Lifescript Interviews Tennis Great Martina Navratilova

Exclusive interview with Martina Navratilova discusses tennis great's focus on health and fitness.

Mar 20, 2012, 10:19 ET from Lifescript

MISSION VIEJO, Calif., March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Women's health website interviewed tennis great Martina Navratilova, winner of 59 Grand Slam titles and a breast cancer survivor, about her health battles and upcoming appearance as a contestant on TV's "Dancing With the Stars."

The exclusive story was published today on Lifescript's Breast Cancer Health Center. Navratilova talks about how she sprang to action after being diagnosed with breast cancer and overcame it just two months later.

"Martina is really focused on her health and fitness. You wouldn't believe her muscles. She's 55 and she's fierce. Sports stars generally do well on the show and she's in tip-top shape," says Lifescript Entertainment Editor Mari Cartel, who interviewed the tennis champ.

Navratilova tells Lifescript how she's overcome many health scares. Her near-death experience climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro threatened her life even more severely than her breast cancer; she developed high-altitude pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs) during the climb. Throughout her tennis career, she fought to rein in symptoms of arthritis.

Age certainly doesn't hold her back. Navratilova continued to win tennis matches and tournaments well after the age of 40. Now retired from professional tennis, Navratilova maintains a toned figure without working out. She shares her secret with Lifescript, "I don't train. I was in the gym [maybe] five times last year." Instead, she plays sports, rides her bicycle and runs.

The enviably fit tennis star told Lifescript it's no sweat dancing four hours straight in the studio with her "Dancing With the Stars" partner Tony Dovolani.

Next on her fitness to-do list? "I'm trying to elongate [my muscles]," she tells Lifescript.

Read the article at for in-depth coverage on Navratilova's health issues, plus learn how other stars are staying healthy by visiting Lifescript's celebrity health A-Z directory.

Season 14 of "Dancing With the Stars" premiered Monday, March 19 on ABC.

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