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Hilary Swank: ‘Yoga slows me down too much’

Hilary Swank doesn’t spend long on her make-up routine because she likes to “get in there and get out the door”.

Hilary Swank doesn’t like taking yoga classes as she finds it slows her down too much.

The 42-year-old actress is known for her lithe figure, and works out on a regular basis to maintain a healthy body and mind.

When it comes to her methods of working up a sweat though, Hilary prefers high-octane workouts rather than more relaxing options.

“I do two days of weights at the gym - I go to Equinox - and that's important for women after 30, because they start losing calcium,” she told “I'm obsessed with tennis, too. I play almost 10 hours of tennis a week if I can. I should probably be doing yoga to get out of my mind but I don’t like it because it makes me slow down. And anything that makes me slower, I don’t like.”

Hilary worked hard to get into shape for 2004 boxing movie Million Dollar Baby, for which she won an Academy Award. She credits her work with her personal trainer for helping her get into shape, and has continued working with the same person ever since.

“We've been working together for seven years now, right after I did Million Dollar Baby,” she added. “I think 'trust' is the most important word to use with a trainer, because whether you're working towards a physical or mental goal, it's still a journey. Sometimes I feel like the biggest obstacle is my mind. So that's my workout (philosophy), less about exercising my body and more about exercising my mind.”

When it comes to her daily regime, exercise comes first, followed by hair and make-up. On the cosmetics front, Hilary prefers to keep things simple, with just a touch of make-up before she heads out on the town.

“My make-up routine is very simple - I wear a concealer, a little bit of blush, and I curl my eyelashes. My favourite eyelash curler is the Shu Uemura. I use Chanel's Correcteur Concealer and Blush, but I mix it up,” she said.

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