Is Reese Witherspoon an Extreme Exerciser?

Sep 8, 2011 1:23pm

Avid runner Reese Witherspoon is recovering at home after she was struck by a car while jogging in Santa Monica Wednesday morning.

The 35-year-old Oscar-winning actress “suffered minor injuries,” according to The Associated Press, when she was struck running across an unmarked crosswalk around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

US Weekly reported that she received a quarter-size gash on her forehead and was transported to a local hospital, where she was treated and released a short time later. She spent the night at her Brentwood home, recovering from the accident.

The driver of the car, an 84-year-old woman, was traveling at about 20 mph and was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

A witness to the accident  told Us Weekly: “The driver seemed to have not seen her because of a large tree at the intersection. … [Reese] was lucky, because it could have been much more serious.”

But will this incident slow down exercise enthusiast Witherspoon?

“I hope so,” Us Weekly’s senior online editor Justin Ravitz told ABCNews.com. She should “at least take the day off.”

The “Walk the Line” actress reportedly runs about three miles a day,  has been known to take intense spin classes and is a fan of yoga.

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“One of her favorite things to do is running with her girlfriends,” Ravitz said. “She can exercise and catch up at the same time.”

Before Witherspoon’s March wedding to CAA agent Jim Toth, she seemed to have upped her exercise routine. Earlier that month,  she was snapped looking exhausted while leaving an exclusive Los Angeles gym, where she presumably took a Physique 57 class. A new Hollywood fad, Physique 57 pairs isometric exercises with orthopedic stretches to tone muscles and improve posture.

The next day, Witherspoon was at it again, this time jogging around her Brentwood neighborhood with a friend.

Wedded bliss has hardly softened Witherspoon.

If anything, she has found a kindred spirit in Toth, 41, who is frequently seen running with her. “She’s in love again. She’s starting a new life and she probably wants to stay sexy for her man,” Ravitz said.

Witherspoon also seems less shy about revealing her supertoned body. Recently, she wore a bikini so skimpy you could see her tattoo. “She’s really been showing off her body more than we’re used to seeing in the past,” Ravitz said.

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In a recent interview with Marie Claire, Witherspoon opened up about the emotional weight that has been lifted from her since marrying Toth.

“I feel so much relief. I don’t think I recognized how anxious I was about being a single parent. It was really, really stressful. It’s not easy on anybody,” she said.

Ravitz believes her exercise is “one of ways she stays sane. It’s part of who she is.”

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