In her decades-long career, she has graced countless magazine covers and starred in numerous movies, and since her debut in the 70s, Brooke Shields’ success has captivated us all. And while the star was an early advocate for fitness for women, she’s finally letting the world in on what keeps her looking strong and feeling energised after 50.
In an interview with Health, the 52-year-old model and actress revealed the two moves that she credits for her body—something she’s been focusing on more and more.
“What’s odd is that it used to just primarily be my face, and the emphasis was never really on my body,” she tells Health. “I always had body doubles in movies, so I didn’t have any stress because I knew I was gonna get some gorgeous-looking body to be my double. Since I’ve turned 50, there’s been more focus on my body than ever.”
As a former Broadway dancer and occasional runner, the 52-year-old has endured plenty of setbacks because of injuries and surgeries. But thanks to a personal trainer, SoulCycle, Pilates and two go-to moves (more on those in just a second), she has managed to maintain her physique over the years.
“I started SoulCycle about 12 years ago, and I was there this morning at 7 o’clock,” she adds. “I’ve started Pilates, both a class and with a private teacher. But all of that, it’s expensive.”
Now, she’s embraced the upside down. Literally.
“I’ve just started hanging upside down in inversion boots, doing hamstring pulls and sit-ups. I’m amazed at how great it feels on my back,” she continues. “I’ll just hang there and then start doing a whole series of crunches and things like that. It’s really hard, but it’s really great, and I notice a difference.”
While inversions can do wonders to alleviate back pain (there’s a reason why it’s one of our favorite yoga moves), it’s important to do them safely. For people with previous injuries or heart troubles, remember to check with your doctor before strapping into those boots.