Many actresses go to great lengths to slow down the ageing process but *Rebecca Gibney *could not be more excited about turning 50 next year.
The former Packed to the Rafters star said her approach to the age milestone had only given her more zest for life than ever before.
"In our 50s, we're even more focused on our health," Gibney explained to Prevention magazine's December/January issue, which is on sale today,
"To be honest, I'm bouncing out of bed with a lot more energy and enthusiasm these days.
"I can't wait for the next 50 years."
However, even the mother-of-one admitted ageing was something constantly on her mind.
Gibney said she sometimes got surprised when she looked in the mirror and realised she was not 20 any more but had found strategies to keep her feeling younger over the years.
"I would like to slow down the clock, which is why I'm healthy, I exercise and take good care of my skin," the New Zealand-born actress said.
"But I don't want to stop it. I don't want to look like I did in my 30s because it's impossible and a waste of time.
"There's nothing wrong with the lines around my eyes. I've earned them - I laugh a lot."
Now that her five-year run on Packed to the Rafters has come to a close following the series finale earlier this year, Gibney has been relishing the extra time spent with her family.
Gibney, husband *Richard * and nine-year-old son *Zac *, Gibney set off on an adventure last year and she has since been testing her limits with a series of hikes in both Australia and New Zealand.
But work is still on her mind, developing a new Seven drama project The Killing Field set to air next year.
"It's a crime thriller and I'm playing a detective," Gibney teased.
'There's nothing wrong with the lines around my eyes. I've earned them - I laugha lot.'