Cameron Diaz is sharing her secrets to staying young and has revealed how a painful Achilles tendon injury recently caused her to slow down and finally listen to her body as the movie star approaches her 50th birthday in August.
Proudly declaring her family to be of ‘stocky stock’, the Charlie’s Angels actress says she is ‘excited’ about the aging process and wants to reach 110 by following an active and healthy lifestyle, saying she has ‘ 50 or 60 years to go.
Earlier this year, the wife of rocker Benji Madden was photographed walking around Los Angeles wearing a leg brace, which Cameron reveals put her out of action at the gym for at least eight months.
Revealing all: Cameron Diaz has opened up about her secret to staying young and how she wants to live to 110 (pictured above on The Kelly Clarkson Show this year)
“I’m still recovering from an Achilles tendon injury so I’ve been off exercise for eight months,” he revealed. “I used to be very strong and very active, and they forced me to be quiet for a while.”
“Being so strong most of my life, I was used to pushing myself and leaning on my strength, and I had to do the opposite,” she added, saying that instead of putting pressure on herself, “I honored the fact that I had a injury”. .’
But taking time to rest made Cameron realize the importance of listening to her body as she ages, and hinted that it’s preparing her to face menopause.
“It’s been a rebuilding process and I feel like I’m stronger now than when I started,” he said.
Injured: Cameron, 49, explained that sustaining a leg injury made her reassess the pressure she had been putting on her body (pictured from February this year wearing a leg brace)
“I look forward to all the aspects of growth that will come in my 50s. I’m working on building my muscle mass, so I’ll have it as my hormones change.’
Cameron, who shares two-year-old daughter Raddix with Benji, 43, said “the whole concept of aging” has changed in the last 10 years and he’s excited about what’s to come.
It is totally open. I’m excited. I have 50 or 60 years left, I want to live until I am 110, since I have a small son. I think you have this amazing moment in your 40s where you appreciate who your parents are, and I want to have that moment with her, be there with her in her 40s.
She has also come to terms with not being the youngest mother in her group of friends, after welcoming her first child at 47 in 2020.
‘I’m the oldest mom in my group of friends with kids, and it’s great. I am lucky to be my age, lucky to have those girlfriends, lucky to have my daughter, lucky to have all the support that I have to raise her,” she said.
Although Cameron began her career as a sex symbol, wowing fans with her glamorous role in The Mask, the star admits she no longer has the need to be ‘sexy’ at all times.
Staying young: Cameron is all about keeping things simple and not consuming sugar in her diet, which is why she’s put out her own wine collection.
She said defiantly: ‘I’m here to say I’m getting over that: I don’t care! I want to be strong and healthy, have the stretch and resilience in my body to be able to do the things I want to do.’
And when it comes to her secrets to staying young, Cameron tries to keep it simple and easy with sugar, which is why she’s put out her own collection of wines, Avalinethat stays away from extra sugar, artificial colors and extra sulfites.
Cameron previously talked about how women shouldn’t be focused on fearing the side effects of menopause, and instead embrace what’s to come.
She told Women’s Health in 2016: “Make connections, make friends, join communities and really honor yourself. [As a 40-something] You’re getting ready to make that transition into menopause, so pay attention to where you are emotionally, physically, and mentally.
‘Women who get stressed have it longer and harder, but women who accept it have it shorter and less severe.’
Family: Cameron, who shares two-year-old daughter Raddix with Benji Madden, 43 (pictured above in 2016)