5 Fitness and Wellness Tricks You Can Steal From 'PLL' Star Shay Mitchell

5 Fitness and Wellness Tricks You Can Steal From 'PLL' Star Shay Mitchell
Carlos Serrao

Whether it's on-set or in the gym, actress Shay Mitchell knows a thing or two about kicking Ass. See what I did there?

Known for her role as Emily Fields in the insanely addictive television series Pretty Little Liars, Mitchell is always on-the-go.

But despite her busy schedule, Mitchell has managed to keep fitness a top priority. And, believe me, she slays at the gym. Need proof? 

Mitchell snagged this month's coveted SELF magazine cover—looking fierce as ever—and dished on some of her tricks for staying strong, physically and mentally. And they're all totally doable.

WALK

Mitchell told SELF that she aims for 12,000 steps a day.

“Walk, walk, walk, walk," she said. "Trainer Harley Pasternak gave me a Fitbit, and he’s like, ‘If you don’t get 12,000 steps, I don’t care how many workouts you do in a day.’”

As a personal trainer, I'd advise beginners to set a smaller goal. If 12,000 steps seems difficult to tackle, aim for 7,000 steps a day, at first, which is a great place to start for healthy beginners. For most people, that averages out to about 3 miles.

Additionally, the Fitbit Zip is a great activity tracker to get any fitness enthusiast moving. While it doesn't have all the bells and whistles, it's affordable and gets the job done. 

MEDITATE

In June, Well+Good reported that Mitchell likes to start her day with meditation.

“If I have time before I have to go to work, I do like to squeeze in 15-20 minutes of meditation. I have an audiobook that I like to follow along with, or I’ll listen to Wayne Dyer's meditation CD—it always just sets the day right," she said. "And I also love to journal if I have time, especially in the morning. I like to set some goals, even if they’re small or short-term goals.”

Science has proven that meditation offers a ton of health benefits. I tend to meditate several times throughout the day, even if just for a minute. One of my favorite apps for a longer zen sesh is Calm. It's free in the app store, and the guided meditations are a great way for newcomers to get started with their own practices.

HYDRATE

Mitchell's trick for knowing when to drink more water is genius.

“It’s always so important to remember to stay hydrated—especially when you’re traveling. My little trick for reminding myself to drink water is to always wear rings. I always play with them, sliding them around, but my fingers swell so much if I’m dehydrated! So whenever my rings start to feel tight—or even worse, can’t come off—it’s like a red flag to drink more water.” (via Well+Good)

WORKOUT CONSISTENTLY

Mitchell told SELF that she tries to fit in several workouts each week.

“I try to work out three or four times a week, whether it’s boxing, cross training, Spin, or something else," she said. "When I don’t exercise, I’m a lot more lethargic. Moving helps me get through those 14-hour days on-set!”

Finding ways to vary workouts is key. There's no denying that Mitchell loves to spar inside the boxing ring. It's a great full body workout. According to MyFitnessPal, 60 minutes of in-ring boxing burns more than 700 calories (data based on 135 lb. participant). Boxing is also a great sport for developing mental discipline, a trait that will, no doubt, carry over into other aspects of life, such as school and work.

EVERYTHING IN MODERATION

After the SELF magazine shoot, Mitchell said she was planning on going out for pizza and a glass of wine. 

"I can't be on a diet my entire life," she said.

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