TV presenter Johanna Griggs reveals how she stays well with exercise and complementary therapies.
If I’m not well my first stop would be to have some acupuncture. I’m a great believer in Chinese medicine. Myotherapy and massage are also things I use. I really think there’s a place for complementary medicine.
Each day I take vitamin C, coenzyme Q10, glucosamine with fish oil, zinc, magnesium and a multivitamin. If I’m feeling particularly fatigued I’ll have B12 injections, and if I was feeling seriously run-down I’d have a combination of vitamins intravenously.
I love food and I love cooking for people. I think our family (Johanna’s husband is Todd Huggins and she has two teenage sons from a previous relationship) is one of the most spoilt, well-fed families in the world. I love nothing more than planning what we are going to have for dinner each night. We eat a good mix of everything. We try not to have too much red meat, but it doesn’t always work in a house of boys who love red meat.
My goal is to exercise three to five times a week. We are very fortunate in that we have a lap pool and a gym at home. We worked out that if we had to go somewhere else to go to the gym we probably wouldn’t go. We get up about 5am and exercise; it makes it much easier for us having it all at home. The gym is not massive, but it has everything we need – a stretching mat, somewhere for resistance elastics, medicine ball, treadmill, bike, weights, and a Pilates roll which is great for stretching.
We do running, boxing and resistance training and we have a trainer who comes to our house three times a week. I used to hate running, but I have taught myself to like it. I download episodes of TV shows and watch them while I run on the treadmill. For 45 minutes I escape and run. I find it quite meditative; it gives me time to think about the day and what needs to be done.
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