Suzanne Somers, 73, Says She Loves Aging: 'I've Got a Wisdom That No Young Person Can Buy'
Get your VCR ready.
Three at-home fitness legends from the '90s — Suzanne Somers, Tae Bo creator Billy Blanks and Jake Steinfeld of Body by Jake — are coming together on Thursday with Movement by Michelob ULTRA Live to livestream a workout and happy hour for everyone stuck at home during the pandemic.
While there won't be any Thighmaster intervals, Somers, 73, says the collaboration couldn't have come at a better time.
"I had a setback this year that I had never experienced — I fractured my hip," Somers tells PEOPLE exclusively. The incident happened when the private tram to her house in Palm Springs, Calif., suddenly stopped halfway up the hill.
"There was no choice but to jump," she says. "It was dark and I landed very badly."
As part of her recovery, she had to stay motionless for several weeks after surgery, which did not come easy to the fitness enthusiast.
"I’d done yoga every other day for 19 years — and suddenly I couldn’t do it," she says. "I felt like my body had seized up."
Somers says she was eager to get moving again, especially since staying active is so crucial to her anti-aging regimen.
“We don’t have to fall apart as we age," she says, adding that preserving muscle mass is especially important. Her advice? "Find a movement protocol that turns you on. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.”
That rings even more true during the pandemic when everyone could use a little extra motivation.
"I thought about all the people who are sequestered in their houses, and how important it is to light a fire under them," she says. "That is what we are trying to do with Movement by Michelob ULTRA Live."
To celebrate this revival of home fitness, Blanks will lead his iconic Tae Bo workout on June 26 at 6 p.m. ET, and there will be a happy hour chat with Somers and Steinfeld. The event is part of a virtual workout series led by celebrities and trainers to provide relief to local gyms across the country that have been impacted by COVID-19.
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For Somers, fitness is just one aspect of her holistic approach to health, which also includes writing wellness books, growing organic food and creating a line of organic makeup, skincare and hair care products.
"I am passionate about how the body works," says Somers, who hosts three Facebook Live shows a week. "If you had a Maserati, you would never put inferior oil in it."
And she is not shy about showing off the results of her hard work.
Previously, the actress opened up about posing topless for a PEOPLE photo shoot, revealing that she would do it again in the future. The Three’s Company star also stirred up plenty of Internet heat with that now-famous Instagram photo she posted wearing her “birthday suit” in October 2019 — shot by her husband of 42 years, Alan Hamel.
As for how it feels to be one of the original fitness influencers, pre-Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok, Somers says, "I think Billy and Jake and myself were around in a very lucky era because there wasn’t the amount of content there is now. I don’t know how you find your way to the top now."
Fortunately, Somers doesn't have to worry about that, because she is already there.
"One thing I love about aging — and I do love aging — I've got a wisdom that no young person can buy. You earn it."