Have you ever wondered what the rich and famous do for sport? Or, how so many of these women stay in such great shape? What about where they find the time to do any sort of extra-curricular activity if they are busy trying to stay rich and famous?
What we have found working at SportPort™, among some of our favorite elite and better-known women, is that allocating some time to an extracurricular sporting activity into a regular work schedule can help enhance our overall lives. Meaning, some of these women may become more confident in their day-to-day tasks and, ultimately, become stronger, more powerful, and even rich and famous!
Your favorite hobbies, including the types of exercise you enjoy, can say a lot about who you are, but they may also be indicative of your personal health and mindset. A 2017 American Time Use Survey (referenced & link below) revealed which activities high-income households prefer as well as the hobbies that low-income households enjoy the most. General trends indicate that the more money people make, the more likely they are to spend their free time exercising. The top pastimes for those earning more than $50,000 per year include tennis, softball, running, and golfing. From high-income households to celebrities, there is a strong link between wealth and exercise. Let’s take a look at some of favorite famous women who enjoy including daily sporting activities into their lives of greatness:
Name: Gisele Bundchen
Famous For: Supermodel
Sporting Activity: Volleyball
When you hear the name “Gisele,” you picture the top supermodel with a fantastic in-shape body — and you’d be right. But how did she get that way? While she’s most known for her looks and runway struts, not many know that Bundchen is also an volleyball enthusiast. In fact, before she entered the world of modeling, she wanted to become a professional volleyball player. Now, she plays volleyball in her spare time as a way to exercise and unwind from the demands of the spotlight. She says, “I love outdoor sports, like volleyball, and I play them whenever I can.”
Name: Jennifer Lopez
Famous For: Singer, actress, and dancer
Favorite Sporting Activity: Yoga, tennis, and shopping
Yes, shopping absolutely counts as a sport, especially the way Jennifer Lopez does it! However, like other wealthy, well-known celebrities such as Madonna and Katherine Heigl, J.Lo also depends on yoga to not only relax her but also to keep her looking fine and feeling fit. And, she must be doing something right. Lopez has been touted as one of the sexiest women in the world — several times! We’re sure that playing tennis and going shopping don’t hurt her figure, either.
Name: Meghan Markle
Famous For: American-born member of the British Royal Family Duchess of Sussex
Favorite Sporting Activity: Running and yoga
Meghan Markle has a schedule that none of us envies. After all, becoming a princess as Duchess of Sussex certainly has its demands. But that doesn’t stop her from relaxing with her prince whenever she can. Both athletic, energetic individuals, they like to start their weekends with some form of exercise. Markle herself is a self-proclaimed avid runner, and she enjoyed running around Kensington Gardens before she needed to find a more secluded area for (very) obvious reasons. She describes her running habit as a “form of moving meditation”. After hitting the pavement, the Duchess of Sussex likes to finish with yoga, another meditative activity that she’s been fond of for years.
Name: Michelle Obama
Famous For: Former First Lady of the United States
Favorite Sporting Activity: Running
Through her “Let’s Move!” campaign, former FLOTUS has shown the world her enthusiasm about health and fitness. But, unlike other celebrities, Michelle Obama practices what she preaches and spends her free time exercising — not an easy task with such a busy schedule. However, it’s been suggested that the Princeton graduate hits the pavement at 5 o’clock every morning for her daily run, and she must be doing something right. We can only hope we look as fabulous over 50!
Name: Sandy Lerner
Famous For: American high-tech entrepreneur and philanthropist
Favorite Sporting Activity: Horseback riding
It’s not surprising that Sandy Lerner, co-founder of cosmetics brand Urban Decay and tech conglomerate Cisco Systems has varied interests. However, she developed her third project out of a passion and love for the great outdoors – becoming an organic and humane farmer in Virginia on her farm, “Ayrshire Farm”. Lerner is also a devout fan of horseback riding and, more specifically, jousting!
Name: Serena Williams
Famous For: Top professional tennis player
Sporting Activity: Tennis and dance
On an average weekend, tennis pro Serena Williams wakes up to eat breakfast at 7 a.m. every morning before swinging into tennis practice. She fills her days with serves, backspins, and smashes and keeps the enthusiasm flowing with high-energy activities like strength training and dance classes. Williams devotes her evenings to work, social media, and other computer-related hobbies, usually because she’s so pumped from the day that she struggles to get to sleep. Too much energy, you say? We could use some of that.
Name: Susan Sarandon
Famous For: Academy Award-Winning Actress
Favorite Sporting Activity: Ping Pong
Susan Sarandon loves ping-pong so much that she has been known to gift ping pong tables to inner-city schools, friends, and family members. She also co-founded SPiN, a social club chain for lovers of the table tennis sport with locations across the US like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, and in Canada. Sarandon says, “I love the game because it cuts across gender and age and body type, and you can play it until you die, unlike other sports that you have to abandon at a certain point.” Talk about dedication!
Yoga, mountain biking, running, tennis, horseback riding, or really any type of activity that helps the body also helps the mind! The recreational activities of rich and famous women are not very much different from the rest of us; it’s just how they do them that’s a little different. Regardless of how wealthy you are, exercising is important not only for our body and physical health but also for our mind and spiritual health as well. The bottom line is — the better you feel, the better-equipped you are to take on the world!
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