You may always think of her as Lizzie McGuire, but Hilary Duff has come a long way since her Disney days. Especially in the past year, the health-conscious celeb has gotten a lot of attention for her fitness habits and straight talk—thanks to her call for mom bod respect and the ensuing Instagram #loveyourbod-fest.
So when we had a chance to chat with Duff—who currently stars on TV Land’s cult hit Younger—we asked about her IRL healthy habits.
The 28-year-old is all about having a blast with her workouts—and keeping the focus on how it makes her feel, not her dress size, and the accomplishments that come from everyday effort.
Here are five more smart and fun facts about Hilary Duff’s down-to-earth approach to health, fitness, and beauty.
1. Running is her go-to cardio workout on the road
The great thing about hitting the pavement is that you can pretty much do it anywhere. “I go running a lot,” she says. “I’m usually always in different cities. It’s a nice way to take in a different city if you go for a jog or a run.”
2. She doesn’t want to break the streak
Even with a packed schedule, Duff prioritizes her health and fitness routine. Her motivation to stay the course? Consistency. “I know how hard it is once you get off your routine to get back on it,” she says. She hits a cardio class three to four times a week to help her stay lean and balances that with HIIT workouts.
3. She doesn’t just work out for her looks
“Working out is just really good for my brain, my mind,” says Duff. “As much as I want to stay in shape and I think [working out] is good for me, it keeps me in a good mindset.”
4. Exercise helps her make better food choices
The Younger star’s workout streak also helps her choose good-for-you food. “When I’m working out, I definitely tend to make healthier food choices,” says Duff. “When I’m not, I feel like I get defeated and I’ll think, ‘Well I’m not working out anyway, so I might as well eat that!’”
5. She does her best
As an actress, singer, mother, and businesswoman, there are many demands on Duff’s time and energy. And like many of us, she can be hard on herself when she doesn’t check off everything on her to-do list. “We want to able to handle so much,” says Duff. “Just try to understand that you do the best you can and it’s always going to be good enough.”
Another star with major health and fitness cred? Lea Michele. We chatted with her about her fave workouts, her journaling obsession, and more.