Just one look at Cher’s Instagram and it’s obvious the pop icon is absolutely stunning. But not only her face is timeless, but also her body. At 76, the singer can still hold a plank for a full five minutes.
So how does Cher stay in shape? Well, she has some healthy habits that are helping her. The celebrity has long been candid about her fitness and wellness journey, particularly as she ages. “You have to work twice as hard. You have to be in the gym all the time,” she said E! news in 2010.
Cher wants us all to know that her ageless body isn’t magical. Between her diet and exercise regimen, the star works hard to maintain her looks. Read on to find out Cher’s secrets, and next, check out Blake Lively’s workout secrets.
Cher stays away from foods high in fat, including many dairy products. “I’ve transitioned from whole milk to non-fat milk — if I drink milk at all,” she said in her book Cher Forever Fit: The Health, Fitness, and Beauty Life Plan. “I think cheese is one of the worst things on the body. It doesn’t digest well and most cheeses are too high in fat.” While many cheeses are certainly high in fat, there are low-fat cheeses that you can still eat while losing weight.
Say goodbye to candy because Cher has the best sweet substitute for snacking. “Michelle [Pfeiffer] and I found that we could microwave sweet potatoes in four minutes and that changed our whole lives,” she wrote in her book. “We lived on sweet potatoes, baked potatoes, and Caesar salad.” Sweet potatoes have many health benefits, including weight loss, regulated blood sugar, and improved digestion and vision. Cher has the right idea!
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Cher is one of the non-drinking celebs and mostly stays away from drinks. “There are things I don’t like that are unhealthy, like drugs and alcohol, so I’ve never delved into that,” Cher told Closer, per Good housekeeping. “I’ll only drink three or four times a year too.”
The singer is all about energy, and refined sugar only takes away from her. Instead, Cher eats natural sugars, which keep her energy levels up without the crash of processed foods. “Pasta gives me a lot of energy, as do fruits like bananas, papaya, and nectarines because they’re high in sugar but unrefined,” she wrote in her book.
Cher loves to mix up her workouts – total body fitness is her style. And she often shares her workouts with fans: “Just come up from abs, zumba, yoga, wall sits.” Cher tweeted in January. “Tomm. My step class, yoga, different abs 🙄. WHOA.” Corresponding Hello magazinePer Good housekeepingThe singer trains five times a week. She told it too E! news that outside of the gym she likes to surf to stay active.
Though the singer has since scaled back her workout routine, it’s taken a lot of trial and error. In fact, Cher didn’t even start exercising seriously until her 50s. The one exercise she dropped? Operation. “I tried to walk for years and hated it. Your breasts go everywhere, your ovaries go everywhere and you shake your shins. It’s not the best,” she said Into the shine.
Want to learn more about how celebs stay young? Check out Cindy Crawford’s best skincare and fitness tricks in her 50s.
Mia is a freelance writer for several publications and a recent graduate of Princeton University with a degree in English. Continue reading