Have you ever wondered how a middle-aged model like Christie Brinkley has been able to stay so beautiful? Me neither, but after seeing recent photos of her, it hit me how amazing she still looks at the age of 56.
While I don’t keep up with such things, plastic surgery may have a role, but it doesn’t change the fact that her entire body still looks great after all these years.
What’s her secret? In an interview with Shape magazine, she reveals her creative ways of staying fit- the first of which conjures a pretty ridiculous image:
“I think of drying my hair as really boring. I thought, ‘OK, I’m going to multitask.’ I’ll dry my hair as though I’m sitting on a chair, even though there’s no chair there. Then I’ll do some squats.”
Then there’s this:
“When I’m brushing my teeth, I’m bending my leg behind me, or I’m lifting my leg up and holding it in that position so I’m squeezing my butt in. I can do that while I’m washing or slicing vegetables, too. Or I go up and down on my toes, working my calves a little bit.”
While I don’t think there’s inherently anything wrong with multitasking or getting workouts in where you can, this strikes me as a bit obsessive in a way. Hey, whatever works for you.
Here are some of her more “normal” ways of exercising:
- She tries to get 100 push-ups in every day. This is also worked into her morning routine of getting ready for the day.
- Christie mixes it up, but her one constant is her Total Gym, which is often just a quick 15-minute routine each day.
- Other fitness activities she enjoy include yoga, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, surfing, rafting, and running on the beach.
So what is her advice for anyone trying to get started on an exercise routine?
“I think variety is the spice of sticking with an exercise routine, whether it’s getting a dance tape one day, or getting a tape with those stretchy things to work with resistance on a different day,” says Brinkley. “Arm yourself with a few different things. Ask your friends to go jogging or on a long walk. Sign up for a dance class. I really think that mixing it up it keeps it fun. And that’s really the only way that you can stick with it.”
December 8th, 2010