How Mick Jagger keeps coming out all lungs blazing
Rolling Stone’s anti-ageing health routine explained
Imagine the odds you could have got in the 1960s and 1970s on Mick Jagger, the human apogee of the sex, drugs and rock and roll era, making it to 2018 all lungs blazing. Some 56 years after he and the Rolling Stones played their first gig, Sir Mick is fronting another European tour, and he has begun it looking at least three times as limber as you would expect from a 74-year-old.
Jagger, who in 2016 became a father for the eighth time, probably benefits from good genes: his father, a PE teacher who inculcated young Mick with the values of regular exercise, lived to 93. Much of Jagger’s vitality and longevity is surely a consequence of a health and fitness regime that he still vigorously maintains.
We’re sorry to break it to those of you who hope to combine vice and long life, but Jagger is in fact absurdly clean-living.
The Stones’ large complement of support staff includes fitness trainers and dieticians. Jagger himself has employed the same personal trainer, the Norwegian physotherapist Torje Eike, for 24 years, and still sees him several times a week. As you might expect from a beneficiary of so much dietary expertise, Jagger maintains his 71cm waist with a diet consisting primarily of fresh fruit and veg, wholegrains, legumes, chicken and fish.Jagger has reportedly tried the Keto diet, a high-fat, very low-carb regime that adherents say helps drive down their body fat levels. Persuaded by Jo Wood, ex-wife of Stones guitarist Ronnie, he has eaten organic food for years.
Jagger was reported in 2016 to be doing six sessions of aerial yoga a week. Aerial yoga is a fusion of gymnastic moves and yoga poses, using a hammock that acts both as soft trapeze and support. It’s a tough workout, but its benefits include bodily flexibility and mental relaxation.Working out
You can’t cover a reported 19km per show without a good fitness regime behind you. Between tours, Jagger often runs several kilometres per day, and has been known to cycle, kick-box, swim and do resistance training.
Melanie Hamrick, who is Jagger's 31-year-old girlfriend and the mother of Deveraux, his eighth child, is a ballerina. Jagger seems to have been inspired, having reportedly tried ballet himself since he and Hamrick became an item.Vitamins
“Vitamins and salt” were what a younger Jagger once claimed was on a plate being passed between his bandmates. He’s stuck to the regime. He takes vitamins A, B-complex, C, D and E, and combines them with the brain-friendly trio of cod liver oil, ginseng and ginkgo biloba.
Jagger’s regime reportedly includes Crème de la Mer skin cream. A 30ml pot of the luxury brand's moisturising soft cream costs R2,000.
It all adds up to a lifestyle very different from the one which Jagger and his bandmates used to epitomise. As he told an American chat show in 2012: “You start out playing rock and roll so you can have sex and do drugs, but you end up doing drugs so you can still play rock and roll and have sex.”
AbstinenceJagger still drinks in moderation, but says he hasn’t done drugs for years. Even Keith Richards is mostly sober these days.
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