Denise Austin was shocked when Sports Illustrated Swimsuit requested if she would stroll down the runway in a bikini.

The health icon joined her daughter, SI Swim mannequin Katie Austin, on the 2022 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Runway Show in July. The mom and daughter proudly rocked two-pieces on the catwalk for the dwell broadcast present on the W South Beach pool in Miami Beach, Florida.

“At first, I assumed, ‘Am I actually doing this? Are you kidding me? In a bikini at age 65?’” Austin chuckled. “But how exhilarating that was! It was this superb, pure excessive. It was an honor that they even requested me. And then to do that with my daughter made it much more particular. It was the spotlight of my life to stroll the runway with my daughter. I’m nonetheless not over it.”

The former gymnast shared that her daughter, 28, has been an inspiration to her.

“It introduced tears to my eyes [when I first saw her in SI],” Austin defined. “I used to be simply so happy with her. She’s simply the sweetest particular person with the largest coronary heart. And she’s a tough employee. She tried out for it three completely different years by way of Swim Search, so it’s not like this was given to her. And I’m simply so proud, as a result of this has been a dream of hers. I keep in mind seeing Christie Brinkley and Kathy Ireland on the quilt and [thinking] how that was such an enormous deal. So it’s superb to see my daughter within the journal. And she’s going to now at all times be a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit mannequin.”

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Denise Austin referred to as the expertise “exhilarating.”
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For greater than 30 years, Austin has been encouraging individuals to kick off an energetic way of life by way of her exercise routines. She has bought greater than 24 million train movies and DVDs. She additionally led the longest-running health present in TV historical past. She continues to be bursting with power and enthusiasm whereas doing a “whole physique burn cardio” or coaching to be “lean, toned and completely match” – all with a megawatt smile.

Most just lately, she teamed up with Easy Spirit to launch a brand new assortment on Sept. 15 named “Easy Spirit x Denise Austin.” It options energetic footwear designed for excessive or low-impact exercise routines.

“Shoes are crucial factor you want whether or not you’re strolling or doing any form of fitness,” she defined. “When Easy Spirit requested me to collaborate, I used to be so excited, as a result of I really like their sneakers, however I additionally needed to make a extra enjoyable model with advantages. One shoe is nice for energy strolling that’s additionally very light-weight… the opposite is for strolling quick or operating. I created each kinds, however I stroll not less than 35 minutes a day. I needed one thing the place I can exit and stroll my canine, casually put on to Pilates, or simply for operating errands. I’m at all times in athletic put on, so it made sense.”

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Denise Austin says her daughter Katie is an inspiration to her.

Austin stated that low-impact exercises usually get missed, however there are many advantages for these needing some motivation.

“You might burn energy and get your self wholesome with out placing stress on the joints,” she shared. “It’s simpler on your knees, your hips, your thighs and again. I like to recommend a brisk stroll, not an influence stroll… I additionally do low-impact aerobics at residence. So as a substitute of a daily leaping jack, I’ll do a heel jack the place you’re not leaping. The bigger muscle tissues of the physique burn extra energy, so you may burn extra in the event you use your thighs and gluteus. You don’t want to leap to really feel it and get your coronary heart price up.”

According to Austin, her secret to feeling and looking youthful is surprisingly easy. She works out half-hour day by day and eats balanced meals consisting of “80 p.c wholesome meals and 20 p.c treats,” alongside with consuming loads of water all through the day.

“I like HIIT interval coaching,” she stated. “When I’m out strolling, I’ll do 5 minutes of a pleasant stroll. Then I’ll do a burst of a quick stroll the place I’m pumping my arms and powering by way of. Then I do one other five minutes of just walking after which take it up increased, virtually like a lightweight jog. I additionally imagine in a constructive angle. If I get up feeling grateful, I’ll wish to take excellent care of myself. And I’ll wish to train. It’s a message I’ve been preaching for 40 years. I’m nonetheless a believer. That’s how I dwell.”

Austin additionally emphasised experimenting within the kitchen – and consuming every little thing moderately.

“I really like Mexican meals!” she gushed. “I really like my tacos, guacamole and margaritas. Those are my treats. I come from an enormous household, and we like to eat. When I’m going out to dinner, I wish to take pleasure in myself. I don’t even take into consideration what I’m ordering – I simply take pleasure in it. And after I’m residence, I do my very own cooking. I make meals on a regular basis for my household.”

The one message Austin has for different ladies her age is to maintain transferring.

“You might at all times enhance your well being,” she defined. “It’s all about power degree. I train for well being advantages but in addition to have the power to take pleasure in my life. I’m a real believer that 10 minutes a day will make it easier to get began. Walk for 10 minutes. If you might do this each day, you might enhance your spirit and your well being.”

“I do know that train is without doubt one of the greatest preventative medicines, so in the event you might simply give your self 10 minutes, it’s going to make such a distinction,” she continued. “You might help your thoughts and your physique. And when you do this, you may construct your self as much as half-hour. And there are every kind of workouts on the market. I love to do leg workouts within the kitchen. I do pushups towards the countertop as I wait for my espresso to brew. Every day, I consider methods I can stretch and transfer extra. If there’s one message I can provide is that it’s by no means too late.”

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