Sharon Stone is 64 years old and clearly in the best shape of her life. The actress posted a mirror selfie looking absolutely stunning in a patterned bikini, captioning the snap, “Why do I always get in shape when summers over? 🤷🏼♀️😳”. How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 5 ways Stone stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don’t miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!
Stone embraces her age and is grateful for every day, especially after suffering a brain hemorrhage in 2001. “I don’t choose to make growing older a negative,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I choose to get older. Growing older is my goal ... I was in an ICU for nine days and the survival rate for what I went through is very low. I don’t need someone to make me feel bad about growing older. I’ll tell you what makes you feel bad: when you think you might not.”
Stone cut alcohol out of her diet and says she’s never felt better. “I drank so little to begin with,” she says. “But seven years ago, I was training and I wanted to get really cut up. I looked at Madonna — we’re the same age — and I asked my trainer, ‘What am I not doing? Find out what she’s doing!’ She came back and said, ‘I don’t think she drinks any alcohol.’ So I decided to try zero for three months. And I saw a huge difference!”
Stone treats working out as something that is incorporated throughout the day. “People think that you have to go to the gym and you have to do 3,000 pounds of weight all the time, but you don’t,” she tells VOGUE. “You have to move your body, and add a little bit of resistance. Periodically throughout the day, I just move my body. I do it when I’m on set. I do leg lifts and back kicks and pop down on the ground and do some jackknifes. My crew is always like, ‘That’s so cool that you just throw down and do some kickbacks.’ Also, I do all my ‘arm jazz’ with these lead weights. Pushing upwards for 15 minutes with a lead weight in your hand makes a lot of difference. I have little arm strap-on weight bracelets too, and I put them on while I’m on my computer or at my desk and just leave them on all day because you’d be amazed how much working out you can do on your computer with a couple of pounds on your arms. These little things make a big difference.”
Stone replaces alcohol with a tea habit, and prefers decaf. “Typically, the body can handle free radicals, but if there are too many, the body can’t keep up. Green tea may be heart healthy due to the high flavonoid content, which may reduce oxidative damage to cells,” says Jenifer Bowman, UCHealth cardiac dietitian. “Tea may also protect the heart by inhibiting blood clots, relaxing blood vessels and improving cholesterol levels.”
Stone focuses on getting as much nutritional “bang for the buck” as possible. “Leading up to my second vaccine, I had to have the cleanest system,” she says. “So I just did tofu and vegetables and only clear flat water. Typically, I don’t have a lot of dairy and I go through periods where I just don’t have it for a few weeks at a time when I’m trying to clear up my skin or I don’t feel like my intestinal tract is as clean as I want it to be. I really like dark chocolate and stuff. At night, I usually eat some dark chocolate, but I just cut it all out. I cut out all the sugars, specifically. And I didn’t even drink carbonated water. For dinner, I ate black rice and kale and yams, and maybe avocado or hummus and tofu, and then once a week I had poached eggs. I’ve got one of those little Alexas that are for the kitchen that you can just ask for any recipes, and that’s been fabulous.”
Ferozan Mast is a science, health and wellness writer with a passion for making science and research-backed information accessible to a general audience. Read more