Taraji P. Henson is putting her health first and never looking back. After a yearlong health revamp (goodbye, Cheetos; hello, deadlifts!), she’s discovered her voice and is diving into a new creative pursuit. Now, in November’s Women’s Health cover story, the star opens up about the wake-up call that changed her life, her upcoming EP, and more.
On receiving treatment by a holistic doctor that improved her worsening stomach symptoms: “Western medicine saves lives. But it wasn’t helping in my situation.”
On her yearlong health revamp: “The older you get, the harder it is to get in shape. I didn’t want to be climbing out of a hole.”
On the how her lockdown lifestyle was taking a toll on her physical and mental health: “I realized I had to do everything I could to feel good, or that depression thing was going to get the best of me.”
On how hitting the gym helps her feel good: “When I get those endorphins going, I’m like a whole different girl.”
On creating the type of music that “makes you want to dance until the sun comes up” for her upcoming EP: “I’ve been singing. It just came out of me! … I’ve been secretly working on an EP.”
On hoping people will be inspired by her journey: “I want people to know that it’s never too late for anything. You can get your health together and live out your wildest dreams.”
The November 2021 issue of Women’s Health hits newsstands nationwide on October 26.
[Photo Credit: Marcus Smith for Women’s Health Magazine]