Elle Macpherson: The Body Rules
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Elle Macpherson: The Body Rules

At age 48 this two-time FITNESS cover girl is still in model shape. Here Elle Macpherson shares her five secrets to staying fit and feeling fantastic at any age.
Be active.

"I do an hour of some kind of physical activity every day," Elle says. "I mix it up. If I'm in the mountains, I ski. If I'm near water, I swim. I might do a yoga or Spinning class. I also take my running shoes and iPod with me wherever I go. Running is not only a really effective way to stay fit, but it's also a sort of moving meditation."

Worry about how you feel, not how you look.

"My motivation is feeling joyful, inspired, passionate, patient, strong, and healthy," Elle says. "That's more important to me than hitting X number of pounds on the scale, and it's what drives what I eat and how I work out."

Do what you're passionate about.

Elle, a single mom of two boys ages 14 and 9, is the creative director of two successful companies: Elle Macpherson Intimates lingerie and Elle Macpherson The Body, her line of bath products. She's also the cocreator, executive producer, and host of Fashion Star, the new NBC designer reality-TV show that costars Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie, and designer John Varvatos. "I want to be healthy and happy, love what I do, do what I love," Elle explains. "I'm passionate about lingerie and Fashion Star, and I'm passionate about my sports -- skiing, surfing, biking. I don't see a sport as something I have to do to be thin, the same way I don't see my business as something I have to do to make money."

Embrace your age.

"I'm almost 50, so I obviously don't have the same body I had when I was 20," Elle says. "But I also don't have the same mind-set: Then I was wracked with self-consciousness and insecurity. Now I appreciate my maturity, my depth of spirit and soul, and my understanding of who I am and what's important to me."

Find your motivation button.

If she's feeling less than inspired to work out, Elle uses this simple trick: "I ask myself, Will I feel better or worse after doing a sport? I can't ever remember doing something physical and feeling worse."

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2012.