Add actress Rosario Dawson to the list of celebrities who aren't fans of exercise. "I'm not a big workout kind of person," she told me at a recent Adidas Energy Boost event. But while she may not enjoy the idea of sweating it out, she knows it's just part of the job. I asked the self-described reluctant runner for her strategies to make running her "go-to" workout when she needs to get in shape. Read on for her tips.
- Focus on the results: Rosario's favorite form of exercise is Pilates, but running is an essential part of her fitness regimen, she says. "I don't love running but it is my go-to if I have to get fit for something. It's [also] really great for singing [because you] get your lungs expanding," she told me. Focusing on how running helps your body feel its best can be the motivation you need to stick to your routine.
- Run when you travel: Throw a good sports bra and a pair of running shoes into your suitcase, Rosario says, and you're just about good to go. "I try to sneak in things because most of the time when I'm traveling I don't really have time to do anything," she says. That means walking "a lot," taking the stairs when she's going up to her hotel room, and running with a friend in the mornings.
- Fuel right: It's important to eat the right types of food before a run, Rosario advises, in order to have an effective workout. "[When] you start running you have that immediate burst of energy, but then you hit a pocket," she says. "You want to be able to get to the zone when you're running so you need that energy [from food], which is that backup." Rosario recommends drinking water and eating a mix of carbs and protein at least 20 minutes before a run for sustained energy throughout your workout — and, she jokes, to avoid getting "hangry" during your run.