This article originally appeared in Virgin Voyeur Magazine.
We all know the feeling. Blissfully snoozing away, warmly tucked up under the doona, when suddenly the dreaded alarm shatters our dreamtime. Tempted though I am to slam the snooze button, I know WHY I’m choosing to leave the sanctuary of my cosy bed, jump up, don my exercise gear and head for the gym.
For me, my WHY has differed over the years – from knowing I had to be a certain (small) size to get those modelling or tv gigs … to hitting the other side of 45 and seeing my metabolism slow down …to having a few health wake up calls. For me, I’ve fixed it with myself that I want to be as healthy as possible at every age – it’s a “not negotiable”. I want to still be playing golf and lifting weights when I’m in my eighties. I want my blood tests to show healthy range cholesterol and blood sugar. I want strong bones and a great BMI. So, what about you? Do you know what your WHY is?
Don’t get me wrong … I’m no health angel or find it all incredibly easy. If you know me, you know I love my food and wine but I’m also about finding the right balance. So, here are some things I’ve learnt over the years that you may find helpful in keeping you on track …
- Always start your Mondays strong (no excuses!). Whether that means a killer workout or maybe a juice detox day … do something that will set you up for the week ahead and get the momentum rolling.
- Be prepared – I schedule my workouts like I schedule my business meetings – if they’re not in my calendar, then they’re not going to happen. I lay out my gym gear each night so I don’t have to think in the morning, just pop it on and head out the door
- I love seeing my buddies at the gym. I’ve been going to the same place for years, and the camaraderie really helps to motivate me.
- Every morning brings a fresh start, so if you got off track, make sure you start again – don’t slide into thinking you’ve blown it for the week.
Finally, don’t feel guilty about investing in yourself. Making your health the centre of your priorities is smart, no matter what age you are. So whether that means hiring a personal trainer, or buying some great new trainers or eating organic … it all pays off … just as much as knowing what your WHY is and that you’re worth it!