An interview with Hayley McQueen

Article Oct 24, 2012

The Sky Sports News presenter, 31, is turning over a new leaf when it comes to health, diet and exercise.

Why have you decided to begin a healthy regime?
Since turning 30 I have realised the importance of looking after myself. I have friends whose parents have been ill lately and it has made me think about my health more. I’m 31 and I’d like to feel more confident in myself too. I have always been quite carefree about my health, but when I’m at events I’ve started to feel self-conscious.

How have you changed your diet?
Well my vice is anything sweet, pick’n’mix, chocolate, cake, desserts and cupcakes. I’m not allowed biscuits at home because I will eat them all until I feel sick. This is why I have started using the MyFitnessPal app on my iPhone. It records all your calories, fat, sugar and protein intake, which helps me to make more informed decisions about food.

Have you started a fitness regime?
I sit down for long periods of time at work, as I’m on the air from 10am until 3pm. Exercise has given me more energy and helps me to make healthier food choices. I’m actually hungrier since I’ve started exercising but I’m opting for more nutritionally dense foods rather than high sugar, high fat junk foods. I have a personal trainer who I work out with once a week. Ideally I’d like to lose a stone in weight.

Do you enjoy exercise?
I’ve had four sessions so far with Tony at Bodyworx and it’s been great so far. Our sessions do involve cardio, but we do dynamic bodyweight exercises such as press ups, lunges and squats. We also use hand weights to increase the resistance. After some of the sessions I’ve struggled to move – I guess my body was in shock! Tony looks at my food entries on MyFitnessPal to check I’m on the right track.

If you could train for a fitness event what would it be?
I’d love to do a full triathlon. I was training for the London Triathlon to do the swim leg of the race in a team. I was training three times a week in the pool, but I had to pull out because I was unwell. I walk a lot, so a charity trek is definitely something I’d consider.

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