WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE FORMS OF EXERCISE?
I love strength training – it makes me feel strong and confident. I think compound movements are the best to target different muscle groups and they’re great when you have a busy schedule like me! Recently, I’ve also fallen in love with skipping and our Tone & Sculpt ‘Sculpt It’ guide – 28-minute workouts combining resistance and cardio exercises in circuit-based routines.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL WORKOUT WEEK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
I usually train four to five times a week, following the Tone & Sculpt app programmes. My workouts will be split across different muscle groups and I stick to the same workout programme for around three weeks before changing it up.
HOW STRICT ARE YOU WHEN IT COMES TO WHAT YOU EAT?
I think the word ‘strict’ is really negative. We need to change up our language when it comes to food, and remember a holistic approach to eating is key. I aim to eat a wholesome meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner, containing all macro and micro nutrients, from key vitamins to protein, carbs and fats. I always have snacks on me, such as dates, popcorn or chocolate, and I love all meals, from grilled chicken, to pizza, to my mum’s home-cooked meals. The key is being mindful and nurturing your body with food that keeps you energised, satisfied and well.
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THERE ARE MANY FAD DIETS AROUND – WHAT ARE YOUR KEY PRINCIPLES FOR EATING?
We need to remember food isn’t the enemy. Often, it’s the wording around food that confuses people. We need to stop calling things ‘sweet treats’ or ‘cheat meals’ and instead just embrace food and know it’s what we need to thrive. I try my best to eat mindfully and make sure my plates are balanced, with veggies, protein and carbs. I eat desserts, I snack and I eat when I’m hungry. I also make sure I’m drinking plenty of water. I love cooking – I think we’d all love eating more if we realised how simple it can be to make balanced, nutritious meals.
WHAT ARE YOUR SECRETS TO STAYING IN SHAPE?
I’ve learnt to love my body and make myself a priority – self-love and self-care are really important to make fitness a part of your lifestyle. I schedule my workouts so I don’t miss them and I meal prep, so I never go hungry. I don’t deprive myself of the food I want to eat and I make sure I do what I need to do to make myself feel happy, positive and energetic.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT EXERCISE?
My workouts have all been designed, tried and tested by me, so I know they will challenge you, keep you interested and make you feel stronger. I combine a lot of compound movements and I love having a different finisher – it keeps things interesting and shows you that you can achieve whatever you put your mind to.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE MAIN MOTIVATIONAL BARRIERS TO EXERCISE?
I write a lot about this in my book. ‘Motivation’ is a word we throw around a lot, but I think we simply need to focus on building consistent habits and a routine when it comes to exercise. Just like we do with work or paying our bills at a certain time, we need to have similar deadlines when it comes to scheduling our workouts. We also need to remember that fitness isn’t a 14-day fix, it’s for life. Once we realise that, the motivation doesn’t matter any more – it will be there when you want it to be, but even if it’s not, you’ll still smash every workout.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ANYONE WANTING TO GET IN BETTER SHAPE?
Remember you matter – you’re doing this for you, to feel good about yourself. It’s not about the ‘shape’ or end result. Fitness is about how it makes you feel – it’s about the confidence, buzz and that feeling of excitement when you’re midway through a workout and you know you’re going to power through and win – for yourself! It’s not a race, it’s about consistency and showing up for yourself.
HOW CAN PEOPLE FIT EXERCISE INTO A BUSY SCHEDULE?
Planning is key. I schedule my workouts in my diary – by doing this, I don’t need to stress about them, as I know I’ll fit them in. If I need to, I set my alarm earlier to not miss a workout on days where I have more meetings than usual. Of course, things come up and last-minute changes can be annoying, but having the intention to work out is the key to even getting a quick 15-minute session in – and there are tonnes of 15-minute workouts on the Tone & Sculpt app. I make sure I’m prepped, too, so my kit will be packed, or I’ll wear it in the morning to make working out a little easier if I’m on the move.
YOUR NEW BOOK, DO THIS FOR YOU, SOUNDS VERY EMPOWERING! TELL US ABOUT IT. Fitness is for life – it isn’t just about weight loss or about reaching one particular goal. It has everything to do with making you feel the best you can be, from confidence to work to relationships – it’s a mindset and that’s why I was very particular about the type of book I would write – you need to work on your mindset for exercise to become a mindset.
WHAT WILL READERS LEARN FROM READING YOUR BOOK? This book is everything to do with creating a fitness mindset that is positive, encouraging and champions every woman, no matter who they are or where they are from. It’s every woman’s pocket toolkit to understand how to prioritise themselves, why they matter and how fitness can be a part of their day-to-day life – it’s everything I’ve spent years learning and everything I wish I had at the start of my journey. I’ve poured my heart, mind and soul into it, and I want everyone who reads it to know they’re part of my familia, and that they can reach out to me whenever they want.
IN THE BOOK, YOU TALK ABOUT FINDING YOUR ‘WHY’. WHY IS THIS SO IMPORTANT? Knowing your ‘why’ is what keeps you going. Motivation comes and goes, but if we keep at the forefront of our mind why we do what we do, we won’t ever give up. Your why is your purpose – whether it’s to feel more energetic, to have more energy to play with your kids, or to be carrying your own shopping way past 70 – your why is what will make that happen.
ANY FINAL WORDS OF ADVICE? I’m not into quick fixes or a ‘one size fits all’ philosophy when it comes to fitness. Fitness is learning and understanding your lifestyle, breaking your own limits and knowing anything and everything is possible – and I hope everyone who reads my book finishes it feeling confident and ready to do this for themselves.