#WomanCrushinItWednesday Meghan Markle: Royal Fitness Guru

As Meghan Markle prepares for her royal wedding to Prince Harry, we can imagine the pressure that she will endure for her big day. As the daughter of a yoga instructor, Markle lives by the routine of a working hard (yoga, pilates, running) and leisurely eating (wine). Although the now London-based actress has traded her lifestyle blog and Hollywood career for love, we know she isn’t trading in her fabulous body. Today we break down four of our WCW’s favorite fitness practices:

Yoga:

There are so many benefits that come with the practice of yoga,” Markle told Melissa Greer of Best Health. “A few benefits of vinyasa yoga include increased flexibility and muscle strength, increased mental focus, decreased anxiety and better sleep.” The self-proclaimed yogi explains that she has been practicing yoga since she was 7 years old. Mostly, thanks to her mother Doria Radlan, a yoga instructor.  ‘My health, my state of mind, the feeling you have after a workout; all of this things drive me to step onto my mat or go to the gym,’ Markle shared with Women’s health. “I love an intense Vinyasa class— and even better if its blasting hip-hop and done in a dark room with candlelight.”

Clean (Fun) Eating:

Although the actress believes in following a strict diet during shoots, the soon-to-be Princess bride also believes in leisure eating. Though Meghan’s diet consists of green juices, she doesn’t exactly enjoy them or swears by them either. “Green juice is a food-as-medicine philosophy for me,” she explains saying that the drink is more of an energy booster than anything else. Markle has also noticed a consistent change in her skin on camera, once she cut gluten from her diet. “However, when I’m traveling, I won’t miss an opportunity to try great pasta. I come back from vacation every year with a food baby, and I’ve named her Comida.

Pilates:

Meghan also attributes her lean killer body to pilates classes with personal trainer Heather Dorak. Pilates Platinum is hands down the best thing you could do for your body.” Pilates platinum is an unorthodox version of pilates taught on a Megaformer machine. The purpose of the machine is to isolate certain muscles groups during the workout. “There are so many workouts that you try out once and never go back to; Heather’s studio is the complete opposite,” she testifies. “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…and that is a testament to Heather’s energy.”

Running and Meditations:

For Markle, running is a form of moving meditation. “I love running but I think you have to find a work out routine that really speaks to you beyond trying to get goals for your body,” she explained in an interview with Shape. “For me, running, I need it as much for my head and to clear my head as for keeping in shape.”  Although the actress runs less now – “as I’ve gotten older, running has become hard on my knees, so I can’t run outside the way I used to,” it used to be a huge part of her work-out routine. “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.” 

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