Sadie Robertson Huff reflects on unhealthy relationship with fitness: 'If I don’t get 20,000 steps I’d beat myself up'

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Sadie Robertson Huff says motherhood changed her relationship with her body. (Photo: Getty Images)
Sadie Robertson Huff has gained a new perspective on her body after becoming a mom.
The 25-year-old spoke with her personal trainers about all things fitness and body image on the latest episode of WOAH, That's Good Podcast, and reflected on how difficult it is to bounce back after battling an eating disorder to go to the gym. The former Duck Dynasty star has been open about her struggles in the past, sharing that she's been hyper-fixated on her looks and the calories in all her food. After having daughter Honey in May 2021, Huff has dedicated herself to building a better relationship with her body.
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“When I got out of it, I was scared of working out because I was scared it would suck me back into that hole. Because for me, it was kind of a looks thing," she said. "I think that was something I was just really hard on myself about, and as I worked out I became more aware of my body and was afraid of getting drawn into it."
Huff went on to explain what her relationship with fitness had been like in the past and how she got dangerously involved with activity trackers.
"I had the FitBit and it's like 10,000 steps. I was like, 'I have to do 20,000 steps,' and if I can't do 20,000 steps, I'm going to beat myself up about it and about this whole thing. So I just had to get rid of that for a season," she explained. "I'll just take the FitBit away. Even though I liked it and had fun, I thought, OK, this isn't healthy for me right now."
While she's accepted her difficult journey with body image, Huff previously told Yahoo Life that she was pleasantly surprised when her pregnancy allowed her to embrace her body in new ways as it changed and grew, rather than critique it. As she adjusts to motherhood, Huff has found that her daughter continues to inspire her to stay on that path. She told her coaches that with her help, her "mentality" about training changed.
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"It used to be about how I looked, but it wasn't about that at all. It was really about what my body was capable of and how strong I was getting. And I told you that whenever I came, it was me I have two types of goals. One of them is doing a pull-up, which I'm still working on ... and the second was that I want to be able to just put Honey's car seat in the car," Huff said. "The heavier she gets, I want that can do with ease and I was able to do it. I thought that's great. All the things that I did with honey was just, you know, I'm young and I can keep up with that and I can put the car seat in the car but it was more about wanting to do it with power. I want to do it with ease. I want to be the best mom I can be and part of that looks to me like being healthy. So was that shift so nice to be able to go in and it wasn't about my looks it was really about the strength I was gaining.
Huff announced in early November that she is pregnant with her second child — another girl — with husband Christian. During this pregnancy, she feels more comfortable with her body and her relationship to exercise.
"Now the season I'm in I just asked Christian for an Apple Watch for our anniversary because I'm in a sane place. I can and it would be a good thing for me. It's actually going to help me stay healthy and on track, especially during this pregnancy," she said. "I think sometimes you have to make decisions for the season you're in because you have to be responsible for yours Knowing health and knowing where you are and what mental state you are in.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, call the National Eating Disorders Association hotline at 1-800-931-2237.
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