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Actress Issa Rae on Women’s Health April 2019 Cover

Issa Rae Talks Excersie in Women’s Health

If you’re a fan of the hit show, Insecure, and looking at Issa Rae for some fitspo, you’ll enjoy the fact that she is on the cover of the new issue of Women’s Health. Ben Watts shoots the beautiful 34-year-old actress as she models in some athleisure pieces and talks about how she lost weight by prioritizing exercise and her paleo-leaning diet.

On how she started gaining weight:

“When the Web series started, I was very, very broke. Then more opportunities began to come. I was gaining New Money Weight. When you get a good job, you’re like, ‘I can afford to eat at restaurants all the time!’ That adds up in weight.”

Her prior philosophy on working out and eating well:

“I was a big excuse person when it came to exercising and eating right. I’d have spurts of trying to work out and being good. Then once I fell off, I’d be like, ‘Well, there’s always next year. Let me make it my New Year’s resolution.’ But even then, I would still be eating wrong while exercising vigorously.”

Her exercise routine:

“I exercise for, like, an hour each day. My neighborhood has a bunch of hills, so it’s walking up hills. Then I alternate between walking and jogging. I hate jogging—you’re going in circles, but I recognize that it helps.”

Running with just her thoughts:

“You know those earbuds that you put in your ears? I was running, and one fell. It was dark outside and I couldn’t find it. So I was forced to just be alone with my thoughts, and I was like, ‘Oh, I need to do this more often.’ Those moments are the most creative. I think finding those moments while also nurturing your body is important.”