Meghan Markle knows how to make the most of her time. When she’s not planning her wedding, she’s filming her final episodes of Suits, cooking for her friends and family, or fighting for a good cause. And in between all of that, she somehow finds time to exercise.
Here’s everything we know about Markle’s fitness regimen.
Her workout motivation comes from a few different places.
Markle exercises for more than just aesthetics. She told Women’s Health that her daily motivation is a combination of her health, state of mind, and that amazing post-workout feeling.
“All of these things drive me to step onto my mat or go to the gym,” she said. “Sometimes the idea of working out sounds absolutely dreadful, but I always remind myself of how good it will feel afterward. Euphoric, almost.”
She enjoys running.
This is Markle’s go-to workout when she’s short on time. In an interview with Best Health, she said especially likes to take her dog with her when she runs.
Markle also approaches running from a holistic standpoint, calling it a form of “moving meditation.” She told Women’s Health that it allows her to get out of her head.
She makes exercise a social occasion.
Markle also enjoys making her runs social with people, and not just her dog. She told The Chalkboard that her favorite workout is a six-mile run with Heather Dorak, her personal trainer turned close friend and founder of a pilates studio chain in LA that Markle frequents.
Markle is also willing to try out new routines with friends. According to Women’s Health, Markle is looking forward to trying out SBC, an exclusive fitness class that is invitation only.
“I’m eager to come to the UK to do a workout with Russell [Bateman], the founder of SBC,” Markle said. “My friend Millie Mackintosh raves about his workouts, so I’ll call her up to do a class together next time I’m back in London.”
She uses workout DVDs and home exercises to self-motivate.
Markle told Shape that she is the type of person who trains herself, and that this practice helps her fit exercise into a busy schedule.
“I do it all on my own,” she told the magazine. “I do DVDs at home or I go for a run by myself. I think if you can self-motivate, that’s half the battle.”
She told the magazine that she’s a big fan of Tracy Anderson, who is famous for her online studio and stream-able method classes.
“I just find the results are great, and you can do little 15-minute increments,” she said. “You just find those little bits of time that help, and then at the end of the day, you’ve had a full workout.”
She did work with a trainer, however, when she was shooting her TV show in Toronto.
Markle has said that she watches what she eats and works out hard when filming. Although the future royal will no longer star as Rachel Zane on Suits, when she used to film the show in Canada, Markle had the help of trainer Craig McNamee. Although the duo did things like rowing and jumping rope, McNamee also helped her with one of her favorite forms of exercise — yoga.
“I remember helping Meghan with some of her first inversions,” she told Best Health. “I remember Meghan being quite timid yet coming into handstand anyway. Her ability to trust, feel fear and then move beyond it speaks volumes about her as a person.”
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Practicing yoga is her absolute favorite.
Markle’s mom was a yoga instructor, so the practice is “in her blood.”
“I love an intense Vinyasa class— and even better if its blasting hip-hop and done in a dark room with candlelight,” she told Women’s Health. Markle even did a series of poses for her interview with Best Health. She told the magazine that yoga would definitely be part of a perfect day for her.
Markle also told Shape that she practices “a lot” of hot yoga — and Moksha Yoga in particular, which specializes in vinyasa-like classes held in temperatures that hover at around 100 degrees. Although the practice originated in Toronto, it has become very popular for New York City-based celebrities, according to Vogue.
She also maintains her balance with pilates.
“[It’s] hands down the best thing you could do for your body,” Markle said of Megaformer Pilates, which works isolated muscle groups to exhaustion, according to Us Weekly. “Your body changes immediately.”
When the native Californian is back in her hometown of Los Angeles, she works out at Pilates Platinum or attends a candle-lit hip-hop yoga class at Y7 Studio.
“We use the beat of the music to drive the breath. So we practice one breath to one movement,” Sarah Levey, the owner of Y7 Studio, told E! News. “We use a slower beat when we are beginning in class and as the class ramps up, the beat gets faster and we are timing your breath with that so you are really moving and it’s fun!”
We are beyond excited to see what 2018 holds for us and all of our amazing clients! 🙏🏼 “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.” – Meghan Markle @heatherdorak @pilatesplatinum @meghanmarkle @harpersbazaarus
She doesn’t pressure herself to achieve a specific body or weight.
Although she certainly stays in shape, Markle prefers to prioritize confidence and wellbeing instead of allowing herself to get caught up with unrealistic or unhealthy expectations.
“I think being in shape just means feeling confident, being as healthy as you can,” she told Shape. “I think being happy with your size and being kind to yourself — that’s part of being in shape, too. To really just say, ‘it’s okay if I’m up a little bit this day,’ or down, whatever it is. Just own where you are and love yourself.”
She takes her much-needed time to rest.
Markle makes time in her busy schedule to relax and reset. She told The Chalkboard that one thing she does every week for her health is sweat out the toxins in an infrared sauna. She also likes to decompress by watching mindless TV, snuggling with her dogs, and enjoying a glass of wine.
“I give myself the luxury of downtime,” she told Women’s Health. “We are all so incredibly busy and juggling so many things, but I always take an hour to just decompress […] that’s all part of the investment. It’s a balance.”
Although her life will likely change when she becomes part of the royal family, her approach to health and fitness seems like something she’ll take with her. We’re just wondering if she’s going to have Prince Harry doing yoga inversions too.
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