With her toned abs and stunning figure, 47-year-old Melanie Sykes is proof of how a good diet and fitness regime can help you look and feel amazing. We sat down with the new voice of Blind Date to find out her stay-slim tips and tricks…
- ON EXERCISE “Fitness keeps me mentally happy, and it’s an investment into my old age. Starting training in my 30s has definitely paid off in my 40s, and I’m hoping to keep myself fit and healthy with the right foods and exercise so that I have energy and am content into my later years. It makes me really happy to be healthy. It affects every single element of my life – it makes me a better mother, it makes me more patient and I think it just makes you a better person if you’re healthy.”
- ON SELF CARE “I like to do yoga once or twice a week as it always feels amazing and it’s restorative, so it’s a good thing to do because it involves stretching and breathing, and there’s really nothing better than that. I also sometimes use meditation apps, and get 10 minutes of chill out time if I can during the day, which really helps with my wellbeing.”
- ON NUTRITION “I cut out dairy and alcohol (I hardly ever drink, it’s such a rarity), and I try to limit my sugar intake – although over Christmas I didn’t, I ate a lot of chocolate like every normal person! I also eat good carbs as opposed to bad carbs, and lots of greens, as colourful vegetables tend to contain more sugar. I tend to eat what my sons are having, but they’ll have chips or rice with it, whereas I’ll stick to a sweet potato. I don’t really have rest day treats, but chocolate is my poison.”
To read the full interview (and discover Melanie’s top two ab moves), pick up the March issue of Health & Wellbeing with Melanie Sykes, on sale on the 1st February.