The 5 workouts Meghan Markle swears by
-Apr 30, Hannah Hargrave, Fitness -
Meghan Markle is about to marry her Prince but she’s always been a fitness queen and we can reveal the five different workouts that keep her happy and healthy.
When it comes to exercise Meghan prides herself on giving her body the royal treatment, but this bride-to-be wasn’t handed her svelte figure on a silver platter – she works up a sweat to look this good.
“My health, my state of mind, the feeling you have after a workout; all of these things drive me to step onto my mat or go to the gym,” she insists. “Sometimes the idea of working out sounds absolutely dreadful, but I always remind myself of how good it will feel afterward. Euphoric, almost!”
From personal trainers to pilates and even workout DVDs Prince Harry’s future wife loves to mix up her exercise regimes and here are the workouts she swears by:
A love of yoga runs in Meghan’s family, but she doesn’t always go down the traditional route.
“My mom was a yoga instructor, so that practice is in my blood,” she says. “I love an intense vinyasa class and even better if it’s blasting hip-hop and done in a dark room with candlelight. The best!”
But it gives her so much more than a workout.
“There are so many benefits that come with the practice of yoga; increased flexibility and muscle strength, greater happiness, increased mental focus, a greater ability to relax, decreased anxiety and better sleep.”
Proving she’s not too posh to prance around in her living room – or when she was filming ‘Suits’ in her on set trailer – Meghan has admitted to getting her exercise fix from Tracy Anderson’s core strength DVDs.
“I’ve been doing them for six years now, and I just find the results are great. I can do 15-minute increments in my trailer on set, and at the end of the day you’ve had a full workout.”
There’s one person she must really miss now that she no longer lives and works in Toronto – her longtime personal trainer Craig McNamee.
He worked with Meghan while she was starring in ‘Suits’ and says she never wimped out when it came to their sessions.
“When she gets to the gym, there’s no real complaining,” he says. “She gets down to business right away and really enjoys it.”
She worked out three to four days-a-week with him for 45-minute circuit training workouts, which he says she still keeps up with now.
“Meghan is dedicated to her health, it’s a big aspect of her life, so for her, now it’s about keeping up with the workouts we did together, and making them count.’
Meghan doesn’t just credit plain old pilates for her figure, she loves pilates done on a machine called the ‘Megaformer’ – a suped up version of the reformer.
She claims: “It’s hands down the best thing you could do for your body. Your body changes immediately. Give it two classes and you will see a difference.”
Lucky for Meghan these classes are now popping up in London too.
Just like her future sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, Meghan enjoys running.
“If I don’t have time for a long workout, I’ll grab my dog and go for a quick run. Being active is my own moving meditation.”
Meghan says it helps clear her head and keep in shape but admits she has to be more careful nowadays.
“As I’ve gotten older, running has become hard on my knees, so I can’t run outside the way I used to.”
Just like any busy woman there are days when Meghan can’t find the time to workout, but that doesn’t mean she stays in bed and pulls the covers over her head, instead she meditates.
“On days I don’t make it to my yoga mat, I always make some time to meditate,” Meghan says. ”I was skeptical for years, but it truly does wonders!”