Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson, Regina Hall, Megan Good and La La Anthony dish on when they decided to get serious about fitness.
Think Like a Man Too came out on top on its opening weekend, earning $30 million at the box office.
What might be even hotter than the movie's box office numbers is the cast. The women of Think Like a Man Too recently sat down with ESSENCE to talk health and fitness for our Body Issue - on stands now. Since it's summer and time to take off a few layers, we were all ears. Here's what they had to say about what motivated them to get in shape:
Gabrielle Union: "Around the time I got married and certainly around the time I got divorced, I was very unhappy and I wasn't as focused on working out. I'd work out for movies, but it wasn't a lifestyle. During my divorce, I started working out and really committing to health and wellness—mind, body and soul. It became a saving grace, and it has stayed with me since."
Taraji P. Henson: "Being cast as Yvette in Baby Boy. That was the first time I trained professionally. Now I try to get in three or four days a week, at least. I do a cardio bar class mixed with SoulCycle, then I'll mix it up and work with a trainer. Sometimes I'll take a pole-dancing class just to switch it up and keep my body guessing."
Regina Hall: "I was in college in New York, when I started running. But I have periods when I don't. I'm not going to lie. It might be six months when I'm sedentary."
Megan Good: "Since I turned 30, I've become more health-conscious."
La La Anthony: "Being a mom, I want to lead by example. I don't want to be reckless while I'm talking to my son about eating fruits and vegetables. I definitely want to live a long, healthy life to be here for him."
Think Like a Man Too is in theaters now.
The contents of this article first appeared in the July issue of ESSENCE, on stands now.