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Camila Mendes Posts Bikini Selfie From Mexico

The Riverdale star is in Tulum, Mexico, finally on vacation.

"Hi i'm camila mendes and i'm auditioning for the role of girl on vacation," wrote the Riverdale star on Instagram this weekend. The photos—a selfie in a bikini, a beachy house surrounded by palm trees, fresh tacos, seaside surf—were taken at the Zorba Tulum Beach Homes in Mexico, a far cry from where she usually shoots in Canada. How does the star stay so fit while maintaining a healthy outlook? Read on to see 5 ways Camila Mendes 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 Bikini Photos!


She Has a Stable Routine

How has Mendes kept steady during the pandemic? "Having a stable workout routine, and creating a routine in the morning," she told Self. "My current routine is very soothing in the morning, and it gets me excited to start my day. Once I've done that routine, I feel like I can do anything. Usually, I wake up, I make my coffee, I write in my five-minute journal, I get ready for my workout, I go to my workout, then I come home and shower. And I feel like I have a whole day ahead, and I've already done so many things for myself mentally and physically. So having that routine in the morning has been really helpful."


She Meditates

"I've been trying to meditate whenever I feel like I need it," she told Self. "Whenever I feel like my heart rate's kind of high, and I'm a little anxious and on edge and unable to focus, I try to set out 10 minutes to meditate in that moment and reset and ground myself again. I use an app, Balance. I think that's really what it is—just learning the tools that you need and moments when you need them."


She Journals

Mendes uses "a journal that's made with questions—every page has morning questions and night questions, and it only takes five minutes to do," she told Self. "They're pretty straightforward questions, but they're the kind of questions that immediately get you thinking about positive things. The five-minute journal was something I already did before the pandemic. A lot of these are things I'd been doing, but now I think I do them more consistently, and I've started to appreciate and value their role in my life more."


She Knows Health is More Important Than Appearance

Mendes onces reportedly had an eating disorder. "I've only recently kind of gotten better," she told Women's Health. "It's something that's still a curse to me. It's not like that ever goes away….Whenever I do feel insecure, I go back to health. What can I do that's healthy? Health is what's important, not appearance. That mentality is what takes me out of the insecure, anxious thoughts."


She No Longer Diets

"About a year ago, I decided to stop dieting and chasing this idea of a body that I was conditioned to believe is the only acceptable shape," she captioned a photo on Instagram. "I was never concerned with weight and numbers, but I cared a lot about having a flat tummy, no cellulite, and those 'give that girl a sandwich' arms that make you look slender from every angle." "I started trusting myself, and trusting that I care enough about my well-being to make healthy choices more often than not," she wrote. "But also I started allowing myself to make 'bad' choices. Because those made me feel free, and like I wasn't trapped in an unhappy lifestyle."

Leah Groth
Leah Groth has decades of experience covering all things health, wellness and fitness related. Read more