Pray you look as good as veteran fitness goddess/activist/actress Jane Fonda does at 75 years old. Since the release of her first workout video in 1982, Fonda’s 23 home exercise videos, 13 audio recordings and five books have sold more than 17 million copies. And the original Workout video remains the top-grossing home video of all time.
“More than any of those brain games, exercise is very, very important for brain health,” said Fonda. “Psychologists recommend exercise for people with depression because when you’re working out, you’re increasing the endorphin level in your body, and endorphins are feel-good hormones. This is why releasing endorphins is so very important. When I don’t exercise, I miss the presence of hormones.”
Fonda believes that people should do an aerobic exercise—even if it’s mild—no matter what your age is. “When you get older, your brain shrinks, especially the prefrontal cortex, which is the seat of executive powers—decision-making, planning. You can minimize the shrinkage by working out, especially aerobic-based movement. It really doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you keep active! Of course I can’t do what I used to—jump up and down and dance—but I still find ways to move my body. There’s always something that you can do that helps keep you active.”