Ryan Gosling may be great with the success of La La Land but Shape Magazine turned its eyes on his better half, Eva Mendes, for their latest cover. In it, she reveals how she maintains her figure and gets that motivation to get off her butt.
Here are five tips we picked up from the actress. You don’t have to follow all of them, you just might find the one that can help with your current routine. Another great thing about what Eva does: it’s not that hard nor does it require you to shell out big bucks for a gym membership.
#1 Don’t stick to one
Eva is a fan of interval training. She does running and sprinting while doing weights in between. This is good if you hate the monotony of just one routine. She does her exercise at least three times a week, five days in the summer. “… I see great results with that versus the 30 or 45 minutes of steady cardio I used to do on the treadmill.”
#2 Cheer yourself on
Believe it or not, Eva is a normal person too who gets lazy when she needs her exercise. When this happens, she reminds herself who gets the most benefits, “Working out allows me to spend time on myself. Knowing that I have an hour to dedicate to my wellness is a priority for me now.”
#3 Keep the junk out of the house
One simple trick Eva does so she can keep her sweet tooth in check is to simply ban them from her house. “I don’t keep junk food at home anymore, because I’m trying to set a good example [for my kids]. So there are no more Krispy Kremes for me to grab.”
#4 Her skincare starts in the kitchen
Eva’s tricks to a great complexion are just fish oil supplements, coconut oil, and water. “For me, glowing skin comes from the inside. I start to get sallow if I’m not eating well. I take fish oil supplements,” she shared. “And I love coconut oil. I apply it to my face. That’s my go-to. I also drink a lot of water. I always keep a bottle with me and kind of force myself to drink. My skin just looks better when I’m hydrated.”
#5 Say yes to protein
For energy, Eva relies on protein rather than carbs. “I find that when I start out with the right source of protein, it definitely helps.” For lunch and dinner, she has some rice with beans and salmon with some quinoa. She also has a salad. “I’ll eat the same thing for dinner. I’m a creature of habit in that way. I don’t get bored with food. I try to think about it as fuel for my body.”
Photos courtesy of Shape Magazine