The Hollywood actress shares some surprising fitness secrets for staying strong and slim post-pregnancy

By Charlotte Hilton Andersen
December 10, 2014
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Boing! When the svelte Scarlett Johansson showed up on Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014 special, you could almost hear how fast her body bounced back after having her daughter in September. But the talented actress didn't lose the weight by focusing on pounds lost or calories burned, rather she put all her energy into bonding with her baby and exercising in a way that made her feel healthy and strong. (Check Johansson out here in 11 Beautiful Celebrity Post-Pregnancy Appearances.)

Calling motherhood "magical," Johansson says one of the many things she's learned since Rose Dorothy's birth is that breastfeeding has lots of benefits for both baby and mom. "Breastfeeding is the best way to get back in shape," the 30-year-old first-time mom told Walters. "I do the whole bit. I'm nursing and I love it."

She added that having a baby hasn't changed her workout schedule too much. "It's just about trying to find time to go to the gym," she says, adding that she doesn't slack off once she's there. "I do the same fitness routine as my big muscle-man trainer. A lot of it is endurance, stability, and strength training. I like to work up a sweat. I've tried Pilates and yoga and all that, and I like to dabble in different things, but I always come back to a good old-fashioned athletic, full-body workout."

We'd say it's definitely working well for her! But lest you think she's too perfect, she says that her hardest struggle is making exercise a habit. "Once I get into a routine of going to the gym every day when I'm working, it's easy for me to just keep going. It makes me feel good. But once I start to slack, it's so hard to go back," she explained. Us too, Scarlett, us too!


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