We'll pretty much believe whatever Jane Fonda tells us at this point, because girl has eaaaarned it!
Plus, she's 100% right: staying active is one of the most important parts of aging. We've seen it over and over again how someone who was very healthy starts to decline fast the moment they retire — unless they keep up the pace!
Jane says that exercise itself is the most important part of her daily routine as she ages, and at 75 while looking like that… we believe her!!
People should be modifying their activities to suit their abilities rather than quitting altogether when they're unable to participate in high-impact sports. Lessons from a master!
Here's what she said:
"The most important thing to do as you age is to stay physically active. Lots of people just throw in the towel if they can't do what they used to do, and that's terrible.
"If you can't run then walk; if you can't downhill ski then cross-country ski; if you can't lift ten pounds, then lift five one. Keep moving. Of all the things that can allow you to age successfully, staying physically active is number one. I stay motivated because it makes me feel good. I know how I'm going to feel afterwards, and that's what gets me to do it even if I don't feel like it."
That's good and all, but we'd be a little remiss if we didn't add that she even went metaphysical on us — and it sounds just as important as all the hard work:
"Be present in [life], be intentional about it. Instead of drifting along like a leaf in a river, understand who you are and how you come across to people and what kind of an impact you have on the people around you and the community around you and the world, so that when you go out, you can feel you have made a positive difference."
Now we want 200 pushups, Grandpa!!
LOLz! We kid, we kid — we do feel like the younger generation needs to be a more motivating factor to keep the aging healthier. Go on walks with your grandparents, go golfing with them. Spend time doing active things, not just sitting around the holiday feast table!
[Image via Nikki Nelson /WENN.]