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Nina Dobrev in Crop Top Promotes New Movie "Love Hard"

Here’s how the star keeps herself so fit.

Nina Dobrev is promoting her new Netflix movie — and showing off her totally chiseled abs! During a press event for her new show, Love Hard, which hit the streaming service on Friday, the former Vampire Diaries star flashed her midsection in a sparkling black crop top and matching flared pants. How does the 32-year-old keep herself so fit? Read on to see 8 ways Nina Dobrev 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 Loves Exercise

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Nina doesn't have to force herself to break a sweat—she actually enjoys it. "I just love working out," she told Women's Health. 


She Mixes Up Her Workouts

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"Doing something different [each day] has been the most fun, and I've seen the most benefit because you shock your system," she explained to Women's Health. Yoga, HIIT, and boxing are a few of her favorites. She added to Shape that strength training has been a serious game-changer for her body. "I actually did not do a lot of [strength training] in the past-I only did yoga and ran in terms of training. Strength training with weights and such a regimented schedule has been new to my life, and now that I understand the way it all works, the science behind it, it's changed everything for me."


She Eats Lots of Small Portions


Nina keeps herself constantly fueled with food. "I used to eat three full meals and then I would not be able to move after each meal. I would be so full and tired. Now, I eat all the time but portion control is what's important for me-I'm eating more in total but not more at a time," she explained to Shape. "Basically, I aim to have the size of my thumb in fat, the size of my palm in protein, and then unlimited veggies. I wish I'd learned this in school."


She Juices

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Nina hydrates with nutritious juices, sometimes adding collagen peptides for protein. "When I'm sick or not feeling great, I'm all about the juices," she told Well+Good. "It seems like the worse the taste, the better it is for you, so I do ginger, garlic, cayenne pepper, oregano oil—ugh, double ugh— lemon, everything."


Music Is Her Motivation

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"Music is a big part of my training and my life. Before I had a trainer I would go to the gym and go on the treadmill and whenever it was the chorus I would sprint and whenever it was not the chorus I would just jog. If there's a beat I can usually get into a groove and sense what's happening and if something burns I just plow through it because the music is what drives me," she told Shape.  


She Is a (Workout) Morning Person

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Nina works out in the AM. "You need to make a decision-do I want to look and feel a certain way and put the work into it? I see the difference so I make the time for it on set. I would wake up an hour earlier. Even though I was exhausted after a 12-hour day and did not want to work out, I did it because I always knew I would feel better after," she explained to Shape. "I do it first thing when I wake up because then I can't make up an excuse for it, like being tired later on in the day. Because usually by 6 p.m. you're just like, I have no energy. I've done all the things I've done! I don't want to do anything else! I just get it done in the morning."


She Is Active Outdoors

Nina spends a lot of time outdoors, engaging in activities that double as exervise. Hiking, skiing and riding bikes are just a few of the ways she burns calories al fresco. 


She Eats Healthy "Some Days"

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In a new Q&A with Wired, Nina dished on her diet. I eat a lot of things. I eat healthy some days. I eat really bad some other days. I eat all kinds of yummy, like vegan burgers. I like making gluten-free pastas. I like cooking a lot, which is fun and also time consuming, but it feels sort of like, it's a great way for me to unwind at the end of the day.

Leah Groth
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