What ever happened to “HOPE I DIE BEFORE I GET OLD” ?

For the last 20 years, I have rarely been on a tour that wasn’t carrying their own gym, many like the Osmonds, Usher & Carman also had their own chefs and catering on board. Things have sure changed since the sixties 🙂

 Mick Jagger – Rolling Stones front man 72:

It seems as if this charismatic showman has always used every performance as a workout. Now, we know how he nails those leg kicks: ballet (for balance), Pilates and yoga! He told the Daily Mail that, with the help of personal trainer Torje Eike, he trains up to six days per week. This includes running 8 miles a day, swimming, kickboxing and cycling. Sir Mick has said: “I TRAIN FIVE OR SIX DAYS A WEEK, BUT I DON’T GO CRAZY. I ALTERNATE BETWEEN GYM WORK AND DANCING, THEN I DO SPRINTS, THINGS LIKE THAT. I’M TRAINING FOR STAMINA.” While on tour, he warms up on a treadmill, but cuts back on the intensity of his training because of the energy he expends on stage. In a typical show (the Stones’ stages are 100ft wide by 50ft deep) he covers 12 miles. For the past decade, Jagger has been a devotee of organic produce — he’s particularly fond of avocados because of their regenerative qualities.

Bruce Springsteen front man E Street Band 66:

Unlike many of the rockers, Bruce’s own bandmates have said that he is anomaly in the sense that he never lived hard- that he was probably the only person that they knew who had never tried drugs at all. Springsteen, who has undergone therapy to treat his crippling, suicidal depression, never did drugs because he saw how it destroyed his unstable, alcoholic father, who used to beat him as a kid. He did, however, use exercise and healthy lifestyle as a way to maintain some balance in his life- which is why now, at the age of 66, he still has the same wait as he did when he was 15! Springsteen maintains his age-defying physique by running on the treadmill and lifting weights with a trainer–a workout routine he has followed since his thirties. In addition to his regimented training for the past 3 decades, Bruce eats a mostly vegetarian diet and spends time enjoying his family, and reading, all of which are important to healthy lifestyle.

Sting – former front man of the Police 64:

From many superstars in the world, Sting has been a perfect example of one who has maintained a healthy lifestyle and diet. The fact that he is now 64 and performs with as much energy as musicians a third of his age is proof that  his current physical condition was not obtained overnight, but rather his consistent and long term healthy lifestyle over the years. Sting eats macrobiotic which consists of eating lots of grains that are combined with vegetables, avoiding processed foods that contain preservatives, as well as reducing the consumption of meat, dairy, and sugar. Since Sting has moved his whole family onto a farm, he grows over 50 different types of organic fruits and vegetables, raises chickens and turkey, and even has a small lake where he can catch his own trout. Even when on tour, Sting brings a personal chef with him so that he maintains his healthy diet at all times. In terms of fitness, Sting enjoys running and yoga.

Joan Jet front woman of the Blackhearts 57:

She says she stays active by always being on the go. Like many musicians, a demanding tour schedule leaves little time to sit around, but she does find time to exercise when home in Long Island. She’s been known to go biking and knock out 50 push-ups during commercial breaks! She also seems like the poster style for healthy living by challenging rock star preconceptions- Joan doesn’t smoke or drink, and does her best to stay out of the sun’s harmful rays. In terms of healthy diet, Joan has been a vegetarian for over 20 years and is an advocate for vegetarianism, saying that we do not need animals to sustain ourselves. She says she works out regularly but its mostly how active she is on stage that keeps her toned.

Jon Bon Jovi 54:

His favorite type of exercise is running and he runs 6 days a week for about an hour. Don’t be surprised to see him throw on a hat and sunglasses and hit the streets for some cardio and fresh air when he is on tour, exercising outdoors is calming to him. He also lifts weights and works on balancing/stability exercises that helps him keep the same moves on stage he had 30 years ago. A few years ago, he discovered yoga and has been practicing every since  “I WAS DOING WORKOUT 101 FOR YEARS: TREADMILL, ELLIPTICAL, WEIGHTS,” JON BON JOVI, SAID OF INCORPORATING YOGA INTO HIS ROUTINE “NOW I’M GOING TO DO YOGA, AND I ENJOY IT. I’M A 21ST-CENTURY MAN.” He also makes sure the band also travels with a multi talented professional who is a trainer, chiropractor and nutritionist, all in one. Jon’s favorite healthy foods are grilled fish and low fat Greek yogurt. He likes to snack on almonds, fruit and protein bars.

Lenny Kravitz 51:

This rock legend has been touring the world for almost three decades, and during his recent hiatus, he sold all his belongings and moved into an airstream trailer in the Bahamas to find himself and enjoy life. The self-professed enjoyer of life has always been known for being in shape and has said that although he has come close, he has never been drunk in his life- that he always knows when to stop. On his fitness routine he has said  “TO STAY FIT, I ALWAYS CARRY A JUMP ROPE WITH ME. AND I RUN. I LIKE TO BE OUTDOORS DOING THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR BODY—PULL-UPS, SIT-UPS, PUSH-UPS, SQUATS. GYMS ARE COOL, BUT I FIND THEM BORING. I PREFER TO RUN OUTSIDE IN NATURE—IT’S FAR MORE INSPIRING.”  As far as nutrition goes, he has a Champion juicer with him at all times. He loves hitting the organic market or the farmer’s market and picking up some spinach, kale, carrots, beets, garlic—it really promotes great health. He is however, all about balance and says that because he lives half his year in Paris, he does indulge in champagne, pastries, and culinary food- all in moderation.

Anthony Keidis- Red Hot Chili Peppers front man 53:

This type of attitude towards fitness is a far cry from when he was interviewed with his band in the 1980’s when he claimed the only exercise he got was partying. Today, he combines surfing with swimming in chlorine-free pools, long jogs with his dog in the Hollywood Hills, drinking a lot of water in the morning, accupuncture, dinner before 6, and a mostly vegan diet (although he eats sustainable fish)

Adam Levine – Maroon 5 front man 37:

Dubbed the rock-star yogi, no one can deny that Adam Levine is in shape. He graced the cover of Men’s Health and says that every gig that Maroon 5 play, he has a room backstage dedicated to yoga. Although he used to do traditional weight lifting, he disliked he broadening neck and the injuries that came with heavy weight lifting. As he grew increasingly frustrated by lower-back pain and tight hips and hamstrings, he decided to give yoga a try. That was seven years ago, and Levine hasn’t lifted a weight or entered a gym since. Adam also follows a mostly vegan diet.

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