Kristen Bell Dishes 101 Tips on Keeping Fit

I know SHAPE readers are always striving to find the next cool thing when it comes to diet and exercise, and I’m happy to share what I’ve learned.” On the eve of a milestone birthday—she’s 30—we spoke with Kristen and picked her brain about the practical but fun ways she keeps her mind, body, and spirit in tip-top shape.1. Celebrate your age!
“I don’t subscribe to the idea that aging is a bad thing,” says Kristen. “I’m extremely optimistic about what lies ahead of me. Look at Glenn Close, Helen Mirren, and Meryl Streep: They’re the best at what they do, and beautiful too!”

2. Stay in tonight
Unless she has a premiere to attend, Kristen and her fiancé, Dax Shepard, prefer to hang out at home. “I have to do these events for my job, and I enjoy them, but on a daily  basis, I’d rather get up early and go to bed early,” she says. “Our idea of an exciting night is cooking dinner for friends and playing board and card games. It may sound nerdy, but it’s fun!”

3. Save your pennies
Kristen’s always been thrifty. “I’m the only person I know who shows up at restaurants at 4:30 p.m. for the early bird special,” she admits. “One of my favorite websites is restaurants.com. You can get a $25 gift certificate for $10!”

4. Let words inspire you
“I leave stickies on my computer with quotes from Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln to help me when I need a bit of motivation,” says Kristen. “But I always go back to Eleanor Roosevelt’s words: ‘It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.’ That literally applies to every part of our lives, doesn’t it?”

5. Take the stairs
Kristen has a serious sweet tooth, so she makes an effort to take the stairs whenever she can. “If I can burn 10 calories by avoiding the elevator, I’m all for it,” she says. “More flights of stairs means I can eat more candy!”

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