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Martina's smarts.

Nobody has bench-pressed more trophies or eaten more airplane food than nine-time Wimbledon singles champion Martina Navratilova. In July 2003, at age 46, she became the oldest winner, male or female, of a Grand Slam title.

Still competitive on the WTA tour, Martina is also a licensed pilot, a race car driver, and the workout partner of 15 dogs that share her Sarasota, Fla., residence. Her new project: Shape Your Self (Rodate, $27.95) a photorich, wisdom-filled guidebook for anyone who wants to remain healthy--and hot--at any age.

Why do you stay in such awesome shape? What's the alternative?

Name one guilty pleasure.

I've discovered dark chocolate. I don't feel guilty because I eat like one, two little squares at a time. My grandmother worked in a chocolate factory. We had an unlimited amount, but my mom and I would share a bar between the two of us for two or three nights.

What's your number 1 travel tip?

Hydrating. A lot of water. That's it.

Name history's most helpful fitness trend.

Aerobics.

Stupidest fitness trend?

Those ankle weights. [People] are still, like, walking with those weights, and they completely screw these people up! If they don't have a sore back, they'll be very lucky.

Biggest nutrition scam?

Probably the Atkins diet. That was such bullshit. There is no silver bullet. Everybody's chemistry is different--and changing throughout life. What works for you now may not work for you in five years, and it may never have worked for you 10 years ago. People need to take responsibility and pay attention to what works for them.

When you meet someone, what's the telltale sign of good health?

Their skin. The color, the texture, the tone of their skin.

Turning to tennis, is Wimbledon better off without the curtsy?

I kind of miss the curtsy, but overall, I don't believe in royalty. Of any kind. It's really who you are on the inside that matters.

Why don't people "come to the net"--commit fully, work to the limit?

People are afraid of change. They think that it's so drastic, but it doesn't need to be. Take baby steps; make the changes small and gradual. That, to me, is the key.

Name one thing people should never do before their big match in life.

Never think about the end result! Think about it once, then say, "What do I have to do to get to that end result?" Focus on that. Stay in the moment.
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Title Annotation:Q&A; Martina Navratilova
Author:Stroh, Suzanne
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Interview
Date:May 23, 2006
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