Keeping Up With Madonna - and the Joneses
Only someone like Madonna can afford the Madonna lifestyle. Her personal staff of nannies, chefs, trainers, and nutritionists ensures that her fitness never has to take a back seat to cooking, cleaning, or childrearing. And of course there's the plastic surgery option.
But that doesn't mean we can't learn something from Madonna's example. Experts say fitness should be a lifelong pursuit, and Madonna has stayed in top performing shape longer than many dancers and professional athletes.
The tabloids suggest her fitness devotion is freakish, and rumors are swirling that she's exhausting herself to prepare for her new tour. But her excellent performance over the years suggests she's been doing something right, Bushman says. "My guess is she's maintained a balance, or problems would've started to come up," she says.
One source of that balance may be her obsessive cross-training. By mixing and matching activities, she increases her overall fitness and reduces the potential for injury from overuse. Maybe you don't have the time or the stamina to run, dance, and do yoga all in one day like Madonna. But stretch out those activities over a week and you've got the foundation of a good workout plan, suggests Lauren Muney, a fitness coach based in Laurel, Md.
Despite Madonna's advantages, her commitment to healthy living well into motherhood and midlife has been an inspiration for many women. "Madonna is kind of ageless," says Candas Jones, 43, a third grade teacher from Lawrenceville, Ga. "No one can really put her in a category."
Like Madonna, Jones had a child after 40 -- twins, actually, now aged 2. And like Madonna, Jones has remained fit in motherhood. But without nannies at hand, Jones and her husband, Ron, have found ways to take the children along on their workouts, whether it was in backpacks or in strollers.
Now the Joneses have built a gym in the basement that's stocked with active toys for the kids as well as workout equipment for themselves. It even has a sound system. Guess what they listen to while working out?