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Lea Michele Shares Bikini Selfie on Her 35th Birthday

Here's how the star stays fit.

Glee and Scream Queens star Lea Michele just turned 35 and is "grateful for so many incredible blessings" she wrote on Instagram, sharing a "birthday photo dump" of the wonderful time she had on the beach—with a pilsner, and a birthday cake. In a few shots, she looks amazing in a bikini. "Happy birthday beautiful," commented Ashley Tisdale. "There she is in blue. Looking pretty," said Kristin Chenoweth. How does she stay so fit and serene given all that she has going on? Read on to see 5 ways Lea Michele 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 Eats Clean

"Every single thing that I put into my body is to nourish and fuel my body," she explains, according to Prevention. "I've always felt that food is fuel so what you're eating is going to help your body. So I don't eat junk food, I don't eat processed food. I keep only fresh and healthy ingredients in my home so I can feel my absolute best."


This is Her Definition of Wellness

"For me, it's about being aligned in mind, body, and spirit, and striving to find that ultimate connection between all of those factors," she told Health. Her "wellness journey began" during season 2 of Glee, when she was hopped up on eight coffees a day and eating craft services at night. "I started to learn that the better I was eating and the better I was taking care of myself, the better I was looking and performing and feeling. From there, it just started to snowball."


She Does These Workouts

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Around her 30th birthday, "I also found out that I have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), which is a very common condition. The side effects can be brutal—like weight gain and bad skin. I think because of my age, that diagnosis, and the fact that I wasn't working a job that kept me dancing every single day, I needed to integrate some sort of more formal workouts. I realized that I like workouts with a spiritual element—whether it's SoulCycle or hot yoga," she told Health.


She Knows When to Reset

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"If I find there's a moment where I'm not working my best and I can't think clearly, I need to reset," she told Health. "Sometimes that's going away or going to my therapist….Other times, it's calling my mom or sitting outside and lighting a fire with my husband, pouring a glass of red wine under the stars, and playing music. But more than waiting until I feel I need a break, self care for me is a daily practice—it's a bath with magnesium salt, it's doing a meditation, it's going to yoga. I think it's important to get something in every day to take care of yourself."


Speaking of Big Days, She Had This Health Goal on Her Wedding Day

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"If you're always taking good care of yourself, and if you're always eating right…then no matter what comes up, you don't feel like you need to adjust or increase or anything," she said, according to Prevention. "My goal is to keep on this great track that I feel like I'm already on, and then I know I'll feel great on my wedding day." Good advice for every day.

Leah Groth
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