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Zendaya Wears Vivienne Westwood Chain-Link Top at Dune Photocall 

Here’s how the actress keeps herself physically and mentally fit.

Zendaya is continuing her Dune style streak. The 25-year-old actress hit a London event promoting the upcoming remake movie, showing off her fit physique in a draped, chain top and checkered skirt, both Vivienne Westwood. How does the young star keep herself both mentally and physically fit? Read on to see 8 ways Zendaya 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 Views Food As Fuel


Zendaya knows the importance of fueling up in the morning, even though she isn't a fan of eating first thing in the AM. "At some point my assistant will try to force me to eat something. I've never been a breakfast person. I love breakfast food, just not at breakfast time. I'll eat breakfast food, but it must have some Nutella on it: pancakes, berries, and Nutella. If I don't have a lot of time, I'll just eat and focus on getting dressed," she explained to Harper's Bazaar.


She Isn't Afraid of Carbs

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Zendaya is far from carb phobic. "It's bad but because I work so much, sometimes I forget to eat. I snack throughout the day, though, especially if I'm on set where there is craft service," she told Bazaar. "My go-to is a cup of noodles with hot sauce. I know it's bad for me. People are like, "Zendaya, it's high in sodium!" but it's what I want to eat." 


She Does Drink Water

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Zendaya is one of the few stars who shies away from water. "I don't drink coffee; it doesn't do anything for me. I don't drink energy drinks or soda, either. And I hate water," she told Harper's Bazaar. "I'm a juice drinker but not fancy-people juice. Like Tropicana or lemonade—not fancy."


She Doesn't Cook

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"I don't cook. I think I could cook—I can do anything I put my mind to, so I could cook. I just (a) don't like following directions, and I'm (b) too lazy," Zendaya told Harper's Bazaar. Instead, she uses Postmates to order food. 


She Eats What She Wants

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"I can have anything I want; that's the beauty of ordering food. If I'm having my favorite meal, I'll just skip right to ice cream. In fact, I get in trouble with my assistant a lot—he says I shouldn't do that. I usually try to ask everyone in the house what they want, but the final decision is mine. If I want Chick-fil-A, you guys are going to have Chick-fil-A. I will order something for you, but it will be from where I want," she told Harper's Bazaar. 


She Doesn't Like Working Out

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Zendaya isn't a fan of exercise. "I don't enjoy working out," Zendaya revealed during GQ interview's "Actually Me" segment. "I tried in quarantine." 


When She Does Exercise, She Heads Outdoors

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"I figured that I should do more physical activity," Zendaya explained to Steven Colbert about why she decided to move more during quarantine. "I was like, 'I need to start getting my blood pumping. I need to be outside more. I can't just stay inside and not do anything all day.'"


She Prioritizes Mental Health

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Zendaya revealed to British Vogue that mental health is a priority for her. "Of course I go to therapy. I mean, if anybody is able to possess the financial means to go to therapy, I would recommend they do that. I think it's a beautiful thing," she said. "There's nothing wrong with working on yourself and dealing with those things with someone who can help you, someone who can talk to you, who's not your mom or whatever. Who has no bias."

Leah Groth
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