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Cobie Smulders on Her Laid-Back Approach to Health: No Spin, Bikram Yoga, or Strict Diets!

Cobie Smulders, Self David Gubert for SELF

While Cobie Smulders may be best known for smoldering on the silver screen as Robin Scherbatsky on How I Met Your Mother, in reality, the actress has a very laid-back approach when it comes to maintaining her enviable figure.

And her take on diet and exercise is incredibly refreshing in the fitness-obsessed world of Hollywood, as the 31-year-old stunner admits in the latest issue of Self magazine, "I've never been the person who's like, 'I've got to get a four-pack of abs!'"

But that doesn't mean the brunette beauty, who is married to SNL star Taran Killam, doesn't make her health a huge priority. So how does she maintain her stunning frame? It's all about moderation, according to the CBS star.

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"I know my body's limits. I've never enjoyed Spin classes, where they're like, 'Push it further!' I'm like, 'No. If I pull something, I can't work tomorrow,'" she tells Self, while looking stunning on the cover. "That's why I gave up Bikram yoga. One day I basically found myself in a split, and I was like, 'Oh! I'm so flexible!' The next day: 'I can't move.' So I started doing Yin yoga. It's 90 minutes of intense stretching. You hold each pose for five minutes. It's a stress reliever. The warrior poses are great for building muscle."

The brunette beauty tells the mag she tries to "take an exercise class twice a week" and revealed that her favorite workout is The Bar Method because "I'm not a sweaty mess when we get to my favorite part of class -- the end."

She also takes a similar approach to her diet, eating healthy while also indulging in her favorite foods from time to time.

"My usual day: a green smoothie for breakfast -- if I want to get fancy, it's eggs on arugula -- fruit for a snack, a salad with protein for lunch, and fish and quinoa for dinner," she said. "I'll have pasta two out of seven meals. And if I have 3 bites of my husband's mac & cheese, I don't kill myself! I just slowdown and enjoy it, instead of shoveling it in my face."

As for her beauty regimen? The actress treats herself to a facial every few months, which she says is like "getting your car washed" and she also swears by her Clarisonic exfoliating brush.

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Cobie Smulders, Self David Gubert for SELF

"It sounds and looks like a sex toy, so when I use it, I'm like, 'I'm doing something for my face, honey! It's for my face!'" she says.

And her fearless and laid-back take on life has led to find true happiness.

"When I was younger, my life was about getting to the next level. 'If I just get another season of this show, it's going to be OK'…But I've learned if you package your happiness with if-only goals, you'll never really be happy. There's always something more you'll want. So, now, I just try to stay present and remember how awesome I have it."

Wise words, girl.

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