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Nina Agdal in Bathing Suit Enjoys "Cali Sunshine"

Here’s how she stays fit.

Nina Agdal, the Danish swimsuit model who appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue alongside Chrissy Teigen and Lily Aldridge, is still one of the best in the business. She posted two selfies of herself lounging in a green bathing suit with her hair curled and flowing. Agdal captioned the post, "Cali sunshine." How does she stay so fit? "Finding that inner voice is the biggest trick. It starts by letting go and not being so tough on ourselves," she has said. Read on to see 5 ways Nina Agdal 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 Eats A Balanced Diet

Agdal spoke about her wellness routine at the Thursday Boot Co. NYFW Presentation in 2017. She revealed that she believes in eating a balanced diet and believes in eating food that she actually likes. ​​"I try to keep it a fine balance. I eat a lot of vegetables, obviously, like there's no secret to it — what everyone tells you, eat your veggies, lean protein, fish mostly, but also be able to have a meal that you enjoy. Whether it's a burger or pizza, whatever it is, and just work out regularly."


She Works Out Because She Likes It

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Agdal also spoke about her approach to fitness at the Thursday Boot Co. NYFW Presentation. She shared that she doesn't work out to lose weight, but rather because she likes it. "I work out five to six days a week for an hour at least, and I do it because I feel better after. Not just because it's supposed to be good for you, but I like it, I like the way I feel."


She Remembers To Work Out While She's Traveling

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It can be difficult to work out while you are traveling or on vacation, but Agdal says that she makes sure to. When StyleCaster asked what her advice for working out on vacation was, Agdal answered, "Don't consider it a vacation from the gym. You should always get your sweat in for an hour." She tells W: "I think we have to all give ourselves a little bit of grace when we're traveling. It's really hard keeping up with any sort of workout schedule when you're thrown off your routine and not in your normal environment. When I'm traveling, if I just get that 15 or 20 minutes in, (on the mat or on a towel or going for a jog outside to see where I am) it's always extremely helpful for me mentally. The most important thing I always tell people is to create great playlists that make you want to move. I always tell people, 'Don't bother bringing [equipment] with you. You can always use water bottles, you can use towels, you can go outside and use a chair.' But just make sure you have your playlist ready."


She Loves Yoga

Agdal loves to practice yoga to stay in shape. And there is a specific type of yoga class that she likes to take. "I do a bunch of Y7 yoga, which is amazing because it's dark and nobody's judging you," she told Health. Yoga "helps with balance and strength and flexibility, which really, all of us need," says mind and body instructor Colleen Pelkey to the Mayo Clinic. "It can reduce the inflammation in our bodies. It helps with digestion. It just gets everything moving." Says the Clinic: "Through poses and meditation, yoga helps you focus on your body, breathing and relaxing. So you can tune out the demands of our busy world, and find balance." "Anybody can benefit from yoga."


She Launched Her Own App

"I wanted to create The Agdal Method to start spreading the word that it's not about how long you spend in the gym, going to a workout for 60 minutes and torturing yourself, or only drinking green juices and eating lettuce," she said of her own app, which launched two years ago, to W. And here's her best wellness advice: "The first thing that comes to my mind is: don't be so hard on yourself. I think especially with women, we're just so tough on ourselves in terms of if we eat a piece of cake, then the next day, we have to torture ourselves in the gym, or if we go to the gym and don't give it 150 percent then it's not good enough. That mentality is what will almost make your body reject what you're doing."

Anna Bechtel
Anna Bechtel is a freelance writer currently based in Hamden, CT. Read more
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