Paul McCartney wowed fans by performing at Glastonbury – a week after turning 80. How does he stay so fit? Read on to find out more.
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The Beatle has famously been a vegetarian since 1975, when he and his then-wife Linda converted to a meat-free diet. And after being away from home for a while, he likes to come back and make himself simple, healthy food.
“If I go on tour and eat a lot of restaurant or hotel food, I come back, and it’s like, yeah, broccoli! So, if I’m cooking, I’ll be steaming vegetables, making some nice salad, that kind of stuff,” he told The Guardian.
His fitness regime is more unusual though – in addition to cycling, he likes to have a light workout and then practice his party trick – doing a headstand.
“I do a bit of the cross-trainer, a bit of running, a bit of cardio and then I do some weights, some abs on the Swiss ball, before ending up on the mat doing a few stretches. And then standing on my head,” he told the Daily Mirror. “That’s my big claim to fame! I actually learned it in the ’60s, it was a yoga thing, and my argument is I need flexibility, not strength.”
Paul doesn’t just keep his body fit with yoga – but also uses eye yoga to keep his eyesight sharp late in life.
Explaining how it’s done, he said on Jessie Ware’s Table Manners podcast, “So, head still, and then you look up as far as you can, one, two, three, go back to the middle, then down, one, two, three, then back to the middle. You do three lots of that, then go to the left and the right. Now you’ve got a cross, up and down, and sideways, now you do the diagonals.”
The practice may seem strange – but the Let It Be singer must be doing something right – as he can still read without glasses.
So there you have it – vegetarianism, headstands, and eye yoga – stick to these and perhaps you could be playing Glastonbury at 80 – or at least feeling fit late in life!