Kristen Bell wants to teach her daughters how to eat and work out for a healthy life

By Julie Mazziotta
October 12, 2017 10:51 AM
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For Kristen Bell, health isn’t about how she looks, it’s about how she feels.

“To me, being healthy means feeling good about the choices I’m making, and most important, it’s about keeping fit mentally and physically,” the actress, 37, tells SHAPE for its November cover. “I’m constantly reminding myself it’s not about my thighs: It’s about my commitment and my happiness level.”

Kristen Bell - SHAPE November 2017Credit: Photographs by James Macari
Credit: James Macari/SHAPE

She also wants to set a good example for her young daughters, Lincoln, 4, and Delta, 2.

“It’s important to me to show my children that I care about my health and fitness enough to stay committed,” Bell says. “So when I’m in their room with them, I’ll do squats. When they ask what I’m doing, I’ll say I’m getting my physical fitness in. And because they copy everything I do, the next time they pick up a heavy bag they’ll say, ‘I’m getting my workout in.’ ”

Kristen Bell - SHAPE November 2017Credit: Photographs by James Macari
Credit: Photographs by James Macari

Kristen Bell

“It’s a value I want to instill in my kids at an early age — that paying attention to your body is mandatory.”

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The Good Place star is an expert at fitting in a workout any way she can while balancing her filming duties, charity work, raising her daughters and spending time with her husband, Dax Shepard.

“I need fast workouts. I don’t have an hour and a half — I have 25 minutes, max,” Bell says. “So I incorporate sprints into my routine. I sprint up my driveway, walk back, repeat. I do it 10 or 15 times. The whole thing takes me maybe 15 minutes. It’s fantastic for your heart, brain and body.”

Kristen Bell - SHAPE November 2017Credit: Photographs by James Macari
Credit: Photographs by James Macari

Kristen Bell

“At work, while I’m running through lines with my fellow actors, I’ll be leaning backward on a chair doing tripcep dips. At home, when my kids and I are on a walk, and they’re meandering and looking at leaves, I’ll do lunges. I get it in however and whenever I can.”

And if she can swing it, Bell will head to a yoga class.

Kristen Bell - SHAPE November 2017Credit: Photographs by James Macari
Credit: James Macari/SHAPE

Kristen Bell

“If I have a choice, I will always go to yoga rather than sit on the coach, because I feel so much better afterward,” she says.