Kate Hudson credits the dance lessons her mother forced her to attend as a child for her workout willpower.

The actress has become one of Hollywood’s beauty and fitness experts, running her own line of athletic clothing and writing a book, ‘Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body’, in which she shares her health lessons.

Admitting she “honours” her body “by working out and seeing what it can do”, Kate admits she owes her healthy outlook when it comes to staying in shape to her mom, Goldie Hawn.

“I was three-years-old when my mom enrolled me in dance class,” the Almost Famous star tells Shape magazine, “and I practised intensely until I was about 14. I was not a big fan of ballet, but she made me do it.

“Now I’m so grateful that she didn’t allow me to quit. It was the best thing she could have done for me. In dance, you’re constantly competing with yourself, and you’re only as good as your practice. It taught me discipline.”

But although Kate is strict about the amount of effort and time she puts into working out, she doesn’t have a fixed schedule because she’s not always in love with a certain regime.

“Some people need structure and a regimen, but I’m not a planner,” she adds. “When I exercise, I need to connect to myself and see how I’m feeling at the moment, because my mood is constantly changing.”

But there’s one workout that has become her go-to ever since she was starting out as an actress.

“I was 19 when I discovered Pilates, and I’m still doing it,” she beams. “It’s the workout my body really responds to. It’s all about alignment, elongating your spine, and strengthening your core. It makes me feel my strongest.”

Kate also loves the great outdoors and reveals most of her workouts don’t take place in a gym or a Pilates studio: “I’m a nature girl. I grew up in Colorado and was always outside. I still am, even when I’m in the city.

“If I’m in Amsterdam, I get on a bike, ride everywhere, and really see the place. I love that freedom, which you can’t get in a car. In New York City, if I’m staying downtown and have a meeting uptown, I’ll put on my earphones, listen to great music, and just walk. There’s nothing better than walking in Manhattan.”