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1 big thing: Keep changing

Photo: Sports Illustrated

Martha Stewart made history this week as the oldest person β€” at 81 β€” to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue.

πŸ’‘ Why it matters: At Finish Line, we've had an ongoing conversation about living life to the fullest in our later years, and Stewart personifies this.

  • She's a chef, an author, a podcast host, a TV personality and much more β€” "the OG of influencers," Sports Illustrated notes.

Doing a swimsuit shoot in her 80s, she represents ageless confidence, Axios' Hope King writes.

  • "This is part of my ongoing self-creation β€” I call it education," Stewart told The New York Times.
  • "One of my mottos for many years has been, when you're through changing, you're through."
  • "When the offer came, I thought, 'I can do this. I don't have to give in to convention.'"

πŸ“ Between the lines: Stewart revealed her regimen to get SI-cover ready on CNBC's Squawk Box today.

  • Healthy diet
  • No booze
  • Pilates, at least three times a week

Oh, and she also rides horses β€” which she says is quite effective for developing core strength.

πŸ“Έ Photos from the shoot.

πŸ›οΈ Running views

Photo: Jane K.

A stunning city snap, from reader Jane K.

  • "Ever since we met, my husband and I run every Saturday morning together."
  • "We've lived in five different states, but nothing beats the run on the National Mall β€” especially when you run past Lincoln in the morning darkness. There is something literally breathtaking about it."