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Helen Mirren Shares How She Stays in Shape in Just 12-Minutes a Day

Over the last several years, I’ve had the opportunity to talk with hundreds of baby boomer women about their happiness, health and financial security.

Through these conversations, I have come to realize that the single best thing you can do to have an amazing life after 60 is exercise regularly.

Getting in shape has a positive impact on almost every aspect of your life. When you exercise, your brain releases feel-good chemicals, helping you to feel happier. In addition, people who work out tend to have higher self-esteem and are more willing to get out of the house and explore the world. Exercising may even help older entrepreneurs to create successful businesses.

“That’s all well and good.” You may be saying. “But, I’m too busy to exercise.” Well, if you follow Helen Mirren’s example, all you need is 12-minutes a day to get in shape.

According to the Daily Mail, Helen Mirren swears by the Royal Canadian Air Force 12-minute exercise plan. The routine, which was created by Bill Orban in the 1950s, includes 10 basic exercises, designed to give you a total body workout in a limited amount of time.

As Helen said, “It is the exercise I have done off and on my whole life. It just very gently gets you fit. Two weeks of doing that and you think: ‘Yeah, I could go to the gym now.’”

If you are interested in giving this exercise program a shot, check out this article, or original XBX plan that you can download here.

Have you tried the Royal Canadian Air Force 12-minute exercise plan before? Or, is there a similar routine that you use to stay in shape? Please join the conversation.

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Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at

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