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.