Jane Fonda On the Importance of Staying Strong as You Age
Jane Fonda has been a fitness icon for decades, bringing exercise into people’s homes since the 1980s with her famous VHS tapes (remember those?). Ahead of her 85th birthday later this year, the actress and activist shared in a new interview why she’s thankful for how strong and resilient she still is, along with a message for the youth. Vogue.
“I want young people to not be afraid of getting old,” Fonda told the magazine. “It’s not age that’s important, isn’t it a time number. What’s important is your health,” he said. In a recent interview, she explained that prioritizing movement throughout her life—she did ballet and aerobics in her younger years and now focuses on low-intensity exercise—has helped her stay healthy. And that’s what he hopes to inspire his fans, who span multiple generations and age groups.
“I know better than myself, even when I was younger, no matter how old you are, who you are, or where you are, moving in a way that’s appropriate for your age is absolutely critical to your healthy longevity,” she shared. For Fonda, that means changing up her fitness routine as needed. “My motto now is not to burn slow down” He said Vogue.
Fonda’s version of slowing down lately has included long, early-morning walks before work on set Book Club 2: The Next Chapter in Italy And this is not something he takes for granted. “I didn’t realize it when I was young,” he explained, adding, “Young people never realize how important it is to keep your body strong because there’s nothing wrong with them. “Their body works. They take it for granted. As you get older, you realize how important that is.”
Now, she is aware and grateful for her strength and flexibility in daily activities. “I mean, every day when I get out of the car, I thank the goddesses that I have strong thighs, that I’ve trained to keep them strong,” she continued. When I’m backing out of a car and have to look over my shoulder, I’m thankful that I’m flexible and can turn my head and it doesn’t hurt. “When you’re younger, but when you’re older, you can’t do anything unless you stay strong and flexible.”
Along with staying active, Fonda maintains other healthy habits, especially when it comes to sleep and nutrition. Vogue. “I get eight or nine hours of sleep every night. I eat a fairly healthy diet,” he said. I have reduced my red meat intake. I have reduced the fish because the fish stocks are decreasing. I eat vegetables. I eat salad. I eat fresh food.”
To sum it all up, she concluded, “I stay hydrated, I sleep, I move, I stay out of the sun, and I have good friends who make me laugh. Laughter is a good thing.” (While you’re here: Read more about Fonda’s fresh take on aging.)