In an interview with Women’s Health, Beckinsale revealed that despite having a rocky start in the realm of exercise and fitness, she’s since learned to love it and now credits exercise as an important part of her wellbeing. “Now exercise is almost more important to me moodwise,” she said. “The other aspects feel like a great side effect.”
Her trainer, Brad Siskind of Gunnar Peterson’s gym, says Beckinsale doesn’t mess around in the gym but gets down to business straight away. “The whole hour is work,” he told the publication. Under his expertise, Beckinsale works out six days a week. The sessions start with a full-body workout composed of eight compound exercises that work two muscle groups simultaneously: a biceps curl as she squats, or sit-ups with combination punches. She’ll then do 90 to 120 seconds of a cardio interval on the rowing machine or VersaClimber, then repeat the eight exercises again, with heavier weights, added bands, or at faster reps. After the 45 minute circuits, sher'll finish with a cardio interval before going into a stretch to end the workout.
Beckinsale revealed that exercise isn’t just with its physical benefits, but also serves as a sense of release mentally. “I’m very connected to my body, so if I’m going to experience stress, I’m probably going to experience it physically,” she told Women’s Health. “So it’s usually a good idea for me to go do something physical to get rid of it. I kind of have to think of myself as a horse or something - time for a run around the paddock.”
Since falling in love with exercise, Kate regularly shares videos and pictures on Instagram of her crushing it during workouts, or going out for a walk with her dogs. For someone who was once told to lose weight, it’s an inspiring message of acceptance and self-love.