Dame Mary Berry reveals how playing croquet saved her life after doctors warned she would die in four years if she didn’t exercise

  • TV cook Dame Mary Berry claims croquettes saved her life after breaking her hip
  • The 87-year-old GP told him he would die in four years without sports
  • It followed his hip surgery at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading last year

Dame Mary Berry has taken croquettes after her doctor told her she could die in four years if she didn’t exercise.

The 87-year-old TV cook opened up about the anniversary in an interview with the Weekend Daily Mail magazine today.

He broke his hip in a fall while gardening last year and underwent surgery at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, where he stayed for days.

Dame Mary Berry has taken croquettes after her doctor told her she could die in four years if she didn't exercise.  The warning comes after he broke his hip in a fall while gardening last year and underwent surgery at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, where he has been staying for days.

Dame Mary Berry has taken croquettes after her doctor told her she could die in four years if she didn’t exercise. The warning comes after he broke his hip in a fall while gardening last year and underwent surgery at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, where he has been staying for days.

Dame Mary said: ‘My doctor told me, “You have two choices. You can sit in a chair and not exercise and most likely die in four years, or you can set up, walk (uphill too!) and do everything you can, and it will take 18 months to fully recover.” And gosh, he’s right. I’ve been working out and doing a lot of physio and it’s not quite normal yet, but it will happen.’

After picking up croquettes she is delighted to finally have a sport she can play with husband Paul Hunnings, 90. ‘We just picked up croquettes. I had never worked out with my husband before because he said I had no sense,” she said.

‘But we had a lesson with a lovely Finnish lady – she was very patient with us and we loved her so much! So, it’s great to finally be able to work out together.

The Dame now plays croquet with her husband Paul Hunnings, 90, and is delighted that they can now play the sport together

The Dame now plays croquet with her husband Paul Hunnings, 90, and is delighted that they can now play the sport together

‘My husband used to play rugby for the Saracens, and tennis and squash, but now he’s 90, he can’t. But croquettes are perfect for people our age. We played for two hours and he said he was tired at the end but after a bit of a zizz he was back on track.’

Dame Mary was picking sweet peas when she stumbled in August 2021. She broke her hip and had to wait three and a half hours for an ambulance to arrive.

A few months ago she tested positive for Covid with her husband on the Corfu holiday but was grateful they were able to isolate together.

There’s a visually stunning and appetizing selection of recipes from her latest cookbook, Cook And Share, in Weekend magazine today. The book is accompanied by a six-part BBC2 series, Mary Berry – Cook And Share which begins September 7 at 8 p.m.

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