Kristen Bell's Bikini-Ready Secret: Stay Busy!

08/18/2010 at 10:00 AM ET

Courtesy SHAPE

After celebrating her 30th birthday last month, Kristen Bell is all about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Appearing on dual covers for the September issue of Shape, the stylish actress shares her 30 best stay-fit tips, challenging women to embrace a more balanced approach to fitness. Opting for an active lifestyle over fad diets, she admits: “I’m like a jackrabbit throughout the day and like to keep moving whenever I can.” Instead of depriving herself of caloric sweets, she makes compromises. “More flights of stairs means I can eat more candy!” And when Bell isn’t playing board games with fiancé Dax Shepard, she can be found planting vegetables in her organic garden or getting crafty at home. “I love to do projects around the house,” she explains. “I have a very old sewing machine, and if I spot something I like in a magazine, I want to see if I can make it.” To hear more from Kristen, pick up the September issue of Shape or visit for a behind the scenes look at her cover shoot. —Justine Harman

Courtesy SHAPE

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Rachel on

her ‘secret’ is that she has the bone structure of a small bird.

Jon on

Wow, that’s nice to hear! Also, Kristen Bell looks great on The Dual September Issues of SHAPE Magazine!

Brianne Givens on

She is 5’1″ tall and does not have “the bone structure of a bird”. That is one of the most bitter comments I have ever read. Be happy with your own body instead of negatively commenting on someone else. Way to go Kristen!

Fiona James on

I totally agree. I dont exercise, or follow any diets, but because I’m constantly on the move the entire day, I’m probably burning calories the whole day without the delibrate effort. I’ve maintained a size 6 all my adult life without even trying and I’m 29.

Sara on

lighten up Brianne. Rachel was just being funny. Her comment made me laugh. I’m sure Rachel admires Kristen Bell as I do. She is just so tiny and it seems to be effortless for her.

Charissa on

I like that he’s called her “financĂ©” instead of “fiancĂ©” Nice.

Shannon on

Fiona, just wait until you turn 35. haha, your metabolism will slow down and it is all different. I was also a size 6 for most of my life and then all of a sudden, your body changes.

NW Mamma on

Keeping an active routine throughout your day is not going to keep you fit and trim when you reach age 40, everything slows down. I know this from experience, used to be a size 3 my entire life until I hit 40 then up I go to size 6, and I eat better and excercise more now. So enjoy being thin while you are young, it won’t always be like that, especially if you are happy. We all seem to get heavier when we are happy.

Rachel on

@Brianne. Sara is right, I am a total KB fan. I imagine she would enjoy my sarcastic comment. I actually meant it as a funny compliment. I love birds—how is that negative? She’s petite. Right?

P.S.I am quite happy with myself thankyouverymuch.

Bellie on

Rachel, dont worry, most people would have taken that as it was intended. And it was funny :)

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