Ada Nicodemou always ate healthily and exercised regularly, but when she turned 41, she decided it was time to put herself "first for a little bit" and update her wellness approach.
"I was feeling tired, lethargic, and not very motivated," the Home and Away star told WHO Magazine in 2018.
To combat her rut, she signed up to Sydney trainer Lia Jones' two-month challenge, Fit Me Jones, with her partner Adam Rigby, and they both took up the 80/20 diet rule loved by the likes of Miranda Kerr.
"I'll stick to this way of eating, but it'll be 80/20 – 80 per cent sticking to it and 20 per cent relaxing it a bit. Life is to be enjoyed," she told the publication.
Since Ada and her partner took on the challenge, the brunette beauty has kept up with a strict morning workout routine, which includes a rotating schedule of Pilates, walks, personal training sessions, and weights.
The Home and Away actor walked her fans through her morning routine during an interview with New Idea.
"Each morning I start my day with either a shot of apple cider vinegar or hot water with lemon depending on the seasons," she said. "At the moment, it's hot lemon water. Next, I take a collagen supplement."
Mornings are also when Ada gets moving.
"It is hard, but I exercise every morning. It's a non-negotiable for me. I either go to the gym, go for a walk or do a PT session. I feel so much better when I do," she explained.
While chatting to Now To Love during her stint on Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars, Ada shared more insights into how she maintains her figure.
"I try and work out about four times a week. So realistically, two of those days will be early morning training sessions where I just do weights," she said.
"I love to walk outside. Even at lunchtime at work, I go for a big walk. If I don't have a lot of time, I'll do a 20-minute run, plus weight training."
Of course, the physical benefits of exercise are great, but for Ada, keeping up with her routine is also about maintaining a healthy mindset.
"Exercise is really good for me, it means I can get through the long hours at work and it's just great for my mental health. I feel good when I'm exercising!" she admited.