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Ashley Benson in Bathing Suit "Had the Best Vacation"

Here's how she stays fit.

Ashley Benson looked every bit the Hollywood star as she hit the beach in Mexico, at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. "Had the best vacation 🍹🏝🌞 #FSPuntaMita," she captioned the photos of her having fun in a swimsuit. How does the former Pretty Little Liars star maintain her fab physique? Read on to see 5 ways Ashley Benson stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!


She Maintains Variety with Exercise

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Ashley keeps her workouts interesting by rotating them throughout the week. "I usually do Pilates three days a week for an hour, and I try to box or do SoulCycle two or three times a week," she told Health. "There are times I just want to do nothing! But then I don't feel good about myself."


She Loves Squats

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Ashley's favorite exercise? Probably squats—and not for my butt but for my legs," she told Health. "We usually do circuit training, so I'll do 25 squats, then I'll run back and forth, and then I'll do lunges to the other side of the gym both ways, run, then squats. I can't move for days!" "When it comes to using a circuit to meet your exercise goals, choosing the right work-to-rest ratio is key. Whether you want to lose weight, improve your cardiovascular health or improve your VO2max for athletic performance, proper timing of exercise verses rest time is what will lead to real results," says ACE Fitness.


She Takes Daily Naps

Ashley is a big proponent of sleep, even in the middle of the day. "I try to take an hour nap. If I don't get sleep, I found that I get really bad anxiety. I started getting panic attacks for two years straight," she told Health. "Keep naps short. Aim to nap for only 10 to 20 minutes. The longer you nap, the more likely you are to feel groggy afterward. However, young adults might be able to tolerate longer naps," says the Mayo Clinic. "Take naps in the early afternoon. Napping after 3 p.m. can interfere with nighttime sleep. Individual factors, such as your need for sleep, your sleeping schedule, your age and your medication use, also can play a role in determining the best time of day to nap."


Her Diet Is Healthy

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Ashley maintains a healthy, but balanced diet. For breakfast she eats a hard-boiled egg with iced coffee and a splash of half and half for breakfast, followed by a salad (or cheeseburger!) for lunch and fish if she is "trying to be healthy" for dinner. "Otherwise, probably a cheeseburger," she confessed to Delish


She Prioritizes Mental Health

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"I've kind of taken a step back from social media," Ashley told Elle. "I don't want to spend my life on Instagram. I think it was necessary when I was on the show and now that I'm getting into new projects, but I feel like as I'm getting older I don't want people to see everything I'm doing all the time. I think it's very important to keep your private life private. Just let the fans see my work and then I can have my own personal life."

Leah Groth
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