Super skinny actress Nina Dobrev is often spotted out jogging and is a yoga enthusiast. Here’s what Nina said about her diet and exercise regime
I know you’re into yoga. Is that what you do for fitness for the most part?
Nina: I change up my fitness routine every so often, but yoga is the one thing that stays consistent. I do yoga 2-3 times a week, and it’s hot yoga. Aside from that, I also have a trainer that I work with whenever I can’t make the yoga classes, and he’s actually my yoga instructor. He used to be a professional basketball player, and then he became a yoga instructor, so he trains me at my gym in my building and so I do running. Not so much weights though, I don’t want to bulk up. I like to keep it all lean. I love yoga because it’s very calming for your body and your spirit. It gives you that meditative state and its 90 minutes where you can get away from the world and just be, and exist in the moment. I need yoga. It’s part of my life and I can’t imagine not doing it. The hot yoga is great because you’re sweating and kind of getting the cardio workout, your heart’s racing, and then you’re also stretching and building lean muscle because you’re holding the positions for so long. It’s great for your skin too. I’ve found that my skin gets so much better, because your pores are open, and they’re breathing. It’s wonderful for your skin.
Do you ever have mornings when you wake up and just feel in a fog, and not beautiful. If so, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
Nina: Usually when I wake up, I want to keep sleeping for days. (laughs) I just wash my face. I am who I am, and I don’t want to change, or do anything except feel fresh and happy. Running, or going to yoga, or just having a cup of coffee and sitting on my balcony looking at the city. Taking a step back and breathing. In the morning if I can’t go to [yoga] class, I’ll go jump on a bed and do Downward Dog, or stretch, or go into Childs Pose and just breathe and relax and get ready for my day. I have a routine that I have to go by. It’s important. You have to keep yourself healthy and like you said, sometimes you wake up and you don’t feel so great but as long as you’re taking all the measures that you can to make yourself look and feel your best, that’s what’s most important.
Have you noticed a difference in yourself since you started yoga?
Nina: Oh yeah, for sure. It really grounds you and gets you in touch with yourself so you can start the day right, and calm and relaxed instead of running up and being stressed out.