America Ferrera is done punishing her body through exercise.
“My relationship with working used to be about fixing flaws. For years, I was in a cycle of beating myself up,” Ferrera told TODAY Parents. “It took me a lot of work to transform that relationship into one that is based in deep gratitude for the ability to move my body in ways that make me feel strong, joyful and alive.”
“Moving our bodies because it brings us joy is something we want to model for our kids,” the mom of 4-year-old son, Sebastian “Baz,” and 2-year-old daughter, Lucia, added.
Recently, Ferrera rediscovered her love of the Latin dance workout Zumba when she partnered with Zumba for Beginners. The choreography is so much fun that Ferrera forgets she’s even exercising.
“I’ll wake up the next day and I’m like, ‘I didn’t realize I was working that part of my arm, or that side of my abs,’” she explained. “You’re getting a full-body workout.”
Another perk: She can occupy her kids with an art project while she streams a 30-minute Zumba class from home.
“I get that boost of energy and that bump of endorphins,” the “Superstore” alum said. “Then I can get back to whatever is next on my on my schedule.”
Ferrera shares her two children with her husband, director Ryan Piers Williams.
During a 2020 appearance on “Conan,” the Emmy winner opened up about how she and Williams differ in terms of their parenting styles.
“I’ll listen to ‘Wheels on the Bus’ and read them ‘One Fish, Two Fish, Green Fish’ and Ryan will listen to Cardi B., or whatever he wants to listen to,” she joked.