Cameron Daddo: ’I stay physically fit to do my job as an actor’

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Cameron Daddo: ’I stay physically fit to do my job as an actor’

Despite being in show business for decades, actor Cameron Daddo, 57, still plans to stick around for the long haul by keeping himself fit and healthy.

Long before the Hemsworth brothers became the Australian celebrity siblings of the day, the Daddo brothers — Cameron, Andrew and Lochie — ruled the Aussie entertainment landscape during a period where you quite literally couldn’t turn on a TV or a radio without seeing the handsome face of a Daddo beaming back.

As the eldest of the Daddo pack, 57-year-old Cameron has had the lengthiest career, taking in everything from hosting dating show Perfect Match in the late ’80s to starring in Melrose Place spin-off Models Inc, to making an unlikely appearance in Big Momma’s House 2 in 2007.

Since then he’s appeared in Australian TV and stage productions, as well as used his dulcet tones as an evening announcer on smoothfm, and started Nova podcast ‘So You Want To Make A TV Show’ with brother Andrew.

Despite racking up enough achievements to earn himself a cosy retirement, Daddo has plans to take care of himself and stick around for the long haul.

“I’ve always felt the need to stay physically fit to do my job as an actor and I intend to be one of those actors that keep acting to the age of 90 as I love it so much,” he says.

“It’s important to keep the mind sharp and eat good brain foods.”

When it comes to exercise, don’t expect to see a Team Daddo pull on a footy jersey or cricket whites, as Daddo is more a fan of outdoor activities that can be done solo.

“I love golf, which forces you to be mindful as it is all about being responsible for your actions,” he says.

“In golf you are totally responsible for what happens on the golf course, when you choose to pull the trigger to hit the ball. It’s also about cleaning up after yourself to make if fair for the next golfer.

“I love walking in the bush and long-distance ocean swimming, which is all about being aware of your surroundings. It’s the same in the bush – you tap into the energy of trees and wildlife and respect the bush and trees have been there way longer than I have, and will continued to be so long after I’m gone.”

As for goals for the year ahead, Daddo may want to tap youngest brother Lochie, a host of TV show Getaway in the ‘90s, for some advice.

“The one thing I want to do this year is to go on a proper holiday,” he says.

“My wife Ali and I have not had a holiday that has been longer than 10 days in 30 years.”

Cameron Daddo on…

Sleep

“The power of sleep is most important, My wife is constantly teaching me about the importance of sleep because I snore. Sometimes she’ll sleep in the other room and sometimes she’ll kick me out to the spare room, or the ‘snoratorium’ as we like to call it, so I’m very well aware and well versed that sleep is important. To get a good night’s sleep I ensure I’m in bed by 1am.”

Exercise

“It’s really important to take care of your body, I’m very active and it’s important for longevity. I’ve seen a lot of older people who’ve lost their flexibility and have seen how frustrating that can be for them.”

Diet

“I eat in moderation, and I pay attention to what I eat. I do like to eat fish and chips, fried food, burgers and pizza but I eat them in moderation.”

Mindfulness

“I use rest and reading to take care of my mind and I recognise that it’s really important for my health. My inner dialogue can sometimes be quite destructive so I’m conscious that I need to take care of my mind and remind myself of my fortune, my gifts and to have gratitude for what I have.”

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