Taylor Swift On Staying Healthy

Taylor Swift is featured in this months WebMD magazine. Sharing how diet, exercise, and writing help her stay happy and balanced.

"During the week, I try to eat healthily, so that means salads, yogurt, and sandwiches," she says. "No sugary drinks. I try to keep it lighter, but it's nothing too regimented or crazy. I don't like to create too many rules where I don't need them. We know what's good for us, thanks to common sense." On the weekends, "I allow myself to eat what I know from common sense is bad for me," she says with a giggle. "I like comfort foods. I love a burger and fries, I love ice cream so much, and I love baking cookies. Actually, I love baking anything."

 

On Staying Healthy

Listening to fellow artists' latest releases is what inspires Swift to exercise, and regardless of her tour schedule, she makes sure to squeeze in an hour-long run on a treadmill every day.

"For me, running is about blasting a whole bunch of new songs and running to the beat. It's also good because it makes me find a gym wherever I am," she says. Unlike other famous colleagues, "I'm very much out in the world, and I love exploring the places we go when we tour. It's important for me to live a full life."

The Importance of Giving Back

Swift is also cognizant of helping those in need and is a generous donor to groups like the American Red Cross. "My contributions hit me like my song ideas," she says. "It's just a gut feeling about who needs help, whether it's a flood in Nashville or a town that I'm in that has had some horrible tragedy or a letter I get from a family. Giving back like that makes you feel so incredible." She believes the amount of time or money given is unimportant: "If you have the opportunity to put something good into the world, that only does good for your own life."

Tips for Healthy Living On the Road

• Reward yourself. Work for your indulgences, and then enjoy. "I have a need to feel like I've earned things, so when I have a week of working really hard, I get to have a day or two off -- whether it's from exercise or watching what I eat," says Swift.

• Skip the judgment. When it comes to dieting and working out, Swift is watchful rather than self-chastising. "I keep an internal gauge of whether it's been a healthy week or not," says Swift. Then she makes adjustments instead of beating herself up.

• Water it down. "I drink so much water my friends call me an alien," jokes Swift, who says she always carries a bottle with her. Just to make sure she's never short, the singer keeps a case in her car.

• Find your rhythm. To power up your workout routine, download songs or albums that you don't let yourself listen to until you're in motion. "I don't like any kind of exercise other than running," Swift says. "And I love that because it's about the music."

• Sit with your feelings. Recognize that anxiety is not inherently bad. The experience is uncomfortable while it's happening but can also propel you out of a rut. "It's awful to sit there feeling that way," says Swift. "But if you let it, it can lead to something that takes you out of that feeling and into something creative."

Taylor has a lot to say about a healthy lifestyle, her love of running, and where her work ethic began. To read the article in it's entirety visit webmd.com. It's a long article but a good read!

And a big thanks to our friends over at Country Music Tattle Tale, Tawny had covered the storyd there, otherwise I would have totally missed it!

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