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How OG American Gigolo Richard Gere Stays Sexy

A new American Gigolo is on the way as the original shares the secrets that keep him fit.

Showtime announced a reboot TV series starring Jon Bernthal, based on American Gigolo, the 1980 movie that made Richard Gere a star — but the OG Julian Kaye remains as sexy as ever, and here's how he does it. Gere — who went on to star in An Officer and a Gentleman and Pretty Woman is in his 70s, but he's still in great shape. Read on to see five ways Richard Gere stays in shape and the photos that prove they work.

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He Focuses on the Spiritual

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Gere mantains his spiritual health as well as his physical fitness. After a visit to Nepal in the late 1970s, he began practicing Tibetan Buddhism, building on the Zen Buddhism he practiced prior to that for more than five years. "Spirituality has many definitions, but at its core spirituality helps to give your life context. It's not necessarily connected to a specific belief system or even religious worship. Instead, it arises from your connection with yourself and with others, the development of your personal value system, and your search for meaning in life," says the Mayo Clinic.

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He Lives His Life

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Gere believes in living life to the fullest. "None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an afterthought," he said. "Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you're carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird."

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He's A Vegetarian

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Gere is a strict vegetarian and favors foods that are high in fiber and low in cholesterol and saturated fat to protect his heart. Such healthy choices give him energy and vigor.

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He Chooses Fruit, Vegetables and Vitamins

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Gere makes sure that his diet is packed with fresh fruit, leafy greens and vegetables filled with minerals and vitamins. His well-balanced diet includes foods rich in vitamins and nutrients, such as potassium, vitamin C and calcium.

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He Meditates Daily

 

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As a spiritual man, Gere adopted meditation techniques that help motivate him every day. Staying clear headed, relaxed and calm leads to better decision-making and a sharper mind. "Meditation has a history that goes back thousands of years, and many meditative techniques began in Eastern traditions. The term "meditation" refers to a variety of practices that focus on mind and body integration and are used to calm the mind and enhance overall well-being. Some types of meditation involve maintaining mental focus on a particular sensation, such as breathing, a sound, a visual image, or a mantra, which is a repeated word or phrase. Other forms of meditation include the practice of mindfulness, which involves maintaining attention or awareness on the present moment without making judgments," says the NIH.

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