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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