Nicole Murphy On Staying Fit At 50: “I’m Not Trying To Look 21 But I Want To Look Good For Myself”
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Nicole Murphy is fitness goals. She has, for many years, made her health and wellness a priority, and that’s why at the age of 50, and five kids later, she has been able to maintain the type of form she wants.
But it wasn’t always easy for Murphy to get up and get moving. Despite being a model, she didn’t start working out consistently until she started having kids. And it took having a few of them for her to see that her body wasn’t going to go back to what she was used to without some help.
“When I first had my first baby, I wasn’t even thinking about working out. I didn’t go to the gym and this and that,” she said in a recent interview on Sway in the Morning. “And no one told me, ‘Hey, it’s possible that your belly will never be the same. Your body’s going to look different. You might have stretch marks.’ I didn’t even think like that. I was blessed in the beginning. I just went back into my normal shape. And then the more kids I started having, it was like, ‘Yoooo, I need to work out ’cause I’m not the same.’ I could see my little faults so I was like, ‘I’m in the gym, I gotta work out.’ At the time, I was married so I was like, ‘I always want to look good for my man.’ I didn’t want to get comfortable like some people do in a relationship and let themselves go. I know a few people like that and I’m like, me, honestly, that would turn me off. I always wanted to look good. So I’ve always been into it. I’ve been into eating right. Well, I do mess up, I’m not even gonna lie.”
Eventually she got on track, and now she works out one hour a day and tries to have a balanced diet, though she makes room for goodies from time to time.
“Just work out. It’s only one hour out of your day. One hour out of my day. I can even do it at home. There’s no excuse,” she said. “And then, just learning how to eat properly. That took a minute because I didn’t know. My mother’s British so it’s all about bread and lots of butter, lots of sauces on your food, potatoes and that. That’s how I grew up. But the older I got, I figured it out.”
And despite being fitness goals for many women, and even some men, Murphy isn’t slowing down anytime soon. She still has her own goals to reach, primarily keeping her sexy intact.
“I want to maintain,” she said. “I’m 50 now. I just turned 50 years old. So I want to inspire other women. Just because you’re 50 doesn’t mean it’s over. I’m not trying to look 21 but I want to look good for myself — and whoever my mate is going to be.”