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Original Fitness Guru Jane Fonda Shares Her No. 1 Anti-Aging Tip
Jane Fonda revolutionized the fitness industry with the release of her first workout video in 1982. Thirty years and more than 20 exercise videos later, the original fitness guru is back with a new workout video, Jane Fonda PrimeTime AM/PM Yoga for Beginners, featuring short yoga workouts to be done in the morning and evening.
The actress, 75, talked to PARADE about her fitness legacy, ageless beauty secrets, and more.
On reaching a new audience with her yoga workout.
“I’ve done four videos for older people under my new brand, PrimetTime, and the missing link was yoga. I’m aiming it for older people — people who have never worked out or who are recovering from a surgery and have to start slow. It’s easy, you can’t get hurt, it’s very doable, and I’ve done it in ten-minute segments. I didn’t want anything scary."
On her favorite yoga positions.
"In the morning, I love to do sun salutation. It wakes me up and gets my body going. Child’s pose stretches the back and shoulders, and I like to end it all up with shavasana where you lie there and go into a meditative state."
On her desire to stay fit.
"I stay motivated because it makes me feel good. I know how I’m going to feel afterwards, and that’s what gets me to do it even if I don’t feel like it."
On aging successfully.
"The most important thing to do as you age is to stay physically active. Lots of people just throw in the towel if they can’t do what they used to do and that’s terrible. If you can’t run then walk; if you can’t downhill ski then cross-country ski; if you can’t lift ten pounds, then lift five one. Keep moving. Of all the things that can allow you to age successfully, staying physically active is number one."
On her impact on the fitness world.
"I didn’t expect it to be such a phenomenon when I first started, but once it happened, I was like, ‘Holy cow! I’ve launched a whole industry!’ I wish I could pretend I was a brilliant businesswoman and I anticipated the whole thing, but no, I didn’t, but it did work!"
On the secret to a well-lived life.
"Be present in it, be intentional about it. Instead of drifting along like a leaf in a river, understand who you are and how you come across to people and what kind of an impact you have on the people around you and the community around you and the world, so that when you go out, you can feel you have made a positive difference."
On her tried and true beauty tips.
"Number one in capital letters: SLEEP. Sleep becomes harder when you’re older — for reasons I don’t entirely understand — but anything that someone can do to help them sleep, you should do. Sleep is really important. If you can’t do all your sleeping at night then nap during the day. Good skin care is important. Drinking lots of water helps your skin and hair. And remember, no soda!"
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