At the Billboard Music Awards, Cher took the stage to perform two of her greatest hits, and we were amazed by how incredible the Billboard Icon Award recipient looks at age 71.
During her set, the singer revealed that she can hold a five-minute plank. “Icon” is right.
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We did some digging to find out what the singing legend actually does in a day to stay so toned. We want all of her secrets to healthy aging and how she can hold a plank position for five minutes straight (something us mere mortals can’t seem to master longer than a minute, err, fine, 30 seconds).
She sticks to a vegetarian diet.
@Gagasperfektluv don’t eat ham
— Cher (@cher) December 23, 2012
As she told her Twitter followers, she doesn’t eat ham or red meat, and focuses on eating veggie alternatives instead.
“I don’t like meat and so most of things that I like are healthy for you,” told Hello! in 2013.
She doesn’t smoke or drink.
In addition to her vegetarian diet, Cher knows the importance of being healthy, and so, she’ll rarely drink and never does drugs.
“Being healthy has always been part of my life. It just works for me,” she told Closer in 2013. “There are things I don’t like that are unhealthy, like drugs and drinking, so I never got into them to begin with. I smoked cigarettes for a while and I’d have done drugs had I liked them, but they didn’t agree with me. I’ll only drink three of four times a year too.”
She’s learned what foods aren’t great for her body.
To keep her body in such amazing shape, the singer knows that certain things are better for your, and so, she sticks to those with nutritional benefits.
“I try to avoid foods with a high fat content because they make me sluggish and keep my weight up,” Cher wrote in her 1991 book, Forever Fit. “Dairy products are not good for us. I weaned myself from whole milk to nonfat milk — if I’m having milk at all. I think cheese is one of the worst things for the body. It doesn’t digest well, and most cheeses are too high in fat and cholesterol.”
It’s clearly worked for the 71-year-old star!
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She too has binged, and had to learn to eat better.
I'M EATING THE BIGGEST PIECE OF CAKE IN THE EVIL EMPIRE….
A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY FAR FAR
— Cher (@cher) May 21, 2015
Cher admits that sometimes on film sets, she’s binged on unhealthy treats from craft services. We can relate!
“I have had some bad binges while making movies. At the end of The Witches of Eastwick, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and I really went crazy. We’d go from one of our trailers to the other stuffing ourselves with Pepperidge Farm Cheddar Cheese Goldfish, M&Ms, Cokes and Hershey’s Kisses,” she wrote. “Then Michelle and I found out we could microwave sweet potatoes in four minutes, and that changed our entire lives. We lived on sweet potatoes, baked potatoes and Caesar salads.”
Microwaved sweet potatoes in less than four minutes? We definitely have to try it!
She eats foods that gives her energy.
FIND THE CAT IN THE PANTRY pic.twitter.com/FOIAzPxWIp
— Cher (@cher) April 9, 2017
At 71, Cher shows no signs of slowing down (even still touring and performing), so she needs to keep her energy up to maintain her star-worthy performance.
“I’ve been concentrating on eating the foods that Robert [Haas, her co-author] has stressed as being terrific: brown rice (not white rice), legumes — lentils, pinto, navy, lima and kidney beans—vegetables, pastas, fruit,” she wrote. “Pastas give me a lot of energy, and so do fruits like bananas, papaya and nectarines, because they have a lot of sugar but it isn’t refined.”
Surfing helps keeps her in shape.
OMG😱I just came from gym🏋🏼🤸🏼♀️💃🏻W/Laurie,Pauli,Rebecca,👯👯‼️
I KICKED MAJOR ASS💪🏻‼️
SCHOOLED THOSE YOUNG
— Cher (@cher) April 22, 2017
Surfing (which she learned at age 60) isn’t her only exercise. She previously mentioned running around while playing Wii Tennis, walking, and going to the gym.
“You have to work twice as hard. You have to be in the gym all the time,” she told E! News in 2010. “But I like it. When I was young I was a tomboy. I played sports … And I’m learning to surf right now. I like that kind of stuff, thank God.”
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She exercises five times a week.
VEGAS IS SO MUCH FUN‼️Can Still Fit in Costumes,Still Skip across Stage in“Turn Back Time”,&
Still Do 5min. Plank‼️
Blessed 2 make ppl happy
— Cher (@cher) May 7, 2017
Her workout routine may sound insane, but it’s proven effective for the singer. We could definitely learn from her example.
“I exercise about five times a week because it’s something I’ve always done and I just enjoy it,” she told Hello! “I try to play the age card with my trainer but she just doesn’t go for it.”
Like, seriously: FIVE. MINUTE. PLANK. Cher is a superwoman.
If she can do it, then we certainly need to give it a try.
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