Skip to content

    Women's Health

    Font Size

    Personal Best: Q&A With Archie Panjabi

    The British actress talks about beauty, food, and her laid-back exercise regimen.

    How do you stay in shape?

    I do a lot of walking, although occasionally I will run, as well as regular meditation and some yoga. These things are great because I can do them wherever I am -- whether I'm traveling or on set. I don't have a trainer, but one of my friends is one and she taught me a bunch of strength-training moves so I can do it on my own. I guess you could say that I prefer peaceful exercise. It keeps me centered and calm. But I also have just learned to find ways and time to work out, no matter where I am. And walking is perfect for that.

    What's your antidote to a really stressful day?

    A nap. Honestly, sometimes the best thing when you're really stressed is to just sleep it off. People can get obsessed with magical pills and potions, but sometimes there's nothing better than sleep. I find that I sort things out while I sleep!

    You have a day off: Describe your ideal way to pass the time.

    All I'd want is to wake up after a good rest, and to start with my favorite tea (from Fortnum and Mason), a beautiful teapot, and my bone china. A nice breakfast at home, and then a long walk. I know it's awfully British-sounding of me, what with the tea and all!

    Where in the world have you never been but are dying to go?

    Japan. I am a huge fan of Japanese food and bars but more than that, it's their whole culture of creating a calm atmosphere. They spend a lot of time and effort on it, and I love that.


    1 | 2 | 3
    Reviewed on September 14, 2012

    Today on WebMD

    hands on abdomen
    Test your knowledge.
    womans hand on abdomen
    Are you ready for baby?
    birth control pills
    Learn about your options.
    Is it menopause or something else?
    woman in bathtub
    bp app on smartwatch and phone
    estrogen gene

    Send yourself a link to download the app.

    Loading ...

    Please wait...

    This feature is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.


    Now check your email account on your mobile phone to download your new app.

    Blood pressure check
    hot water bottle on stomach
    Attractive young woman standing in front of mirror