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Katie Couric stays fit and fabulous at 56: Her diet and fitness secrets

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At 56, Katie Couric deserves credit for managing to maintain a sleek physique despite one of the busiest schedules in the entertainment industry. She advocates exercise both on her talk show and on her Facebook page, posting motivational thoughts such as "I'm trying to exercise more, you should too!!"

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Among her passions: Spinning, which includes hosting a spinning event recently to benefit colorectal cancer research, according to the Huffington Post. Add that to Pilates, dance and exercise bootcamp, and you've got a woman dedicated to doing what it takes to stay fit.

Katie even shared a video of herself doing Zumba, writing, "Friday morning humiliation! Hopefully I get better!!"

What keeps her motivated? Katie told Good Housekeeping that getting older made her more determined.

"I kept hearing, 'Your weight is going to re-distribute, you're going to get thick in the middle.' So I decided I needed to be more committed to exercising — plus, I think the endorphins are helpful," she explained.

Author of a new best-selling book "The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives," Katie's become particularly enthusiastic about spinning.

"I like it because for 45 minutes you just have to keep going. Even if you don't go at the same speed as your neighbors, or you're not, you know, Lance Armstrong in drag, it's just intense exercise."

One benefit of getting older: Katie can see her cheekbones. And she doesn't miss what she called her "chipmunk cheeks." She even jokes about it.

"I always had kind of a fat face," she says. "Now I can see my cheekbones for the first time. You know, they say as you get older you have to decide between [maintaining] your butt or your face," she jokes. "Clearly, I've made my choice.

And one more secret to her slim success: Weight Watchers, said Katie at a BlogHer conference.

“I start every day on Weight Watchers and end every day off Weight Watchers,” she confessed.

What she appreciates: "It does make you mindful of what you’re eating and the portion size."

Katie feels that dieting actually "is making people fat. We’re so hard on ourselves. Let’s say we eat a chocolate chip cookie, we think ‘we blew it today, I’m going to have 12 chocolate chip cookies’. I think that kind of attitude is really destructive."

Weight Watchers "has helped me be smarter about [it]. If I fall off the wagon, I don’t eat everything that’s not nailed down," Katie added.

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