Demi Lovato is all about that fit life. The superfit singer recently launched her #Demi4Fabletics activewear collection, and she took a few minutes to talk with POPSUGAR about her health journey, her routine, and how she uses fitness to take care of her mind, body, and soul.
Demi originally started her fitness routine because she wasn't feeling her best. "I was tired of feeling lethargic and not taking care of my body," she told POPSUGAR. "I decided to change that, so I got a trainer and I started working out." It was a snowball effect from there — she now works out over six hours a week, eats exceptionally clean, and feels significantly better than before.
She uses healthy living as a form of self-care and loves what her lifestyle has done for her everyday happiness. "I believe [self-care] is like a pyramid," she said. "There are three things that you need to feel great. There's physical fitness, nutrition, and mental health."
"I think it's important to take care of yourself emotionally and physically, but mainly emotionally, because if you're not taking care of yourself emotionally, your mind can go to dark places. It's important to learn to love yourself for who you are, and accept yourself," she said.
Sundays might be a rest day for Demi, but she's going hard on the other six days a week.
"I work out six days a week and I take Sundays off," she said. "Several days I'll do an hour of cardio, and several days a week I'll do an hour of strength training. On top of that, some days during the week I'll work out for two hours where I'll do an hour of cardio and an hour of MMA, or I'll do an hour of strength training and an hour of MMA — but I don't do that every day!"
"If you're not taking care of yourself emotionally, your mind can go to dark places."
Demi noted that recently, she started adding more cardio to her routine, and she feels fantastic for it. "I feel like my stamina is up and I'm able to have longer, more rounds when I box and things like that."
But of all the ways she works out, she said, "My favorite workout is ju-jitsu. I love training ju-jitsu. When you're rolling with somebody, you're constantly thinking of defending or attacking moves, so it's kind of meditative in a way, but it's also a great workout when you're training — when you're really moving around with somebody."
"I don't eat anything if it doesn't grow or if it doesn't walk," she said, emphasizing her draw to natural, whole foods and a squeaky clean diet. "No processed foods, and not really any refined sugar or flour, but I sometimes treat myself!"
The treats in question? Chocolate and cashews. "I like cashew butter — anything with cashews! Cashew milk . . . [and] dark chocolate is really helpful when you have a sweet tooth. I don't eat out at restaurants; I have a nutritionist chef full time so I eat at my house and on the road."
The "Demi uniform" for the gym has three parts — and she likes an extra layer to intensify the sweat for each of her workouts. "It's a pair of leggings, sports bra, and a zip-up jacket so I sweat a little more," she said (you'll see a lot of these combos in the Fabletics collection).
We asked what her favorite piece is from the new collection with Fabletics; spoiler, it's the pants in the photo above (Fabletics Jordana Legging, $140). "I love the [legging] with the elastic band around the waist — I think it's super chic and sexy." Ditto.
"My favorite part about fitness is the way you feel afterwards," Demi told POPSUGAR. She's noticed a drastic change in her mood and mental health since starting her healthy regimen, so it makes sense that she'd want to keep going.
"When you're finally at the gym, you owe it to yourself to take care of your body."
But even with the best motivation, it can still be challenging to get yourself out of bed for a workout. "Seventy-five percent of the challenge is getting to the gym," she said. "Putting your clothes on, tying your shoes, getting to the gym . . . but once you're there, it's a lot easier."
Here's her advice: "Put on your clothes, do what you gotta do to get there, have some pre-workout or drink coffee . . . whatever it is! And when you're finally at the gym, you owe it to yourself to take care of your body. If you're feeling sluggish or like you don't want to work out, just remember what good it's going to do for your body and how great you're going to feel afterward."