Simon Cowell works out on a yacht in Barbados as he recovers from horrific back surgery

SIMON Cowell had a vigorous stretching session on board a yacht in Barbados as he continues his recovery from major back surgery.

The shirtless 61-year-old laid on his back and raised his arms up in front of him, putting both them and his back under tension.

He then coordinated arm and leg raises before climbing to his feet to reveal his faded scar.

The America's Got Talent judge is looking in great shape just four months after his horror electric bike accident nearly paralysed him.

Making the most of the Caribbean sunshine, Simon jumped on a jet ski and rode across the turquoise water.

The Sun recently revealed Simon has been pounding out 10,000 steps a day in a punishing fitness regime.

Close friend and former girlfriend Sinitta said: “He’s come back from a really scary position and is feeling blessed because the outcome could have been so different.

“Simon has worked hard at his recovery and told me he’s walking 10,000 steps a day that’s around five miles – way more than he was before the accident.

“He’s got one of those watches that measures every step

“He’s still having a lot of physiotherapy, seeing great doctors and doing non weight bearing pool work  especially for spinal injuries,

“Simon has really looked after himself

“Lauren and his team have taken great care of him and he’s being sensible.”

The singer has jetted out to Barbados to spend Christmas and New Year with Simon, his girlfriend Lauren Silverman, son Eric, and their friends.

She added: "I can’t wait to see him.

“He said he’s really cut back on the cigarettes. I don’t know if he’s given up entirely but he’s smoking a lot less.”

In August, Simon was rushed to hospital to undergo six hours of surgery after falling off an electric bike and breaking his back in LA.

He was forced to cancel all his planned TV work for the rest of the year but now hopes to return to film the new series of BGT in January.

Sinitta said: "Taking time off from his TV commitments has helped him 100 per cent to put his health first.

“If anything had gone wrong with his recovery or there were any setbacks it would have been ridiculous and  devastating for Simon and his family.

“He’s very successful already so if you have a young child and family putting your health at risk for a tv show is not worth it. There is nothing to compare.

“Simon puts Lauren and Eric first.”

Back in September Sinitta revealed that Simon had stopped his vegan diet and started eating protein to build his weight back up.

She continued: “I think he’s found a better way of living. He’s made a lot of big decisions and I think it has given him time to think instead of rushing from show to show.

“When do you ever get so much time to think and reflect how you live and do things especially for someone like Simon who has been going non-stop for the last 15 years really.

“Simon’s very disciplined once he puts his mind to things.

“Having baby Eric is the biggest wake up call to things because you want to be around for a long time and be a healthy and able dad.

“He wants to watch his son grow up and have his own family so he’s taking fewer risks to make sure that happens.”

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