Some of you have asked if I can share some tips about exercise and healthy eating and I feel so flattered so many of you value my opinion on this. I will say straight away that there are most definitely other people out there that know more about this than I do but of course I am more than happy to share :)
How to start running
This year I started running, and I too was completely out of breath after 5 minutes in the beginning, and I hated it. The solution for me was to get up in the mountains and alternate between walking and jogging along the trail with some good music in my ears. The steep hills made my thighs much stronger and eventually my breath got better as well. When I started both feeling and seeing results I was hooked! I walked/jogged about 3-4 times a week for about 90 minutes each time. I walked/jogged to a point which was about 45 minutes away form my home, sat down and did some rock lifting, and then I walked/jogged home again.
If you don’t live nearby a mountain you would get the same results by running a track including lots of steps, both up and down. You should aim to jog to a point which is about 45 minutes away from your home, because as you have to get home again you would be sure to get your full 90 minutes. You should also get yourself some Nike shoes with a nike+ chip inside to track your progress. If you do more walking than jogging that’s ok, getting out there is what matters. JUST DO IT!
How to run without having to stop
When the walk/jog evolved into jog/run/walk and I became stressed if I didn’t get to run I decided to get myself a treadmill at home. That’s been one of my best investments ever! Running on a treadmill is very different to running outside so it took some time getting used to, but it was much easier to have successful runs as I would have water and towels, not to mention a toilet, within seconds. Not having to go outside the door is obviously a huge treat as well, and it has made me run more often.
On the treadmill I alternated between workouts where I jogging at a pace I could stick to, and workouts where I pushed myself as hard as I could and walked until I got my breath back and ran as hard as I could again (intervals I guess). Eventually the pace I could stick to became higher and higher until I was at a steady running pace. I now run 4-6 times a week for 30 minutes or 60 minutes each.
To keep my body strong enough to run I do some weight training for about 30 minutes 1-2 times a week. I don’t have a routine I stick to, but I do about 8 exercises with 3-6 sets, 8-15 reps. I also stretch for about 15 minutes after each workout to get a bit more limber as well. Having been a dancer I’ve always been quite flexible so I can do the splits, but my current goal is to squeeze my head in between my legs when standing with straight legs.. The little things in life :D
Eeeeeehh, nearly there.. 2013 it is!
I’m the first to admit I’m the most vain person I know, but even though getting fit was the initial motivation for me it just wasn’t enough to keep me going. Inflicting pain onto myself just to look good won’t work for me. It’s the feeling I get after having ran that keeps me coming back for more. Not that I feel so pleased and full of myself for having ran, but because my mood is significantly higher and I have so much more energy. The endorfins!! <3 Looking better is just a really cool bonus.
The motivation isn’t always there before I go, and that’s when I just have to put my inner naughty devil on mute and JUST DO IT. I tell myself that even if I just do 15 minutes, that’s ok.. as long as I get the training gear on and drag myself on it. Because I’m a huge competitor and my ego is always eager to burn my last personal record I will never stop at 15 minutes anyway.
Important! Never compare yourself to others. There will always be someone that is better, but luckily there will always be someone that is worse too. Compete with yourself and push yourself to the point where you know you’ve done your best. Consistency is key. Power to yourself!!
As you know I recently went to see a nutritionist at The Third Space gym in London (which I spent a small fortune on but which has been totally worth it) to run some tests and get advice about how I should eat as I’ve been totally confused about all the low carb, lchf, low fat, low this low that diets. Based on my results I was advised to stay away from gluten, dairy, and food containing high levels of toxins such as aubergine, tomoatoes, potatoes etc. I was also given some supplements to take. I felt great to have a doctor say what my needs are based on my body.
Some of my favourite dishes include rice wraps with chicken and spinach, salads, carrot and sweet potato soup, sashimi, salmon tartare, thai green curry, and avocado chocolate mousse for weekends. When I’m on the go I swear by the raw Nakd bars, the orange and chocolate being my favourites.
I try to eat as raw and unprocessed as possible except for cooked chicken for proteins and a bit of rice now and then. I always swap salad leafs for spinach leafs as it tastes better and is far more nutritious. I keep fruits to a minimum, but I love frozen berries and frozen mango, and I might pop some fruit in to the morning smoothies too. Apples with cinnamon is also a lovely treat! Lastly I don’t consume any other liquids than water and tea, except for the occasional glass of champagne. I reckon there might be a glass or two during the festive season though ;)
And most importantly, I’m not fanatic, if I want a piece of a chocolate cake I will have it – that one piece won’t make a difference as long as you eat right most of the time ;D
I would love to hear your exercise tips as well!! xx