Kate Ferdinand used to fear something bad would happen if she didn’t work out

Kate Ferdinand says she had to retrain her mind as well we her body when it comes to her gruelling workout routine.

The 28-year-old former TOWIE star, who is married to ex-footballer Rio Ferdinand, says she's actually not as obsessed with the gym as people think she is.

The blonde beauty might do around 500 sit-ups a week to achieve her trim figure and sexy curves, but she says exercise is more about boosting her mental health.

Kate says despite what people think, she's not up at 4am every day to hit the gym, and doesn't beat herself up if she has a day off.

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The star, who is doting stepmum to Rio's kids Lorenz, Tate and Tia, told the Daily Star : "I used to feel like something terrible would happen if I didn't work out and it used to really take over my life.

"I suffer from anxiety and I added to that by thinking I would get anxious if I didn't work out.

"It's something I've only learned recently but the world isn't going to end if I don't go to the gym every day."

Kate also says she doesn't like to compare herself to other women.

Rather than looking at others for inspiration, she looks at old photographs and videos of herself to spur herself on in her fitness regime.

Kate recently starred alongside husband Rio and his children in BBC documentary Becoming A Stepfamily.

And she's admitted that filming the show helped "save" her relationship with Rio after she'd been left feeling "isolated and alone".

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Speaking on Ferne Cotton's Happy Place podcast, she said: "I felt super vulnerable, I was in quite a state.

"When we were filming I struggled with it so much. I was all over the place, but at the same time we needed help.

"We were stuck in a place where if we don't ask for help then where's our relationship going to be then?

"The children can't go through seeing another woman leave. We had to.

"Going through that process has been unbelievable. It's been tough but we've learnt a lot."

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