Christina Applegate has basically grown up on TV so she's seen her fair share of body image issues, which is why it's nice to hear her head screwed on straight when it comes to her own health. She recently sat down with Self to talk about how she stays healthy and confident in an unhealthy industry. Here are highlights:
On dealing with stress: I watch TV in bed. It's terrible, but it's the only way I can close off my mind and relax. If I just get into bed and turn the lights off, my brain talks to me way too much, so it's better if I can escape with something else for a minute. I try not to get stressed. When I do, I just get really tired. At those times, I'll go running. It's the best way of getting that energy out of your system so it's not festering.
There's more, including what her exercise routine looks like and how she keeps confident so
On her exercise routine: I was really crazy about working out for a while. I was doing it six to seven days a week, and it was really intense. But I like to enjoy my life a little bit more than that. It's about balance for me. I try to do a little something at least every day. I'll get on the elliptical or on the Spin bike for anywhere from 30 to 50 minutes of cardio. And then I'll do some toning work on my own. I put on those little ankle weights to do leg exercises and bottom exercises, which, as you get older, becomes a main focus! But I love running. To me, that's just freedom. There's an incredible feeling when you finish a run. Your heart is racing fast and you feel light and airy, especially when you're running outside and there are so many beautiful things to look at.
On taking care of herself: It's really important to take care of your skin. It's the barometer of everything you've done over your years. Everything shows: sleep, age, sun damage and lack of water. Because of my work, I'm a product in a sense, so taking care of my skin is a part of work, too.
On confidence: I am who I am, whether I mess up or say the wrong thing. It's just who I am. I don't second-guess myself.