Shay Mitchell, Running Magazine

Running Magazine

Shay Mitchell doesn't just play an athlete on TV, she's one in real life. And the Pretty Little Liars' star's exercises of choice? Running.

"You owe it to yourself to get out there, even if only for a mile or 10 minutes—it's good for your body, your mind and your soul," she shares in the April 2014 issue of Women's Running magazine. 

The 26-year-old also opened up about her first marathon: "Now I see why people keep running—it's so addictive. The energy [at the race] was overwhelming. I was nervous at first, but once we started going, I think I was tearing up off and on for the first 10 minutes of the race!"

Meghan Markle, Nina Agdal, Shay Mitchell,Chrissy Teigen, Beach Bowl

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Clearly her first won't be her last. And while she's prepping for her next one, she likes to keep a balance diet of salmon, kale, and, er… donuts? "Carbo-loading!" she explains of the sweets, which she likes to snack on while on the set of her ABC show.

As for the healthy salmon dish, well, you can try it out for yourself. The actress shared her go-to recipe:

1 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1 1/4 cup Italian dressing (any kind)
1 5-oz. salmon fillet
1 cup chopped broccoli
11/2 cup chopped asparagus
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Salt and pepper, to taste

"Preheat oven to 375. Mix teriyaki sauce and Italian dressing in a bowl. Pour over salmon fillet (should cover the top of the fillet) and cook in over for about 20 minutes. Cook brown rice and steam broccoli and asparagus, then mix in a bowl with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cut up cooked salmon and mix with veggies and rice. Enjoy!"

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