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.
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