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Madonna's Fountain of Youth

Ever wonder how Madonna seemingly cheats age? WebMD reveals her secrets.

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Madonna has also spoken about her macrobiotic diet. In an interview with CNN's Larry King she described her typical dinner as "fish, some kind of grains, some kind of cooked vegetable, [and] salad. Simple, but tasty." And for dessert? "When I'm sneaking and I'm having a moment of decadence, I eat toast with strawberry jam," she told King.

The macrobiotic diet is derived from Japanese traditions. Last year, Madonna told a group of Japanese journalists that she has "a Japanese chef in London that travels everywhere with me. I probably eat more Japanese food than you do."

More detailed accounts of Madonna's health habits are hard to come by, except through accounts in tabloids. The Daily Mail in Britain reports that Madonna works out at least three hours a day. Here's how the paper described a typical workout:

  • She starts with yoga at a home gym.
  • She moves on to a North London Pilates studio (where she is occasionally joined by Gwyneth Paltrow and Stella McCartney).
  • For a third session after lunch, she chooses from a variety of options including karate, swimming, weightlifting, running, cycling, and occasionally horse riding.

The Daily Mail claims she also uses a StairMaster in her office as she takes calls. She supposedly maintained a 45-minute-a-day StairMaster regime until the day before giving birth to her first child, Lourdes.

Madonna's workout tastes can also run to the more exotic. She reportedly uses a complex device called a Gyrotonic Expansion System that is said to stretch and tone smaller muscles. In the wake of her equestrian accident, she also reportedly bought a Power Plate, a vibrating platform alleged to help bone density and fight osteoporosis, according to the Power Plate web site.

Sound like a tiring lifestyle to you? She supposedly kicks it up a notch as tours approach. Celebrity magazine Us Weekly claims that doctors advised her to limit rehearsals to a few hours each day after her accident, but that she's ignored that advice in favor of exhausting 14-hour days. Madonna's publicist did not respond to requests for comment from WebMD.

Madonna is famously a lapsed Catholic, and more recently she has taken up the ancient Jewish mystical practice of Kabbalah. But there's evidence she sees physical fitness as a route to spiritual awareness. One of her former trainers, Ray Kybartas, wrote a book Fitness is Religion: Keep the Faith in 1998. Kybartas once said that when Madonna called him to confirm her workouts, she'd ask, "What time's church?" (Kybartas declined to comment to WebMD.)

While having a lifelong commitment to health and fitness may be commendable, the question arises: With the normal effects of aging, how long can she keep that famous body? We posed the question to a few experts.

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