Rashida Jones has been #1 on our “potential celebrity BFF” list for a long, long time. We’ve rooted for her as Karen on The Office, related to her dating blunders as Ann on Parks and Recreation, and laughed at her bumbling detective work on Angie Tribeca. No matter what she’s doing, Jones has always seemed like she can handle her business. At age 41, she’s been in the spotlight for years…but even with Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton as parents, she’s always seemed, well, normal.
Read on for our favorite Rashida Jones-inspired wellness tips worth incorporating into your daily life—including advice on the best TV show to watch if you’re in a workout slump.
1. Follow your workout instincts.
Jones wouldn’t consider herself a “[workout] freak,” she explained to Women’s Health. Instead of sticking to one workout, she’ll let herself go through phases and isn’t afraid to switch up her routine. “I’ll go through stages when I get really into something; like, I’ll start running six times a week,” said Jones. “Right now I’m into Pilates three times a week, which is great because it makes me feel strong.”
2. Fitness inspiration can come from anywhere.
This may be the first time when watching TV has actually helped someone to get off the couch. Jones told Health that her workout inspiration comes from the unlikeliest of places: Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. “Those dancers are ridiculously strong and amazing,” she said. “It makes me want to move my body (in a much less graceful way).” And judging by her Instagram post, she’s definitely picked up some moves:
3. Embrace your age.
At age 41, Jones is a beauty ambassador for Almay. She spoke to The Cut about how easy it was for her to accept her age: “[Fear of aging] feels like a sales tool. It’s just a way to get people to keep consuming things, but then you have to try to get this thing that’s unattainable. You’re never going to stop aging. We’re born and then we start getting older.”
4. Identify a wellness role model.
With an icon like Peggy Lipton for a mom and music legend Quincy Jones as a dad, we imagine Jones learned a lot around her kitchen table. It turns out that her mom taught her the importance of a “good sweat.” As Jones explained to Good Housekeeping, “[my mom] has always been holistic about beauty—she puts on sunblock, drinks a ton of water, takes care of herself, meditates. I’m less strict, but I do meditate, eat well, work out. And I love being in nature with no mirrors—just trees and a good sweat.” Your health icon could be your mom, your sister, a friend, or even an Instagram star.
5. Focus on the post-sweat glow.
Jones hates exercise “more than anything when I am on my way to the gym,” she told Health. We’ve all felt that pending dread at the thought of an upcoming workout. But Jones still gets her butt to the gym by focusing on how she’ll feel afterwards. “I love exercise more than anything as soon as I leave the gym and for the rest of the day,” she said.
6. Be who you are.
Jones spoke to The Cut about finally feeling represented in the industry—even if she had to be the one to represent herself. “I’m definitely not a model. I’m lucky; I have good-looking parents. But I love the idea of being able to be my age,” she said. “To be what I am, which is black, Jewish, and biracial—I don’t have to subscribe to some other thing to be beautiful and that’s good. Women want to see themselves represented, so they can feel like what they are is beautiful.” Embrace the fact that there’s no one exactly like you.
7. Step out of your fitness comfort zone.
“After work, I try to get to Pilates, yoga, spinning, or my trainer,” Jones told Marie Claire. “I just started taking salsa lessons. It’s my new favorite thing.” Push yourself to try a new workout—it might not be your thing, but it could be your new favorite. You never know unless you give it a shot.