Dame Mary Berry reveals this cute pastime saved her life

Baking icon Dame Mary Berry has revealed she has taken up a very cute hobby to get fit after breaking her hip.

The 87-year-old TV presenter told the Daily Mail’s weekend magazine (opens in new tab)that doctors warned her that if she didn’t start some form of exercise, she would be “probably dead in four years.”

Mary, who stunned fans with this tropical dress at Wimbledon last month, said she took up croquet with her husband to help regain her fitness.

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Dame Mary told the Mail: “My GP said to me, ‘You have two choices. You could be sitting in a chair and not exercising and very likely be dead in four years, or you can walk (even uphill!) and do whatever you can and it will take 18 months to fully recover “.

The backing legend broke her hip while gardening last year and after recovering from surgery, she explained her new hobby: “We just started playing croquet, no feel for the ball.”

The former Bake Off presenter, who helped announce the winning Jubilee Pudding earlier this year, also said: “My husband used to play rugby for Saracens, tennis and squash but now he’s 90 and can’t do it anymore. But croquet is perfect for people our age. We play for two hours and he says he’s done at the end, but after a bit of zizz, he perks up.”

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The legend of the culinary world who presented Bake Off for six years finally received the honor at Windsor Castle last year. Prince Charles awarded her Dame Commander for Lifelong Cooking, Writing and Baking awards.

Although she left the Bake Off in 2016, Mary will present a new BBC baking show later this year – which follows her traveling to some of her favorite spots across the UK to meet others who are gathering for food as part of family celebrations to bring communities and generations together and as the culmination of summer festivals and events.

Dame Mary Berry said of the show: “Sharing recipes is always a great pleasure for me and this series is the ultimate guide, whether you’re cooking for a crowd or just for two. I love visiting some spectacular parts of the country with extraordinary events, gatherings and beautiful locations for this new series.

“I’ve always believed there’s no better way to spend time with family and friends than over fresh, home-cooked food – and that feels more important now than ever.”

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