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See Heather Locklear Now, as She Hits Red Carpet

The icon is back.

As a staple of TV soaps in the 1980s and 90s—notably Dynasty and Melrose Place—Heather Locklear became everyone's favorite star, and she was a fitness icon to boot. After some health and legal troubles, Locklear appears back in action, starring in a new Lifetime film, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story, about the co-creator of the best-selling book series of the same name. (After her husband, Dr. Richard Carlson, passes away, Kristine must reevaluate what's next.) Locklear attended the world premiere for the film in California yesterday. Read on to see 5 ways Heather Locklear 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 Celebrates Her Sobriety

In April 2020, Locklear marked one year of being sober, and posted this Maya Angelou quote on Instagram: "I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as making a 'life.' I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision….."


She Has Done Resistance Training

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"I do resistance training three times a week," Locklear told Parade years ago. "That really helps with defying gravity and keeping things in place. I have light weights to do reps with both my arms and legs. I do cardio a couple times a week on the treadmill, with the music blasting. It's what gets me through."


She Tries to Keep Up With a Healthy Lifestyle

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"If I miss my workouts for a few weeks, it's harder when I go back. If I eat junk food it's harder to go back to eating the healthy stuff. Keeping up with the healthy lifestyle makes it easier in the long run," she told Parade. She goes to her happy place via movement. "Exercise plays a huge part in that, especially cardio. I also love to play golf and tennis. Even a walk in the evening can take the edge off a bad day."


She Has Tried Portion Control


"I use portion control and try to keep it healthy 80 percent of the time. I don't deny myself carbs or sweets. I just make every effort to keep it within reason," she has said. Though sometimes she hits the drive-thru. "Sometimes when I'm tired after a long day's work it seems like the easy thing to do, but the next day I regret it," Locklear admitted.


She Knows Recovery is the Best Revenge

"Addiction is a ferocious and will try to take you down," she wrote on Instagram. "Recovery is the best revenge. Be kind to everyone you meet, your light just might change their path." It was a tribute to a friend Josh.

Leah Groth
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