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Kelsea Ballerini Shares Bikini Selfie on Day Off

Here’s how the country star stays mentally and physically fit.

Kelsea Ballerini is enjoying a little R&R! The country music darling, 27, shared a bikini selfie from her getaway in San Diego, an "off day," looking fresh-faced and relaxed in a ruffled cream bikini. How does the singer stay mentally and physically fit despite her demanding career? Read on to see 7 ways Kelsea Ballerini 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's All About Routine

In an interview with Shape, Kelsea relieved that routine is a big part of her lift. "To be honest, routine always sounded boring, but now it's something that helps me feel like I'm in control of my life. I'm baby stepping my way into it. Little things, like when you get out of bed, make the bed. Get outside for 30 minutes a day. Sit on the porch. Take the dog for a walk. I'm building that into my life, and it's not boring at all. It's really helping me feel that ownership of my life that I need," she explained. 

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She Takes Me Time

GEORGE, WASHINGTON – JULY 30: Kelsea Ballerini performs during the 2021 Watershed music festival at Gorge Amphitheatre on July 30, 2021 in George, Washington. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Kelsea makes sure to take time to herself in order to regenerate. "I used to think 'me time' was so narcissistic, but now I realize it's necessary," she explained. "I have a SoulCycle bike, and I love to do that. I am a hot-bath fanatic. I have all my essential oils, and I do that pretty much every night. I can show up in a more present way when I'm taking time for myself too."


She Is a Firm Believer in the 80/20 Method

BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN – JULY 17: Kelsea Ballerini performs during Faster Horses Festival at Michigan International Speedway on July 17, 2021 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)

Moderation is key for Kelsea when it comes to diet. "I've always been an 80/20 person as far as food and drinking. I try to do what's good for me 80 percent of the time. The other 20 percent of the time, I just enjoy my life," she explained. "I run through the McDonald's drive-through once a month, and it's fine. Sometimes I'll have a little too much wine, and that's OK too. I've spent so much of my life feeling guilty for things that I eat or having an unhealthy relationship with food or the gym or whatever. So I just try to be nice to myself and do what's good for me. And when I don't, I start again the next day."


She Does Strength Training

GEORGE, WASHINGTON – JULY 30: Kelsea Ballerini performs during the 2021 Watershed music festival at Gorge Amphitheatre on July 30, 2021 in George, Washington. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Kelsea has been working out with Erin Oprea for five years. "We're on Zoom three days a week and do a lot of strength training intervals, where you alternate two exercises until you've burned that muscle group, then move on. We cram it all into 45 minutes and call it a day," she told Shape. 


She Exercises to Feel Good

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – JUNE 09: Kelsea Ballerini wins the CMT Performance of the Year award for the 2021 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 09, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT)

Kelsea explained to Health that her workouts are empowering and as much about keeping her mind healthy as her body. "I guess I always had this thought that trainers just yell at you until you cry. But with Erin, she definitely pushes me, but she also just makes me feel really empowered when we work out," she explained. "Afterward, I never feel stressed or exhausted; I always feel good, like I just accomplished something. Erin's really encouraging like that."


She Does Lots of Different Workouts

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – JUNE 09: In this image released on June 9th <> poses on set for the 2021 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/2021 CMT Awards/Getty Images for CMT)

In an interview with Nashville Edit, Kelsea emphasized the importance of finding a workout you like. "There are so many different kinds of moving. Going to the gym or running on the treadmill, which I personally hate and tried for years, isn't the only way to exercise. I love any kind of cycle class because the music is super loud, the lights are dark, and I can shut my eyes and feel like I am at home with my headphones on. I also love Pilates for building long, lean muscle," she explained. "Working out, something I used to dread, is now something that I look forward to because it boosts my stamina onstage and makes me feel much more clear-headed and, in my body, too."


She is Good to Herself

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MAY 23: Kelsea Ballerini poses backstage for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, broadcast on May 23, 2021 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for dcp)

Kelsea told Nashville Edit that she practices self-love. "I don't shame myself if I screw up. I don't make myself feel bad if I have a cheat meal or even a cheat day. I've struggled with body image my entire life and knew if I was going to be an artist, I had to figure my" stuff "out. I don't diet. I like my legs. I hate my stomach. I try not to stress about it. If I start to feel" bad "about myself, I get off Instagram and stop comparing myself to others. I do the best I can."

Leah Groth
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