This month, Summer Glau, who stars in the Fox sci-fi series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, shares some workout tips with Women’s Health magazine. The show, in case you haven’t seen it, is set between the second and third Terminator movies and focuses on Sarah Connor’s battle against the rise of the robots with her savior son, John. Glau plays the new Terminator protector in the form of a teenage girl, Cameron.
Glau, 27, needs to work hard off the screen to play a kick-ass Terminator on the screen. That means working out–whenever she can. “You don’t have to work out all day to get fit. Playing a robot, I should be in the best shape of my life, but I also work 16 hours a day,” she says. “If 20 minutes is all you’ve got, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just do 3 different exercise until you’re exhausted.”
The also actress tells the magazine she prefers compound exercises that work the whole body. “I do a lot with medicine balls, lunges with upper-body movements, and plank workouts.”
A healthy diet also keeps Glau looking lean and mean. “For breakfast, I always have eggs—whole eggs. I think the fats are really important,” she notes. “I also like turkey bacon and and really hearty whole-grain bread. I am really picky about it. You need bread that’s high in fiber and low in carbs.”
And at the end of the day, Glau understands the crucial role sleep plays in staying fit. “Sleep is the most important thing you can do for yourself. People tend to gain weight when they don’t get enough sleep.”
Why does this matter to you? Because Glau understands the importance of eating breakfast, performing total body exercises and getting enough sleep—and so should you!