Meghan Markle is no stranger to the spotlight. From Hollywood actress to British royal, it’s no real surprise, the 37-year-old is in-the-know when it comes to keeping in shape.
The California native has a refreshing approach to eating well and exercising, saying it’s about prioritising her overall health and mental wellbeing (not just staying slim).
Luckily for us, before becoming a royal, she shared plenty of her hacks during interviews and on her now-shutdown blog The Tig.
So we’ve rounded up her best tips – in her own words.
Her fitness regime
The workout that’s ‘her thing’
Meghan grew up doing “mommy-and-me yoga” with her yoga teacher mum, Doria Ragland, as young as seven years old. But initially, it wasn’t her thing: “I was very resistant as a kid, but she said, ‘Flower, you will find your practice – just give it time,” Meghan told Canada magazine Best Health in 2015. Turns out, her mum was right. Meghan says she started doing yoga more regularly in college and now it’s her “thing”.
In 2018, she said she will do yoga “a couple times a week – hot yoga, specifically — with [teacher] Duncan Parviainen. He is so positive and, especially in my industry, it’s so important to surround yourself with people who are grounded and really optimistic.”
Rumour has it, she and Harry will even be building a yoga studio in their new Frogmore House home on Windsor Estate.
The exercise she does for her mind
“I love to run. It’s sorta my thing — as much for my head as my body,” the royal told US in 2013. Though when her filming schedule got more hectic, she had to cut back: “I used to run all the time, but I typically get picked up for work at 4.15 in the morning on a Monday, so there isn’t much time for jogging and I would rather have that extra hour of sleep.”
“As I’m getting older, my approach to aging is quite different. I make sure that I take care of my skin and body, especially with the work hours I have. And I don’t just take care of myself for aesthetic reasons, but because how I feel is dictated by what I’m eating, how much rest I’m getting and how much water I’m drinking. If I don’t have time for a long workout, I’ll grab my dog and go for a quick run. Being active is my own moving meditation,” she told Best Health.
The celebrity workout she loves
When she is busy, she opts for Tracy Anderson’s online workouts, doing “little 15-minute increments” during the day. “Just find those little bits of time that help, and at the end of the day, you’ve had a full workout,” she also once told Shape.
The “best thing you could do for your body”
In another interview with Women’s Health, Meghan said LA studio Pilates Platinum is “hands down the best thing you could do for your body”.
“You keep coming back for several reasons: First off, your body changes immediately… give it two classes and you will see a difference; second, Heather is amazing — as an instructor, as a friend, she is inspiring in every way; lastly, the people in class are cool, unpretentious and motivating.”
Her workout mantra
Looking for some motivation? Why not borrow Meg’s? Her go-to is something she heard used on a TV show once: “You’ve got to burn it, to earn it. You’ve got to sweat it to get it!”.
“It’s the cheesiest thing in the world I know,” Meg admits, “but if I’m on the treadmill thinking I don’t want to be there, I just go, ‘Think of Clair Huxtable — you’ve got to burn it to earn it!’”
How she eats Monday to Friday
Make no mistake, Meghan is a self-confessed foodie – with her love of food occupying much space on The Tig.
However, when she was filming Suits, she was “conscious” of what she was eating. This meant going vegan Monday to Friday, “with a bit more flexibility with what I dig into on the weekends”.
But, a girl after our own heart, she is also pro-balance. “Because I work out the way I do, I don’t ever want to feel deprived. I feel that the second you do that is when you start to binge on things. It’s not a die; it’s lifestyle eating.”
Her go-to snack for energy
Step aside coffee – Meghan is all about the green juice. “I mean trying to go for coffee or things like that only end up hurting you at the end,” she told Shape . “So to get, like, a really good natural source of energy like a great green juice, or even kombucha I’ll have sometimes — something that just gets right into your system is a nice pick-me-up.”
Does that mean she is on the celery juice bandwagon? We would love to know…
Her food weakness is too relatable
“French fries – I could eat French fries all day,” she once told Best Health. “And I love pasta. I love carbs – who doesn’t love a carbohydrate?”
Like we say, a girl after our own heart.
Oh and wine. “Of course I’m going to have that glass of wine – it’s delicious and I enjoy it. Do the things you enjoy within reason. Know your body and what works for you and you’ll be fine”.
Spoken like a true Queen.