Helen Mirren, 76, shares her essential health tips
- Dame Helen Mirren, 76, revealed her secrets to health, wellness and beauty in a new interview with Vogue.
- The actress says she stays in shape through her favorite exercise, a 12-minute workout.
- Mirren encourages confidence, mindfulness, and treating your body for overall health.
There is no denying that Helen Mirren keeps getting better with age. The 76-year-old star has achieved the Triple Crown of actor, has won numerous Oscars, Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, and more, and to top it off, she just appeared on the L’Oréal show in Paris.
In a recent interview with Vogue, Mirren spoke about everything that goes behind the scenes to achieve the life well lived that we see on camera. From a 12-minute workout to Every Moment in Life, the actress shared her five must-have tips for living your healthiest, happiest version of yourself.
Nourish your body
There is no one-size-fits-all diet, but Mirren likes to approach eating as an opportunity to do what makes her body feel better.
“Take control of your diet and find what makes you feel good,” she said. Vogue. And while she recognizes that not everything she eats is nutritious, she exemplifies the importance of moderation. “I’m the first at fish and chips, but what you put in your body influences how you feel about yourself, so start there.”
There’s no need to max out your credit card for an expensive gym membership. Mirren likes it 12 minutes Canadian Air Force Women’s Exercise Programs. Workouts have been popular since the early 1960s and were designed to end without any gym equipment for Royal Canadian Air Force pilots who were stationed in remote areas.
“It’s an exercise program that starts from really low and easy, and then if you go with it it can get pretty tough. I never got past the second level, but it’s a good little exercise program, ”she said.
And more than the type of workout you do, Mirren just encourages you to do Something and passing through any roadblocks on your way.
“Nothing extreme, but you have to do it every day. It’s a good start, because it’s about taking control of yourself, ”she said. “I’m incredibly lazy and if I can avoid doing it I will, but every once in a while I just step back and do what I know that works.”
Seize every moment
Mirren takes life by the horns and encourages everyone to try new things, meet new people, and discover new places. “You have to be open to opportunities. To discuss [with] people and be as open as possible, ”she said in the interview.
And when life moves too fast, Mirren likes to take the time to make sure she is living the moment to the fullest. “It’s a really good idea every now and then to look at the world like a child or a stranger and witness your own surroundings,” she said. “Imagine seeing it for the first time and try to experience the magic it contains, for there is magic in every environment. All he needs is to be seen with new eyes.
Always be ready
We’re not the only ones who hit snooze a few times. Even Mirren admits she runs a little too close to the clock at times, but being prepared and planning ahead helps keep her feet on the ground.
She has her outfits the day before like the rest of us! “Usually, if I have some sort of function to go to, or if I’m traveling or having an interview to do, I sort my clothes the day before,” she said. “This means that if I panic in the morning, which I often am because I’m late, I don’t worry about what I’m going to wear because I know everything will work together.”
Even as an award-winning actress, Mirren experiences insecurities. But she suggests that the key to true happiness and confidence is not “to feel crippled by your own insecurities and not to be too polite or apologize in life.”
Mirren revealed that over the years she was unsure of her cheeks, feeling they were “too chubby” in the photos. She spent years sucking them in when photographers took pictures, until she realized she couldn’t smile properly while doing so. Eventually, she finally got over her hesitation and was able to smile confidently for the camera.
“I’ve found that it’s actually nice to smile openly and freely,” she said. “Not a tight little smile, a big one.”
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