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Gemma Atkinson shares her top five wellness tips

Fitness author Gemma Atkinson chats exclusively to us about self-care, making time for exercise and life as a new mum

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Gemma Atkinson shares her top five wellness tips

Radio presenter, fitness author and actor Gemma Atkinson, 34, lives in Manchester with Strictly pro dancer Gorka Marquez and their six-month-old daughter, Mia. We caught up with her to chat all things wellness and motherhood... 

What's the best thing about being a new mum?

You look at everything through a new pair of eyes. In the mornings, we stand at the window and look at the birds together and I feel like a child again.

And the most challenging? 

The constant worry about whether you're doing things 'right'. One parent's way of doing things will be different to another but the mum guilt is constant. 

How did you prepare for pregnancy? 

I did a lot of yoga and meditation and people say that might be why Mia is so chilled out! I have been to yoga retreats in the past and our house is full of Buddhas and candles, so I definitely like the 'Zen' vibe. 

What is your weekly fitness regime like? 

On Tuesdays and Fridays, my mum sits with Mia and I train with my PT for 45 minutes. On the other days I'll use my bike or do a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) session at home. 

How has your attitude to health and fitness changed over the years?

I've always been really interested in what the human body is capable of. It's never been about wanting to be a certain size or fit into a pair. I lost my dad when I was 17. He was so healthy, yet still had a heart attack, so I've always wanted to take care of myself. Even more so now I'm a mum. 

what does gorka like to cook?

He makes an amazing paella. I don't eat meat or fish, so he does one for my mum with prawns and octopus and one with vegetables just for me. 

Your food weakness?

Well, I'm from up North so I love a chippy tea - chips and gravy with a big piece of white bread and Lurpak. Perfection. If I could have that every night, I would. 

 

GEmma's 5 ways to stay mentally strong 

1. Make time for exercise

For me, exercise is like is like medicine or therapy; stick your headphones on and do your thing. 

2. Get outdoors 

There's nothing better than walking. I love getting outdoors with the pram and my dogs. 

3. Get off social media

On the days I don't check my phone I'll think, that's why I'm in a good mood! Avoiding things on social media makes a big difference. 

4. See good people

Surrounding myself with the people who have my best interest at heart is key for me.

5. Have 10 minutes alone

A salt scrub in the bath on my own for just a few minutes is heaven. 

Hear Gemma on Hits Radio, weekdays at 4pm.