Looking for inspiration to keep you moving throughout 2018? Well, maybe Made in Chelsea star and fitness model Joshua Patterson “JP” can help. Currently fronting the new HIIT Sportswear range, the ex-rugby player took some time out to talk about health, wellbeing and happiness.
What’s your formula for living well?
My formula for living well is to consistently set yourself goals, acknowledge your success and reward yourself for it. Invest in your mind as much as you invest in the body and allow yourself to recharge.
What does success look like to you?
Each task I complete and conquer, large or small, is what success looks like to me. Success is different for every individual so I make sure not to compare myself with anyone else.
Make small changes every day with JP’s top tips:
- Keep an eye on your sugar intake each day
- Take the stairs instead of the lift
- Keep hydrated – drink 2-3 litres of water a day
Invest in your mind as much as you invest in the body
What 3 things do you wish you’d known about fitness before starting?
- You need to eat sufficiently to cater for your training
- Make sure you rest and sleep to refuel your body and mind
- Vary your training so that your body doesn’t become to accustomed to your one specific workout.
What tips do you have for relieving stress?
Make sure you rest. Surround yourself with the right people and be open to talking to others. Nutrition is also so important. You have to eat well.
How has your approach to fitness changed as a new dad?
I have to be more aware of my time and be more efficient when it comes to training, as I don’t have the freedom any more to go whenever/wherever. It makes me appreciate the workout more when I train.
JP’s favourite moves that you can do anytime, anywhere
The classic burpee is a four-point move. Drop into a squat, kick your legs out into a plank, jump your legs back in towards you and stand or jump to finish.
Lie face down; place your hands slightly wider than your chest directly under your shoulders and push yourself up. Keep your elbows close to your body as you lower. If you’re a beginner, work on form and rest your knees on the floor to take some of your bodyweight.
Lie face down and press yourself up into a plank position. Raise one foot off the floor and lift your knee towards your elbow. Return to plank and repeat on the other side.