Royal fitness: What is the 12-minute workout Prince Philip, Charles and William follow?

Working out is essential, no matter how old you are. You don’t have to spend an hour a day flexing your muscles to stay fit and healthy. Prince Phillip, Charles and William all follow the same regime, so why not give it a go with your own family members?

Earlier this week, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall praised Prince Charles for his dedication to fitness.

Appearing on BBC Radio 5’s The Emma Barnett Show, she said: “He is probably the fittest man of his age I know.”

Don’t forget, Prince Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus and speedily recovered back in March– clearly, fitness is more important than ever.

Camilla added: “He’ll walk and walk and walk. He’s like a mountain goat, he leaves everybody miles behind.”

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What is the 12-minute workout Prince Philip, Charles and William follow?

Walking isn’t all Prince Charles does to work up a sweat, though, as it turns out he performs a 12-minute workout every single day.

His father, the Duke of Edinburgh, and sons Harry and William are also rumoured to follow this plan.

The new version of the Royal Canadian Air Force exercise plan is what keeps Prince Phillip, Charles, William and Harry so fit.

The plan was developed by Dr Bill Oban in the late 1950s, and is known as the 5BX Plan. The new version is simply known as the BX Plan.

The name stands for Five Basic exercises because that’s exactly what it involves: stretching, sit-ups, back extensions, push-ups and running on the spot.

So how can you keep fit in your 60s, 70s and beyond? This plan is ideal for people of all ages.

Ian Walton, publisher of the BX Plans for men and women said: “I had used the 5BX Plan in my younger days and as I passed 60, I decided it was time to get fit again.

“I published the books because I believe it is the best fitness plan ever devised; so simple.”

You can find the plans for free on the website in five different languages, and they come with free e-books so you can read them from your phone, tablet or computer.



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The offer is only on for a limited time, so you won’t be able to get them for free for long.

All you need to do is get on the website and enter your email address.

There is special plan for men, and another for women and neither require any equipment.

Gyms are reopening next weekend, but you won’t need a membership to keep fit with this plan.

Stuart Roberts, author of Get Strong, Get Fit, Get Happy: A Life Manual for 40+ said: “I think one of the main problems with people when they view fitness at any age past 50 is there’s this mental block.

“People tend to think that because they’re a certain age they just can’t do things anymore.

“Unfortunately, if you think like that, your body tends to follow your mind.”

Don’t let your age stop you, try this plan for starters and get active!

The Royals aren’t the only people who love the BX plan, Dame Helen Mirren is a fan.

She said: “It is the exercise I have done off and on my whole life, it just very gently gets you fit.

“Two weeks of doing it and you think: Yeah, I could go to the gym now.”

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