Rolling Stones: How They Keep Rockin'
Are there health secrets that let these aging rock stars strut across stages year after year?
How Mick Starts It Up
One of the benefits of being in a famous rock band is you can keep a
personal trainer on hand as you tour. Jagger's trainer is Torje Eike, a
Norwegian whose previous clients include Olympic athletes, national soccer
teams, and former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell.
Before a tour, Jagger runs eight miles a day, swims, kickboxes, and works
out every other day in the gym, according to a report in the Daily
Express. Meanwhile, Eike keeps Jagger on a diet low in fat and high in
whole grains. (During the tour, the Stones entourage includes more trainers,
dietitians, masseurs, and a physiotherapist, the Daily Express
Jagger told the Daily Express he reformed himself about 15 years
ago and has given up almost all alcohol. But for the other Stones -- the ones
who aren't constantly sprinting across the stage -- it's a different story.
Guitarist Keith Richards, 62, reportedly kicked his heroin habit in the
1970s, but still smokes and drinks up a storm. Just last year he was voted
"rock's biggest hell-raiser" by the VH1 music channel.
Relatively little is known about the condition of the oldest Stone,
64-year-old drummer Charlie Watts. But the youngest, 58-year-old guitarist Ron
Woods, is likely closest to the cliff's edge. Just last year he announced that
he had just played his first Stones show while sober.
Woods sidelines as a painter; one of his paintings recently sold for over $1
million. His passion for painting -- as well as his desire to stay with the
Stones -- has kept him from succumbing to alcohol, according to a report in the
British newspaper, the Daily Mail.
"They have an extraordinary talent, and that helps them weather the
consequences of their behavior better than the average person," says Paul
Mulhausen, MD, a geriatrician at the University of Iowa's medical school.
Why They Still Rock
A generation ago, a man in his mid-60s was an old man. Today, he's part of a
group that gerontologists call the "young old." They're the
beneficiaries of new lifestyle habits, new advances in health care, and new