Grueling days spent at the mercy of a personal trainer, you wonder? Eating a single lettuce leaf for lunch? Nope and nope! Lea's approach to staying fit is totally DIY—and reasonable. Check out these tips she shared on staying lithe and toned in the November issue of Women's Health.
"I'm really close with Becca [Tobin], who was on Glee with me, and we go hiking all the time," she says. "I hike on trails about four times a week; I love being outside." Her costar isn't the only one she turns to for an alfresco workout partner. Lea recently recruited boyfriend Matthew Paetz, a friend, and her pal's fiancÃƒÂ© for a wellness retreat in Malibu that involved scaling advanced trails for four days straight. "The feeling on day one was like, 'I did iiiiit! I am the strongest person on the planeeeeet!'" she says. "Day three or four was more like, 'I'm in pain. This is horrible. Dear god, just get to that bush. Get to the bush, then get to the rock. . .'"
"[Becca and I] also do hot yoga; I like exercises that have a little spirituality to them," says Lea. "It's the greatest combination of meditation, detox, and a fantastic workout."
"Emma Roberts introduced me to Pilates in New Orleans," she says. While in the Big Easy filming Scream Queens, the costars have been hitting up the Romney Pilates Center multiple times a week, switching up sessions on the Cadillac or reformer machines with floor-based workouts using BOSU balls or TRX straps.
Lea has always had a healthy perspective on food and never relied on it as a stress-soother—but she doesn't follow a strict diet, either. Whether she's keeping vegan (at home), vegetarian (often on the road), or neither (if she can get hold of responsibly raised meat), Lea focuses on quality ingredients, especially when she's dabbling in her two biggest vices: wine and cheese. "I love eating, but I eat what fuels me," she says. "And if it's not gonna fuel me, then it'll fuel my soul—like pizza."
To read more about Lea's taste of the good life, pick up the November 2015 issue of Women's Health, on newsstands now.