Watching his moves in his new video “Miracle Worker” with band SuperHeavy (made up of Jagger, Joss Stone, AR Rahman, Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley and Dave Stewart) you wouldn’t think the Rolling Stones frontman has just turned 68! Still slim (140 lbs.) and energetic, one might chalk it up to good genes (his dad, Dick lived to age 93), however it’s more than just this. Jagger actually has a rather elaborate health and fitness routine. Mick’s father was a physical fitness instructor and instilled the need for exercise in his son starting at an early age.
Jagger uses personal trainer Torje Elke, a trainer for Olympic athletes and professional football (think soccer) players. In preparation for a concert tour, Sir Mick runs 8 miles a day, kick-boxes, swims and cycles. While on tour, he still warms up on a treadmill, but doesn’t overdo it, since it is estimated that he moves about 12 miles during a typical show. He also does a strict strength and conditioning program in the gym.
To help with his balance, Jagger takes ballet and pilates lessons. He also makes sure to stretch properly and has massages from the personal masseuse he takes on the road with him.
Although Jagger still drinks on occasion, the amount has decreased significantly since his earlier days. He had not taken any illicit drugs in many years. To relax, Sir Mick uses relaxation techniques and
I sit on my own, calm down, and take stock.
Jagger tends to eat a diet more suited to high-performance athletes or marathon runners than the current low-carb diet trends (such as Dukan or Atkins). He feels that a high carb diet (with whole grains, potatoes, rice) and lean proteins suits him better because of the muscular work-out he gets onstage. Jagger’s been a big proponent of organic produce for over 10 years, and was introduced to it by Jo Wood (former wive of band mate Ron Wood). He especially loves avocados, reportedly due to their “regenerative” properties. Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a “nutrient booster” by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.
Jagger reportedly drinks a “superjuice smoothie” every morning for breakfast. These smoothies include Vitamins A, C, D and E as well as B complexes, cod liver oil, ginseng and ginkgo biloba.
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Jagger started wearing protective ear plugs for many years. As we’ve written about in an article about Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, hearing damage is an occupational hazard for rock bands.
Believe it or not, Sir Mick has an extensive (and expensive) artillery of facial creams. He is never without his tube of Prescriptives Super Flight Cream- to moisturize his skin during long flights. He also uses Clarins and Lancome moisturizing lotions, and applies face masks regularly. According to the Mail Online, Jagger is a “devotee of La Prairie Caviar facial, which contains caviar extract — renowned for ‘intensive tightening and rejuvenation’.” Eight ounces of the stuff will set you back about $500.
For the past 10 years, Jagger has been living with model L’Wren Scott. He met the 44 year old model at a photo shoot and she has since become his biggest ally and trusted confidant. She is also very protective of him, even keeping band-mates away from him if they are smoking.
It’s no wonder that Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera’s summer hit “Moves Like Jagger” pays homage to Sir Mick.
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