Issa Rae is on the cover of Women’s Health magazine’s April 2019 issue. With so many things keeping the 34-year-old actress and executive producer busy such as the fourth season of her HBO hit show ‘Insecure’, which will soon begin production, the body-swapping comedy film ‘Little’, a limited-run series on HBO titled ‘The Dolls’, and so much more, it’s hard not to wonder how Issa stays in shape with such a hectic schedule!
During her interview with Women’s Health, Issa recalls gaining what she called “new money weight” once opportunities started to pour in following the success of ‘The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl‘, a web series in which she created on YouTube in 2011.
“When the Web series started, I was very, very broke,” she explains. “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.”
Even though she’d become extremely busy, it wasn’t until she saw herself on television that Issa knew she needed to make some changes. And as most of us can relate, exercising and making healthy eating a priority isn’t easy.
“Time to work out is so limited, but when I first started seeing myself on TV, I was like, ‘I gotta make time,'” Issa says. “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.”
Instead of hitting the local gym, Issa Rae sets her alarm clock for 4:55 am and alternates between walking and jogging in her neighborhood, which also provides her with a sense of peace.
“I exercise for, like, an hour each day,” she explains. “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.” She continues, “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.”
To read Issa Rae’s full interview with Women’s Health, click here.