Olympic cyclists Victoria Pendleton has shared her go-to workout routine and what she eats, admitting it “doesn’t feel like a chore.”
The 41 year old former athlete, who has opened up on her mental health battle in the past, said she’s more of a “fair-weather cyclist” nowadays, and mixes up her workouts depending on how she’s feeling.
Victoria told OK!: “I try and do some sort of physical activity every day. I don’t lift really heavy weights anymore because my body has taken a lot of strain over the years as an athlete. I do a bit of strength and conditioning, I run, I do a bit of cycling.
“I’d rather run if it’s raining than take my bike out so I don’t have to clean it afterwards! I also ride my horses. I have two retired race horses so I exercise those guys too.”
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Victoria admitted to having a “very varied routine” and said she’s “not super strict” with a workout schedule.
“I just like to do things that keep me active,” she shared, adding: “I won’t say ‘I have to go for a run today’ as if I don’t feel like doing something then I’ll do something else. I do do something every day though to keep myself healthy.”
Victoria’s penchant for keeping fit translates to the food she eats as well, with the star adopting a plant-based diet that she says “suits her metabolism.”
Explains why she chose to go plant-based and how it has helped, the athlete shared: “Basically as an athlete I was always told I had to eat lots of protein and protein shakes and they were nearly always milk based.
“It was about having to eat all this chicken and I’d never really been a meat eater anyway so it felt like a chore, and something I had to do if I was serious about my sport. I felt very much pressured into it.
“When I retired I cut that out and I never missed meat, I never looked back.”
It was then that Victoria began her plant-based way of life, admitting it came about as well for “ethical” reasons.
She added: “I sleep better and feel less heavy. I can eat a lot of food and it doesn’t weigh heavy on me when I’ve had a meal. I think it suits some people, and it definitely suits my metabolism.
“When you eat healthy it definitely does help you. If you eat healthy, exercise and look after yourself, well, it’s all interlinked! You’ll feel better mentally. If you eat bad food it’s going to strain your body and system and have an impact in some way.
“For me, it’s easily controllable and an easy way to look after yourself. I enjoy eating healthy too. I like having big colourful plate and feeling really smug. I don’t feel like it’s a chore at all!”
Sharing her love of nutrition, health and wellbeing the sportswoman discussed her love of SlimFast Vitality – a balanced nutrition shake that is the brand’s first ever shake that doesn’t aid weight loss.
Victoria shared: “When they approached me and asked if I’d be interested I actually used to drink SlimFast as a snack anyway so I wanted to give it a go. I used to love the chocolate one. It’s a great idea, especially when you’re on the go and there aren’t sometimes many options for vegans so this is a genuinely useful and convenient thing to have in your life.”
Victoria Pendleton is supporting the launch of SlimFast Vitality shakes. Packed with 23 vitamins and minerals and suitable for a vegan lifestyle, new SlimFast Vitality balanced nutrition shakes offer a quick hit of healthy that also pack a punch in taste. Find more about the range here
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