Elsa Pataky in Bathing Suit Celebrates "Dream Come True"
Elsa Pataky—the Spanish model, actress and wife of Chris Hemsworth—is a true friend. "So proud of my good friend @natasha_emery for making her dream come true," she captioned a new Instagram post of her in a bathing suit. "Loving her beautiful new brand @dunethelabel. / orgullosa de mi Buena amiga @natasha_emery, ha hecho realidad su gran sueño creando su nueva marva de ropa sin ninguna ayuda @dunethelabel." How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 7 ways Elsa Pataky 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 Sticks to a Routine
"I make sure I organise my time during the day and I follow a similar routine every day. For instance, I always try to fit in my exercise in the mornings – it doesn't need to be full-on workouts, but any type of movement," she tells Harper's. "I try to make sure I do at least three to four workouts a week, mostly HIITs (20-40 min of intermediate training). The days I don't, I would either surf or go horse riding."
"Once the kids are asleep, I try to meditate for 10 to 15 minutes, and I make sure I read and unwind before going to bed. At home we always try to put our phones aside just after dinner and we don't check them before bedtime, so we properly disconnect from the world for a few hours," she told Harper's.
This is How She Eats
"I make sure I eat as balanced and healthy as I can, although of course I have my cheating days," she says. "I do love cooking fresh fish in the oven or the grill, although my favourite moments are to cook and bake with my children. We always try to do it once every few weeks – from pizzas in the oven to yummy cookies," she told Harper's.
She Gets Out of Her Comfort Zone
"It's hard to define my exact philosophy but in general, I think it's important – especially with exercise – to get out of your comfort zone. When you're not moving or doing anything it's hard, but when you break that and see how good you feel after exercise, that changes something inside you. I think our thoughts and beliefs are what move us forward but they're also what hold us back. Sometimes I think, 'OK, I'm going to get out of my comfort zone today even if I really don't want to work out because I know how it feels when I do it,'" she told Marie Claire.
She Likes a Good Workout Buddy
"It's good to have friends you can train with because the day you don't want to do it, your friend will be like 'Come on, let's do it!'. You push each other and that's great. Having a partner to work out with can push you to be more competitive and it becomes something that's much more fun," she told Marie Claire.
This is the First Thing She Does Each Morning
"What's really important – and I think this is true for women who don't have kids too – is to have a good routine in the mornings, because when you have kids that goes out of the window! I always wake up before them and my ideal morning would include a cold shower. It's really good for you and gives me energy in the morning – I know it's hard in the winter, but it's such a good thing! Then I love to have a few moments of breathing or mindfulness getting ready for the day, or even two or three pages of a book instead of going straight to your phone. I don't have my phone close to my bed – I try to wake up and not just go straight to it because then you fall into everybody else's agenda, instead of organising your brain and goals for the day," she told Marie Claire.
She and Chris Created an App
Elsa and Chris created Centr Fit. "The reason we created this program was to bring together all the people we think are really good in fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness," Elsa told Women's Health UK. "I think those three things are important to keep healthy and happy. Chris put it together, but I wanted to be a part of it, too."