Not only are Vampire Diaries stars Claire Holt (Rebekah) and Phoebe Tonkin (Hayley) best friends and castmates (for the second time!), the girls have bonded over their love affair with fitness.

Back in November, Phoebs and fellow Aussie Teresa Palmer launched their health and wellness blog, YourZenLife, and have taken to interviewing like-minded gals about their diet and exercise regimes. Turns out, Claire gets pretty serious when it comes to staying in shape, and to top it off, she does it for a good cause!

Sitting down with her pal, Phoebe grills Claire about competing in the 26th Annual Malibu Triathlon, which raised funds for the LA Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cancer Research Program.

 

Phoebe: How long did you train for beforehand? Were you on a rigorous training schedule?
Claire: I started training properly around 3 months before the event. I had always been a swimmer and runner but never a cyclist, so that was the leg I focused on the most. It was tough to follow a specific schedule as my work dictated when I could and couldn’t train, but I somehow managed to fit it all in. I tried to swim and run once a week and cycle twice. I also cross-trained when I could.
 
Phoebe: You are a very healthy eater anyway, but did you have to change your diet to prepare for the race while you were training?
Claire: I had to increase my carbohydrate intake to keep my energy levels up. I also tried to stick to healthy protein and vegetables as the base of every meal. I also drank coconut water frequently to rehydrate. I definitely indulged a little more than normal because I was burning plenty of calories. I can’t go a day without chocolate!

Phoebe: You came in first in the celebrity female division with a time of 1:44:34. That’s amazing! How did you keep yourself motivated during the race?
Claire: It was probably one of the most painful things I’ve ever pushed myself through. It’s not in my nature to give up, especially when I was participating for such a great cause. On the final leg, I kept repeating to myself, “When you’re legs give out you run with your heart.” The great crowd and loud cheering helped too!

Phoebe: You’re very philanthropic, and when you are in Atlanta filming Vampire Diaries you help out at a women’s shelter and look after the new born babies. Was this something that was instilled in you from a young age?
Claire: Absolutely. I was always taught about the importance of giving back and helping those less fortunate. I think it’s also incredibly rewarding. One of the greatest gifts in life is giving time and giving love. It helps me to stay grateful and happy.


Source: YourZenLife