5 Fitness Tips Brooke Shields Swears by to Look and Feel Stronger Than Ever at 55

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From Prevention

  • Brooke Shields, 55, recently opened up about her fitness routine to Prevention.com.

  • The model and actress says her workouts have changed over time, especially after having a partial knee replacement at 53.

  • Shields now focuses on low-impact workouts and building stability and strength.

Brooke Shields has made her health a top priority—but when the coronavirus pandemic changed life as we knew it, she had to get creative to keep up with her fitness routine.

“When COVID hit, I couldn’t go to a gym or see a trainer, and I needed to keep some semblance of control in my life,” Shields told Prevention.com in partnership with Life Happens for Life Insurance Awareness Month.

In 2018, Shields had surgery for a partial right knee replacement. “I never thought I’d have knee problems, and I’ve got nothing but knee problems,” she says, explaining that her knee function has gotten incrementally worse over the years. Overhauling her approach to fitness has been a key aspect of her recovery.

So, she began virtually working with trainer Ngo Okafor and sharing her at-home sweat sessions on Instagram Live—building an active social media community along the way. “Doing these little workouts was sort of the only area that I felt I had an ounce of control,” she explained.

Shields took her workouts indoors throughout quarantine, using equipment you could find anywhere, like water bottles, soup cans, and resistance bands. “I’ve always maintained a very active life,” the former dancer says. “I’ve done it for health and strength reasons, because I noticed that I’m also healthier minded when I’m physically active.”

Ahead, Shields dishes on her top fitness tips at 55.

1. Learn to activate different muscle groups.

To help regain strength in her knees, Shields began educating herself with a trainer. “I really started reintroducing myself to the many different muscles we have in our bodies that lay dormant or don’t become activated,” she explains. “I started feeling much more balanced and stronger, but instead of being incredibly dominant in one area and weaker in another, I became much more overall activated as far as my muscles were concerned.”

The actress said targeting areas such as her quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and hips has helped strengthen her knees, and focusing on her core has reduced back pain.

2. Low-impact workouts are key.

“Before I got my partial knee replacement, I worked out for a year just to prepare myself so that my recovery would be faster,” Shields says. “So I exercised to maintain the strength and the stability in and around the area that’s been the most compromised.”

The actress says her left knee now seems to be “heading towards full replacement,” so she’s working to build up strength and stability with that knee, too. “I hope that maybe I will be able to avoid a full replacement by doing every other thing that’s an option for me,” she says.

Strength and stability are key, so she focuses on low-impact workouts

Protect Your Teeth From Tartar Stains With This Dentist’s Hygiene Tips

Plaque doesn’t just remain plaque if left on your teeth – it forms into tartar, and that’s an entirely different concern.

Plaque is soft, sticky, and colorless and can be removed with regular brushing and flossing. If left alone, plaque hardens and bonds with your teeth to become tartar and needs to be removed by a dental professional, said Maged el-Malecki, DMD, the dental director at Boston Dental.

“Tartar develops when biofilm in our mouths combine with food byproducts – this then becomes mineralized from our saliva,” el-Malecki said. “Over 60 percent of people have at least some tartar buildup, which means it is a common oral health issue.”

He even described tartar as a porous “crusty blanket” that forms between your teeth and gum line and can easily trap stains and cause discoloration.

“Because we can’t remove tartar ourselves, many people wait a long time to seek treatment. While waiting, tartar can continue to build up and cause gum inflammation, gum recession, and, in severe cases, bone loss due to the bacteria that live in tartar, which produces toxins.”

Related: Plaque Can Contain 1,000 Different Bacteria – Here’s How to Keep Your Teeth Clean

While tartar-removing instruments (like metal picks) are available at your local pharmacy, el-Malecki strongly urges against using these products. Since the tartar-removing process requires specialized techniques using sharp tools, DIY approaches can very easily damage your gums.

“Generally, we use a scaler and an ultrasonic tip to remove tartar and stains while also flushing the gums with either distilled water or an antimicrobial solution,” he explained.

Regularly removing plaque from your teeth by brushing and flossing are the most effective ways you can prevent and eliminate tartar at home, el-Malecki said.

Despite one’s best efforts, though, sometimes accumulating small amounts of tartar buildup is unavoidable. That’s why it’s essential to make checkups and cleanings with your dentist a priority.

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7 Tips From a Psychologist

Between rapidly changing pandemic-time rules (curfews! rule of six! weddings of 15!); talk of a ‘second wave’ and the incoming end of the furlough scheme, you’d be forgiven for feeling somewhat anxious.

If the latter issue does affect you, perhaps you’re experiencing heightened levels of panic. While a fresh initiative – the ‘Job Retention Scheme’, in which the government will top up your wages if you’re reduced to part time hours – has been announced, as you know, this only applies to ‘viable jobs.’ This somewhat clumsy, cruel language refers to occupations in industries which are still suffering the effects of coronavirus measures, such as those in the night time economy or in retail.

For those threatened by the loss of income, whole or partial, it’s very natural to be struggling. Here, Clinical Psychologist and author of The Imposter Cure, Dr Jessamy Hibberd, and Therapist and founder of Cultureminds Therapy Platform, Sharnade George, offer some wisdom. Hopefully, you find something to help you work through this shaky time.

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1. Work to manage your feelings

‘The uncertainty of whether you will or won’t lose your job can be difficult: It’s natural and very human to experience a range of emotions in response to this, and it’s important we allow these feelings, giving ourselves time to adjust to this new information,’ says Dr Jessamy.

‘Our emotions help us to make sense of what’s going on. We can’t just jump to coping without processing what’s happening first, and then finding a space for it to fit into our thinking – a bit like dealing with grief, loss or trauma. Whilst it’s good to allow your feelings it’s also important not to get stuck in them and to differentiate between what’s helpful and what’s unhelpful.

‘The Buddhists say that whenever something difficult happens two arrows fly our way. At the moment that first arrow might be the looming end of furlough and the threat of job loss. The second arrow is your reaction to it. Now, we can’t avoid the pain and suffering the first arrow causes. However, we do have a choice in how we react – and we can prevent ourselves getting shot a second time. Whilst you’d hope after the first arrow, our minds would jump into gear and start supporting us, in fact our mind starts to work against us, telling us it’s futile and not to bother doing the things that make us feel better and, instead, enticing us with all the things that leave us feeling worse, such as catastrophising, alcohol, withdrawing and worrying.

‘It’s hard to