Fitness isn’t a passing hobby; it’s a lifelong commitment. The Hollywood legends on this list have taken this message to heart and deserve praise, both for their artistic achievements and for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Their journey hasn’t always been easy. The pressures of fame and their profession caused some to struggle to make healthy choices at times. But, with the wisdom of age, these amazing actresses, all over fifty years old (or turning 50 this year), have learned the value of health and fitness to a long, rewarding life. They are a true inspiration to women everywhere! Here are the Top 20 from Health Fitness Revolution and author of the book ReSYNC Your Life Samir Becic:
Jane Fonda, 77
- In 1979, Jane Fonda started a tremendously popular workout studio in L.A that sparked a global workout phenomena. Fonda complimented her workout studio with a best-selling fitness book that made the Jane Fonda workout accessible to everyone. The book sold so well that the New York Times Best Sellers list created a new category for self-help books. The book inspired a workout home video, which eventually became the best-selling home video of all time (altogether, she sold 17 million copies).
- “It’s important to exercise when you’re younger,” she said. “It’s the No. 1 ingredient for successful aging. It makes a difference for all aspects of your life and your body.”
- Like many fitness fanatics, Jane exercises both to look good and feel great. “I know what exercise has done to my life profoundly — not just my body, but my mind,” said the Oscar winner. “I do what makes me feel good.”
- Fonda, who battled anorexia, bulimia and poor body image during her twenties, thirties and forties, has adopted more laid-back approach to fitness now that she’s older, and makes a concerted effort to eat well.
- She eats fish, chicken and eggs and eats red meat a couple of times a week. She says that it is extremely important to watch what you eat as you get older because your cells regenerate more slowly. She adds that reduced muscle causes weight gain, so every single calorie you put in your body has to count for something.
- She eats by color: something dark green, dark purple, red, orange, yellow, white, because they all have different vitamins and minerals in them.
- As she has gotten older, Jane transitioned from the rigorous, high-impact aerobic exercise she extolled during the 1980s to gentler, lower-impact workouts. Fonda does yoga, strength-training, walks, cycles, and uses an elliptical trainer.
- Fonda divulges the secrets to her anti-aging diet, workout and happiness in her memoir, Prime Time: Love, Health, Sex, Fitness, Friendship, Spirit: Making the Most of All of Your Life.
Helen Hunt, 52
- Is a known surf and yoga enthusiast
- “I do eat well. I try to love my body,” she says. “That is what I tell my daughter. I say, ‘Love every bite of food. Love your body. We’re all going to be dead soon.’ Actually I don’t say that last thing to her.”
- Helen Hunt is a paparazzi favorite and is frequently photographed coming and going from different California studios. She has been spotted in the past leaving Yoga Works in Santa Monica and another studio in Bentwood.
- Hunt is one of many celebrities who have embraced yoga as a form of physical activity that also offers spiritual and mental benefits.
Julia Roberts, 48
- Roberts said that her children are a major motivation for her to be physically active. “You make these people and you love them and you want them around for a thousand years, and you want to be there for them for a thousand years,” Robert told ELLE.
- To keep fit, Julia does hour-long sessions four times a week with exercise guru Kathy Kaehler, Julia’s trainer of over a decade.
- She does 20 to 40 minutes of step aerobics and up to 40 minutes of body work—lunges, crunches, planks, push-ups—after.
- Roberts has admitted that she doesn’t typically enjoy exercising but likes the strength and sense of accomplishment she gets from it.
- She also swims laps, cross-country skis, endurance-building aquatic workouts, and does pilates and yoga.
Sophia Loren, 81
- Loren was well into her 70s when she posed nude for the exclusive Pirelli calendar in 2006, looking trim and in-shape.
- Sophia stays fit by exercising every day and eating a healthy, portion-controlled diet.
- Loren, who lives in Switzerland, does 45 minutes of stretching and abdominal crunches every morning, followed by a one-hour walk.
- “I always wake up early and jump out of bed – sometimes not wanting to, because one can always find an alibi not to exercise – and then I take a walk for an hour. And as I walk round the park I always think, ‘Maybe around the corner I am going to find something beautiful.’ I always think positively. It is very rare that you find me in a mood that is sad or melancholic.”
