From Rocky to Rambo, the legendary actor has played some seriously ripped characters throughout his career
Having played the likes of
Rocky Balboa and John J. Rambo, it’s fair to say that Sylvester Stallone has been in pretty impeccable shape throughout his acting career. Now aged 76, the legendary actor has naturally slowed down a little since his heyday, but exercise, it seems, remains an important part of his life.
In a new post on his Instagram account, the 76-year-old shared a clip of himself opening up about the benefits of exercise for his mental health and how working out has helped him to achieve his goals.
‘I’ve been thinking more and more about the aspect of working out,’ he told his followers. ‘It’s more than just about narcissism or ‘look at me, I wanna flaunt this and that’. There’s no doubt in my mind that if you’re not feeling good and strong, like you’re competing, or if you’re reminding yourself of the way you used to be, it affects everything.’
Stallone goes on to talk about how exercise and feeling good physically has helped him to focus on his goals. ‘It’s not about living in a gym,’ he said, ‘but just finding something that gets the blood flowing through the body.
‘It will affect your brain, it’ll affect your confidence, it’ll affect your optimism. That’s why when people feel sick, they only have one dream – to feel better. And when you don’t feel sick at all, there’s 10,000 things they want. When you’re that distracted, you’re wanting that many things, it’s hard for any of them to come to you.
‘You need to be focussed, laser focussed, on a specific target. Can you imagine if I threw ten bullseyes and you started shooting at them? You wouldn’t hit one. But, if I kept one stationary and you could focus on it, out of repetition, you’re going to nail it.
‘This all gets back to one thing: feeling good about your physical situation. Because, man, once that starts to falter, it’ll feel like you don’t have breath.’
Stallone is set to appear as Barney Ross in Expendables 4, which is due to be released later on this year, as well as Stakar Ogord in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Luke is Men’s Health UK‘s senior ecommerce writer, specialising in reviewing the latest health and fitness products. Luke interviews some of the world’s most knowledgeable experts across menswear, grooming, fitness equipment and nutrition to help readers make smart decisions when shopping online. He has an MA in Magazine Journalism and has worked as a journalist for titles like The Recommended, Outdoor Swimmer magazine and B2B publications. When he’s not compiling round-ups of the best expert-verified products, Luke can be found training for running events, playing squash or swimming at one of London’s lidos.
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