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My activewear needs to go the extra mile. I often go from teaching to meetings, so I look for brands that can perform in the gym and look stylish elsewhere, too. My go-to brands are Adanola, Alo, Varley and Year of Ours. I’m always trying new brands and different styles of leggings but can’t get enough of Alo’s Airlift leggings – they’re very soft, have a high waist and an element of compression to shape and flatter. I often team these with a Varley sweater. Year of Ours does gorgeous, ribbed sets which are great for a more elevated look. I like how these brands are both polished and transitional.
A decent sports bra is hard to find. Pilates isn’t high intensity, but you still want to feel supported and comfortable. I have several pairs of Alo’s Wellness Bra – it’s made from ribbed jersey which is so soft and comfortable, and I love how you can wear it on its own or layered with a vest or T-shirt. For something more supportive, you can’t go wrong with Varley.
Soxygen does the best socks. Don’t underestimate the power of a decent pair of workout socks. I’ve always loved the long socks and trainers look and these socks have fun slogans and are great quality. Plus, they’re made with organic cotton, are naturally processed and free from any artificial chemicals. When it comes to accessories, I rate Slip scrunchies as they don’t damage your hair. You’ll always find one on my wrist.
Pilates is something you can do anywhere. Whether it’s in a hotel room or hotel gym, you can get a great workout in with minimal equipment. When I’m travelling, I always take a selection of resistance bands (Bala has a great set that comes with a variety of bands in varying thickness) and light ankle weights, which are compact and lightweight but add a real challenge to lower-body work.
My mat comes everywhere with me. I’ve tried lots of workout mats over the years, but nothing compares to Alo’s Warrior mat – it’s thick, has a great grip and looks good. It has a stylish matte finish, which I love, and a clever oversized design which helps you stay on the mat. If I have space, I’ll take my Pilates ring, too. It’s an amazing piece of kit to add to a workout – the additional burn you get from the ring is transformative when it comes to sculpting and toning, and it can even correct posture.
My Apple Watch keeps me on track. I wear it when I teach and film classes and am really into the health app on my phone for tracking my steps – I aim for 10,000 when I can. London is such a beautiful city, so I try to walk as much as possible, ideally with a good podcast on. The Apple Watch has some great features – it can calculate your VO2 max (essentially how fit you are) and prompt you to set aside a few minutes each day to breathe deeply.
Sachets of protein powder and healthy snacks are what keep me fuelled. Pilates may not be the most obvious form of resistance training, but it’s an incredible way to tone and strengthen, meaning protein is vital post-workout and throughout the day. Workshop Gymnasium’s Organic Pea Protein is my go-to and I love Dose & Co, too. When it comes to snacks, you can’t go wrong with a Nakd or Kind bar – I try to choose cleaner brands with fewer ingredients and sugar. I often have a Tupperware of Medjool dates in my gym bag – they’re great for a natural hit of energy.
I can’t go anywhere without my supplements. I take collagen, Vitamin C with iron, magnesium, zinc, vitamin B12, 5HTP, turmeric and probiotics. Brands I trust include The Nue Co., Solgar and Lily & Loaf.
A post-workout cleanse is essential. I used to suffer with severe acne so I now make a conscious effort to keep my skin clean after exercising. ZO Obagi’s Exfoliating Cleanser has really helped my skin, and Valmont’s Hydration Booster is great for a post-workout glow. I also never travel without Face Gym’s Multi-Sculpt Contouring Tool, which I use with Augustinus Bader’s Face Oil – it’s the dream combination.
Dry body brushing is a daily ritual. I can’t recommend dry brushing enough – not only does it invigorate the body but it’s a powerful way to kickstart your lymphatic system and promote healthy circulation.
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