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Elle Macpherson: The Body Rules

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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.


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amababe4luv wrote:

I love this story,its one of the motivational comments that women who wants to loss weight should listen to.I love it.Keep it up Fitness magazine.

6/7/2012 08:21:48 AM Report Abuse
htfalwasser wrote:

Amazing...she is such an inspiration all women of all ages, absolutely beautiful. The advice I took from Elle Macpherson is that, you should always be healthy & happy on the inside before you worry about the outside. When your healthy & happy on the inside it will show on the outside. It definitly gives me more confidence on a achieving my fitness & health goals & lets face it, not all of us can look that good but I know we can all feel that good if we put our minds to it. Thanx Elle

4/30/2012 06:22:44 PM Report Abuse
Hailleymari wrote:

I really like this story! Elle is an inspiration! I love reading about how people motivate themselves!

4/30/2012 11:32:06 AM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

really good practicle advise- thanks

4/30/2012 11:11:36 AM Report Abuse
jlpaul wrote:

i thought she inspired me, but then when I got to Jane Fonda at 74! WOW I tur 29 on friday and these ladies made me more psyched than ever to remain committed to a healthy, fit lifestyle! Both Gorgeous!

4/30/2012 10:48:43 AM Report Abuse

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