Susan Lucci, 71: ‘I feel as good now as I ever did in my 20s and 30s’
-Sep 26, Hannah Hargrave , Living -
To actress Susan Lucci age really is just a number. The American star has reinvented herself as a social media star and fitness influencer and she’s sharing her secrets to staying strong in your 70’s.
She was arguably the most famous soap opera star in US history with a a career on ‘All My Children’ spanning over 40-years. But when she hung up her soap star stilettos Susan Lucci wasn’t happy to kick back and let herself go.
The 71-year-old has amassed 90,000 followers on Instagram – no doubt helped by the incredible untouched bikini snaps she posted – and has even launched her own line of activewear.
Here she reveals how discipline, plenty of pilates and a positive attitude keeps her looking and feeling young.
Staying fit in your 70’s
‘I feel as good now as I ever did in my 20s and 30s, maybe even better physically,’ says Susan, who credits daily Pilates workouts for keeping her not only toned but also away from fatty foods. ‘Once I started doing Pilates, I lost my taste for things like cheeseburgers and french fries,’ she explains.
And she insists staying strong is imperative as you age.
‘What I’ve learned is that if you train hard, you can offset some of what you’ve got going against you. People look at me and say ‘Wow, she doesn’t seem old, but she is old.’ Meanwhile, the reality is if you’re strong, you’re beautiful, no matter what age you are.’
Why diet is so important
In addition to her workouts Susan is incredibly disciplined when it comes to her diet.
‘I rarely eat dessert, never snack, and I don’t eat a lot of bread and pasta,’ says Susan who does however admit that when she’s in Europe she’s been known to eat “more carbs in three weeks than I normally do in six months.”
In the ‘real world’ however, her ideal lunch would be, what her husband of 49-years, Helmut Huber, calls her “concoction”.
A turkey-and-avocado sandwich made with beefsteak tomatoes in the place of bread. Sounds delicious.
Cutting back on sugar
‘If I really want something, I’ll just have one or two bites,’ says Susan who realises the negative impact too much sugar can have on the body, and that includes the sweet stuff in alcohol too. ‘I’ll have one glass of champagne when we go out to dinner, but I don’t drink at home.’
Combating the signs of ageing
Although she jokes that she’s “kicking and screaming all the way” to old age Susan says there’s a beauty tip she’s sworn by her entire life.
‘No matter how tired I am, I never go to bed with my make-up on.’
Plus it helps that she has some good genes too: ‘I was very lucky; both of my parents had really nice skin. My mother still does, she looks fantastic,’ she says.
The power of positive thinking
She might be in her 70’s but Susan never stops looking forward and reaching for new fitness goals.
‘As women, it’s easy to find the faults in ourselves. Be your own best friend. Don’t compare yourself to others and don’t be so hard on yourself.’
Inset image via Instagram.