Eastwood, a lifelong non-smoker, has been conscious of his health and fitness since he was a teenager, and practices healthful eating habits, even into his 80s. He practices daily transcendental meditation, and is renowned for being an obsessive health and fitness nut.
“I’D ALWAYS DONE MUSCLE-TRAINING EXERCISE,” CLINT SAYS, “THINGS LIKE CHINS, CLIPS AND CALISTHENICS, BUT IT WAS WHEN I WAS IN THE ARMY THAT I DISCOVERED THE WEIGHTS – THE KIND OF TRAINING YOU’D CALL BODYBUILDING TODAY. I NEVER WANTED TO BUILD HUGE MUSCLES AND BULK UP LIKE A COMPETITIVE BODYBUILDER, BUT I REALIZED VERY QUICKLY THAT THE BEST WAY TO KEEP YOUR MUSCLES STRONG, HARD, AND FIT WAS WITH WEIGHT TRAINING. AND ONCE I GOT INTO WEIGHT TRAINING, I NEVER GAVE IT UP.”
Eastwood maintains a low-fat, high protein diet and gets plenty of sleep. Everything in moderation, nothing in excess. Some cardiovascular exercise, some muscle training. Eating healthy food and watching your weight. And exercise and attention to diet, Clint Eastwood believes, should be a lifetime habit, best begun when you are as young as possible.
“STAY AWAY FROM CARBOHYDRATES, ESPECIALLY RICH DESSERTS. KEEP A SCALE IN YOUR BATHROOM. GET PROPER REST. TRY TO BE OPTIMISTIC. EAT FRUITS AND RAW VEGETABLES. TAKE VITAMINS. SKIP BEVERAGES LOADED WITH SUGARS. AVOID ALCOHOL IN EXCESS.”