“For being only 5’3”, I have to say I really like my legs. And my butt’s not bad,” admits the
star, adding, “I’m grateful for that, too!”
But we hardly consider that bragging considering Michele never, ever shies away from a work out — often posting her various sessions on Instagram. “I rotate between hiking and hot yoga and then the occasional spin class. I bought a bike so I can do spin classes in my house! I’m down for trying anything!”
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And you’ll always catch her smiling mid-yoga pose, plank or push-up because, “I only do workouts that I enjoy. I [won’t] drag myself to do something that I don’t enjoy because just it’s going to make me lose weight or burn calories.”
Her other requirement? “I need to leave feeling Zen.” So, the actress always makes sure the lights aren’t too bright and the music isn’t blaring before she starts to break a sweat.
Michele lives by the same healthy motto when it comes to food (at home, she maintains a vegan diet) and the beauty products she uses. A longtime fan of Burt’s Bees, she’s teamed up with the brand to raise awareness about its latest initiative, to save the bees (The Bring Back The Bees campaign kicks off on urtsees.com — no Bs, get it? — March 8.)
Calling them “role models,” Michele explains, “I worked with Gwyneth and Kate on Glee and learned from both of them that being healthy is something you should do because it brings you joy.” So she swears by these words: “Everything you do, you should do is because it makes you feel good and genuinely makes you happy.”
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