glee_lea_michele.jpgAt the beginning of last year, Lea Michele’s amazing pipes landed her the lead role on mega hit show Glee—now, she and her rockin’ bod have just landed the cover of Women’s Health. In the magazine’s September 2010 issue, Lea shares a few insights on her personal health routine, including what she eats for breakfast everyday (a tofu scramble and orange juice),  how she stays active during downtime (hiking the picturesque trails of Los Angeles), and which diet philosophy she abides by (vegan).

Still, Lea admits it is difficult to maintain a healthy balance in her line of work, what with her intense filming schedules and rigorous practice sessions and all. “I have to remember to rest, because I have a natural energy and I don’t want to burn out,” the Jewish-Italian starlet tells Women’s Health. “I got home last night and I was like, oh my God, how will I be able to function?”

Whatever she’s doing to keep things under control, it’s working—even amid the excitement (and stress) of the Glee cast’s recently wrapped US tour and with the show’s highly anticipated (and equally demanding) third season on the horizon, Lea manages to stay focused, not to mention fit.

Wondering how she does it? Here are six tips from the star herself. Click on a link below to go directly to a section or simply scroll down to keep reading!



JUST SAY OHM

Lea loves yoga! She particularly favors Bikram poses and breathing exercises in a heated studio to relieve stress, release muscle tension, and shake off any pre-red carpet jitters.


VARY THE PACE

Cardio is essential to any well-rounded bod, and Lea is fully aware of the fact. Her health counselor, Devon Butler, likens an effective workout to a roller coaster: “It takes more energy to go up, up, up and then drop for a bit than to stay at the same level.” To address this, Lea does quick, concentrated periods of cardio during each workout session, rather than “plateauing” with one exercise.


TOSS IT AROUND

For fast fitness, Lea tosses a six-pound medicine ball to Butler, who stands approximately 15 feet away. This works her arms with the force of each throw, tones her legs through squats, and gets her heart rate up more quickly than usual.


EATING HEALTHY DOESN’T HAVE TO BE HEINOUS

Being a non-meat-eater, Lea sticks to animal-friendly fare for each meal. For her first of the day, the actress scarfs down a bowl of soy milk-soaked oatmeal or the aforementioned tofu scramble with a touch of salsa. Delicious and nutritious!


CUT BACK ON JAVA

Lea limits herself to one cup of coffee a day—in the morning—which is a big step for this former java junkie. While she calls her coffee detox “difficult,” Lea has found a way to keep her spirits up without caffeine—the herbal beverage yerba maté.


MUNCH SMART

Snacking is what gets you in the end—which is why Lea has fruits, vegetables, and the Arabic chickpea dip hummus for merienda. It’s paying off—this pretty lady is paunchless!


Lea_Michele_cover.jpgTo read more about Lea, grab the September 2010 issue of Women’s Health, out now.

(Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox Television)
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