Celebrity Fitness: The Green Goddess at 80: Diana Moran recreates her signature TV workouts and shows she is still as supple as ever
- Fitness guru Diana Moran recreated a series of poses from a 1984 photoshoot
- Moran swapped trademark emerald lycra leotard for pair of leggings and T-shirt
- She said secret to staying limber is to start with 15 minutes of stretches each day
Published: 19:53 EDT, 9 June 2019 | Updated: 19:55 EDT, 9 June 2019
It has been 36 years since she found fame as breakfast television’s bendy Green Goddess, urging viewers to ‘wake up and shake up’.
Now Diana Moran – who turns 80 tomorrow – has shown that she is still extraordinarily supple.
The fitness guru, who was the UK’s answer to Jane Fonda, has recreated a series of poses from a 1984 photoshoot which were taken at the height of her celebrity.
Fitness guru Diana Moran has recreated a series of poses from a 1984 photoshoot which were taken at the height of her celebrity
Pictured: The ‘Green Goddess’ performs her signature moves in a 1984 photoshoot taken at the height of her fame
Mrs Moran, who received the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours at the weekend for services to charity, swapped her trademark emerald lycra leotard for a pair of green leggings and a T-shirt as she demonstrated she could still pull her legs over her head and get into tricky positions.
The mother-of-two, who was 43 when she started her morning segment on BBC Breakfast Time, says her secret to staying limber is to start every day with 15 minutes of stretches.
She also rides an electric bike and completed a triathlon last year without turning the battery on.
And despite her age-defying appearance, Mrs Moran said she has never gone under the knife for cosmetic reasons.
‘This business of young girls who have all this cosmetic stuff, honestly, what are they going to be like when they are older?’ she said.
The mother-of-two, swapped her trademark emerald lycra leotard for a pair of green leggings and a T-shirt
Mrs Moran (pictured in 1984 photoshoot) proved she could still pull her legs in her latest shoot
But Mrs Moran never dreamed of reaching 80 after her mother died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage aged only 47.
Speaking about herself and her cousins, who attended her pre-birthday party at a restaurant in Surrey yesterday, she said: ‘Not one of us thought we were going to make older age, not one of us.’
She said that when she was diagnosed with breast cancer herself aged 48: ‘I thought, ‘Oh well, that’s my time up’ and so after that I’ve been on bonus time ever since.’
She had a double mastectomy but, ten years later, she was diagnosed with skin cancer on her legs and again more recently on her face.
Mrs Moran said she ‘made a pact’ with God that she would ‘never waste another day in my life’. Mrs Moran, whose 11th book Beating Osteoporosis is out on Thursday, said her four grandchildren, aged 19 to 25, have always called her GG – short for Granny Goddess.
The twice-divorced star, who has two sons – Tim, 58, and Nick, 56 – has been dating Robin Snider for about three years. Aged 82, he is the former mayor of Spelthorne in Surrey.
As for reaching her ninth decade, she said: ‘People say, ‘Oh my goodness you’re 80’. I still feel the same. I don’t think about retirement,