Martha Stewart Shares Her Tips For Living the Good Long Life

Last night, at the 92nd Street Y, Andy Cohen @BravoAndy, interviewed Martha Stewart @MarthaStewart about her new book Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others. It was a full house as Martha shared tales from her everyday life and Andy Cohen filtered questions from the twitterverse.


At 71 years of age, Ms. Stewart looks fantastic. And it is no wonder as she has a very disciplined outlook on life. What does a typical day look like for her?
“Dogs go out. Cats go out. Birds get uncovered. Cats get feed. Emails get checked. I check my blog to make sure it’s posted. I check the daily wag, the dogs blog. They have a blog too. I check their blog to make sure that’s posted. It’s suppose to go up at 12:05 and if I don’t do it at night, I have to do it early in the morning. Check my emails, take my shower, wash my hair, go to the gym. I have a gym on my property. My trainer’s there. If your trainer’s not there, you don’t go to the gym. It’s a know fact. Right? So the trainer has to come.”


Martha went on to say how she works out at 6:30 am, then hopes in a car and goes to work. One particular audience question stood out: What’s the biggest mistake a young business woman can make? “Not leaning in,” she answered. “Leaning In” originates from Sheryl Sandberg’s (Facebook’s COO) book Lean In, where she encourages women to “lean in” rather than leaning back, “encourage women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.”

Personal lessons learned from Martha:

  • If I want to be mobile and fabulous by 71, I need to work out consistently.
  • Being an entrepreneur takes discipline, tenacity, and doing what you need to do, even when you don’t want to.
  • “It’s a known fact that having a pet extends your life span and makes you happy”-@MarthaStewart : and I’ve always wanted a chocolate lab!

Thanks to the 92nd Street Y for having me as a guest and Martha Stewart for sharing her insights.

What personal lessons have you learned from successful women?



YGL staff