- She typically eats a small breakfast of decaf and an English muffin, a large lunch (usually chicken, salad, some pasta, and fruit) and a light dinner.
- Loren also insists her youthful looks come from a good night’s sleep. Loren, who denies she has ever had plastic surgery, usually wakes up every day at 5 a.m. and is in bed by 8 p.m.
Sissy Spacek, 65
- The 65-year-old credits her youthful glow to sunscreen, regular exercise and a vegetarian diet – surprising when you consider that she hails from Texas cattle country.
- Her vegetarian diet has well-established health benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, people who skip meat in favor of vegetables, beans and grains generally consume fewer calories and less fat. Vegetarians also weigh less and have lower cholesterol levels than their carnivorous counterparts.
- “I was a runner for my entire life, but now I’m a walker. I have a NordicTrack. I met with an orthopedic doctor who did tell me that running doesn’t hurt your knees unless you have an accident or an injury.”
- “I love doing Pilates,” she said. “I’m a devotee. Even if you’ve been injured, Pilates will help. It’s like physical therapy.”
- “I became a vegetarian at 20 and stopped smoking, which I only did for a few years as a ridiculously stupid youth. I’ve stopped eating red meat and now I eat a lot of fish.”
- “Life will bungle you up,” she said with a laugh. “It’s good to find a way to get the stress out. Go out. Take a walk. Clear your head. Realize that life goes by so fast. I wish I would have known how fast when I was younger. Just breathe and relax. Try to live in the present moment and have as few regrets as possible.”
Emma Thompson, 56
- Emma says she has ‘to work hard to regain a shape I’m happy with, which is very feminine. I’ve never been a skinny monkey’.
- Celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson helped her tone up five years ago through a combination of cardio and running. She still runs and walks daily.
- Has described her ‘great big zonking bottom’. And told a reporter that she keeps trim by running outside: ‘I do it almost every day, partly because I want to drink wine and eat what I bloody well want, but, because around 40, everything changes.’
- She currently doesn’t have a personal trainer, and she hates gyms, so she just does it outside on her own. “And what’s lovely is that it really makes me wake up” she says.
- At 64, she performed for the Queen at Buckingham Palace, wow-ing the crowd with her body.
- In her red latex bodysuit, 5’10” Jones looks astounding, and her workouts with the hula hoop are a big part of that. In 2010 she told the Evening Standard, “I do a little exercise, but I don’t do excessive body-building like when I trained twice a day for a year with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dolph Lundgren.”
Salma Hayek, 49
- “I don’t have time to exercise. I am working. I’ve had some 20-hour days,” she has told People. “Some people have the discipline to exercise in the morning, and I didn’t develop that.”
- Hayek has cleverly figured out a way to make traditional gyms entirely obsolete.”I work with a woman in London who taught me how to hold my body in a way where the muscles are activated all day long. So even when you brush your teeth, you’re working the muscles,” she divulged.
- “It’s restorative yoga. She taught me how to tone [my muscles] without clenching them. You relax them and focus on the parts that need to be used, but never with tension. If you’re aware of your body, you’d be surprised by the effect it can have.”
Angela Bassett, 57
- “My goal with exercise is I try to do it more often than not,” Bassett says. “Recently, I got a couple of my girlfriends together and we walked the Rose Bowl. It’s maybe a three-mile thing. It’s about showing up and accountability. You have to say, ‘Everyone will meet at 8:15 a.m.’ I know when I have a real plan then I’m there. If my friends are waiting, that puts a pressure on me not to disappoint them.
- We’ll say, “Let’s do six miles today. We’re here. Why not?” And we all end up doing it. This is one of the best cases – ever – of peer pressure! I’ll be the one saying, “Speed up, ladies. We’re spending too much time chit-chatting.”
- But even Angela admits it’s not just about the exercise. It’s her diet that really makes the difference.
- “You have to keep your diet interesting. I like tasteful and passionate food. It has to be flavorful. You gotta eat. It’s one of our greatest pleasures, but you’ve got to eat yourself well, which is why I’m also organic.”
- On stress: I just try to embrace life. You can’t avoid the stresses of family and work, but you can’t fixate on the stress either. You have to allow yourself to put it all to bed at the end of the day – every single day.
- Does try to eat well and does well about 75 percent of the time. She loves sweets. But tries to counter-act anything she does that’s bad with something very good.
