The actress begrudgingly works with a trainer three times a week

By Julie Mazziotta
April 16, 2019 09:00 AM

If there was a magic pill that would enable Eva Mendes to get all the benefits of working out without actually hitting the gym, she would definitely be on board.

The 45-year-old actress works out for her “vanity” and her health, but exercising isn’t her idea of fun.

“I’m envious of women who enjoy working out, because I have the worst attitude about it,” Mendes admitted to Women’s Health for their May cover. “My vanity gets me to the gym — and obviously health reasons — but I’m kicking and screaming the whole way through.”

And these days, for Mendes, that means working out three times a week with her trainer Johana Spates, who takes her through total body workouts filled with mobility, strength, cardio and plyometrics exercises.

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Though she hates working out, Mendes said that she’s finally “starting to feel like a person again” after giving birth to her two daughters with partner Ryan Gosling, Esmerelda, 4, and Amada, who turns 3 at the end of April.

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She’s also focused on what she eats, out of necessity.

“I have blood work done at least twice a year because I have high blood sugar, and high cholesterol runs in my family,” Mendes said.

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That means she typically eats scrambled eggs and coffee — with coconut oil or coconut sugar — for breakfast, and frequently dines on salmon and quinoa. Mendes also takes fish oil and CoQ10 supplements, but she admits to drinking a soda once or twice a week.

“I’m not squeaky-clean healthy,” she said. “I have a sweet tooth, so I can’t keep anything in the house.”