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Lulu’s Golden Rules for Fitness and Getting Ready for Strictly and Brendan!


Article by Lulu

I am often told I don’t look my age – and I certainly don’t feel it, which helps!  It seems that 60 is the new 50 . . . however, I must admit it’s not something that just happens (unless you are very lucky).  I am not obsessed, but I do put a bit of time and effort into looking and feeling my best – I consider it part of my job.  I work in a youth obsessed industry – and I want to go on singing and rocking and rolling as long as is humanly possible – so that means looking after both my looks and my health and energy levels.  I am a great believer in ‘use it or lose it’ and I do have keep myself active – it doesn’t come as easily now as it did when I was younger.  And you may have heard I am going to be in Strictly Come Dancing!  This is something that certainly concentrates the mind!  I know Brendan puts his partners through their paces . . . so I am in equal parts terrified and exhilarated!  My fitness levels will have to improve rapidly . . . although I am fairly fit, Strictly sure divides the men from the boys!

Training to Brendan’s standards!

To be honest, until I had my son Jordan I didn’t work out at all – my work was so physical that I found I didn’t have to.  However, gravity began to do its worst and I needed a bit of extra help and to become actively involved in my own fitness.  Over the years I have tried many things – been bored to tears by ‘going for the burn’, ran like a crazy person till my knees gave out, did circuit traning . . . you name it.  Now, I combine yoga, weights, walking (a dog is the best and cheapest personal trainer you can get!!) and dance, dance, dance!  Maybe not to Brendan’s standards – but I LOVE it!

Keeping your body fit and flexible

I want to keep my body fit and flexible and also keeping my mind agile and active and my perfect solution is yoga.   Yoga has been a regular in my life for over thirty years and I credit it with keeping me supple and calm – and a calm mind is a more relaxed, more youthful face!  I remember John Lennon trying to introduce me to yoga in the Sixties but I guess I wasn’t quite ready then.   My kind of yoga is gentle and slow (no crazy Bikram of Astanga for me!) and incredibly restorative.  If I ever feel tired out, yoga gets my energy flowing again (which will be a must in the coming weeks I am sure!)

Lulu’s Golden rules of Exercise

Over the years I have created some Golden Rules of exercise for myself which I will share with you! Hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me . . .

• Little and often is better than a sudden burst of exercise – don’t over commit or be overly ambitious to start.  Five minutes stretching in the morning and evening is really better than nothing and a way to get started

• Don’t let anyone push you further than you want to go . . . you know your body better than anyone, so trust what it’s telling you

• It’s not a competition – as I said before, only go as far as your body will allow.  This will improve over time but don’t feel compelled to push yourself too far too soon

• Do mix it up!  Don’t worry about chopping and changing – little bits of different things will keep your body flexible all over – alternate walking, tennis, dance, yoga . . . whatever you enjoy!

You’ll never be as young as you are today

• It’s never too late to start . . . it doesn’t matter your age or what your lack of fitness levels – get started immediately! You will never be as young as you are today!

As well as my exercise routines, I eat healthily and sensibly – I try to avoid carbohydrates and eat lots of fresh salads – but again I am not silly about it and I do have a Scottish sweet tooth!!  I also drink lots of water – but I must admit, I believe the key to youthfulness is laughter, friends, a calm mind and an on-going curiosity about life – all of which I am lucky enough to enjoy.

• Lulu’s Time Bomb is available at www.lulusplace.co.uk and qvc.com, Victoria Health, Amazon and selected department stores including Fenwick

 

Lulu

Lulu needs no introduction! With a music career spanning 4 decades and founder of a successful skincare brand (Time Bomb), Lulu offers her tips on reinvention and living life to the full!

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  1. ntathu allen

    September 30, 2011

    yoga!! the secret to eternal vitality. Great to read your golden tips, especially the value of laughter, calm mind, friends and open curiousity with life.

  2. FiFifty

    October 3, 2011

    Totally agree. Lots of different exercises keep you fit and stop you getting bored. I’ve never stuck at one exercise class but chop and change all the time. Two tips from me. Try short exercises sessions like those on thinqfitness.com and arrange to exercise with friends twice a week. Go for a walk, do yoga .. knowing you’re meeting someone always makes you more likely to go..

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