Julianne Moore, 55
- Having been through many ups and downs in life, Julianne also shares the time when she was in utter emotional turmoil. It was past the death of her mom, which totally devastated her. She grew victim of depression, insomnia and myriad other ailments. To get her life back on track, Julianne succumbed to acupressure, which not only provided her relief from back pain, but also cured insomnia and other health issues.
- The brunette attributes her svelte and curvaceous figure to her meticulous diet and exercises for her svelte figure.
- Julianne has kept up with her workouts since she was young. She attributes her heart to this consistency.
- The mother-of-two has been practicing Ashtanga yoga three times a week for years, keeping her body agile, flexible, and toned.
- “I did a silly juice cleanse [before the Golden Globes] for three days, which went all over the Internet as if I was a lunatic. I was eating vegetables, not eating sugar, being really careful,” she said. “And when I was in yoga that week, I was so much more flexible. My teacher said, ‘Wow, you’re really bendy.’ I’m like, ‘That’s what it is. It’s the food!’ Because then you realize how important diet is. Dairy, sugar, alcohol, all those things affect you.”
- She’s also started working with a trainer for some strength training.
- Says she can’t do the same type of work out 6 days straight so she mixes it up to keep from getting injured.
Helen Mirren, 70
- “I don’t go to the gym,” Mirren told People. “I’m trying to go.” She listed a few tips for all the gym-avoiders out there who need to start a fitness regimen. “Buy yourself a fabulous workout outfit. Put it on and do four sit-ups and take it off and get in the shower,” she said.
- Mirren knows you won’t get a killer bod like hers with just four sit-ups. Who was named the new face of L’Oreal Paris last year, said it’s important to start out small and build your way up. “My thing with exercise is start really easy, just so you only do three sit-ups … Then do four next week and the next week do five,” she said.
- But if you want to look as fab as she does-whether in the red carpet or in a bikini-you’ll have to put in a little more time. But don’t worry, 11 minutes is all you need. Last year, Mirren told Hello! Magazine she’s a follower of the Royal Canadian Air Force workout. “It is the exercise I have done off and on my whole life. It just very gently gets you fit. Two weeks of doing that and you think: ‘Yeah, I could go to the gym now’,” she said.
- The simple workout can be done anywhere and involves basic exercises like sit-ups, running in place and knee bends, all designed to make you fitter and stronger in no time. Perfect for anyone who hates going to the gym.
Monica Bellucci, 51
- The versatile actress uses swimming and yoga exercises to keep herself in shape.
- She swims for at least 4 times in a week and stays in the pool for at least 45 minutes to give her body a thorough workout.
- Bellucci has confessed that her daily schedule is very hectic, so she doesn’t pressure herself to hit the gym. She is also not a morning person, who can get up at 5 and start working by 6 as she is too lazy to do that.
- Her best beauty tip: “It has to come from inside. If you don’t feel good, it’s impossible to look good – not just for girls, but for women who’ve already had a life, and experiences.”
- The Italian actress also believes that taking some steps to ensure fitness is vital, but one should not be obsessed about it. Giving her own example, she said that she always tries to eat well and has sweated a lot by doing yoga exercises especially when she gave birth to her daughters, but she was never too obsessed about her fitness.
- She acknowledged that she never stresses herself by thinking too much about her looks.
- Believes in portion control diet. This allows her to eat anything she craves without going overboard. She doesn’t beleive in starvation, and when she has had to lose weight for roles, she eats a lot of fish and veggies.
- Drinks a lot of water.
Michelle Pfeiffer, 57
- Michelle decided to become a vegan when she saw a special about heart-disease prevention.
- “While it’s open to debate, if there’s any chance we can prevent a lot of chronic illnesses by the way we eat, why not try it? So I cut out meat and dairy and after two months my cholesterol shot down 83 points,” she says proud.
- She runs and does free weights 5 times a week.
- “I just felt like…there was science behind it,” she says. “And, you know, it was sort of irrefutable. … I couldn’t not listen to it. My father died from cancer, and the older you get, there’s a lot of disease around you. And you see people struggling with chronic disease. You see people dying with terminal illnesses. And if in any way …. this is true, then you kind of have to listen to it.”
