A Great Believer in Chinese Medicine

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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