- Brooke Shields, 55, just shared a new stretching workout to Instagram.
- The workout focuses on stretching the glutes and lower back for those who are spending more time sitting around during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Shields has been sharing weekly at-home workouts to Instagram for free.
For the next stretch, Okafor told Shields to bring her right leg across her body while lowering the left leg to the mat. “And then with the right hand, you’re going to start to bring that left knee to the right side, but we want our left arm straight to the side, and left shoulder to the floor,” he said. “The work here is not how far the knees can go. We want to release that lower back.” Then, they switched sides.
As a former Broadway dancer and occasional runner, the 52-year-old has endured plenty of setbacks because of injuries and surgeries. But thanks to a personal trainer, SoulCycle, Pilates and two go-to moves (more on those in just a second), she has managed to maintain her physique over the years.
Brooke revealed she had surgery to insert metal rods, “one from the top of my hip down, and another across into the hip socket,” and had a second surgery to add five rods and a metal plate to anchor it all in place afterwards.
“I started SoulCycle about 12 years ago, and I was there this morning at 7 o’clock,” she adds. “I’ve started Pilates, both a class and with a private teacher. But all of that, it’s expensive.”
I’m relaxing with puzzles.
I’ve discovered these Liberty Puzzles that are cut out of wood and each piece is beautifully carved. If you look at all the pieces closely or even turn them upside down, there’ll be a beautiful stingray or a mermaid or a seashell or an anchor. I would sometimes just make myself tequila with lemon, lots of ice, and just zone out and do a puzzle for an hour or two at night. And that sort of focus—much like baking—just makes me feel like I’m getting a little mental vacation. I’ve always been a puzzle person. My whole family, every vacation, every break, we would all just sit around and work on puzzles together, and my one little sister would take one piece and hide it, so that she could be the last person to put a piece in.
The other fascinating part of Shields’ interview for the documentary is how she considered her relationship with her mother.
Brooke Shields feared she would kill herself by driving into a wall after being stricken with severe post-natal depression.
The ‘Blue Lagoon’ actress, 57, is now happily settled with TV writer Chris Henchy, 59, with whom she now has two daughters, Rowan, 19, and Grier, 16, but said she was so distraught and depressed after having her eldest child the girl felt like a “stranger”.
She told the ‘WTF with Marc Maron’ podcast: “I was exhausted. I had gone through IVF seven times.
Brooke Shields has starred in many feature films, including Pretty Baby, Blue Lagoon, and Black and White. She earned critical acclaim on Broadway for The Vagina Monologues and Cabaret, among other shows. She earned a People’s Choice Award and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Suddenly Susan.
“I can show it to you,” she says, fishing out her iPhone and bringing up the iconic shot of her, scissoring her feet in the air in jeans so tight they look painted on. (Some stores provided sofas so that customers could lie down as they shoehorned themselves in.) In the TV commercial, Shields memorised and recited an excerpt of Darwin’s theory of natural selection, only to find the subject popping up in a quiz in her science class at school the next day. She got an A.
“I was energized. I wasn’t exhausted, I had been eating even healthier and not drinking,” said Shields. “We finished the workout and I went in the back on my own and I went on this balance board because I had been doing it, and I finally conquered it.”
She said she took her focus off the balance board for a split second, and that’s when things went wrong.
Every Sunday, Brooke Shields spends time with her family but also makes sure to get in some solo time. That way, the model and actress, 56, feels rejuvenated, ready for the fresh start that Mondays bring. “I happen to love Mondays…. Every time I wake up, I’m excited to have a new beginning, and I mean that seriously,” she says. She gets up earlier than everyone else, makes a protein shake and a cup of PG Tips tea, and then reads a book or the newspaper until the others wake up. Shields lives with her husband, Chris Henchy, and daughters, Rowan, 18, and Grier, 15, in New York City, although right now they’re in the Hamptons for the summer.
What Shields and the other people interviewed discuss is that, even during that more permissive time, her positioning in these sexy roles was considered controversial. And, as she mentions, most of the questioning was about her looks and about topics that seemed to be wildly inappropriate for a teenager. For her part, Shields discusses disassociating herself from her body during the filming of Endless Love, where director Franco Zeffirelli would twist her toe during the love scenes to get a reaction out of her.