Davina McCall on fitness, food and 'being in the best shape ever'
She’s older, wiser and at her at her fitness best – now the nation’s favourite tells us how it’s done
'Davina Mccall Fitness' is one of the most asked questions on Google.
And scrolling enviously through her new holiday pictures, it's not hard to get your head around why. She's the nation's favourite TV presenter, face of Garnier, mother of three, philanthropist and fitness guru with a string of workout DVDS that span over a decade.
Davina McCall earned her stripes as one of the UK's favourite faces on national TV, and she's become just as influential on the fitness scene. When it comes to working out, she vouches for working hard and making no excuse – good reasons to support why 'Davina Mccall Fitness' regular trends online.
We get an insight on how she achieved her lithe limbs and toned bod, food tips, and how amongst an incredibly hectic schedule, she finds it essential to make time for herself and her family. Now that's what we call that wellbeing at it's best.
I have to work out in the morning – if I leave it till after lunch, then forget it; I’ll just make excuse after excuse, even if I’m already in my exercise gear. I always make sure I do at least three hours a week – anything from a bike ride with Matthew [Robertson, McCall’s husband] to a session with my trainer Ed Lumsden or a DVD. My rule? If you’re not soaked in sweat by the end of it, you’re not working hard enough.
In my early thirties, I’d go to a gym, grab a magazine, read it on the StairMaster for five minutes and then do a few easy weights. I was just going through the motions. It’s as I’ve got older that I’ve realised there’s no excuse for not getting it unless you have a debilitating illness: age and weight aren’t factors – just start slow and build from there. The results are what keep you going.
Cook everything from fresh – that’s my motto. My cholesterol levels are a bit high, so I stay away from too much dairy. But when I do eat it, I’ll use full-fat milk in my coffee and a dollop of Greek yoghurt on my muesli because I’ve learnt ‘diet’ or ‘low fat’ is just another way of saying loaded with sugar.
I don’t cook puddings and avoid sweet treats, but if I go to a friend’s house and they’ve painstakingly made dessert, I’ll have a small portion and love every second.
Sunday is my cheat day, when I cook up a massive roast with all the trimmings – red meat, Yorkshire puddings, sausages, gravy. Party season is a nightmare for people who, like me, are teetotal, so I’m in the process of trying to find a non-fizzy drink that I like that’s not heavy on the sugar. I think I may just have to invent one!
I used to wear a lot of make-up, but now I’m a big fan of wearing barely anything at all. It’s funny – girls in their twenties with the most perfect skin wear tons of foundation, then as we get older we use less and less because it just gathers in the crinkles! I start with Estée Lauder DayWear, which gives a nice even tone with a little glow. The Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler is the best thing ever and Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Mascara washes off so easily with just a little water, so there’s no rubbing or redness.
For evenings and events, I go for either heavy eyes or a dark lip, one or the other. It’s the face equivalent of choosing to show off your legs or your arms – at my age, to do both would just look trampy.
I have three kids and a husband, and I work blooming hard – bath time is the only excuse I get to chill out on my own. Everyone knows that when that bathroom door closes, Mummy is out of bounds – take all of your issues to Daddy. I disappear from reality for a while and get lost in a good book. Right now, I’m in the middle of The Girl on the Train. Even when Matthew and I go away, he’ll always ask the hotel for a room with a bath. Recently we went to Babington House and the tub was in the bedroom, so he lay on the bed and I lay in the bath and we talked. It was amazing.
Source: By Julia Scirrotto