Updated 2015 – Cher may be 69, but she has no intention of slowing down. Cher, who has repeatedly said “getting old sucks,” said it was daunting working with young dancers with perfect bodies in the 2010 film Burlesque, but she held her own, thanks to a vegetarian diet and regular workouts.
“You’re around these girls who are 20 years old with perfect bodies, and you remember when you used to have a perfect body,” said Cher.
As for how she maintains her slim physique, Cher is brutally honest, admitting it takes a strict diet and rigorous exercise, Celebrity Health reported. Cher, who recently adopted a vegetarian diet, doesn’t eat meat or drink alcohol, and makes working out a top priority.
‘I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I eat really good food,” said Cher. “You have to work twice as hard [as you get older]. You have to be in the gym all the time, 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. Fitness: If it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body.”
Cher said exercise and a plant-based, vegetarian diet are critical for looking and feeling her best. “I don’t eat meat and I exercise around five times a week,” she said. “Getting your endorphins up is a great way to start your day and I’ve got loads of energy. If I ever try to play the age card with my trainer, she doesn’t go for it!”
The weight loss and anti-aging health benefits of a vegan diet aren’t surprising to Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center.
“A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature — predominantly plants — is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention,” said Dr. Katz, author of Disease-Proof.
Beyonce longtime fitness trainer, exercise physiologist Marcos Borges, agrees. The more greens you eat, the more weight you will lose, said Fuhrman, author of The 22 Day Revolution.
Still, aging does take its toll. “It’s harder to do things,” said Cher. “I’ve beat my body up so badly, it’s amazing it’s still talking to me and listening to what I say. But I’ve got aches and pains everywhere.”
Cher added: “I’ve been screaming at the top of my lungs at my family, ‘Work out! Work out! Old age is coming!’ At some point you will need the strength. Who would have ever thought you would get this old?”
Over the years, Cher has also had several plastic surgeries, including a nose job, facelift, cheekbone work and Botox injections. Cher, who has overcome her share of personal and professional challenges, says her secret to success is persistence.
“I feel like a bumper car,” said Cher. “If I hit a wall, I’m backing up and going in another direction. And I’ve hit plenty of f—–g walls in my career, but I’m not stopping. I think maybe that’s my best quality: I just don’t stop.”
Cher’s most recent album, Closer to the Truth, was released in 2013. Her incredible career and personal ups and downs are chronicled in her biography, Cher: Strong Enough.