Kerry Washington: I have a loving relationship with my body

'Scandal' actress Kerry Washington has revealed she has a "loving relationship" with her body.

Kerry Washington has a "loving relationship" with her body.

The 'Scandal' actress exercises regularly to stay in shape but tries not to view working out as a "punishment".

She said: "I try to come at exercise from a perspective of love rather than punishment.

"The one thing we have when we're born and until the day we die is our relationship with our body. Like any good relationship, I try to keep it a loving one."

Kerry usually stays in shape with Pilates but also likes to "mix things up" with other exercises and always tries to eat well.

She told Red magazine: "I like to mix things up with a bit of cardio, hiking and swimming. Anything that helps me feel relaxed and grounded.

"And I can never have enough fruit, coconut water, water... you know, just good, wholesome stuff.

"I work with a nutritionist to make sure I'm getting what I need when it comes to vitamins and nutrients."

And the 38-year-old star - who has 16-month-old daughter Isabelle with husband Nnamdi Asomugha - enjoys regular deep tissue massages.

She said of the treatments: "It helps me stay relaxed, physically aligned and healthy."

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