Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood health: Actor on ‘Eastwood Code’ that maintained his health for 91 years

CLINT EASTWOOD has made ageing look easy. The 91-year-old who has achieved endless success within Hollywood has also achieved remarkable success in fighting off the effects of ageing. What is the star's secret to living a long life?

With four Oscar awards and four Golden Globe awards to his name, Eastwood has had a lifetime of achievements. But away from the screen, what many adoring fans wish to know is how Eastwood handles life as an ageing citizen and what lifestyle habits he follows to have gotten to his 90s. Talking in the past, Eastwood has revealed that the “trick” is to simply “lay back and enjoy” growing older, along with a healthy diet, enjoying time outdoors and keeping your mind on top form.

“I have a friend that is in his 90s, and I said to him, ‘You look real good – what’s the deal?’ Eastwood said when talking to Closer.

“He says, ‘Never let the old man in.’ And he never did,’ the star added.

After losing his father to a fatal heart attack at the age of 63, Eastwood became even more focused on his own health.

Although well into his adult life by the time he lost his father, Eastwood admitted that the event “hit [him] like a tonne of bricks,” he also condoned some of the lifestyle habits his father followed including smoking and a bad diet.

Clint Eastwood: health

In stark contrast to his late father, Eastwood has always prioritised his diet, as well as actively trying to keep his cholesterol levels low.

In an article by Muscle and Fitness, Eastwood opened up about his diet. He said: “I’ve never carried much body fat, but I’ve always been pretty good about watching my diet.

“Stay away from carbohydrates, especially rich desserts.

“Keep a scale in your bathroom. Get proper rest. Try to be optimistic. Eat fruits and raw vegetables. Take vitamins. Skip beverages loaded with sugars. Avoid alcohol in excess.”

Even his doctor at the time, Dr Harry Demopoulos commented on the strict nature of Eastwood’s diet, as well as commenting on an important often “neglected” lifestyle habit.

Dr Harry added: “He never eats fat, he takes his antioxidants faithfully, works out like a demon, and gets plenty of sleep, which is an area that is often neglected in a fitness program.”

The NHS explains that eating a healthy balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and more importantly, feeling your best.

With Eastwood prioritising a diet consisting of fruit, fish, vegetables and pasta, the Eatwell Guide also recommends having some form of dairy, protein from meats beans or pulses, drinking at least six to eight glasses of water a day and a small amount of unsaturated oil or spread.

Clint Eastwood: health

Clint Eastwood: The star likes taking long walks and playing golf (Image: Getty)

Eastwood’s son Scott Eastwood revealed how dedicated his elderly father is to his diet and exercise. In a 2017 interview with Men’s Health he discussed the “Eastwood Code”.

Scott said: “My dad never gave me a cent. He made me work for everything.

“My dad is a machine about food and exercise. He showed me how to lift when I was 14 or 15 — the bench press and other basics. He made it clear it was more important to do the moves correctly than to put on more plates.”

It appears that the Eastwood motto is a combination of eating well and exercise. Scott went on to explain that it is a crucial 90-10 percent balance between the two, with working out making up only 10 percent of a healthy lifestyle and eating healthy making up the majority.

Clint Eastwood: health

In terms of exercise, Eastwood has come to accept that his body cannot keep up with the same workouts he used as a young actor. Today he admits to not doing anything “too strenuous”.

“Clint still golfs…. he likes to take long walks,” a source told Closer. “He looks forward to a good meal, reading, getting scripts, golf. He’s very comfortable with his daily routine.”

As well as physical exercise, to keep his mind “on point”, Eastwood has used the same meditation technique for over 40 years. The technique, known as transcendental meditation, is a 20 minute practice, usually carried out twice a day that enables the mind and body to access a special quality of rest.

The mediation techniques does not involve concentrating but aims for individuals to empty their minds and find a state of peace.Talking to the David Lynch Foundation about the practise, the actor said: “I have been using transcendental meditation for over 40 years and it is a great tool for anyone to have to use for stress and anxiety. It is something that can benefit everybody.”

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