Supermodel Cindy Crawford sizzles at 50, thanks to a low-carb diet and regular workouts that combine cardio exercise, yoga, Pilates and strength-training. Crawford says exercise has always been, and remains, a top priority because it makes her look and feel great.
“Working out is still sometimes a chore,” Cindy told Shape. “Most of the reason I work out now is not for the external—it`s for how I feel. I find working out gives me more energy.”
Crawford said exercise and a clean diet not only make her look great, but they make her feel fantastic. “You take your body and your fitness for granted in your twenties a lot,” said the mom of two.
All the hard work and all the times that you work out even when you don’t want to–it all pays off. It’s cumulative.
It will catch up to you over the years either in a bad way if you don’t take care of your body, or in a good way if you do take care of your body.”
Crawford maintains her stunning physique by following a healthy, low-carb diet and working out three to four times a week. Low carb diets promote natural weight loss by forcing the body to burn fat for fuel, said obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.
Cindy, a mom of two, said she eats well to be healthy, not just to be skinny. Cindy also indulges her guilty pleasures, which include dark chocolate.
“I love chocolate and I have some every day,” Crawford said. “I like to get the Dagoba Chocodrops that are 74% cacao. I like that they are chip-sized, so a small handful satisfies.”
Cindy’s Workout Routine: Yoga, Pilates and Weightlifting
Cindy said her workouts typically include cardio exercise such as running, spinning, stair-climbing, and hiking. She also does Pilates, yoga, lifts weights, and circuit-trains.
Yoga is anti-aging and promotes natural weight loss by reducing stress, sculpting lean muscles and suppressing appetite, said Jennifer Aniston’s yoga teacher, Mandy Ingber, author of the bestseller Yogalosophy.
Cindy, whose career soared during the “glamazon” supermodel heyday of the 1980s, previously admitted she would never make it as a model these days, where being a size zero is de rigueur.
“I would not have become a supermodel in 2009. I look too healthy,” said Crawford. “A body like mine with big breasts, normal thighs and toned upper arms [isn’t what the fashion world wants].”
Since she’s no longer modeling, Cindy isn’t as obsessed with being skinny as she is with being healthy. “Pick the weight that you can maintain,” she advises. “So it’s not your skinniest weight, it’s your doable weight. And stay there. When you yo-yo, your skin stretches.”
Cindy says exercise, a healthy diet and skincare (such as applying sunscreen) are key for staving off the ravages of age.
I think a lot of women have it in their heads that if they can’t commit to a whole hour at the gym, then it’s not worth the effort. But that’s not true.
Ten minutes is worth it, thirty minutes is worth it. Whatever you have time for, it’s better than nothing.”
Crawford, who admits to having undergone a few cosmetic procedures (including Botox), says consistent maintenance and a positive attitude is more important than extreme measures when it comes to successful aging.
“Basically, I take care of myself, but I don’t want to be obsessive,” said Cindy. “And I don’t want to not like who I am today. I’m all for fighting the good fight, but I don’t care how much you work out or how much cream you put on—things change.”