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Hilary’s fitness mantra

entertainment Updated: Nov 09, 2009 21:43 IST

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Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank, who recently played aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart in India-born film maker Mira Nair’s Amelia, has said that regular exercise is equivalent to eating and breathing for her. The 35-year-old beauty always makes time for her work-outs because she considers it as essential and loves seeing how far she can push herself, Contactmusic reported.

“I love getting the opportunity to recognise what your body’s capable of. Being an athlete is something I enjoy. I don’t even think of not exercising. It’s like the air you breathe and the food and water you need,” Swank said. The Million Dollar Baby star drew inspiration from none other than African tribals as she was in awe after seeing their muscular form. “You see these incredible bodies in Africa that are all muscle. They’re running to hunt in these tribes.

And you think, ‘How does the body look like that?’ But if you are utilising your body, you recognise it is a machine and it can be capable of whatever you need it to be,” she added. The actress, who is touted as a perfectionist in Hollywood, said, “Maybe there was a point where I was a perfectionist, Probably up until I reached my thirties. I do set big goals for myself and push myself very hard but there is no such thing as perfection. You’d drive yourself crazy.