Friday, January 9, 2009

Martha Stewart: How Martha Retains her Martha-ness

“Several times a day I'm asked to describe the daily routine that permits me to do all I do - maintaining a very busy schedule while still feeling good. I thought I would, once and for all, attempt to write it all down and share it with you here. 1. SKIN CARE, 2. GYM: My home gym is furnished with aerobic machines, weights and Cybex machines, and has a lovely view of the farm, a television so I can watch the news while running on the treadmill, and yoga equipment. The importance of aerobic exercise cannot be overemphasized. Aerobics keep weight down and stamina up. 3. MORNING JUICE, 4. CALENDAR, 5. WALKING: My favorite outdoor activity has always been hiking or walking. Good footwear, good socks and a jacket with pockets (for water and a cell phone) are crucial items of clothing. 6. EXERCISE: Weights are all-important for bone health and body toning, and yoga is essential for calming the mind and strengthening the body's core. I love weights for arms and shoulders, and my Pilates ring for strengthening thighs, arms and chest. A yoga block, a ring and a yoga strap come with me wherever I go, so I can at least get a bit of a workout when I'm on the road. 7. WATER, 8. HAIR CARE, 9. DAILY MAINTENANCE 10. RELAXATION: Last but not least, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of children, spouses, significant others and pets in our daily lives. They are the real reason we do what we do outside the home, in our work and in our play. And a few minutes of every day are spent on the phone catching up with close friends.”

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