Posted: Apr 12, 2012 8:44 AM
 
She's 48 (yes, you read that right -- 48!) and a FITNESS cover girl. Obviously, there's a lot women can learn from supermodel mom, Elle Macpherson. Read on for Elle's hot body secrets that she shares with Fitness Magazine -- she's the cover model for the 20th anniversary issue.

She's how old?

Single mom and supermodel, Elle Macpherson is 48 and hotter than ever. She's raising two boys, running two successful companies (Elle Intimates Lingerie and The Body, her line of bath products), she's the co-creator, host and producer of the hit TV show The Fashion Star, co-starring Jessica Simpson and Nicole Richie and somehow, she still finds time to stay in model shape. Just check out her amazing figure on the cover of the 20th anniversary issue of FITNESS, on newsstands April 17.

So how does she maintain that hot bod?

As moms, it can be easy to find excuses for why there's no time to excercise. Elle, who is single, raising two boy and busier than ever, tells FITNESS that one of her secrets for maintaining her fabulous figure is putting physical fitness at the top of her to-do list every day and making sure she's always prepared for an impromptu excercise session.

"I do an hour every day of some kind of physical activity. I mix it up. If I'm in the mountains I ski, if I'm near water I'll swim. I might do a yoga or spin class. I also take my running shoes and iPod with me wherever I go. Running is not only a really effective way to stay fit, it's a sort of moving meditation and a great way to explore new towns when I'm traveling," says Elle.

My motivation is feeling joyful, inspired, passionate, patient, strong and healthy. That’s more important to me than hitting X number of pounds on the scale...

Elle also dishes on how she stays motivated to work out. "My motivation is feeling joyful, inspired, passionate, patient, strong and healthy. That's more important to me than hitting X number of pounds on the scale, and it's what drives what I eat and how I work out. I ask myself, 'Will I feel better or worse after a run or doing a sport?' I can’t ever remember doing something physical and feeling worse."

How does she age gracefully?

Many women have a hard time with approaching 30 or even 40. Elle is rounding the corner to 50 and still not letting insecurity get the best of her. "I'm almost 50, so I obviously don't have the same body that I had when I was 20. But I also don't have the same mindset either, when I was wracked with self-consciousness and insecurity. Now I really appreciate my maturity as a woman, my depth of spirit and soul and my understanding of who I am and what's important to me," says Elle.

Love what you do, do what you love

Elle stresses the importance of having passion and loving what you do, whether it's work or play. "I want to be healthy, happy, love what I do, do what I love. I'm passionate about lingerie and Fashion Star, and I'm passionate about my sports — skiing, surfing, biking. I don't see a sport as something I have to do to be thin, the same way I don't see my business as something I have to do to make money."

To find out more about Elle, including her fitness tips, pick up the 20th anniversary issue of FITNESS, on newsstands April 17, 2012.

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