‘NCIS’ Actor Mark Harmon Named the Exercise That ‘Kicks’ Him into Shape

by Katie Maloney

What is “NCIS” star Mark Harmon‘s secret to staying in shape?

With almost 50 years in show business under his belt, and a decades-long hit show, Mark Harmon of “NCIS” knows a thing or two about staying young. No, at 69-years-old, he hasn’t found the key to stop the years from passing. But he has managed to stay on top of his game for almost 70 years.

So, what’s the key to Mark Harmon’s vitality? The answer is exercise.

Most people Harmon’s age find themselves relaxing into retirement. But not Harmon. He still works and exercises almost every day. During an interview, Harmon revealed that simply not stopping has been part of the way he’s stayed in shape all these years. He simply never stopped doing what he did when he was twenty.

“When you’re 18 to 22, you’re never out of shape. Training is what you do, it’s what you wake up in the morning doing and go to bed at night thinking about, and that’s your job, so to speak,” said Harmon. “I don’t know that that has changed for me. The job I have, whether it’s this job or some other job, I’m usually aware of that. It’s every bit as much about the physical as it is about anything mental. I try to take care of myself and try to eat well and try to get [my] rest. I don’t do the same stuff I was doing when I was 24 years old.”

As a star college football player, Harmon’s workout may have changed a bit since his teens. Nevertheless, he still finds ways to keep moving his body. During the same interview, Harmon revealed the exercise that “kicks his a**” these days. And it’s very different from his old football workouts.

“Pilates. It completely kicks my a**” said Harmon.

Harmon added that he began doing pilates after an injury. His physical therapist suggested the activity and he hasn’t stopped since.

“[I had a] shoulder injury [that drew me to Pilates]. The physical therapist I went to was all about that. They kick your ass on these machines.”

Harmon said that he still wished he could get back into his post-college running shape. But he says that Pilates has challenged him even more than his longest runs.

“I was a big runner after college — I used to do 60 to 70-mile weeks every week. I wish I had some of that back now. [Pilates] is all about controlling the machine, and that’s twice as hard.”