This Is The Reason Elizabeth Hurley Looks So Fit At 53

Elizabeth Hurley Reckons This Healthy Habit Is The Reason She Looks So Fit At 53

by | Oct 31, 2018

See that picture of Elizabeth Hurley up there? See how freaking hot she looks? 

Now, what would you say if I told you that she’s 53?

Then compare that picture to this one of her in 1994, at the premiere of Four Weddings And A Funeral.

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I know—I’m shook too. She’s freaking ageless.

The Estée Lauder spokesmodel and Elizabeth Hurley Beach designer has been a beauty and fitness icon for over 20 years. But she tells Women’s Health that she’s especially conscious of her health because of her family history. In 1992, she lost her grandmother to breast cancer, and in 1995, she became a global ambassador for Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign, a group she continues to work with.

And although she looks…pretty damn incredible, she says her health “secret” is really a combo of three small things: “Making more time for exercise, eating nutritious foods, and taking the time to do relaxing activities.”

Her diet: Pretty normal, honestly

Elizabeth drinks two mugs of warm water first thing in the morning.

That might seem like an odd morning beverage (like, what about coffee…or tea?), but Abby Langer, R.D. (who has never worked with Elizabeth), tells Women’s Health that “drinking two cups of warm water every day is a good way to get a head-start on hydrating yourself.”

In general, Elizabeth’s meals are also…pretty straight-forward. No gimmicks, no turmeric lattes, nothing. Here’s what she eats in a day: 

  • Breakfast: Elizabeth says she typically fuels up with a bowl of Greek yogurt, a banana, and a little bit of honey.
  • Lunch: She eats after her morning workout (more on that in a sec), and usually enjoys a bowl of vegetable soup.
  • Dinner: Elizabeth usually has dinner at her office. Her go-to meal consists of grilled chicken and “lots and lots and lots” of vegetables, she says.

Her current eating plan is a bit different from previous diets she’s tried. “About 100 years ago,” Elizabeth says she tried the Blood-Type Diet.

The diet (which Langer says is not supported by credible research) suggests a person follow a diet plan that will react well chemically with their specific blood type. For example, people with Type O are recommended to eat a lot of fish and lean meats, Type A should cut out meats, and so on.

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Elizabeth has long since quit the Blood Type diet. Instead, she approaches her nutrition holistically. She recently spent a few days at the VIVAMAYR health spa in Austria, which teaches clients the importance of slowing down their fast-paced lifestyles.

“VIVAMAYR taught me to relax,” Elizabeth says. “I learned to sit still, put my phone down, and enjoy my food.” And that directly translated into her nutritional well-being: “My digestion has improved since I followed that advice.”

Her workout routine: Fresh air and lots of movement

On most days, when she’s not called in to film her latest television show or movie, Elizabeth wakes up around 7:30 a.m.. She walks over to her bathroom, brushes her teeth and begins to do squat reps while she brushes.

“I’ve had some lower back problems, so the squats help,” she says.

Elizabeth says she keeps up the squats for “as long as it takes to brush my teeth in the morning.” She repeats the same routine in the afternoon.

After eating breakfast, she goes for a morning walk with her dogs, a Labrador named Hector and a cocker spaniel named Mia. Her 30-minute walks are “just fast enough to get my heart rate up,” she says.

“Fresh air frees you of all tension,” Elizabeth says—which is why you’re more likely to see her getting her steps outside instead of on a treadmill.

That’s…basically it. Elizabeth says that yoga and Pilates are also sometimes part of her routine, but mostly on vacation when she has more time.

If this is what it takes to look so freaking flawless in my fifties, count me in.

This article originally appeared on Women’s Health US.

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