Jane Fonda is the daughter of the legendary Henry Fonda, but she initially had little interest in following in her father’s footsteps and worked as a fashion model after college instead. Eventually, she gave in and went on to have a very successful acting career including winning 2 Academy Awards. Fonda practiced ballet for years, until she broke her foot when she was in her 40s. She was an outspoken activist against the Vietnam War for which she was heavily criticized and nicknamed ‘Hanoi Jane.’ But Fonda is probably most famous for starting an exercise trend. In the 1970s, most gyms were for men. She opened a hugely successful gym for women, and then published the Jane Fonda’s Workout Book. Her video Workoutwent on to sell over 17 million copies. Fonda was ranked #9 on the Men’s Health’s list of 100 Hottest Women of All Time in 2011. Fonda is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 125 lbs.
Jane Fonda’s Diet
As a dancer, model, and actress, Fonda was always very body conscious and had an eating disorder in her youth. She is a light eater to this day and she is a big fan of breakfast. She advocates eating at least 1/3 of your calories at breakfast, another 1/3 at lunch, and no more than 1/3 for dinner. She herself usually starts the day with eggs and then has a late lunch, and often skips dinner entirely. She avoids refined sugar and carbs and only eats sugar in its natural form of whole fruits. Fonda also watches her salt intake. She makes a point of eating a lot of colorful fruits and vegetables each day and she’s a fan of fish. She also believes keeping a food diary is important because she says people don’t realize what they’re actually eating until they see it in black and white. Fonda says we all need to sit down, slow down, unplug and chew our food well. No mindless eating.
- Medium Carbs 40% 40%
- Medium Protein 40% 40%
- Medium Fat 35% 35%
Ditch the Junk
Fonda recommends buying the best quality fresh fruits and vegetables rather than buying foods with a long shelf-life.
Shake the Salt
To reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure, Fonda recommends eating less than 1,500 mg of salt a day. Don’t add it to your food and read labels to see how much you’re really taking in.
Eat A Rainbow
Fonda makes a point to eat a variety of colorful fruits and veggies every day that are green, red, blue or purple, yellow or orange and white.
Fonda doesn’t necessarily call it by name, but she often has a late lunch and skips dinner, effectively fasting for 14+ hours a day.
What to Eat
Whole grain bread/cereals
Leafy & colorful Vegetables
What to Avoid
Foods with a long Shelf-life
Fonda on her Eating Disorder
‘To overcome bulimia, I had to teach myself to eat all over again, like a child.’
Fonda on Wellness
‘When I start down a path that I know is the right path, I go with all of me.’
Fonda on Graceful Aging
‘Aging is not what we used to think it was, where you peak at middle age. It’s ascending a staircase into growth, wisdom, well-being and happiness.’
Jane Fonda’s Fitness Routine
Move It Or Lose It
Fonda says one of the best things you can do for your brain and your body is to engage in cardio exercise, regardless of age.
Fonda recommends fitting in exercise wherever you can, such as taking the stairs rather than the elevator or going for an after-dinner stroll. Whatever you can do, it adds up.
Fonda says the best way to stick to a routine is to miss it when it’s gone. See above for how she suggest you create that feeling.
Despite her knee replacement, Fonda still does resistance training and yoga. She says exercise is what keeps her strong in body and mind.
Fonda does Zazen meditation. She also does Zumba, and says slowing it down is meditative for her.
Low-Impact Still Has An Impact
Although Fonda has had to slow it down some now that she’s in her 80s, she still exercises regularly, be it on a stationary bicycle, elliptical or any low-impact exercise.
A Jane Fonda Routine
Stretch. Keep limber and lower your risk of cramping by doing some gentle stretches to warm up.
Get aerobic exercise every day. It can be anything you enjoy: walking, elliptical, cycle, whatever.
Dance. Fonda is pro-dance because it’s good for your brain and your body. Slow Zumba: the next craze?
Get outside. Fonda loves to exercise out of doors. Now that she no longer skis, she does snowshoeing. She says find what you can do and do it!
Do yoga. Fonda says there’s a type of yoga that will suit everyone, from super-gentle to power. Fonda does a few sun salutations every morning. (She also sells yoga videos.)
Fonda on Looking Good Over the Long Term
‘Maintaining a healthy weight, strong heart and bones through regular physical exercise is a major ingredient for successful aging.’
Fonda on the Secret of Beauty
‘The truest, most reliable beauty potion is regular, vigorous exercises combined with good nutrition.’
Fonda on Intensive Exercise
‘I find that arduous physical labor can jump-start my thought process.’
Fonda on Exercise After a Knee Replacement
‘The most important thing is to keep moving. I still work out, although these days I do it slowly.’
Jane Fonda’s Supplements
While Fonda is all about eating healthfully, she recommends a multivitamin to cover any nutritional gaps.
Fonda is not shy about discussing all aspects of her life, including her love life. Although the treatment is controversial, she says testosterone has boosted her libido.
Jane Fonda’s Lifestyle
Sleep For Success
Fonda says getting enough sleep is essential to healthy aging. She says if you ignored sleep in youth, make sure you’re getting it now.
Like Daughter, Like Father
Fonda and her dad were the first father-daughter pair to be nominated for an Oscar in the same year, 1982. Jane Fonda also won an Oscar before her father did.
Fonda says that if she doesn’t put on makeup, she can easily go out in public and not be recognized.
Fonda lived in France for a time and speaks fluent French.
Fonda on Acting
‘People think actresses find public speaking easy, and it’s not easy at all. We’re used to hiding behind masks.’
Fonda on Acting, take II
‘I would have given up acting in a minute. I didn’t like how it set me apart from other people.’
Fonda on Herself
‘Some people don’t like me very much and some people like me a whole lot, and there’s almost nobody who’s undecided.’
Fonda on Hollywood
‘Working in Hollywood does give one a certain expertise in the field of prostitution.’
Fonda on Being Judged on Her Actions
‘It doesn’t matter how anybody describes me; all that matters is what I do.’
Jane Fonda’s Original Workout
Cooking for Healthy Living
My Life So Far
Jane Fonda’s Workout Book
Jane Fonda movies