Demi Moore, 53
- Demi Moore, who is 52, crafted her age-defying bikini body with a raw vegan diet, pilates and yoga workouts.
- Moore, who admitted she was obsessed with being young and skinny, used to do punishing daily workouts that included running six miles a day, long-distance cycling, and lifting weights for up to two hours daily. Ironically, Demi’s bikini body got thinner and fitter after she scaled back on her intense exercise sessions during her 40s.
- Sources said Demi maintains her hot bikini body with mostly raw vegan diet that features organic vegetables, fruits, green juices, smoothies and soups.
- Today, Demi’s workouts are low-impact and mainly include yoga and Pilates. Yoga is an excellent anti-aging workout because it builds lean muscle, strengthens your core, and reduces stress
- On her previous obsession with her body and sexiness: “I had an extreme obsession with my body,” Demi said. “I made it a measure of my own value. “I tried to dominate it, which I did, and I changed it multiple times over. But it never lasted, and ultimately it didn’t bring me anything but temporary happiness.”
Sharon Stone, 57
- Sharon Stone credits a low-sugar, low-carb diet and yoga workouts for her age-defying body at 57. While Stone has always exuded a cool self-confidence, she admits aging is rough.
- “There was a point in my 40s when I went into the bathroom with a bottle of wine, locked the door, and said, ‘I’m not coming out until I can totally accept the way that I look right now,’ ” Sharon told Shape.
- Sharon’s diet is heavy in red meat and vegetables but avoids sugar and simple carbs. Stone has followed the GI (Glycemic Index) Diet for over 10 years, and credits it for helping her recover from a brain aneurysm in 2001.
- Sharon’s diet is heavy in red meat and vegetables but avoids sugar and simple carbs. Stone has followed the GI Diet for over 10 years, and credits it for helping her recover from a brain aneurysm in 2001.
- Has said Jane Fonda is her workout inspiration.
- She works out regularly, combining strength-training, stretching, dancing and yoga. Stone has always been slim, but admits gaining 45 pounds during her twenties sent her into a serious depression.
Diane Keaton, 69
- The Oscar winner struggled with bulimia for four years, binge-eating and purging in secret. Keaton, who ate 20,000 calories a day at the height of her bulimia, said she was compulsive addict who used food to cope with her unhappiness.
- Keaton decided on her own to stop binge-eating and purging and to this day can’t remember exactly what triggered her decision. She detailed her battle in her 2012 memoir, Then Again.
- Her biggest health tip is to watch what you eat. “I’m a vegetarian now. I don’t eat meat or fish. I eat eggs and cheese,” she says. “And I do watch what I eat.”
- The mother-of-two says that she does make sure to get in some exercise every single day, even if she’s on a set. “I walk. I get on the treadmill,” she says. “And I’ll walk really fast to break a sweat. One thing is for sure – I don’t run. It’s too hard. But the fast walking does give me a lot of energy to face the day.”
- Yes, that woman on the bike next to you might be the “Annie Hall” Oscar winner. “I do take spin classes with my daughter Dexter,” Keaton admits. (Dexter just turned 19, and her son Duke is 14). “It’s rough. But at least I’m there. I’m sweating. I think the key here is that you don’t have to be like everybody else. Just do it. Do it the best you can do it.”
Liz Hurley, 50
- “Nothing keeps you healthier than loving people and being loved back. After that, get plenty of sleep, plenty of fresh air, eat lots of vegetables and don’t drink too much alcohol,” the British actress advised.
- Hurley forces herself to drink a large glass of warm water first thing in the morning. ‘It tastes fairly disgusting,’ she admits. ‘But it’s fantastic for your digestive system.’
- She attributes her glowing health to her frequent water consumption. She is never without a bottle of water in her bag, car or on her bedside table. Not only does it improve skin tone and eliminate toxins that tend to dull the complexion, but she says it staves off hunger pangs.
- Even though she is not a fan of exercise, describing it as ‘loathsome’, Hurley does advocate a brisk, 30-minute walk every day to improve your circulation and ‘get things moving’. She also does yoga and pilates.
- Her tried-and-tested route to a washboard midriff is with a diet that eliminates sweets, bread, pasta, cheese and crisps, provided that she can curb her weakness for smoky bacon flavour crisps – she even admits to having them flown to her at photo shoots around the world. Otherwise she tries to eat organic.
