At 56 years old, Sharon Stone is proud to say she’s never had a facelift and never gave in to constant pressure to have work done. She is also proud to still pose in a bikini for a magazine cover and of her (successful) attempt to stay healthy, happy and confident.
Sharon is the cover girl of the latest issue of Shape magazine, with which she shares her workout secrets and dieting tips. She says she would advise all women past 40 to ditch alcohol and to keep as active as possible.
However, the actress shoots down the notion that she’s an “ageless beauty,” saying she never wanted to be that; she just wants to be her best at her age, whatever that might be.
It wasn’t always like that, though. “There was a point in my 40s when I went into the bathroom with a bottle of wine, locked the door and said, ‘I’m not coming out until I can totally accept the way that I look right now.’ And I examined my face in the magnifying mirror, and I looked at my body, and I cried and cried and cried,” Stone recalls.
“Then I said to myself, ‘You’re going to get old now. How do you want to do that?’ And I thought, ‘I’d like to age like a dancer.’ I want to keep my body in shape like that. I want to do the work. I like to dance and stretch. And I like going to the gym,” she continues.
She works out whenever she can, even in the bathtub, using the water as resistance. Clearly, her tub is bigger than ours.
Sharon swears that physical exercise, a combination of dance, total-body stretches, yoga and strength training, has helped her maintain her amazing figure and confidence. “Every time I exercise, I do something different based on which areas need to get in motion,” she explains.
As far as dieting goes, she doesn’t necessarily stick to a plan, but she does try to eat as healthy as possible. She’s grateful she can still eat red meat but has long stopped drinking alcohol.
“I’m not trying to make myself look like a girl because I’m not a girl anymore. I’m very happy about being a grown woman. I think there’s a lot of glamour, and allure, and mystery to being a woman that you just don’t have when you’re young,” Sharon explains.