Oprah Winfrey feels unstoppable at 60, thanks to regular exercise, a healthy diet, and a positive attitude. While most people dread aging, Winfrey finds the process liberating.
"I'm not one to get hung up on numbers, but if you want to say 60 is the new 40, I'll take that," Oprah wrote in a new column for O Magazine. "You can be and do whatever you want, thanks to exercise and hair color."
Winfrey, who has overcome childhood sexual abuse, a teenage pregnancy and years of weight fluctuations and diet frustration, said she has acquired a new appreciation for her body because she is healthy and well. Looking back, Winfrey regrets that she spent so much time and effort trying to be a certain size that she took her good health for granted.
"All the years I dieted, complained, and was less than satisfied with my shape have yielded to a new perspective, an appreciation for the body that's brought me this far," said the billionaire media mogul. "I've spent too many years resisting, neglecting and negating my body."
Oprah, who once pined for Diana Ross' slim hips, said she starts every morning by standing in front of the mirror in her pajamas blessing her body, from the feet that hold her up, to the head that helps her execute her vision of empowering others.
Cardio Exercise and Strength-Training
Winfrey, who once tipped the scales at 237 pounds, follows an organic diet that features plenty of fruits, vegetables, fish, chicken and meat. Oprah also exercises every day, doing 45 minutes of cardio exercise six days a week, combined with 40-minute strength-training workouts four or five days a week, said her trainer Bob Greene, author of The Best Life Diet Cookbook.
Winfrey, a self-professed emotional overeater and carb addict, no longer worries about being model-thin, but about being strong and vibrant. As she moves into her sixth decade, Oprah loves the wisdom and life lessons she has acquired over the decades. She said her biggest regret is having wasted time worrying about silly things. She realizes now that the present is all we have, and we should fully embrace it instead of wistfully hoping for things to be a certain way.
"The absolute best part is being able to be free and do whatever you want," said Winfrey. "There's nothing better than that. The hardest part is really recognizing the time that you've wasted and the things that you worried about that really didn't matter. You regret the time that was wasted."
The self-made billionaire shared her secrets for happiness and success in her memoir, O's Big Book of Happiness.