- According to the Hurley diet, too much fruit will make your stomach bloat, so don’t be tempted to try a fruit fast for quick weight loss. ‘Instead, eat fish or steak, brown rice and plenty of vegetables,’ she advises.
- Makes home-made soup and eats it up to 6 times a day when she is trying to slim down.
Sandra Bullock, 51
- Partakes in a low-carb diet.
- Works out daily, doing yoga, pilates, kickboxing, and weightlifting.
- does a combination of strength-training and cardio exercise to maintain her age-defying good looks.
- “I do a lot of Pilates, kickboxing and weight training in L.A., and when I’m in Austin [Texas], I run or ride a bike,” Bullock, told Vogue.
- In recent years, Bullock has incorporated plyometrics and an hour-long routine that combines yoga and fat-burning Pilates with dance cardio into her workout routine.
- Bullock’s trainer, Simone De La Rue, said Sandra’s super-fit physique is no accident: She works hard and is extremely disciplined. Sandra puts in an hour a day [at the gym], six times a week,” said De La Rue, author of Body by Simone. “She is extremely motivated and driven.”
- Sandra, who has always been fit, said staying in shape isn’t difficult because it’s her job to work out and look good. “People ask, ‘How do actresses do it [stay in shape]?’ ” she said. “Um, they pay us to do this in order to look good on film.”
- She is self-proclaimed fitness freak.
- Cher is brutally honest, admitting it takes a strict diet and rigorous exercise. She recently adopted a vegetarian diet, doesn’t eat meat or drink alcohol, and makes working out a top priority.
- Loves to run for 30 minutes a day for keeping her active, agile and flexible and keeping her metabolic rate up. She also does Bikram yoga (hot, 90 minute yoga).
- Puts lots of hard work in her fitness regime with Pilate’s session.
- ‘I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I eat really good food,” said Cher. “You have to work twice as hard [as you get older]. You have to be in the gym all the time, but I like it. When I was young I was a tomboy. I played sports. And I’m learning to surf right now. I like that kind of stuff, thank God. Fitness: If it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body.”
- Cher said exercise and a plant-based, vegetarian diet are critical for looking and feeling her best. “I don’t eat meat and I exercise around five times a week,” she said. “Getting your endorphins up is a great way to start your day and I’ve got loads of energy. If I ever try to play the age card with my trainer, she doesn’t go for it!”
- Still, aging does take its toll. “It’s harder to do things,” said Cher. “I’ve beat my body up so badly, it’s amazing it’s still talking to me and listening to what I say. But I’ve got aches and pains everywhere.” Cher added: “I’ve been screaming at the top of my lungs at my family, ‘Work out! Work out! Old age is coming!’ At some point you will need the strength. Who would have ever thought you would get this old?”
Suzanne Somers, 69
- The 67-year-old actress turned author has a renewed sense of living thanks to her organic diet and strict exercise plan confessing, ‘I’m going to live to be 110 years old!’
- She remains cancer-free after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001.
- ‘I thought I had taken care of myself. I never thought this would happen to me,’ she shared. ‘The irony is that I was in great shape at the time. Physically, I was in top form.’ Although she admits she never viewed her diet as part of her health and often ate junk food.
- After her surgery, she was very vocal in her decision to forego chemotherapy and decision to use alternative treatments for her recovery plan.
- On refusing chemo she said: ‘It has been a failure for so many. I was not going to take [it] and poison my body. For me, it was the best choice I could have made.’
- Instead, she used Iscador, a modern method that uses mistletoe to immune system’s strength. ‘Over the 10 years i injected it daily, I never had a cold or flu or even a day where I didn’t feel up to par,’ she said. ‘I realized how important it was to work at a healthy immune system.’
- Suzanne also switched to an overall healthier lifestyle in her bid to beat the disease. ‘I started growing my own organic vegetables… and started a routine of generally going to bed at 9.30 to 10 o’clock every night and sleeping until 7 am. I take perfect care of my machine.’
- Her fitness routine is also scheduled out: ‘I do yoga three times a week and I walk for a half hour every day.’In between, I get on the elliptical and my triple thigh trainer – I really do use the Thighmaster! – and do about 20 minutes on each of those. I also walk up and down the stairs a lot.’