Tina's health tips
February 02, 2009,
Tina Turner's tips for staying sexy at 70 as she embarks on another world tour. By Caroline Jones 2/02/2009
Despite pushing 70, Tina Turner is about to embark on yet another world tour, flaunting a figure a woman half her age would kill for. Here's how she does it... MirrorDiets.co.uk
Her face is remarkably unlined, her figure as trim as ever and those famous legs are still sensational.
At 69, Tina Turner seems to just get better and better with age - a phenomenon the singer believes is down to a combination of great style, health and attitude.And now, after an eightyear retirement that everyone - including Tina - believed was final, the evergreen soul star is doing a comeback tour.
Tina has been a legendary performer since the early 60s but her second taste of the big time began in 1985, with the multi-million selling album Private Dancer. Tina was already 45 then, an age when many rock stars are looking to slow down. However, the sexy star has always thought age was irrelevant.
"A 50-year-old woman is equivalent to 40 when I was growing up," she insists. "If you take care of yourself, 60 is nothing for women these days. In today's world you can be the kind of woman you want to be."
Tina's positive attitude doesn't mean she hasn't seen change in the past 25 years - she's just able to put things into perspective."Of course, I've aged a bit in the face," she says, "but not enough to worry about it. I've common sense enough to know that if I'm nearly 70 something has to give."
Her diet secrets:
A few tiny wrinkles there may be but Tina's body weight has remained remarkably stable, at around eight-and-a-half stone. "I'm an American size 10, which I think in the UK is 14 - that has remained constant." Tina puts her stable size down to not eating after 6pm, drinking lots of water and, of course, dancing. If she needs to really get into shape for a tour, she has been known to resort to a bit of dieting. Back in 2000, for the Twenty Four Seven tour, Tina tried the cabbage soup diet but didn't enjoy it.
For this tour she's opted for a more moderate regime. "I decided to eat what I wanted but when I got a negative result I'd stop. "I don't abuse myself with sweets, sugars, cakes and fat. I eat healthily. The pleasure of life is dinner." Luckily for Tina, her natural preference is for good healthy food. "I eat a breakfast of banana, kiwi and melon, and brown German bread. I only have two meals a day because I sleep for a very long time."
And rather than the fatty fried-food of her childhood in the southern United States, these days Tina enjoys lighter options. She prefers to eat a combination of Thai and Italian food most of the time - although she limits high-carb pasta to "twice a week only" and soon cuts back a bit if she feel the pounds creeping on. Tina's commitment to exercise also helps keep her body in shape. With a home in Switzerland she has become a devotee of saunas and steam rooms and "walking 10 miles up and down stairs at home". Once she begins strutting her stuff under the burning heat of the stage lights, the weight simply melts away.
"The main reason I've stayed looking good is that I've spent 40 years doing the most intensive stage workouts ever," she admits. One two-hour, high-energy stage performance helps keeps those fabulous legs in tip-top shape. It is Tina's mental attitude that perhaps plays the biggest part in her refusal to let herself go. "Women should be proud of who they are at any stage in their lives. If you look good and can still do it, then do it. My attitude is not one of a 69-year-old woman." Boy, it shows...
Simply the best diet
Follow our low-fat food plan to look as hot as Tina, whatever your age. It's packed with antiageing antioxidants and wholegrain carbs to ward off hunger.
Cut out sugar where you can. This means avoiding biscuits, cakes and sweets, and not adding sugar to drinks or cereal. Don't ban treats completely but stick to a few squares of quality dark chocolate after dinner. Ready to take the stage Turner says "The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, the Eagles, we are the Mozarts of these times, we're proving we can last. That's the statement I am making."