RUNNER, SWIMMER, YOGI, MOTHER.
A bit about me
I was brought up in a family where getting outdoors and being active were the norm. Family holidays meant lots of walking on the North York Moors, trips to outdoor activity centres where we could go climbing and kayaking, and sports camps at the local athletics stadium. We went to dance and gymnastics classes, competed for our local swimming club and played netball, hockey and rounders for the school teams. Exercise was never about the number of hours spent in the gym or the number of calories burnt, but about being part of a team, trying something new and having fun.
This is an approach to exercise that I have carried through into my adult life. I’m most happy when I’m moving, be that in a pool, yoga studio or on a running trail. I love trying out new activities, and having a baby has been a great opportunity to take part in a variety of mum and baby fitness classes (with varying degrees of success!).
Having a healthy diet and one which is kind to my body and the planet is also important to me. I took the decision to stop eating meat when I was eight years old, and just over eleven years ago I gave up animal products altogether. Over the past few years it’s been so great to see the growth of the plant-based movement and fantastic to enjoy all of the new vegan products on the market. I’m so excited to be raising my daughter at a time when the acceptance and awareness of the importance of going meat-free seems to be at an all-time high.
Relaxation, getting outdoors and being body confident. I harbour a long-term ambition of being that super-zen yogi that seems to be at every yoga studio, but I’m usually the late, frantic, sweaty one at the back.
Working out with a baby; even grabbing a quiet 15 minutes on my yoga mat is a challenge nowadays and going on runs is contingent on another pair of hands to help take care of the tiny girl. Plus there is the usual dose of mum guilt for taking time out to train.
Kitchen equipment I couldn’t live without
A sharp knife and a spoon. A few camping trips have taught me that as long as you have something to cut and eat with, oh and an open fire, you can cook up a feast.
Health & fitness goal
Enjoying every workout, staying injury free and enjoying my body for what it can do rather than how it looks – all easier said than done.
My health tips
Eat plants, move often and surround yourself with people who inspire and motivate you.
Foods I can’t resist
Crunchy peanut butter, Oatly oat milk and Vego vegan chocolate.
Favourite healthy snack
Sun Warrior vanilla protein shake made with avo, banana and frozen berries; porridge with dates and walnuts; peanut butter and apple on rye toast.
Running and swimming (choosing between would be like choosing between two children!)