Gemma Atkinson has lifted the lid on the straightforward joys of spending lockdown along with her household in addition to dishing her recommendations on staying motivated with health and wellbeing.
The actress has by no means been busier along with her radio present, a presenting slot on Steph’s Packed Lunch, overseeing her activewear line and dealing on a quickly to be launched new e book.
That is on high of being a hands-on mum to daughter Mia and her beloved ‘fur infants’ Norman and Ollie.
35-year-old Gemma can also be presently championing boyfriend Gorka Marquez as he competes within the newest sequence of Strictly Come Dancing.
Romance blossomed for Gemma and the hunky Spanish skilled once they met on the present in 2017. The loved-up pair have since welcomed their first daughter Mia, who turned one in July.
“He is doing so effectively with the present and he misses residence a lot,” Gemma stated of her accomplice, who topped the leaderboard within the first week of Strictly 2020 with EastEnders actress Maisie Smith.
Gemma, a former cleaning soap star herself, has been delighting followers with movies of daughter Mia dancing alongside to Gorka and Maisie’s routines, after giving their partnership a ‘ten out of ten’ score herself.
Whereas Gorka spent the primary few months of the yr touring with fellow Strictly professionals, he and Gemma have been again beneath one roof full-time in lockdown, which Gemma says was one upside to going by way of the pandemic.
“It was truly actually pretty to be all collectively,” she gushed. “Gorka works away loads so it was good to have that point collectively. Clearly it was horrendous for some folks, however we simply stated, ‘Look, it’s what it’s. We’re not going to get this time again. Let’s embrace it.
“Usually with us juggling our work one in all us will take care of Mia and one in all us will stroll the canine for instance, however throughout lockdown we may do issues as a household.
“We had a beautiful climate too which was nice. Earlier than lockdown we at all times needed to juggle issues. It sounds foolish however even bathing the canine after a stroll with Mia concerned it was simply good to do issues as a household.
“We cannot have that again so we tried to benefit from it,” stated Gemma, who has teamed up with pet food model Purina to have a good time the canine that helped their homeowners by way of lockdown.
The star stated she and fellow health buff Gorka have been additionally ‘very fortunate’ to have full use of their at residence health club throughout that point.
Gemma says that maintaining her power ranges and well-being on observe are extra necessary than ever throughout testing occasions.
Making a gift of a few of her high suggestions, Gemma revealed: “I at all times assume getting up within the contemporary air is the very best medication for anyone.
“I rise up most mornings at 5 o’ clock – which sounds early – however I will be in mattress by 9 or ten o’clock on the newest.”
Gemma additionally advised how she works out three to 4 occasions per week for about 45 minutes to an hour every session.
“I plan my coaching classes like necessary enterprise conferences scheduled all through the day. Even to the purpose the place if one in all my pals desires to make preparations or it is work, I say, ‘Sure, I can do it however not throughout my deliberate coaching session.
“I at all times prioritise that as a result of I believe that taking good care of myself makes taking good care of Mia, Gorka and Norman and Ollie a lot simpler,” admitted Gemma.
However whereas she likes to work up a sweat with gruelling exercise classes, Gemma says she is aware of life is all about stability.
“I am very cautious of the significance of relaxation days and people days the place you assume, ‘Are you aware what? I’ll put the cover on the sofa and get the canine concerned whereas I eat a pizza and watch a movie.
“It is 80% what my physique wants and 20% what my physique desires. You need not kill your self within the health club or starve your self,” she defined.
“For me health is rarely actually a chore. I do not assume ‘Oh no! I’ve to work out at this time”, I believe, ‘Sure! I get to maneuver my physique at this time, I get to train,” she added.
Gemma, who’s the proud proprietor of canine Sproodle Norman and Cocker Spaniel Ollie, is presently supporting the Actual Canine Marketing campaign by PURINA BETA.
The marketing campaign asks folks to share tales of how their canine have helped them by way of the Covid-19 lockdown.
The successful entry shall be rewarded by having their canine’s face characteristic on a limited-edition pack of PURINA BETA.
“Canine are so loyal and loving and I believe it is nice that PURINA are repaying them for that,” defined animal-lover Gemma.
“Even earlier than lockdown my canine have unknowingly helped me by way of a lot.
“However throughout that point it was so good to have the additional firm and likewise having to exit and stroll them classed as train
“And in the event you’re at residence sat on the sofa feeling sorry for your self they could be a lifeline for you.”
To enter Purina’s competitors Publish an image of your canine in your Instagram and clarify how your canine has helped you thru lockdown. Be certain that to incorporate #BetaRealDogs and comply with @PurinaBeta.