Have you ever wondered just how far a healthy diet and disciplined workouts can get you? Take a look at 51-year-old Demi Moore, a well-known actress and mother of three. She looks as youthful as ever and has a body that even most 20-somethings are envious of. What exactly is she doing? Incorporating disciplined and regular workouts, as well as following a diet filled with organic foods, particularly fruits and veggies. Moore has had her diet ups and downs in the past, but is the first to admit that loving and accepting your body is key to maintaining your health and happiness. Here’s a look at exactly what she does to maintain her youthful appearance.
Moore has a figure that hasn’t aged a bit. Much of that is due to her unwavering discipline. How disciplined is she, exactly? When getting in shape for the movie Striptease, Moore incorporated predawn beach runs, weights, yoga and dance rehearsals that could often last up to three hours, People writes. And, for G.I. Jane, Moore’s trainer, Gregory Joujon-Roche had her lifting weights for two hours a day, in addition to a daily six-mile run.
When she’s not preparing for a role, though, Moore focuses on staying toned and fit. As you age, Joujon-Roche tells People, it’s important to target potential trouble zones. “She wants to preserve her arms, stomach, lower body,” he says. Anxious to start getting your body into Moore-like shape? Try a few of these moves.
The first item on your workout agenda? Trimming your core, Joujon-Roche tells InStyle. Begin with a lower ab curl with heel press finish.
To do this move:
Lie flat on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Walk your feet out just to the point where your heels start to leave the floor, and freeze your knees in this position.
Carefully curl your legs, keeping your knees frozen, to your chest. At the top of the motion, straighten your legs and point your heels straight at the ceiling, bringing your tailbone slightly off of the ground and squeezing your stomach. Hold this move for a beat.
Slowly control your down motion back to the starting position and repeat. Keep in mind: your motion comes from your lower stomach. Aim for four sets of 20 reps each.
Joujon-Roche also recommends the outside bicep curl for strong, toned-looking arms, as shown in InStyle.
Stand tall or sit on a chair or bench.
Take a pair of light (five to eight pound) dumbbells in each hand. With your elbows pressing into your hips, curl both weights at once up so the inside of your palms faces your shoulders. Then slowly lower down to starting position and continue.
Do as many as you can for one minute.
And, of course, don’t forget about Moore’s perfectly sculpted legs, which Joujon-Roche credits to the curtsy lunge, according to InStyle.
Stand tall with a pair of dumbbells and take a step straight back into a reverse lunge, so your front knee is back behind your front toes and your back leg with your knee slightly bent is reaching behind you.
Now as you come back, instead of coming straight back, you want to cross the back leg like you are going to curtsy. Go slow and watch your knee. Aim for four sets of 20 reps each.
Fitness writes that Joujon-Roche also has Moore incorporate a treadmill routine into some of her workouts, which gets the former Charlie’s Angel in bikini form in no time. This workout has managed to combine killer cardio with moves designed to get you a more shapely behind. A great calorie burner and muscle toner? Yes, such a thing does exist.
Warm up on the treadmill by walking for three minutes.
Increase your incline to level eight, hold on to the handles, and pretend that you’re trudging through the mud.
Bend your knees and dig into the treadmill with your heels for one to two minutes, then lower the incline back to one for one to two minutes to recover.
Repeat this cycle 10 times.
Moore has admitted to struggling with her body image in the past but has managed to adopt a healthy outlook toward herself, making her a great role model for those dealing with similar issues. “I find peace when I don’t see my body as my enemy, when I step back and have appreciation and look at all that my body has done for me. It’s allowed me to give birth to three beautiful children, allowed me to explore different roles as an actor, allowed me to be strong. You can’t look at yourself in the mirror and tear your body apart,” Moore tells Harper’s Bazaar.
One of Moore’s secrets to a fabulously toned and youthful body? Organic, natural foods. She is a perfect example of just how beneficial a clean, disciplined diet can be. Shape writes that she typically follows a raw vegan diet, which eliminates cooked foods and focuses on organic fruits and veggies, juices, smoothies and soups. She’s not alone when it comes to following a raw food diet – Alicia Silverstone, Uma Thurman and Natalie Portman are all believers as well, according to The Best of Raw Food. The diet balances greens, germinated nuts and seeds, super foods and fruit, and no food is cooked above 116 to 118 degrees Fahrenheit.
Natural Life writes that Moore believes following a diet of uncooked foods prolongs youth and fights disease. It has gotten mixed reviews in the nutrition world, with some doctors advocating for the diet that’s rich in fruits and veggies, while others argue that some phytochemicals (such as lycopene in tomatoes and carotenoids in carrots) are more easily absorbed when cooked, according to Natural Life.
“The raw diet tends to be dense with nutrients that are easily absorbed into your blood, and contains little or no saturated fat. It is low in sodium, high in potassium and fiber. These factors are important in helping to reduce the risk of certain diseases such as heart disease and some cancers,” writes Natural Life.
Eat sprouts, such as mung beans, aduki beans, alfalfa, radish, rye and millet.
Incorporate salads with your main courses.
Eat fruit for breakfast.
Eat fruit, nuts and seeds for your in-between-meal snacks.
The takeaway? You don’t need to anything as drastic as Moore, unless you’re prepared to say goodbye to your delicious morning muffin. But, by simply upping your fruit and veggie intake, and keeping it organic when you can, you can drastically boost your antioxidant intake, which is linked to reducing your risk of disease and improving your skin’s appearance (read: Moore’s youthfulness!). “She eats tons of fruit and vegetables, tends to stick to organic products where possible and doesn’t over indulge,” according to Yahoo.
Looking for a tasty meal that follows the raw food guidelines? Try this Health recipe, red cabbage and apple salad with ginger vinaigrette, which incorporates heart-healthy fat in the olive oil, protein-packed sunflower seeds and fiber-rich apples and cabbage. This recipe makes four servings and has 215 calories in each.
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups packed shredded red cabbage
2 cups packed shredded Napa cabbage
2 cups thinly sliced Granny Smith apple
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup golden raisins, plumped in hot water
1/4 cup toasted, unsalted sunflower seeds
Whisk together the first five ingredients (through garlic) in a small bowl. Whisk in the olive oil, salt, and pepper; set aside.
Toss the cabbages together in a large serving bowl. Toss the apple slices with lemon juice to keep from browning.
Add apple, raisins, and half the sunflower seeds to cabbage. Toss with the dressing. Garnish servings with remaining seeds.