Heroes alum Ali Larter may enjoy a number of perks as an actress, but just like millions of other new moms around the world, leaving her 4-month-old son, Theodore Hayes MacArthur, to return to work for the first time was “absolutely traumatic in every way.”
“I feel like all the working moms out there know how difficult it is and I think it’s the great equalizer in life once you have a child,” Larter tells Access Hollywood at Reebok’s RealFlex footwear launch in New York City on Thursday (April 14).
Though she loves her career and thinks it’s important for her to work, Ali, 34, admits that “at the same time, I just want to be home!”
And like most mothers, Larter is working just as hard to get back to her pre-baby weight, and reaping the other benefits of exercise as well.
I’m doing pilates a couple days a week, and I’m trying to hike or run a couple days a week,” says Ali. “The pressures of life can be a lot for everyone, and instead of going, ‘Oh, I don’t want to work out,’ I try to flip that switch in my brain, and go, ‘This is your time to get rid of the problems, let your stress go.”
The actress also offers a workout tip for new moms: “If you don’t have someone to watch the baby, just put him in a stroller and walk for a couple of hours. It just really gives you the positive endorphins, ” says Larter.