Helen Mirren reveals her exercise advice to other over 60s… 27



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Helen Mirren is undoubtedly one of the most stylish over 60s in the world of showbiz. At 69, she’s always looking dazzling and her figure is something we admire. She’s let herself age gracefully but still looks fantastic and now we know why!

While speaking with People Magazine, in a recent interview, she revealed an exercise tip that we actually love:

“I don’t go to the gym,” she told People. “I’m trying to go”. She noted 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.


It may not get you fit, but hey, at least you’ll feel good for trying! She was of course, just kidding, when she shared this gem of advice and in fact the real advice she has to share is start small and work your way up. She said, “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”.

Last year she revealed that she’s actually a fan of the Royal Canadian Air Force workout which is a highly intensive, boot camp style work out. She told Hello Magazine, “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’.”

So this week, why not try her advice and get moving? Perhaps your weekly plan could be to walk for 15 minutes, three times. Then next week, you make it 20 minutes, three times and so forth.

Tell us, what do you do to stay in shape? How do you stay fit and healthy? Share your thoughts in the comments below… 

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  1. Morning from New Zealand,, I do stretches 1st in the morning and 10minutes before bed taking a magnesium tab for a better sleep,,, It works. THANKYOU

  2. I’m 71 yrs young and go to the gym at least four times a week. Have a routine, treadmill, rowing machine, leg machine, stretching machine stepper and now starting weights bar. Feel great after.

  3. I’m in my sixtys. No plastic. No exercise feeling looking good and no money. For plastic surgery

  4. I’m 65 and a gym junkie – Pilates, Zumba, Pump, Boxing as well as my own programme. I also walk and swim in the bay year round.

  5. I’m 60 in September I go to 5 reformer Pilates sessions a week. This keeps me flexible and fit. I also try to walk two to three times a week. I love to keep active

  6. Doing exercise results in cramp during the night. Any recommendations?

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  7. Christa, find some simple stretches for calves, thighs & hamstrings. Supplements of magnesium, calcium & potassium & plenty of water. As we get older & on diets we don’t get enough of these minerals in our diet. Important we take these daily, will help cramps & sleep, they do mine & I have had a hip replacement. Good luck.

  8. She is brilliant! I’d like to hate her but she seems so great I’d love her to be my best friend!!

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