What gets the ac­tress and star of The Vam­pire Diaries go­ing? Puppy kisses, in­frared yoga and a night in with her squad

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Ac­tress Nina Do­brev


I’m not hu­man un­til I’ve had my cof­fee. Af­ter the alarm clock goes off – and my dog Mav­er­ick makes me get up by lick­ing my face – I head to the kitchen to make an Amer­i­cano. Then I blend ve­gan pro­tein and col­la­gen pow­der with half a ba­nana, al­mond milk, co­conut and peanut but­ter and ice – once I’m fed, I can func­tion.


I’m a nightmare if I don’t get be­tween seven and eight hours’ sleep ev­ery night. But all the trav­el­ling I do means that I reg­u­larly need to catch up on rest. That’s why, on a very rare day off, you’ll find me at home, curled up on the sofa with a book – I love get­ting lost in thrillers, like Dead Cer­tain by Adam Mitzner. I’d rel­ish the chance to spend a whole day be­ing lazy and no use to any­one ex­cept my­self.


I fly a lot for work, which seems to suck all of the mois­ture out of my face. I make sure I drink wa­ter reg­u­larly while I’m in the air and ap­ply a layer of Dior Hy­dra Life Fresh Hy­dra­tion Sor­bet Crème (£45.50, John Lewis) be­fore I board. Not only does it re­hy­drate my skin, it has the yum­mi­est cash­mere-like feel on my face.


I’m not shy when it comes to try­ing out new well­ness trends – and I’m spoilt for choice in LA. Last year, I had cryother­apy, and I even tried a cleans­ing sweat lodge. On my list for 2018 is in­frared yoga. It’s al­ways in­ter­est­ing to find new ways to push my body’s lim­its.


As a child, I trained in gym­nas­tics, which in­stilled dis­ci­pline in me and a love of chal­leng­ing my body. Cre­at­ing my new #Liken­ina Grit work­out with Reebok and Les Mills was the hard­est thing I’ve ever done – but also one of the best. The ex­plo­sive car­dio moves leave me to­tally ex­hausted but flooded with en­dor­phins and feel­ing like a rock star.


My daily half-hour work­outs with my trainer Lissa Bankston* are tough but I savour ev­ery minute of them. I see it as time for me to do some­thing good for my body – nor­mally I’m so caught up with what ev­ery­one else needs from me.


I re­cently started re­watch­ing old films and I love Goldie Hawn clas­sics like Death Be­comes Her and Over­board. I made the mis­take of watch­ing an­other oldie, The Bridges Of Madi­son County, on a flight to New York. Meryl Streep’s per­for­mance made me cry so much, the other pas­sen­gers must have thought I’d lost my mind.


I’m not the type to wal­low when things don’t go my way. Life’s ups and downs have taught me that laugh­ter is the best medicine for bad days, so when I have one, I call up my hi­lar­i­ous girl­friends and in­vite them over.

Nina Do­brev is a Reebok X Les Mills am­bas­sador; liken­ina

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