Dakota Fanning: ‘It’s so important to have a really good sweat’

Dakota Fanning aims to work out six days a week because she enjoys the “high of feeling strong”.

The War of the Worlds actress had an active childhood thanks to her mother, a professional tennis player, and her father, who played baseball, and she has kept it up as an adult because exercise makes her feel good.

“I come from a family of athletes so being active was instilled in me from a young age,” Dakota explained to Shape magazine. “I like the high of feeling strong… It’s so important to have a really good sweat. It clears my head and makes my skin look good, and I feel better overall.”

When she’s not away on location shooting a film, the 25-year-old aims to work out six days a week, with her current favourites being Cardio Barre and AKT, a dance-based cardio and strength class.

“I love to do Cardio Barre, a ballet-inspired cardio class. I’ve been taking it since I was in high school, and I’m obsessed,” she shared. “I also started doing AKT. The first time I did it, I thought I was going to die! It was so tough in the best possible way.”

Dakota has also learned the importance of resting her body and swears by a bath every evening to help herself relax.

“I have a really good ritual to help me unwind. I take a bath every night, no matter what. I put on a podcast, get in the tub, and close my eyes,” Dakota said. “This routine is such a constant in my life; I can’t live without it. If I’m in a hotel and there isn’t a tub, I have to move. It’s like, No, I won’t. I can’t. I’ve got to have a bath.”