Deborah Hutton reveals her age-defying health and fitness secrets
Age can be the scariest number in the entertainment industry but not for Deborah Hutton. Days away from her 57th birthday, the fashion and lifestyle icon says she has never felt better, more excited or more energetic.
“I love the age I am,” she says.
“Turning 50 was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I wouldn’t change it for anything.
“But I want to feel this way in 10 years time and 20 years time. As excited by life as I am now, I want that to continue.
“What really terrifies me is getting to a place where I can no longer be active and no longer do all the things I love.”
The list of things Deborah loves is long and growing longer; she’s an online media entrepreneur, a keen and talented golfer, and an enthusiastic cook.
Her energy seems boundless and the secret, she says, is staying curious, embracing change and learning new skills — even ones she never thought she’d need.
One such skill set arrived this year when Deborah embarked on a mammoth knock-down and rebuild renovation project on her home.
As acting project manager for the build, she quickly realised how little she had known about the process. And realising she likely wasn’t alone, she decided to add yet another item to her ever-growing to-do list; filming the entire project for her new Renovation Rookie website.
“I was project managing it, running from post to post, getting supplies,” she says.
“There was no time to eat, and I was stressed to the max — it’s a great way to lose a couple of kilos.
“I took people on the journey with me, and it was warts and all. I took the camera through the entire project of demolishing a house in the middle of summer when it’s 40C and you’re surrounded by half-naked builders, to the steel girders coming in on cranes, all the way to the paint and the carpet.
“We’ve had this whole journey on social media, and it’s been really popular, so I think I’ll do more in that space next year.
“If you don’t have a purpose, you get old. You need to be curious, you need to learn new things, and that’s what keeps you young.”
But it’s not just houses that require renovation, of course, and Deborah is also hugely committed to her workout routine and her love of healthy eating.
Like most of us, time is her most precious commodity, but she says she finds it incredibly important to make what she calls “selfish time” for herself.
“For me, I always go back to what you hear on planes: when the oxygen masks pop down, fix yours before helping others. It’s the same thing in life. If you don’t look after yourself, you’ve got nothing left for anyone else,” she says.
“And sure, mums put their families first, but if something happens to you health-wise, then you’re useless. So you’ve got to make time for yourself, not just exercise, but also just time out, time alone, time to sit and just be.
“It’s so important, especially now, given the word has us all on a kind of warp speed. Be a little bit selfish and steal sometime back for yourself.”
SLEEPING LIKE A STAR
You’d think somebody as busy as Deborah would collapse into bed at the end of a long day, but in fact, it’s just the opposite, with the busy working mum following an evening ritual to help her unwind in the evenings.
“I’m a hopeless sleeper. I have to turn all the gadgets off, the phone off and the TV off, at least an hour before I go to bed,” she says.
“Camomile tea is a thing that I do every night, and I use a sleeping mask, I take melatonin — a natural hormone — which helps, but I really am a dreadful sleeper.
“The benefit of that is that I get up early, I’m usually up at 5 am, and I do my meditation, catch up on the news and get on with my day.
“Meditation is something I do every day. It’s really helped me to just stop and find some calm.
“I do 20 minutes every day but it can be just listening to music, closing my eyes and trying to clear my thoughts.
“Everyone can meditate. It doesn’t have to be a long and arduous journey, just use it as a moment to take a breath.”
1. What’s your favourite healthy food?
My favourite healthy food is a mass of spinach with garlic and chilli.
2. What’s your favourite cheat or treat food?
Hot and salted chips after golf.
3. What’s your favourite drink?
That would be a vodka martini.
4. What’s your favourite motivational tip?
The best advice I can give is find a group that you love. I train three times a week at the gym with all these guys, and they’re hilarious. It’s one of the reasons I get up in the morning — I don’t want to miss out on the banter!
5. What’s your favourite way to relax?
In winter, it’s with my feet up on the couch in front of the fireplace with a good book.