If you didn’t see Madonna’s halftime performance during Super Bowl XLVI, then you probably heard about it.

Regarding the music, the comments range from ‘great’ to ‘boring’, but regarding the presentation, there are loads of questions like, “How old is she?”, and “She looks great .. what is her secret!”

Madonna is 8 months older than I am.  This year, I will be 53 and she will be 54.  We are both in great shape.

So what is her secret?  Well, just google ‘madonna diet exercise’ and you will get “About 37,700,000 results” (do a + 1 after I post this blog).   😉

For most of us interested in health and fitness, we know such things, or at least are aware of them, because they are part of who we are and what we do.  Namely .. being and staying healthy and fit.

Madonna’s approach to fitness has varied over the years – again, just like many of us who follow and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  During the 80s she was dancing and swimming, and by ’86, hired her first personal trainer.  That introduced running, biking and gym time.  By the ’90s she was doing Ashtanga Vinysasa Yoga, and by ’00 she began incorporating a combination of Yoga and Pilates, Ballet, gyrotonics, and elliptical running/movement.  Today, she averages 2 hours of exercise a day, six days a week.

Likewise, her diet has changed over the years.  As a young adult she was a vegan – for 20+ years.  Famously, she follows a Macrobiotic Diet.  Recently, being interviewed by the Japanese press, she told them, “I have a Japanese chef in London that travels everywhere with me. I probably eat more Japanese food than you do.”  This diet is one that includes fish, grains and vegetables.

So does this mean to be fit like Madonna one needs to follow her exercise and diet schedule?

No, not at all.

What it does break down to though is discipline.  Bottom line here is that for any of us to get in shape and stay in shape we need to stay focused on the goal.  If that means taping a picture of Madonna on the refrigerator door, then do that.  Whatever it takes for you to get motivated and stay motivated .. DO THAT NOW!

You can either lift the weights or lift the remote control.  What kind of life do you want to live?

Live Deliberately!

Yogini Valarie


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