Yes, Foster values her fitness exercise very much – but it's always about her wellbeing, not her appearance. After growing up as a dancer and then embarking on a career as a Broadway actress, “I actually got angry about being supposed to look a certain way. It all made me very angry. "
To have a positive relationship with fitness, "The only way I could do this with a healthy mindset was when I was thinking about health – for longevity, for heart health, for lung health," says Foster. "If in any way it crept [in my head] that 'I want my butt to look a certain way or fit a smaller size', I literally won't. It makes me mad."
Now, as a mom, the focus on longevity and strength has become even more important. "I want to teach my daughter that fitness is part of staying healthy," she says. "I feel better, I feel strong, I can do more – that's why. It motivates me instead of emulating a body type. It made me feel more secure in my own body."
In fact, Foster has never felt better inside and out: "I never felt comfortable in a swimsuit in my 20s and 30s – but now, as a mom, I exercise regularly, eat healthily, I don't. I want to miss a moment, jumping off the springboard or playing in the sand with my child – I just accepted everything, "she says and adds:" I think it's 45 too, I'm tired of being ashamed of my body, that made me feel brought so far. I feel more empowered and also tired of limiting my fun. "
Between her diet, her mental health, and her physical well-being, Foster lives her best life, at the risk of sounding cliché. And I plan to take a few sheets out of your inspirational book.
At the end of our conversation, she left me with one final feeling that enables her to be where she is on her own health journey: "I feel a strength – it is me and I am strong," she says. "And that's what health and longevity is all about: you have that inner power to hug you all."