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Cameron Diaz on why she quit 'crazy-ass' social media and how to overcome a lack of motivation

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Newlywed actress Cameron Diaz has been waxing lyrical about the health benefits of sex and exercise. 

The 42-year-old thespian, who married rocker boyfriend Benji Madden at a ceremony at her LA home in January, says making love plays an important role in well-being.

"It’s something healthy that we need to be doing for many different reasons," the Charlie's Angels actress tells Cosmopolitan, in a new cover interview for the magazine. 

Cameron in the Cosmopolitan shoot

Cameron in the Cosmopolitan shoot (Picture: Cosmopolitan/Matthias Vriens-McGrath)

Diaz has carved out a role as a health and lifestyle guru in recent years, as an aside to her flourishing movie career. Her toned physique and infectious personality have seen her reign supreme in the movie industry ever since she first hit our screens in 1994's The Mask, and she recently penned self-help read The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body.

The Sex Tape star says working out is all in the power of the mind. 

"You have to just do it," she says. 

"Once you commit and really put in the effort, your body goes, 'Oh, it's not OK to be without this.' People say, 'My body rejects exercise.' No, it doesn't.  Your mind rejects exercise."

And she says it is possible to have your cake and eat it, when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle:

"Wellbeing is an equation. Remember, you don't have to have the whole cake, you can have a piece. Don't deprive yourself. Have fun. Just be self-aware. If your equation is 80% good, 20% bad most of the time, then a little movement toward the centre isn't going to affect you much."

With husband BENJI Madden and AUTHOR VICKY VLACHONIS (CENTRE), AT AN EVENT LAST MAY

With husband BENJI Madden and AUTHOR VICKY VLACHONIS (CENTRE), AT AN EVENT LAST MAY

Much as she loves to spread the good work on fitness, it seems Diaz isn't a big fan of Facebook or Twitter; in fact, she quit all social media accounts last September. 

"I think social media is a crazy-ass experiment on society. The way people use it to get validation from a bunch of strangers is dangerous. What's the point?" she says.

Diaz married Good Charlotte musician Madden in a candlelit ceremony at her Beverly Hills home at the beginning of this year. 

The couple have been dating since last May following an introduction by Nicole Richie, who is married to Benji's twin brother Joel Madden.

Both Richie and Joel Madden attended the wedding, along with celebrity guests including Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon and Diaz's long-time Hollywood pal, and Charlie's Angels co-star, Drew Barrymore - who had a lead role as bridesmaid.  

The April issue of Cosmopolitan

The April issue of Cosmopolitan

Diaz has previously revealed that she feels happier and healthier now, in her forties, than at any time before.

"I love being in my forties," she told E! last year. "You know yourself and you don't give a s--t anymore. You really don't care what other people think. You let go of that things that don't matter. It's a liberation. It's fantastic.

"I used to eat fried food from morning to night when I was in my 20s.

"As I get older, I realized I was working a little bit harder at digesting what I was eating, and I thought it is not fair to my body to keep doing this. If you are giving it a bunch of crap all the time, it will break down quicker and deteriorate quicker, so I stopped."

Read the full interview in the April 2015 issue of Cosmopolitan UK, on sale  3rd  March.

Words: Anna Brech, Photos: Rex Features and Cosmopolitan/Matthias Vriens-McGrath

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