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Maryse Mizanin in Bathing Suit "Loved Our Time in Cabo"

She’s a HIIT queen.

WWE star Maryse Mizanin is sharing stunning pictures from her recent trip to Cabo. The 39-year-old posted photos taken by her husband Michael Gregory Mizanin AKA "The Miz", where she is lounging in the pool in a white bikini, sipping champagne in the sunshine. "Vacations in Cabo!" she captioned the post. How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 5 ways Mizanin 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!

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She Loves HIIT

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Mizanin loves doing HIIT workouts, and encourages all women to try the method. "My favorite thing to do is HITT workouts, or high interval intensity workouts," she says. "I like to do that because I'm not really a cardio person. HITT is basically working your entire body, and it's burning [calories] for about eight to 12 hours after you work out. A HITT workout is basically three to four complexes and a complex is about three exercises that you can do about three to four times with no rest. Your heart rate is always up and you're lifting weights… Women are sometimes afraid they'll get bulky and big, but that's not true. You'll get curves and just be lean, very lean. That's the trick. Doing cardio is not really going to help in that way."

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Embracing Her Post-Pregnancy Body

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Mizanin has two daughters, Madison and Monroe, and refused to obsess about "bouncing back" on a timeline. "I've been pregnant twice in two years; when Monroe was 8 months [old], I got pregnant," she says. "I was just getting back to feeling like myself physically and looking like the way I used to. And then I got pregnant right away. It just takes time to get back to yourself. It takes nine months to make a baby, it takes nine months to [bounce back]. That's true — sometimes longer. Everything inside of you needs to go back to normal and it doesn't just happen overnight. You created a human being, you know? It takes time to get back there."

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She Takes Ice Baths

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Mizanin is a big fan of ice baths, which studies show can be especially effective after HIIT exercises. "It showed that cold water immersion was an effective recovery tool after high intensity exercise, specifically HIIT exercises," says Dr. Dominic King, a sports medicine physician in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. "Ice baths can reduce pain and inflammation. "It can numb pain receptors and bring down inflammation, so you can almost think of it as like a drug-free anesthetic."

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She Plays Golf

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Mizanin enjoys the occasional game of golf. "Golf can provide health-enhancing physical activity," says Andrew Murray, co-director of Edinburgh University's Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Group. "It can also be an effective treatment for anxiety, depression and dementia." 

"We know from several studies that even mild exercise like walking 30 minutes three times a week can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety," says Sheenie Ambardar, MD. "In addition, being outside while playing golf exposes people to natural light, which helps maintain a regular circadian rhythm and aids in the production of serotonin, which in turn reduces symptoms of depression."

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She Is Mindful of Her Diet

"I love chocolate cake," she says. "I'm French. I also love cheese and bread, so I could just live on that. But I can't do that to myself, so I have to moderate. Chocolate cake twice a week, definitely, then high protein, low carbs and low fats… Eating is 80 percent of everything. Working out for an hour is really easy, but the rest of the day is 23 hours and that's the hardest part."

Ferozan Mast
Ferozan Mast is a science, health and wellness writer with a passion for making science and research-backed information accessible to a general audience. Read more
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