Elizabeth Hurley Swears By "Found Fitness" To Make 56 Look Like 26

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  • Elizabeth Hurley, 56, just spilled all of her best fitness tips, including her favourite ways to get moving.

  • The model and beauty icon says she'd rather break a sweat while doing housework than go to the gym any day.

  • Elizabeth also works on her mental health by limiting her screen time and focusing on fully enjoying her time off.

At 56, Elizabeth Hurley has already made her mark as a beauty icon. But in between her busy days as a model and an actress, she also finds time to embrace her role as a global ambassador for The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign.

This is Elizabeth's 26th year as one of the faces of the campaign, and she recently explained in an Instagram post why the cause is so important to her. 'When my grandmother lost her life to breast cancer in the early '90’s, nobody spoke openly about this disease,' she wrote.

'Times have changed, but people are still dying. Today, our call to help end breast cancer for all is more urgent than ever as breast cancer is now the most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide,' Liz continued.

On top of that, she's now breaking out into the fitness space. Scroll through her other posts, and it's clear that Liz is all about a healthy lifestyle. Her super strong body totally proves it. Wondering how she stays so fit? Liz sat down with WH and spilled all of her best workout secrets (hint: no long hours at the gym here).

Elizabeth is a huge fan of "found fitness".

Since Liz's days on-set can be long, she aims to squeeze in a workout whenever she can. She loves found fitness—a.k.a. getting her steps in and her heart rate up in moments during her daily routine. 'I don't really do any set exercise, per se, because I prefer to get my exercise from doing something than being in the gym,' Elizabeth says.

She'd rather do housework than hop on the treadmill.

Liz's fitness routine begins the minute she wakes up. She previously told WH that she does squats while she brushes her teeth to tone her legs and butt. Then, she takes her dogs for 20-minute walks first thing in the morning to get her blood pumping.

But her favourite way to break a sweat? Gardening, all year long. Liz is a big fan of logging (you know, moving trees around!), and she also enjoys raking leaves.

'I do as much outside during the winter as I do during the summer,' she explains. And, she feels super satisfied after a good yardwork sesh: 'Not only do I feel, well, actually exhausted, but also I feel that I've got the leaves up, which is also a nice thing.' Basically: 'I'd rather do housework than go to the gym,' she says. 'I'd rather scrub a mirror—it does just as much.' Clearly!

The pandemic helped Elizabeth realize she needed to work on her mental health.

Whether Elizabeth's modelling or acting, her days often start at 5 a.m. and last for hours on end, so finding time to relax is important to her. When the COVID-19 pandemic put everything on hold, Elizabeth realized she was constantly thinking about work—and that it was affecting her mental health in too big a way.

'It made me realize that I'd been in fight or flight mode for 30-odd years,' she tells Women's Health. 'I'm not very relaxed, as a person, in any case, but I have to say I became more so during lockdown.'

Liz explains that spending time alone with her thoughts helped her decide where to focus her energy. 'I really valued making myself sit still for a bit,' she says, 'because I always used to feel a bit guilty because I knew I had stuff in my inbox, and I knew I should be fixing it.'

Now, Liz says she values her time off even more, and she's pared down her schedule to reflect that. 'So my inbox still stays a little down,' she adds.

She limits her screen time, too.

Liz says she also felt like her sleep schedule was suffering, mostly because of how much screen time she was logging. Now, 'I don't take my phone into my bedroom anymore, and I don't take my electronics upstairs,' she says.

'At the beginning of the pandemic, I was on my iPad at bedtime, watching the news and actually really scaring myself,' she continues.

'So having done that for the first few months of the pandemic, I then left everything downstairs, went upstairs, and went back to a hard book, instead of reading them on my iPad. And I have to say, my sleep quite improved in leaps and bounds.' After all, looking this great requires extra beauty sleep, people!

She makes time for causes she cares about.

These days, Liz has the time and energy to spend on the things she really cares about, like spreading breast cancer awareness. After posting a snap on Instagram with a message to her followers to perform a self-check for signs of breast cancer, Elizabeth says two close friends in their late 30s reached out and contacted her.

Both of them had found lumps that their doctors confirmed were breast cancer, in the early stages. 'Had they not seen that post, it would have been a really different story,' Elizabeth says, noting that most women don't have their first mammogram until the age of 40.

'So that's what we really want to achieve with this,' she tells WH. 'We want to reach people one at a time and try and change their destiny.' 'This just feels like part of my life now,' Liz adds about her 26 years with Estée Lauder's campaign. 'It's ended up becoming one of the most meaningful things in my life.'

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