4 Rules Shay Mitchell Follows To Stay Fit

Photo: Carolos Serrao; Styling: Almudena Guerra

Shay Mitchell’s can’t-stop-won’t-stop attitude extends to every aspect of her work…and workouts. The actress known for her breakout role in Pretty Little Liars talks to SELF in the November issue about fitness, balance, and what she’s working on now.

“My generation realizes you can be multihyphenated,” Mitchell tells SELF. “You don’t have to stay in a box. Just because you started off in one industry doesn’t mean you can’t jump into another one. I wouldn’t say that acting is a stepping-stone, per se. But it’s another step in the direction of where I want to go.” Others have included a coauthored semiautobiographical young-adult novel, Bliss; an athleisure line, Fit to Wander; and that YouTube lifestyle channel, which boasts more than a million viewers.

Another thing that’s multihyphenated is her fitness routine. While Mitchell is a big fan of boxing workouts, that’s not the only way she stays active. Here are four ways Mitchell stays balanced, active, and motivated.

1. Be consistent.

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

2. Walk as much as possible.

“Walk, walk, walk, walk. 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.’”

3. Focus on being present during a workout.

“My mind wanders off if I let it. I do hot yoga, which is spiritual, and I get to connect with my body. For cardio, I love Spinning. I’m listening to what the instructor’s saying—it’s very motivating and a great sweat.”

4. Enjoy everything—in moderation.

“Moderation! I can’t be on a diet my entire life. I do a lot of smoothies. But after this shoot I’m also going to go out and have pizza and a glass of wine.”

Styled by Almudena Guerra; Hair, Chris Appleton for Kérastase Nutritive Magistral; makeup, Patrick Ta for La Mer; manicure, Nettie Davis; set design, James Lear; production, Anne Naeser for Carlos Serrao Photography.

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