Helen Skelton’s get fit tips
Karrimor girl Helen Skelton, who recently gave birth to a baby boy named Ernie, reveals her top get fit tips and how it’s up to women to change things for women’s sports. This is after statistics claim that around 2 million fewer women regularly exercise than men do in Britain.
As a result of successful campaigns and strong female role models, Skelton feels like there’s an energy and enthusiasm behind women’s sport that we’ve never seen before. However in order for the disparity for men and women’s sport to be closed, in terms of coverage and sponsorship, women need to go out and support them. Huge audiences gives more reason for people to sponsor it and this will lead to greater participation and more opportunities.
“I think really it’s up to women to change things if we care about women’s sport. It’s our responsibility to go and support women’s football, tennis, rugby and other sporting teams. It’s up to us to boost it and support the profile.” Skelton said.
Skelton is a keen athlete and action girl when she’s not presenting on television. She’s taken part in several marathons, and in 2009 she became only the second women to complete the 78-mile Namibian ultra-marathon. Here is her list of fundamental tips to enjoying getting fit.
Skelton’s top exercise tips
• Enlist a friend
• Mix it up, change your routine
• Jog with your dog
• Log your progress and challenge yourself
• Be safe and make yourself visible
• Flavour your water
“If you want to get fit and you’re new to exercise, enlist a friend. I can go for a walk for an hour and a half with my friend and we don’t feel like we’ve exercised or burned any calories, even though we have.”
“People say to me, ‘what do you do for exercise?’ Well I have no routine, I just mix it up. So one week we’ll all go to Zumba, one week we’ll all go to body pump, then yoga and so on.
“Get a dog because you have to go out walking every single day and you don’t feel like you’re exercising because it’s fun, you’ve got good company and its very sociable because you talk to other dog walkers.”
Skelton expressed how useful the Karrimor app is to keeping herself fit, “It’s really rewarding seeing it logged in an app; showing what you’ve done or how far you’ve been, or how many classes you’ve been to. The Karrimor app gives you a real psychological boost. You’re able to condition yourself to think that you’re in the habit of exercising, so you’ll keep doing it.
“Water is good for you but it’s boring. Karrimor do hydro tablets you can flavour water with, which I think is brilliant.”
Skelton’s most important advice when exercising, is to stay safe, especially when running at night, where visibility can be a serious issue. Another vital safety tip is to not run with earphones on, particularly near busy roads.
“Being able to run at night safely with the Karrimor reflect kit on is brilliant. I’m a grown woman but my husband and parents wouldn’t like me running without the right kit on because it’s just not safe, but the reflect kit has totally changed that and because of that kit I feel I’m able to run at night safely.
“I get really concerned about women who run at night with ear phones in because you cannot hear traffic due to the loud music, you lose one of your senses. So if I’m anywhere near a road or junctions or whatever, I never have earphones in.”
Maintaining regular exercise is what’s most difficult, Skelton stated how over complicating exercise will have a hindrance on performance.
“Don’t talk yourself out of doing things, quite often when it comes to fitness and challenges, ignorance can be bliss. If you overthink a marathon and constantly think about how hard it’s going to be, you’ll talk yourself out of doing it.
“The reality is if you don’t over think it you’ll just crack on and think, ‘right I’ll do a bit of training’, you’ll get the right kit, you’ll keep at it and then before you know it, you’ll be at the finish line.”
Karrimor provides all essential running kit and Skelton commented on how fantastic the running shoes are, “The D30 technology in the trainers is having a positive effect and for that reason I keep wearing them. I know that the D30 is going to cushion the impact. I’m now definitely a Karrimor running trainer girl.”
To get all the essential and affordable Karrimor running kit at a price no other brand can match, visit www.karrimor.com.
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