Ashley Greene finds being physically fit to be "really empowering"
The 36-year-old actress gave birth to her daughter Kingsley in September last year, and Ashley subsequently made a gentle return to her exercise routine
19 November 2023
The 'Twilight' star - who is married to Paul Khoury - told PEOPLE: "I really wanted to focus on making sure that I gave myself enough rest for everything to go back into place, and made sure that I wasn't trying to jump back into where I was and hurting myself.
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"I feel like there's this idea that you are cleared after eight weeks and you can just jump back in, and that is so far from the case. I think it's really damaging to a lot of people."
Ashley works out five times a week and thinks it's good for her mental health.
She shared: "My workout also depends on my baby. My life is her life now.
"Physically, we all want to look good, but I want to feel good - and mentally, I have to. It's just a really empowering thing as a woman."
Ashley previously admitted that she felt like an "alien" after giving birth.
Discussing her post-pregnancy fitness routine, Ashley told E! News: "I just had the goal of wanting to feel connected and like myself again.
"I felt like I was an alien in my own body for awhile. And I really wanted to feel like I had control again."
Ashley also insisted that she wasn't in a rush to regain her pre-pregnancy figure.
She said: "Would I like everything to be hard again and there to be no jiggle when I jump? Sure.
"But I'll probably get there in a year, versus saying, 'In three months I'm going to be back to where I was.' I think that's another key factor, is not putting an unrealistic expectation on things."