, heart disease, pain, cancer and digestive problems."


She Exercises This Way

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"Now in my 50s, I don't over-work in the gym. I now listen to what my body needs. I do an hour of exercise I really enjoy every day. It might be paddle boarding, hiking or even waterskiing. At the moment, I'm really into boxing or taking spin classes with girlfriends," she told Marie Claire.


She Runs

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When in NYC, Macpherson runs around the Reservoir in Central Park. One study "showed participants had improvements in overall cardiovascular health but particularly related to the stiffness of the aortic vessel. This is important because as people age, the body's vessels become stiffer. This can be detrimental to your health since with stiff vessels your body has to work harder to pump blood," reports the Mayo Clinic.


She Prioritizes Wellness

Wellness is Elle's priority year-round. "I believe in maintenance, I'm not a big binge and purge person," she told Harper's Bazaar. "I think it's really important to maintain wellness year-round. Not because it looks good but it actually feels good – which is really important when you're running a business and you've got kids and a full life. It's easy – I just make good choices and I enjoy the choices that I make." 


Leah Groth
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