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Cindy Crawford Diet and Workout Routine

By Rachael Attard, Updated Aug 13, 2021
Cindy Crawford diet and workout routine

Cindy Crawford is a fabulous model, and it is easy to see why she has had such a successful career! However, despite her natural beauty and excellent body, she’s still had to work really hard to achieve her level of success.

Cindy lives a disciplined life. She eats well, exercises often, and takes time to rest and enjoy life too. Here’s what that looks like for her:

Cindy Crawford’s Diet

Cindy grew up eating pretty unhealthy foods, like vegetables with Velveeta cheese, white bread, and many ultra-processed meals. Once she started growing into her adult body, she realized she needed a change if she wanted to stay slim so she started paying attention to eating well.

Cindy considers herself to be a healthy eater now. However, she still makes sure to enjoy food, and she doesn’t want to be overly strict with her diet. In general, she eats healthy food 80% of the time.

Her desire to be balanced with her diet increased when she had kids. She especially wanted her daughter and fellow model Kaia Gerber to know that, as a model, she doesn’t need to diet obsessively to be successful. Instead, she needed to eat healthy.

Cindy tries to eat a salad and drink a mug of green tea every day, and she limits the amount of sugar she eats. There’s some stuff she avoids such as refined grains, like white pasta, bread, and rice, but she’ll still have the occasional cocktail, a scoop of ice cream, or chocolate. In fact, she says she has chocolate every day!

In addition to making healthy choices overall, Cindy also prioritises portion control. She doesn’t severely limit herself, but she also doesn’t let herself eat mindlessly. Typically, she doesn’t snack throughout the day or in front of the TV because mindless eating distracts her from enjoying the food!

Sometimes, Cindy will try three-day cleanses if she feels like she needs that. However, even then, she doesn’t like to do super restrictive diets. She said that she doesn’t eat a ton of meat and could easily be a vegetarian, but that isn’t a practical lifestyle choice for her family.

Here’s what I found out Cindy Crawford’s day-to-day diet looks like.

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What Cindy Eats for Breakfast

Cindy starts off each day with a cup of green tea. She used to be a coffee drinker, but the caffeine started to bother her stomach. Now, she’ll sometimes get a latte, but it isn’t part of her daily routine.

After her warm beverage, she switches to a chilly one. She drinks a protein shake most mornings, but she tries to switch up what’s inside of it because she likes to make sure that she’s getting a variety of vitamins and minerals. However, she will include spirulina and turmeric in it most days. One of the shakes she makes pretty often includes:

  • Almond milk
  • A cup of spinach
  • A handful of fresh mint
  • Two scoops of Billy Merritt’s Infinity Greens
  • Protein powder

If she’s craving something sweet, she’ll make the following mint cacao chip shake with:

  • Fresh mint
  • Spinach
  • Banana
  • Cashews
  • Almond milk
  • Cacao chips

During the weekend, she likes going out for breakfast and picking up an omelet with spinach and mushrooms for breakfast. She takes bites of her husband’s French toast too. :)

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What Cindy Eats for Lunch

For lunch, Cindy almost always has a salad. Sometimes, she’ll eat it with chicken on top.

She also loves kale salad with grilled salmon from the restaurant True Food Kitchen in Malibu, where she lives.

What Cindy Eats for Dinner

Cindy loves trying different foods for dinner, and she eats out about half the time for dinner. She loves getting sushi with her family, and they also enjoy the restaurant Cafe Habana Malibu, which her husband owns. There, she might get their kale and manchego salad, which includes kale, currants, manchego, lemon, pumpkin seeds, and lemon dressing. Yum!

If they’re staying at home, she’ll cook, although she says she isn’t in the kitchen as much as she’d like to be. One of her go-to meals is turkey meatballs with pasta, salad, and some kind of additional vegetable. Typically, her kids eat the pasta, but she’ll skip it.

She also makes:

  • Salmon with mashed or roasted potatoes with asparagus (she usually skips the potatoes and saves them for her kids)
  • Turkey with raw spinach

For a treat, her favourite dinner is caviar with chocolate for dessert.

Cindy Crawford’s Workout Routine

For Cindy exercise is very important and she loves it. She’s been working out since she was 20 years old, and she views it as just part of her job. Her workout times are scheduled in advance, which helps her stay disciplined.

She also knows that getting enough sleep is really important for her general health, and feeling well-rested helps her find the motivation to work out too. Cindy also encourages her daughter to focus on rest, and she tries to get eight hours every night.

