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Sally Gunnell: Be fit and fab

sally gunnell_finally_01_11_12Eating healthily and exercising is still a way of life for the ex-athlete.

The former Olympic gold medallist blew her chance to be world champion in 1991, stormed back to win Olympic gold in 1992 and defied incredible odds to become world champion in 1993, setting a new world record in the process. She contended with injuries, athletes that she saw as more naturally gifted and a relatively modest support infrastructure compared to her peers. However, her amazing success was down to hard graft – something that has also left her in great shape now.

Exercise is still a big part of Sally’s life. ‘If I don’t do something for a couple of days I don’t feel happy with myself and I know exactly what I have to do.’ Like most people, Sally’s exercise regime depends on how much time she has. ‘I go out for a run, I go to the gym, go for a walk with the dog, it depends on what will fit in with my day. If I only have 10 minutes I will do sit ups and I will try to do something four or five times a week.

‘Exercise also counts as a bit of me time, I’m a much better person to be around and don’t shout so much at the children! I know I’m more productive in general when I’m feeling fit and healthy and I get more done.’

Sally’s Fitness Tips
Set yourself a challenge such as a marathon, exercise with a friend and most importantly, do something you enjoy.

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This article was first published in at home with Sally Gunnell in August 2012. [Read the digital edition here]

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