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Chris Hemsworth: 'I've got to keep moving to stay happy'

Chris Hemsworth: 'I've got to keep moving to stay happy'
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Chris Hemsworth must "keep moving" for his mental and physical health.

The actor embraced his gruelling exercise regime in preparation for Thor: Love and Thunder because working up a sweat makes him happy. Chris enjoys spending time outdoors in his native Australia with his wife Elsa Pataky and their kids and feels best when he keeps his body busy.

"My body shuts down when I stop working out," he said in an interview for Men's Health Australia. "I just don't feel good. I like it for a couple of days, then everything just starts to hurt. I get achy and there's inflammation, my back's stiff. I'm just well aware that in order for me to live healthier and happier, I've got to keep moving."

Chris has little sympathy for people who complain about keeping in shape. The 37-year-old insisted the secret to getting the most out of workouts is to find an activity you enjoy, rather than one that feels like hard work.

"I speak to plenty of people who are like, 'Oh, I just hate training'. I'm like, 'What do you do?' 'Oh, I just run. But I just don't like running'. I'm like, 'Don't run then!'" he said. "I don't run. I do a lot of different things. You've got to be an explorer in the world of fitness and exercise and constantly be on the lookout for something fresh."

Chris also found time to reflect during the Covid-19 pandemic and has realised that planning too far ahead isn't good for his mental health. Seeing the global impact of the health crisis has proved how little control we have over our future.

"I've spent 15 years looking into the far end of the future about what my perfect career would look like or what I want my life to be," he explained. "We can spend our whole lives trying to control what is completely out of our grasp. The only thing we really can control is our perspective on things."


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