Written by Jennifer Fiorentino, editorial intern
When Jane Fonda released her debut exercise video in 1982, Jane Fonda’s Workout, it became its own genre, leading her to create 20 additional fitness videos and selling over 17 million copies combined, more than any other workout series. Now at 74, she’s looking great and feeling better than ever with her latest DVD Jane Fonda’s AM/PM Yoga for Beginners, which breaks up yoga into a rejuvenating morning session and an unwinding evening one.
We got the chance to chat with Fonda, who is one of our fitness icons about her latest workout routine and how she’s staying in shape these days.
What made you decide to create this new routine?
I started my new brand Prime Time three years ago aimed it at the baby boomer generation and older. I realized that there was a hole the series and yoga was that missing link.
Describe this new workout in one sentence.
It is yoga that has been marinating in Pilates. But it’s not pure yoga; I didn’t want it to be intimidating.
What have you been doing lately to stay in shape?
I do at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise five days a week, sometimes more, sometimes less. I walk, hike, bike or do the elliptical and make sure to get some weight work in too. I attach resistance bands to the walls that I pull to do various exercises and work my muscles, which is really important. We lose muscle mass as we get older and our metabolism drops, so maintaining muscle definition is important.
Tell us about your diet. What are some healthy eating tips you try to live by?
I eat by color. I try to eat something dark green, purple, yellow, red, orange and white every day. These colors are always in fresh fruits and fresh veggies. I also eat a lot of grains (whole, not refined), red meat twice a week, organic chicken and fish.
We named you one of our fitness icons in our May 2012 anniversary issue, but who do you consider to be your fitness icons?
Jack LaLanne, Richard Simmons, Billy Blanks and Tara Stiles–all of them are my icons!
Your workouts have inspired so many people, what motivates you to continue to make DVDs?
You don’t want to disappoint people, and it’s an added incentive to ensure that you stay fit. I want to look good and feel good, but the feel good is more important. After having some surgeries, I couldn’t work out for five months then I realized I couldn’t work out the way I used too. So Jane Fonda AM/PM Yoga for Beginners is for folks like me dealing with similar situations.
Are there any more workout DVDs in your future?
Not for a while. I think that I’ve covered all the basics!
Jane Fonda AM/PM Yoga for Beginners is available on amazon.com.