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Cindy’s Cardio Routine

Cindy starts out most mornings with 10 minutes in her Jacuzzi to meditate. After some time to relax, she gets moving and typically does 20 minutes of cardio in her home gym.

She does 10 minutes of jumping on her trampoline, and 10 minutes of running upstairs. While she’s exercising, she likes to listen to podcasts or audiobooks to help the time go by quickly.

In addition to her daily cardio, she likes being active with her husband or friends. She’ll go on bike rides or hikes with them for quality time and she typically goes on at least one hike per week.

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Cindy’s Resistance Training Routine

Cindy really values exercise, but, other than the cardio workouts, she doesn’t do strenuous exercises every day. Instead, she typically does resistance training workouts 3-4 times a week. She trains with trainer Sarah Hagaman, who has Cindy do circuit training. Cindy prefers to work out her whole body at once, and she uses weights most of the time.

The circuit typically looks like this:

  • 10 minutes of weight training
  • 5 minutes of cardio
  • 10 minutes of weight training
  • 5 minutes of cardio
  • 10 minutes of weight training
  • 5 minutes of cardio
  • 10 minutes of ab workouts
  • Stretching

Cindy does a variety of different types of moves for the weight training portion of the circuit, but she really likes traditional exercise moves, like lunges, squats, and bicep curls. She also switches up the type of cardio that she does throughout the circuit. Sometimes she’ll run upstairs, sprint, or bike.

She’s done exercises like this for 30 years! In fact, back in 1992, Cindy led a workout routine for the exercise film Shape Your Body. In it, she demonstrates a lot of the same moves she does today. Some of the moves include:

  • Card lunges and squats (which she demonstrates in this video on Instagram)
  • Lateral arm raises
  • Bent-over dumbbell rows
  • Reverse curls
  • Arm presses
  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • Bridges

Her Quick 10-Minute Exercise Routine

Cindy has a disciplined workout routine and an at-home gym that makes it convenient for her to exercise. But even she gets busy sometimes. When she’s traveling, it can be especially hard to follow her regular workout schedule, and sometimes she has to be satisfied with short workouts.

During the pandemic, Cindy knew that a lot of people were working out at home from workout videos. She shared a quick 10-minute bodyweight workout on her Instagram that she did when she was younger. Here are the moves:

  • Freestyle stretches to warm up
  • Neck rolls (both directions)
  • Large arm swings (both directions)
  • Full-body circles
  • Hip circles (both directions)
  • Mini-lunges (3 on each side)
  • Deep side lunges
  • Straight leg forward stretch (one leg over the other, then switch sides)
  • Plié squats (10)
  • Alternating lunges (10)
  • Wide-leg squats (10)
  • Alternating lunges (10)
  • Narrow squats (10)
  • Pushups with hands wide (10)
  • Alternating lunges (10)
  • Pushups with hands turned in (10)
  • Pushups with hands narrow (10)
  • Crunches (20)
  • Sit-ups (20)
  • One-sided crunches (20 on each side)
  • Leg lifts (10)
  • Butt squeezes in the bridge position (15)

Final Thoughts on Cindy Crawford’s Diet and Workout Routine

Cindy is incredibly disciplined. She eats a healthy diet, she’s perfected her workout routine, and she makes sure to give her body the rest it needs. I like that she does a variety of different types of exercise and that she does her best to not overwork her body. She found a good balance of enjoying life while also staying healthy!

Who should I cover next? Let me know in the comments if you’d like to learn about any other model’s diet and workout routine. :)

Love Rachael Xx

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Rachael is an Australian born certified personal trainer and nutritionist who holds a Bachelor degree in Science.

After struggling for years to find an exercise and diet program that is tailored to women striving for lean and toned body with no bulk she designed her Lean Legs Program. This program is tailored to each body type and focused on helping women get toned but feminine bodies, without getting bulky.

Her mission is to empower women and help them stay in shape in a healthy and balanced way.

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4 comments on “Cindy Crawford Diet and Workout Routine”

    shikha sharma says:

    Please do for korean actress ‘Jun Ji-hyun’, she is amazing!!

      Lean Legs Support says:

      Hi lovely,

      Thanks for this suggestion! We’ll make sure to forward it to Rachael. :)

    Diane says:

    Since you asked, i’d love one on Cara delevigne, Jessica Alba, and Emily didonato :)!

      Lean Legs Support says:

      Thanks for your suggestions, lovely. We’ll make sure to forward them to Rachael. ;)

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