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Why Katie Holmes Has Loosened Up On Her Fitness Routine

Exercise is still a major part of the actress' life, but she reveals that she's had a change in perspective.

By Renee Cherry

Making your workout routine more intense can be gratifying, but so can cutting back on it. For Katie Holmes, working out less has meant enjoying exercise more.

"I do a variation," Holmes said when asked about her current fitness routine at a pannel for HOKA One One. "But I used to put a lot of pressure on [myself, like] 'oh I've got to work out five times this week'. Now I think 'you know what? I'm actually going to put this in the category of self-care, and I should enjoy it and look at it like that because I don't have to put the pressure [on me]."

While Holmes still works out about four times a well, now she's mixing it up with activities that give her joy, she revealed in our December cover interview. "I like Spinning, boxing, and yoga, and sometimes I'll take a dance class," she said. "I have my own Spin bike, so I can do it at home when I have to get up really early; otherwise I go to FlywheelSports. I got into boxing a couple of years ago, and now I take classes at Rumble."

Her routine is relaxed in comparison to her training last year when Holmes said she was in the best shape of her life. At the time, she was training to play an ex-marine in The Doorman, she took on weight lifting, sometimes spending 2 hours in the gym at a time. But the aspect of her training that she found the most challenging took place outside of the gym: scuba diving. "You need to be really fit to [scuba dive]," she previously told us. "It's scary, and you need to go with really experienced people."

Even before her role in The Doorman, Holmes had conquered yet another physical feat: the 2007 New York City Marathon. While she says she still enjoys running, she doesn't run as much as she did when she was in training mode. "I did the marathon in 2007, so I felt like I really ran it, so I don't run as much anymore," Holmes said at the HOKA panel. "I thought I would run 10 miles a week forever after that and it was like 'oh no' [laughs]."

Despite cutting herself some slack in the fitness department, Holmes admits she still works out even when she doesn't feel like it—not because she feels a need to hit a certain number of workouts a week, but because she has something to gain. "The days that I don't feel like going to work out, usually those are the days that I grow the most or discover something that I never thought I would," she said at the event. Running still plays an important role, even if she's no longer using it as training for a race. "If I'm stressed about something, [running] just immediately clears that and I can think more clearly," she said.

With everything we've learned about the way Holmes' attitude about fitness has changed over the years, there's one thing that's clear: She's not afraid of a physical challenge, nor is she afraid of just moving her body without a goal in sight.