Back in 2012, Kathy Najimy made headlines with her weight loss story. But what was so special about her losing weight? Well, instead of choosing the rigorous gym routines, the Hocus Pocus star had chosen the path of Zumba, an interval workout that involves high and low-intensity dance moves.

Zumba: the Ultimate Secret to Najimy's Weight Loss

Najimy admitted to trying out many different health regimes to lose weight before finding the one that worked for her. She tried everything from soup fasts and watermelon diets to spas. 

However, when she was introduced to Zumba, she knew that she had found her match. Not only did the fitness program help her to shed some pounds, but it also helped to reduce pain in her knees and lower back.

Kathy Najimy Before and After her Weight loss

Kathy Najimy Before and After her Weight loss. (Source: U.S. Weekly)

Thanks to her positive outlook on the fitness program, the American actress was also awarded the 'Zumba Fitness Ambassador Award' in 2012. She kept her humor intact while receiving the award, addressing the fact that some time ago, it would've been entirely unimaginable for a person like her to be looked up to as a fitness advocate.

Who would have ever thought I’d be the face or the body or the person who would advocate any kind of fitness?

Ever since losing 50 pounds and keeping it off with the help of Zumba, Najimy has been advocating the benefits of the Latin-inspired dance aerobics workout, focusing mainly on how relaxed it feels as compared to other heavy exercise routines. 

Zumba is a great, no-pressure workout...everybody is welcome, all sizes. 

The actor also shared that Zumba didn't just help her physically, but it also helped improve her mental well-being. She said, "I’m not afraid—will I fit into that ride? Will I fit into the seat on the plane?" 

"I have more confidence to say yes to jobs. I don’t have to worry about finding a costume that will fit me. That part of it is somewhat relieved," she added.

She Is Much More than Just an Actor

Not only is Najimy famous for her professional contributions, but the actor is also known for being an activist for many causes. The Sister Act star has been advocating about issues related to the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community since the young age of 18. 

The comedian, who won the NY lily award for 'Activist of the year' in 2016, is very keen on voicing her thoughts about different social issues like body positivity, AIDS awareness, animal rights, and women’s rights. In an interview with TV Guide, the actor confessed to being a political person. She admitted that being an actor only meant more people could hear her voice.

Additionally, she talked about how she did not believe that if you are an activist before you were an actor, your journey should not stop once you get into acting.

A lot of people think that actors should just shut up and act — and I respect that point of view if it is an actor who doesn't have anything to contribute. But if you were a political person before, and you just happened into a movie, to stop being a political person makes no sense.

Najimy Is Married and Has a Daughter

Unlike many people in Hollywood, Najimy has been very lucky, both in love and professional arena. The Hocus Pocus star married comedian Dan Finnerty in 1995. Together, the pair has a daughter, Samia Finnerty.

Samia is a vocalist for her band and has recently debuted in the music industry with her album Baby. Her Instagram account shows that she is just as involved in activism as for her mother.