Tony Horton, creator of the P90X exercise regimen, says yoga is his favorite workout, not only because it keeps him youthful, but because it saved his life.
"Yoga saved my life, absolutely," Horton, 55, told U.S. News & World Report. "It was the most important step in my process of learning about exercise. Yoga is the fountain of youth, there's no question about it. It's a monster."
It's a surprising revelation from Horton, who has become rich and famous due to the astonishing popularity of P90X, a rigorous CrossFit-like strength-training regimen.
The beauty of yoga, says Horton, is that it keeps him emotionally centered, but also propels him to constantly improve himself. "It's like running on your hands," he said. "It's just hard, but the idea here is to keep pushing."
Horton, who launched his best-selling exercise DVDs in 2003, says most strength-training workouts don't address flexibility, which is important at every age.
Yoga is the glue, yoga is the magic. If your joints and connective tissue are crap, you can’t perform with speed and agility and balance."
Horton, who looks 20 years younger than his age and can still do 40 pull-ups in one shot, doesn't follow a particular diet, but is a vocal proponent of eating fresh vegetables and fruits and avoiding soda, sugar and processed foods.
He said he's constantly barraged with questions about how to achieve a six-pack, but emphasizes that chiseled abs are not possible without a clean, healthy diet.
"I’ll do a live chat with 5,000 people and the questions that come at me are, 'How do I get six-pack abs? How do I build my chest? How can I get vascular?' And I’m thinking, 'You’re looking at it all backwards.'
Stop focusing on your six-pack abs, for God’s sake, and just focus on the fact that you’re going to be a better human if you get off your butt and eat better. Today."