As a fitness enthusiast and professional, I greatly enjoy maintaining and developing my own personal fitness and flexibility to a high level, across a range of fitness activities. Some of you may ask, therefore, “So, what do you do to stay healthy and fit?” My answer is a combination of what I eat, and the exercise that I do throughout each week within my own home.
Over the years my partner and I have travelled the road from healthy eating (eliminating processed foods and red meat, then concentrating on eating fish and chicken with fresh vegetables and fruit), to organic (wherever possible) wholefood vegetarians (with only an occasional ice cream treat!), to fully organic wholefood vegetarians, then finally to organic wholefood vegans.
We both believe very strongly that what you eat is as important as what physical exercise you do and neither of us would change our eating choices.
A life-long exercise and fitness enthusiast, I train each and every day. I use a combination of both linear and non-linear movements in everything that I personally do, except for my outdoor hill running, and in everything I teach. My regime is underpinned by two absolutely crucial elements: (i) cardio training, and, (ii) movement combinations including Pilates, Strala Yoga and Sports Yoga, which I regard as the absolute staples of all fitness and health training!
My main cardio exercise passions are highly intensive indoor aerobic dance and functional interval training to music and outdoor hill running. My indoor cardio involves using Reebok Steps and small hand weights, plus performing mountain climbers, jump squats or lunges, leg kicks, and many, many aerobic dance and Functional Movements which I have learned and practised over the years. I do this at vigorous to athletic cardio intensity two times per week for sixty minutes per session. I also do two outdoor hill runs each week.
My combined Pilates, Strala Yoga and Sports Yoga training is for a minimum of 40 minutes every day.
My choice of exercises and sequences are not the same each day. There is a core of Pilates exercises, Sports Yoga and other sequences that I always do, but others are determined by how my body feels on that particular day - where do I feel the tightest! No matter what I choose to do each day, my session sets me up mentally and physically for the rest of the day.
Additionally, for upper body strength, several times per week I do brief climbing and strengthening exercises, and the occasional pole dance trick, on our dance and fitness pole at home.