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Jennifer Garner on Self and Health

Jennifer Garner's life has taken a turn since having her adorable daughter Violet. She's spending more time playing in the pool to have fun than she is doing laps to burn calories, and she couldn't be happier. Recently Jennifer sat down with Self to talk about her own life and health with a toddler, including what she does to prepare her body for swimsuit season. Here are highlights:

Self: [Summer] is relaxing. Do you also feel more motivated to work out?
JG: Of course! You're in a bikini! In the winter, you feel like, Who cares? I am in my husband's sweater. It doesn't matter. But in May, everybody kicks it into gear.

Self: What do you do to prepare your body for swimsuit season?
JG: I try to decrease the overall size of my butt!

There's more including what she eats to stay healthy and how she protects herself from the sun so

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Self: Do you work out?
JG: I am exercising again. I started feeling like I didn't have time or energy for it, but now I realize I didn't have energy because I wasn't exercising. So I work out with my trainer or do an hour of pilates at 6 or 7 A.M. I'm done by the time my household is awake. I don't do it every day, and if I need to cancel, I cancel.

Self: So you don't feel like you have to work out constantly?
JG: No. It's not like I'm trying to get into Elektra shape. I'm just trying to feel good. We also have a pool, and I've been known to swim laps. But mostly I splash around and throw a kid. There are always nephews and neighbors over.

Self: What do you do to protect yourself from the sun?
JG: Every day, I use a moisturizer with SPF so I don't have to worry about it. But if I'm going to be in the sun, it's a whole different ball of wax. Then I get serious and put on, like, SPF 1 million! I mean, why not? You might as well do everything you can to protect yourself. It's no joke.

Self: Besides exercising and wearing sunscreen, what's your healthiest summer habit?
JG: I eat more food that's straight out of the earth. You can eat everything from the farmers market: just-picked corn, lettuce, all kinds of produce.

That's no joke about the farmers market. Check out these pics of Jen and Violet shopping.

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cahill cahill 8 years
she's wonderful. a truly kind person with great values and a healthy outlook on life.
rosey_y rosey_y 8 years
I think I'm in love.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I like her and I totally agree with her on eating more naturally in the summer. I like to go to the farmers' markets and get fresh produce that's super yummy. I'm with her too on the whole "gotta get in shape to bare the body" thing. In the summer, I'm a lot more motivated to do my strength training because I want to show off my body and look hot!
BremtwoodBabe00 BremtwoodBabe00 8 years
I see her often at the Farmer's Market in my neighborhood: Pacific Palisades. She's always dressed down and very unassuming... Naturally pretty and always great with her little one!
Jenny86 Jenny86 8 years
So cute and down-to-earth!
emalove emalove 8 years
I love Jenn too...she's so beautiful and fit. And I also happen to love white jeans ;)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Love her. Gorgeous, smart and wise. I like how down to earth she is; very normal.
levi1 levi1 8 years
What's wrong with white jeans? I love em.
rpenner rpenner 8 years
sharp I have also noticed the white jeans thing. it's odd
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
I gotta admit - I was mad when she married Ben, but she is a good role model. She lives like she says she does, and doesn't hide that she's a real person.
Michelle-StG Michelle-StG 8 years
She is absolutely beautiful. But will someone PLEASE tell me what is up with magazines always putting their cover models in WHITE JEANS??? (especially Self!)
tfabulous tfabulous 8 years
She's so pretty and seems so down to earth.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
She's a great fit role model. I've only seen like one movie I liked her in, but whatever! She seems like a really nice person and she looks great
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
So pretty
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I adore her.
levi1 levi1 8 years
Big YAWN!
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