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Patti Smith: Exercise makes me functional

Rocker Patti Smith sticks to a very specific daily routine to maintain her health.

(Cover) - EN Star Style - Patti Smith credits exercise with snapping her into consciousness when she’s “out of sorts” in the morning.

The 68-year-old music legend never really dabbled in drugs even though she is a rock and roll icon.

Patti ensures she takes care of herself every single day, from the moment she wakes up.

“I get up. If I’m out of sorts, I do exercises. I wash my face. I feed the cat,” she shared while speaking to US Esquire editor in chief David Granger, according to WWD. “I get coffee. I take a notebook and write for a couple of hours. I roam around…take long walks. I just kill time until something good is on TV.”

Patti isn’t very much a fan of modern culture’s obsession with appearance.

She believes frequently going under the knife for cosmetic reasons is quite disturbing.

“You know, right now, we’re in this weird place where people are very materialistic,” she explained in an interview with Salon. “We’re in a very material time in our society where people imagine that freedom means they have a lot of things. You know, they might have the best iPhone, or they have the best computer, but you know, it’s not really freedom. It’s just a different kind of slavery. You’re a slave to your credit cards or to the interest or whatever else, or to your stuff.

“We’re in a place where people are so concerned with their appearance that young people are getting plastic surgery. And it’s just rampant…almost a disease. And really, the thing that will keep people young and beautiful is really working on their inner self. And no matter how corny it sounds, it’s true.”

During her talk with Salon, Patti said she “wasn’t attracted to the drug culture’ while coming of age in the 1960s.

She has always found temperance to be the most appealing path to take in terms of health and wellness.

“You know, if you eat well, if you exercise, if you’re positive, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, it doesn’t mean you have to be square,” Patti said. “But if you have a clean house inside, you’re going to be a beautiful person anyway.”

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