Jane Fonda has revealed her secrets to staying fit and strong at the age of 84 – and one of them involves a lot of steps.
The Grace and Frankie star became an unlikely fitness guru of the 1980s with the release of her bestselling home exercise video, Jane Fonda's Workout, and has since produced a whopping 22 workout tapes to get people up and moving.
Her high-energy routines, which mainly focus on flexibility and cardio, have been largely credited for inspiring countless Americans to embrace fitness at a time when the country was beginning to see rising obesity rates.
Now aged 84, Jane is still a huge believer in the power of exercise. She continues to move her body every day – a habit that has reaped a whole host of physical and mental benefits.
"I walk a lot, and that helps me," she revealed during a recent interview with Vogue.
Rather than using walking for weight loss, however, Jane opts to take long strolls to help her to stay physically strong. The Oscar-winning actor recalls how she would lace up her sneakers on a daily basis while working on Book Club 2 in Italy, setting her alarm for sunrise so she could squeeze in the low-impact exercise before filming commenced.
"I would get up at six in the morning before the heat hit and walk for an hour, hour and a half, two hours on days when the work permitted me to do that," she revealed.
This routine has also helped Jane, who comes from a 'long line of depressed people', to keep her mental health in check.
"One way that I avoid depression is through exercise," she explained. "When I move, when I walk, when I exercise, the depression lifts."
As for her best fitness advice for women over 50, Jane follows a simple, but probably unexpected, two-letter motto.
"It’s slow down," she says. "Everything is very slow. Jimmy Fallon asked me, “What music do you use now for your workouts?” I said, “There’s no music slow enough to use for my workout."
Other tools that keep Jane fit and healthy include getting plenty of rest and eating a plant-based diet.
"The most important thing for me is sleep. I sleep eight or nine hours every night," she explained, before adding, "I have cut way back on red meat. I’ve cut back on fish because fish supplies are dwindling. I eat vegetables. I eat salads. I eat fresh food. I’m just careful about what I eat."
Jane also admitted to having "had a facelift" in the past, but "stopped because I don’t want to look distorted." Today, she achieves her glow holistically, crediting 'laughter' with good friends and 'staying out of the sun' as two other key factors to looking so youthful.
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Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.
Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.
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