Angela Rippon is one of this year’s most talked about Strictly contestants.
Proving age is just a number, the 79-year-old has delivered some stunning performances over the past few weeks with professional partner Kai Widdrington.
Angela has previously told of how she stays fit, active and healthy at her age and has no plans to retire.
Here is all you need to know about her fitness routine and the nutritious diet she follows.
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Angela Rippon’s exercise regime
We all know learning to dance on Strictly is keeping Angela fit but she was already a fan of working out.
“I look at the younger people and I know I’m not as fit or strong, that’s just a medical fact,” she said ahead of starting rehearsals for the show.
“But I play tennis, I go to Pilates and ballet classes, so I’m pretty fit for someone of my age.
“I’ve told my pro partner, Kai Widdrington, there are things I can do and things I can’t. I just want to do everything properly. I’ve told him, ‘Challenge me’.”
Back in 2018, Angela shared her love of dancing, particularly ballet, and how it keeps her energy levels up.
“I love dancing. When I was young, I even considered making it my career – it’s great for tone and balance,” she told Irish News.
“I’m an ambassador for the Royal Academy of Dance Silver Swans ballet classes for the over-55s, and I regularly go to their classes.
“I stretch for 10 minutes every morning, which has been my routine for all of my life, and I don’t smoke or drink.”
Angela Rippon’s diet
Angela previously revealed she has a dairy and gluten intolerance which meant she had to make some changes to her diet.
“For almost 20 years. I had a severe attack of food poisoning, and afterwards suffered bloating, stomach cramps and general ill health,” she told Free From Heaven.
“So I consulted a dietician who put me on an exclusion diet – and we discovered the two main intolerances.”
As well as cutting out gluten and dairy, Angela took the time to learn about superfoods.
She told Saga: “Anything purple is good for you – from red cabbage to aubergines, blackcurrants and blueberries. In Okinawa, Japan, people habitually live to 90 and, instead of rice, they eat purple sweet potato. Such foods contain a chemical that can help to prevent clogged arteries.”
The TV presenter learned more about her body while presenting BBC series How To Stay Young in 2016.
“I took part in a documentary called How To Stay Young and it was surprising to discover that – while I didn’t have any external fat – I had a high level of visceral fat around my liver, which can lead to cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” she said.
“Because of this, I’m on complex carbohydrate, high-fibre Inulin, which has reduced and controlled it.”
Inulin is a type of prebiotic which promotes digestive health and stimulates the immune Its found in foods including artichokes, asparagus, bananas, garlic, wheat and onions, but can also be taken as a supplement.
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