Kristen Bell Talks Working Out After Pregnancy In New ‘Women’s Health’

It took a lot of work for Kristen Bell to get back in shape after giving birth.

On the cover of the new Women’s Health, the star of “The Good Place” talks her workout routine and the importance of exercise in her life.

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Kristen Bell. Photo: Dennis Leupold for Women’s Health
Kristen Bell. Photo: Dennis Leupold for Women’s Health

Bell says it took her a while but she eventually landed on a consistent pilates routine.

“I’ve always felt mentally strong because I’m adept and can banter and hold my own in a good conversation. But I’ve never felt physically strong,” she says. “I felt waifish… or pregnant. And I’m loving the fact that if we ever get attacked by ninjas, I would be a valuable asset.”

Kristen Bell. Photo: Dennis Leupold for Women’s Health
Kristen Bell. Photo: Dennis Leupold for Women’s Health

When it came to post-pregnancy life, the 39-year-old says working out was a big part of her recovery.

“It’s about the muscle in my body. Having children obliterated my abdominal wall. Good night. That’s a wrap,” the mother of two says. “And I thought, Well, it’s never going to come back. What do I need it for? Spanx exist. You don’t get everything all the time.”

Bell also says that for her, exercise is as important as mental health for her well-being, explaining, “I feel so much stronger, and it’s a physical feeling, but it’s also a mental one. It should be the first stop for anyone who experiences depression or anxiety because it encourages serotonin and endorphins. I feel so much more centered, patient, capable. It sets the next 48 hours for me.”

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Kristen Bell. Photo: Dennis Leupold for Women’s Health
Kristen Bell. Photo: Dennis Leupold for Women’s Health

When it comes to her mental health, though, she admits being hesitant to talk about her struggles with depression publicly.

“I realized that this is the shame that prevents people from talking about it,” she says. “I immediately felt irresponsible, because I do care about depression not being taboo, yet I present this bubbly, outgoing girl who seemingly gets through life with a smile on her face, and I’d never discussed that some days, I don’t.”

“The Good Place” airs Thursdays on Global.

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