‘I’m the fittest I’ve been’: Elton John, 74, reveals his lockdown lifestyle overhaul and vows ‘not to be overweight’ by the time COVID restrictions ease
Elton John has revealed lockdown inspired a fitness overhaul that saw him walk 42 miles in his Berkshire estate’s swimming pool over the last year.
Proclaiming that he’s ‘the fittest I’ve been in a long time’, the musician, 74, vowed ‘not to be overweight’ once COVID restrictions ease, adding that he ‘feels great’ now that he’s exercising more.
Speaking on footballer Troy Deeney’s podcast, the Tiny Dancer hit-maker also candidly touched upon his diabetes battle, adding that his weight goes up and down ‘like a yo-yo’.
Healthy: Elton John, 74, has revealed lockdown inspired a fitness overhaul that saw him walk 42 miles in his estate’s swimming pool over the last year (pictured right in 2019)
The father-of-two said: ‘In lockdown I’ve really gotten fit. I walk in the pool, I play tennis. I wanted to come out the other side not overweight
‘When I go back on tour I am going to be the fittest I have ever been.’
Touching upon the ‘shame’ that comes with his past weight gain, Elton added: ‘A lot of shame comes from the way I’ve put on weight. It’s been with me all my life.’
Elton candidly discussed his diabetes, telling Troy: ‘I am Type B diabetic so I have to watch what I eat.’
Yo-yo: Elton admitted his weight has gone up and down over the years, telling Troy: ‘A lot of shame comes from the way I’ve put on weight. I go up and down like a yo-yo’ (pictured in 2019)
Revealing the motivation behind his lifestyle overhaul, Elton pointed to the two children he shares with husband David Furnish: Zachary, ten, and Elijah, eight.
‘I have two kids I want to see and be around as much as possible.’
He went on: ‘You have to do something about [weight gain] and sit down with a doctor or nutritionist and say “How do I do it?” It comes down to, what do you want for the rest of your life?’
Candid: Elton admitted that despite his weight fluctuating in the past, he intends to keep it in check moving forward (Pictured in left in 1994 and right in 2018)
Elton confessed: ‘I have had a lot of help. “[My doctor said:] Elton, get yourself together, do as you’re told” and you will see the benefits of it.’
It comes after Elton hit out at trolls on social media last month.
Reflecting on how people can anonymously send racist and homophobic comments on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music 1 show in April, he said people ‘are so cruel to each other’ and something needs to be done to stop it.
He said: ‘During lockdown, we’ve seen social media being used to abuse people racially. Not just being gay, but racially as well.
‘People are so cruel to each other and it’s because they hide behind their social messaging or whatever they do. If they had to write their names on it, they wouldn’t do it.
‘And I just think it’s just awful that people can write anonymous things about people being gay, being of another political persuasion, religious persuasion, or just plain racial.’
Challenges: The music icon shares sons Zachary, 10, and Elijah, eight, with husband David Furnish, 58, and says they are the motivation for his fitness (pictured in June 2020)