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Elle Macpherson reveals her secret to staying fit and healthy at 52

Chloe Best

Elle Macpherson has long been known as 'The Body' thanks to her enviable physique and healthy glow. However rather than following a strict diet or fitness regime, Elle says she just follows a few simple rules to stay in shape, and isn't as focused on her weight as she used to be.

"At 52, I now know that a healthy mind and body is a balance of nutrition, exercise, intuition, experience and love, I really believe that," Elle told Your Fitness magazine. "I'm less concerned about the number on the scales or what dress size I wear now compared to when I was younger."

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Elle Macpherson said she is not as focused on weight as she used to be

She continued: "Today I believe beauty comes from the inside and I've definitely become more mindful in that sense – meditation has become a huge part of my day-to-day life." The model also said that while she likes to maintain an active lifestyle, she prefers to exercise outdoors rather than going to the gym.

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"[It's] ideal if I'm in a different country as I can explore the area while being active," she said. "If I'm at home I love to walk the dog, run on the beach, go swimming, hike with the kids or cycle around the neighbourhood."

Elle, who launched her own range of superfood supplements in 2015, also insisted that she doesn't follow strict diets. "It's really important for me to not be super strict – my life isn't governed by rules, it is about balance. I don't believe in extreme diets," she explained. "I eat organic food where possible and eat a mostly plant-based diet – which means lots of leafy greens, salad, fruit and vegetables and clean hormone-free protein."

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The model doesn't follow strict diets

The mum-of-two starts every day with a healthy breakfast, which she believes is particularly important. "I think it's important to have something warm in the body as the first meal so for breakfast I'll have some oatmeal or muesli with an apple compote or some berries warmed through."

It is not the first time Elle has discussed her health and fitness routine; speaking to HELLO! in 2016, the blonde beauty shared her top advice for people trying to get into shape. "My advice is to find 45 minutes to move – even something simple; walk the dog; leave the car and walk to work," she said. "I'm more likely to stay with it if it's something I love and that fits into my life."

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