How Actress Shay Mitchell Stays Fit and Focused, in Her Own Words
You may know actress Shay Mitchell from her roles on television shows such as Pretty Little Liars, You, and Dollface. And if you’ve seen her Instagram account, you know she’s also busy with her own Tequila and travel accessories brands, as well as a toddler. Now, you can get a firsthand look at how Shay gets fit by following along with her as she goes through 4 Weeks of Focus, exclusively on Openfit.
Led by friend and personal trainer Kelsey Heenan, this four-week HIIT and metabolic resistance program follows Shay and her accountability partner, Steph Shep, as they put in the work to get their health and fitness back on-track.
We checked in with Shay to get her feelings before starting the program, her thoughts on working out as a new mom, and her plans to stay committed.
OPENFIT: How large a role has fitness played in your life?
SHAY MITCHELL: Fitness has always been an integral part of my life. My dad was always very active and taught me at a young age about the importance of maintaining your health and taking care of your body… “You only have one, after all!” As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to appreciate this even more, and I always feel my best when I’m eating healthy, being active and sleeping well. Health is not just about working out, it’s about taking care of your body from a 360-degree view.
Has it been more challenging to stay active as an adult?
I definitely find it challenging now that I have a toddler running around! There are times when I make excuses about what I’m eating or how I’m moving. As humans we can literally always make excuses and let ourselves get off-track, but you also have to prioritize yourself and find the time. We’re all happier, better versions of ourselves when we feel our best.
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How did your relationship with your health change after having a child?
It was very hard for me to find the time to take care of myself and my health — or, more honestly, to want to find the time with everything else that I was doing. Once I started to recover and get more into the swing of motherhood, I got the itch to start working out and taking care of myself again. Not only do I want to set a good example for my daughter, but I also know I will be more energized after working out and eating healthy. As a new mom you NEED that energy!
What’s the most challenging thing for you about working out and eating healthy?
Making it habitual. I like to indulge and treat myself any day of the week, so it’s always easy for me to get off-track. Indulging myself has been taken to a whole new level during quarantine, and at times it has been super difficult to feel motivated to work out and be healthy. This year I’m trying to be more realistic and integrate a few things that I can commit to definitely doing, and then continue to expand from there, as opposed to trying to make big, sweeping changes that have not stuck in the past.
How are you feeling before starting 4 Weeks of Focus? What do you think will be the biggest challenge?
I’m feeling super excited! After a long year and an indulgent holiday season I am not feeling my best. I’m feeling very out-of-shape and am looking forward to whipping myself back into form and increasing my energy as a result.
What’s going to help you stay focused on your goals?
Having an accountability partner definitely helps, but so does reminding myself how good I feel at the end of the workout, and how gratifying and energizing it is to be healthy.
What does it feel like to go from TV acting to filming a workout program?
It feels great. There are no lines to remember!