Arabella Chi Shares Special Swimsuit Selfies
Love Island star Arabella Chi is taking a break from partying on a yacht with Leonardo DiCaprio in Ibiza, Spain, to post some swimsuit selfies. Chi, 32, shared pictures of herself posing in an animal print bikini and matching sarong, as well as a sky-blue bikini in a luxury beachside property. The British star is famous for her stunning looks and toned physique—and she's open about the hard work it takes to look the way she does. Want to know more? Here are 5 ways Chi maintains her figure and her mental health.
Chi doesn't believe in over-the-top New Year's resolutions. "People set way too big goals – once January hits we panic and set unrealistic goals for ourselves!" she says. "Consistency should be a goal, because I feel like people set goals and then lose motivation and just give up. People should say 'I'm gonna have a consistent year, that's gonna be my goal'. Don't put too much pressure on yourself by forcing yourself to go 5 or more times a week. My advice would be to start small and build up to get to where you want to be. 15 mins in the morning before work is sometimes all you need. My 3 minute 'Workout with Arabella' videos are perfect for squeezing in workouts when and where you can."
Chi's favorite snacks are hummus and oatcakes. "If there was a nutrition contest for dips, hummus would win the top prize in the 'best all around' category," says Consumer Reports Health Editor Julia Calderone. "The research suggests that people who eat a lot of pulses do tend to weigh less. They tend to have lower blood pressure, lower levels of bad cholesterol and even a reduced risk of certain diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even certain types of cancer."
Diet and Exercise
Chi loves mixing up her workouts and eating a healthy diet. "For me the key is to do different things all the time – at the moment weekly I'm doing two cardio sessions, two weight gym sessions, and two yoga," she says. "For me that's what suits my body the most and that way I don't get bored because it's less repetitive. I don't believe in cheat days, I don't cut anything out of my diet. I've tried it all – being vegan, veggie, pescatarian! If I'm craving something, I'll have it; however luckily I do love healthy food. I look at it like a circle… How does that make me feel when I've had it? You have a sugar rush and you feel great, then you come crashing down, whereas with a vegan brownie for example, it's got more nutrition so you feel better for that whole circle."
Chi treats her training as self-care, rather than a punishment to be done as quickly as possible. "It is very hard, but I make it a priority. Training makes me feel good so I don't see it as a grueling added stress to my calendar, I see it as me-time and the time I like to relax."
Mental Health Through Exercise
Chi treats exercise as a form of self-care and mental health support. "Fitness is a key form of meditation for me and I think everyone needs their own, especially in London which is such a fast-paced city," she says. "It's so important to find a sense of calmness and a time where you can just switch off and have you-time. I meditate and go to the gym. When I work out, I'm not with my phone and disconnect, and have some me-time where I switch off from the world. I think that's important."