Danica Patrick Opens Up About Navigating Body Confidence at Age 40

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Love yourself first and foremost! In the midst of a hectic schedule and a changing romantic status, it is important to love yourself first and foremost. Danica Patrick has learned it’s crucial to be confident.

“I think that’s always an ongoing thing, but age definitely gives you a lot of perspective,” the former NASCAR racer, 40, exclusively told Us Weekly on Wednesday, May 25, while promoting her partnership with Good Foods. “I think that just having a little bit more perspective and being rational is something that can kinda ease your mind but staying body confident is just a lot about knowing yourself and the more you know yourself and know who you are and what you want and what makes you happy. Happiness is beautiful.”

Patrick, who celebrated her milestone birthday earlier in the year, opened up about her self-confidence now she has entered a new decade of her life.

“I think that turning one day older from 39 to 40, I think when you shift decades, I think it makes a difference on that one day,” the Wisconsin native told Use on Wednesday. “I don’t know if the in-betweens really do [matter]But I certainly had that perspective. I was like, ‘Oh man, OK.’ Like, there’s so many great things in my life, but then I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m single and I’m 40. I’m not sure what that says about me.’ I had this moment, but then I also was able to observe the fact that I took an amazing vacation with like 10 of my best girlfriends and we had a blast.”

The Pretty Intense Author announces her split from Carter ComstockAfter one year of dating, in March she finally found her partner after learning to trust her instincts and follow her heart.

“I think that’s something that increasingly over time, I’m doing a better job of,” Patrick explained on Wednesday. “So just trust that intuition, look … if there are red flags at the beginning, like trust that [and] don’t just brush it off. I think those are the things that I’m beginning to realize are really critical. I am certain that [love]Come along and [at the] perfect timing.”

While the “Pretty Intense” podcast host — who previously dated Aaron RodgersAnd a fellow NASCAR star Ricky Stenhouse Jr. — is still searching for her Mr. Right, she is able to recognize all the “good things” in her life and feel content.

“So, 40, I guess I feel just more comfortable in my skin and like there’s so much life left,” Patrick added. “I’m gonna live to 120. So 40 is not a midlife crisis. It’s like, it’s the new 20!”

In addition to learning to love herself, the retired athlete also revealed last month that she had her breasts removed following a mysterious condition.

“I had tried for a year to resolve certain health issues and certain things going on that were outside of the norm and outside of what I thought there was a reason for it,” Patrick recalled to Use. “Um, and so it wasn’t like I thought I’ll get surgery and tell everyone, and it’ll be the magic fix to things. I had tried so many other things that I really had hoped would’ve been the fix, but it wasn’t. After a year of searching and testing many different protocols and methods, I finally found the right thing. … I’m like about a month on and I feel amazing and it just keeps getting better.”

The Somnium Wine entrepreneur’s focus on her health and wellbeing was also a driving force in teaming up with Good Foods and its line of plant-based dips.

“Everything that I’ve done post-career, and even during my career, has been oriented around health and wellness,” she told Use. “So, even if we’re talking about like this morning coming on set [for this interview], I pack my own food and that’s very common for me. I always have a cooler with me. And so, Good Foods is a partner and they are so good for little snacks on the go: They have individual avocados, Buffalo dip — which is my favorite of theirs — [and]Tzatziki and other great stuff. So, packing little things in a kit and being able to be healthy no matter where I go is something that I do all the time.”

Christina Garibaldi reports

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