The Secrets Behind Meghan Markle’s Intense Workouts, Revealed

Meghan Markle is brilliant, talented, super stylish, and kind. And she also happens to have an amazing body. But Markle definitely works hard to stay in such killer shape, and she’s more than happy to share her workout secrets when she’s asked.

As the countdown to the next royal wedding nears, there’s no doubt that Markle will be spending some serious time at the gym. These are some of the workouts she’s into, including one she calls “the best thing you can do for your body” (page 4).

She has a love of yoga

Meghan Markle stretches while on a shoot set.

She loves challenging her body. | Meghan Markle via Instagram

Markle credits her amazing arms to her passion for yoga. Her mother was a yoga instructor, she said, so yoga is in her blood. Markle takes a couple of yoga classes per week, crediting intense Vinyasa and hot yoga as her favorites.

Next: She doesn’t shy away from squats.

Glute toning

Meghan Markle's legs in front of a beach view.

She focuses on her leg workouts to tone her entire body. | Meghan Markle via Instagram

There’s no doubt that Markle will make a “bootyful” bride. She credits her solid derriere with  The Skinny Bitch Collective workouts, founded by trainer Russell Bateman. The invite-only classes focus on lunges, squats, and other booty-toners.

Next: Here’s what she calls “moving meditation.”

 Moving meditation

Meghan Markle runs towards an ocean.

She lets loose by running. | Meghan Markle via Instagram

Markle is a big fan of running, calling it her favorite form of “moving meditation.” When she’s short on time, going for a run is her go-to workout. She prefers to run with her dog or even a friend or two.

Next: According to Meghan Markle, this is “the best thing you can do for your body.”

Her favorite workout is ‘the best thing you can do for your body’

Meghan Markle poses on a patio in front of trees.

She does challenging workouts. | Meghan Markle via Instagram

Recently, Markle called Megaformer Pilates “the best thing you can do for your body.” For her own workouts, Markle prefers the classes at Pilates Platinum, a fitness studio in Santa Monica that is run by a celebrity fitness trainer and personal friend, Heather Dorak. Markle gives Dorak’s classes high praise, calling her “inspiring in every way” and swearing that the workouts will change your body almost instantly.

Next: It’s not easy.

The best thing is also the hardest thing?

Meghan Markle does a yoga pose on a photoshoot set.

Her Pilates workout can burn a ton of calories. | Meghan Markle via Instagram

Make no mistake about it, the Megaformer Pilates classes are intense. A writer and reporter for People tried one and rated the level of difficulty a 9/10  — and she is in great shape herself. The workout is low-impact, but it’s high-intensity, so you can expect to sweat right away. And considering one session can burn 800 to 1,000 calories, it’s no wonder that the moves will sculpt your body fast.

Next: Here’s how she stays motivated.

Motivation matters

Meghan Markle swimming in a pool.

She indulges in fun experiences. | Meghan Markle via Instagram

Having a fitness routine is great, but motivation matters almost as much. Markle exercises for more than just a great body: Her daily motivation is a combination of health, state of mind, and that blissful post-workout feeling. Just thinking about how euphoric you feel after a good workout is sometimes enough to lace up those sneakers.

Next: This is important to remember.

Take time to rest

Meghan Markle eating at a restaurant.

She loves pasta and wine. | Meghan Markle via Instagram

Most health experts are big advocates for rest days, and Markle takes her downtime as seriously as she does her workouts. Her favorite ways to relax include detoxing in an infrared sauna, watching mindless TV, and enjoying a glass of wine. To her, being healthy is all about balance.

Markle also uses her diet to aid in her exercise and general wellness. On the following pages, check out some of her diet tips that help boost energy and make workout routines even better.

Next: She swears by this for a natural energy boost.

Green juice is the perfect pick-me-up

Green Smoothie

This treat is perfect for your afternoon crash. | Kaycco/iStock/Getty Images

Instead of a 2 p.m. coffee break, Markle looks to green juice as an afternoon pick-me-up. “Green juice is a food-as-medicine philosophy for me,” she told Delish. The royal bride-to-be doesn’t consider it to be as life-changing as most other Los Angeles natives would, but she recognizes its benefits and drinks it often.

Next: She says this food gets a bad wrap but avoids it anyway.

Gluten-free is key

spaghetti

Pasta is great, but going gluten-free may help your skin. | Fudio/iStock/Getty Images

While she’s not afraid to indulge in pasta when traveling, Markle doesn’t always make it at home. The gluten tends to wreak havoc on her complexion.

Next: Her key to staying on track with her health

A healthy breakfast is a must

Porridge from oatmeal

Steel-cut oats with fruit is a great way to start the day. | ArtCookStudio/iStock/Getty Images

As the most important meal of the day, eating a well-balanced breakfast can set you up for success — especially if you’re trying to eat healthy. And while Markle occasionally indulges in an omelette with cheese and toast, her go-to is steel cut oats, banana, and a little bit of natural agave syrup.

Next: How she uses food to kick-start digestion

Hot water and lemon

Winter hot lemon drink

This morning trick will help you digest your food. | Anyaivanova/iStock/Getty Images

The key to a healthy diet is starting the day off right. So, in addition to eating a healthy breakfast of steel cut oats and banana, Markle steeps lemon slices in hot water. Not only can the natural tea provide the body with a boost of energy, but it can also kick-start the digestive system and hydrate the body, too.

Next: Her healthy snack satisfies this common craving.

Healthy snacking is happy snacking

Almond Butter

Rather than junk food, Meghan Markle opts for apple with almond butter. | Bhofack2/iStock/Getty Images

Markle is no stranger to snacking. That said, she typically goes for something a little healthier than, say, a bag of potato chips. Instead of filling up on junk food, Markle satisfies her appetite (and sweet tooth) with apple slices, almond butter, and a little bit of sea salt.

Additional reporting by Jessie Quinn.

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