Martina Navratilova aces the retirement game

Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:03am EST
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Tennis legend Martina Navratilova will share everything from advice on building core strength to her recipe for tofu rollups.

But don't ask the nine-time Wimbledon singles champion and ambassador for AARP, the U.S. advocacy group for seniors, for her daily exercise routine. She doesn't have one.

"I like to mix it up," Navratilova said from her home in Aspen, Colorado. "I don't have a regular routine because for me life's not a routine and exercise is not a routine, either."

Instead of a dutiful grind, the 52-year-old, who retired from tournament tennis in September 2006, stays in shape via a dazzling array of activities that includes ice hockey, mountain biking, scuba diving, skiing, snowboarding, basketball, golf, horse back, riding and doing "anything involving a ball."

"I do everything," she said. "I may do yoga with a friend. I may do Pilates on the road."

These days Navratilova is often on the road on behalf of AARP. the American Association of Retired Persons, crisscrossing the country to spread her message of health and fitness to the advocacy group's 40 million members.

"AARP came to me trying to prevent problems of aging," the tennis ace explained. "I embody health and fitness pretty well, so it seemed like a natural symbiotic relationship."

Her user-friendly videos, dubbed "Martina's Tips," have graced AARP's website for the past year. They feature a toned Navratilova chatting while demonstrating a variety of simple exercises and offering commonsense advice on healthy eating.   Continued...

<p>Martina Navratilova of the U.S. returns the ball against Kimiko Date of Japan at their friendly match during Dream Match 2008 in Tokyo March 15, 2008. Former tennis champions Navratilova, Steffi Graf of Germany and Date participated in the friendly tennis match. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon</p>