Skip Nav
Beginner Fitness Tips
The Top 5 Myths About Weightlifting That Need to Be Busted
Low-Calorie, No-Bake Brownies — They're Vegan, Too!
Nutritionists Recommend the Perfect Dinner Equation For Weight Loss

Hayden Panettiere Stays Fit on the Cover of Self

Hayden Panettiere Says "Save the Whales"

When I think of healthy, fit, and strong celebrities, Hayden Panettiere is one famous lady who comes to mind. How does she stay in shape? The Heroes actress lifts weights twice a week and runs 30 minutes or longer at least three days a week. But she doesn't do it to look and feel good. She does stay fit in order to stay strong and build endurance for diving. Yep, Hayden loves to free dive in the ocean (without scuba gear) and she told Self,

"I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life after a dive. Swimming works all your muscles — your core, glutes, quads, even the ones you didn't know you had, like the little ones in your feet and hands!"

Free diving sounds like a blast! Read what Hayden has to say about the state of cellulite and her body when you


"When I exercise, I just feel good. I'm not a 6-foot-tall skinny model, and yes, I have cellulite, but I'm not going to apologize for my body. If you love your body, it will love you back. Confidence is beautiful."

Staying fit allows Hayden to be strong enough to swim with dolphins because she says, "You have to swim fast to keep up!" Not only does Hayden love to swim with the ocean's creatures, but she also swims for them. She's a spokeswoman for The Whaleman Foundation, an organization dedicated to protecting marine life, which she feels very strongly about.


Even though you probably know Hayden as Claire, the invincible cheerleader on Heroes, you can also see her in another fearless role in the documentary The Cove, where she joins a protest to prevent the capture and slaughter of whales and dolphins.

Check out this video clip of Hayden free diving with dolphins.

Just to warn you, parts of this video shows extremely graphic footage of animal brutality from The Cove.

Join The Conversation
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 7 years
I have always thought she was a beauty since she was a little one appearing in movies - she has a great body image - healthy and relaxed. I also like how she isn't JUST posing in a skimpy bikini like most of the other covers.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 7 years
I love the work she's done for whales. I'm a scuba diver, but I would love to be able to free dive. Unfortunately, something about running makes me want to take a breathe every two seconds.
Meowphotog Meowphotog 7 years
Hayden rocks. I love how real she comes off as and how cool she is with her body. And man, she is buff!
jkat jkat 7 years
The pictures of her free diving are amazing. I am so insanely jealous. I kind of love her. I also appreciate that she stays at a "normal" healthy size and hasn't starved herself down to a 00. As a girl with bigger arms, I can appreciate how they don't always photograph well or look awesome in clothes, which can be frustrating. She always projects confidence and clearly has priorities outsider her looks.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I like the cover because it shows her as someone who goes out and actually swims/dives, not just a pretty girl posing in her swimsuit.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I like her; she's so down-to-earth about her body and her exercise program. She's short like me and I know that it's hard to stay positive about things when you KNOW you'll never be a 6'-tall waif. But it's cool that she does free-diving. That sounds REALLY fun!
taylvs3 taylvs3 7 years
i really like her attitude about exercise and her body.
Celebrity Engagement Ring Pictures
Freediver Underwater Footage
Tips For Teaching Your Kid to Swim
Thalia and Tommy Mottola's Wedding Pictures
From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds