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HOW I DO IT: Morgan Freeman on staying young



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Updated: April 14, 2014 4:48PM

LAS VEGAS — In “The Shawshank Redemption,” Morgan Freeman’s character, Red, says, “Get busy living or get busy dying.” At age 76, the star of “Last Vegas” is picking the former. Here’s Freeman on how to live life to the fullest and ignore the age on your driver’s license:

Move it!

Freeman’s “Last Vegas” character has a great dance scene. “When I started in theater, my instructor said, ‘You should never stop dancing.’ Good advice.

“I tell people to take a ballet, jazz or tap class. It’s never too late,” Freeman says.

Break a sweat — daily

“I go a half-hour a day at an easy pace on my treadmill,” he says. “You don’t have to end up breathless. Go at enough of a pace to work up a sweat.”

Include a daily mental workout

“I’m a computer solitaire addict. I’m good. I win a lot,” the Academy Award winner says. “I also like crossword puzzles. You must keep your mind active on a daily basis.”

Red eats red

“I do still eat meat,” he says. “I also take vitamins to make sure I’m getting everything I need.”

Don’t dwell on that number

“People think, ‘I’m getting too old for that.’ Fill in the blank for the ‘that.’ The truth is if you think you’re getting too old, then it’s true. If you don’t think it then you’re immediately younger.”

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