How Jesinta Campbell stays active, nourished and healthy

From fitness moves to favourite foods, Jesinta shares the things that keep her feeling her best.

For Jesinta Campbell, feeling healthy and vibrant is an essential part of life. In the lead up to the Blackmores Bridge Run at the Sydney Running Festival, the busy TV presenter takes a few moments to share some of her favourite ways to stay fit and healthy.

Favourite ways to exercise?

Health and fitness has always been a huge part of my life and I try to be active most days. I love to get up, work out and then get on with my day. I love incorporating pilates, cardio, boxing and strength and stability training with my personal trainer, Dan at 98 Riley St in Darlinghurst.

In the lead up to the Blackmores Bridge Run, I’ve really been ramping up my running – including speed and intervals sessions and doing more long distance runs outdoors.

Best places in Sydney to run?

Centennial Park is amazing. It’s always a hive of activity and has a great circular track so you can really notice improvements in your pace as you gain fitness.

I love running around Sydney Harbour and through the Royal Botanical Gardens until I get to the Sydney Opera House. During spring when the sun is shining, it doesn’t get much better than being harbour side. I honestly love Sydney! It’s so beautiful.

Top running tips?

1. Warm up and cool down properly. Stretching and walking out any tightness in your muscles is key for a successful recovery after exercise.

2. Push yourself, but be kind. Remember to challenge yourself so you’re making progress, but don’t forget to listen to your body. Slow it down if you feel you need it.

3. Drink lots of water. Keep hydrated before and after your training or race (and throughout if you can, with small sips of water).

4. Play your favourite songs. Get a great playlist going to keep you motivated and pumped up on the course!

 

“Finding exercise you love it important, and activities that are transferable and flexible are great for busy people.”

Favourite healthy foods?

1. Fresh berries. Strawberries and blueberries are two of my faves, but I absolutely love fresh fruit in general and regularly snack on fruit salad. Yum!

2. Coconut water. Staying hydrated is really important and I drink a lot of water, but I also absolutely love coconut water – especially when I’m working out.

3. Lemons. Another favourite, which is a perhaps a bit peculiar! I start my day with lemon, ginger and warm water. It really makes me feel cleansed and balanced.

Best ways to unwind and manage stress?

Working out really helps me get away from work and my busy schedule, and often going for a run is just what I need to clear my mind and chill out. There’s nothing like taking in some fresh air and moving my legs – even if it’s just a jog.

I also enjoy just relaxing at home and making a home-cooked meal. I try to do something once a week just for me – I think that’s important. Health is also about knowing when to slow down and look after yourself.

Tricks for staying healthy when you’re busy?

I really enjoy working out and eating well, and so it’s easier for me to prioritise and make time for it. Finding exercise you love it important, and activities that are transferable and flexible are great for busy people – for example, you can always go for a quick jog whether you’re at home or travelling (and rain or shine – maybe not hail!).

Putting together a routine using your own body weight is also great – think sit ups, triceps dips, push ups and the trusty old plank.

In terms of eating well, this is all about planning and preparing if you know you’ll be busy. Buying healthy food in advance helps so much. I try and pack snacks to take with me where possible, especially on busy shoot days.

Top tips for a healthy and balanced lifestyle?

1. Get out there and move. Even if it’s only 15 minutes a day – just lifting your heart rate will send your endorphins racing.

2. Eat well. You can’t keep driving if your car is out of fuel and your precious body is the same. Nourish yourself with a healthy, balanced diet and I promise you’ll be feeling well inside and out.

3. Make time for you and your loved ones. This is so important for your health and wellbeing, so pick something you love, things that help you relax, people you enjoy being around and you’ll be set.

Jesinta is running in the Blackmores Bridge Run at the Sydney Running Festival this Sunday 20 September 2015.

Recommended reading - Issue Fifteen Autumn 2016

Experts

10 things you need to know about the mind

Psychologist Emily Toner takes us inside this mysterious mass of nerves and fibres in our heads.

Read more
Community

Forecasting the future of health

How Medibank's Chief Actuary uses data, trends and patterns to help the mission of better health.

Read more
Community

How happy is your melon?

Follow yoga teacher Masha Gorodilova in the journey into the art of yoga and mindfulness meditation.

Read more
Community

On track to better health

A new online tool pools info on nutrition and exercise for healthy living and cancer prevention

Read more
Travel

The 10 best places to eat and play in Tokyo

Blogger Hello Sandwich shows us her top picks of Tokyo.

Read more
Community

Happy Melon Studios: Mindfulness meets exercise

Discover the yoga, pilates and meditation centre Happy Melon Studios.

Read more
Community

Smiling Mind: Mindfulness made easy

Making mindfulness meditation free, Smiling Mind improves the mental wellbeing of young Australians

Read more
Community

Maggie Beer on autumn flavours

Looking to incorporate some seasonal produce this autumn? Maggie Beer has some ideas to share

Read more
Experts

Carbohydrates: Good or bad?

Confused whether carbs are good or bad? We break it down here.

Read more
Experts

Myopia: Myths and facts about short-sightedness

What’s the best way to manage myopia? Professor Kathryn Rose explains the facts of short-sightedness

Read more
Lifestyle

Conscious threads

Live simply, travel mindfully and keep active - Patagonia creates for exploring responsibly.

Read more
Lifestyle

7 ways to enjoy pomegranates

Interested to try pomegranate in some new ways?

Read more
Experts

Do you really need to quit sugar?

Thinking about quitting sugar? Here are some tips on the best ways to manage sugar intake.

Read more
Community

Tastes of the Amazon

Sambazon is an acai company who has a fair trade partnership to protect the Amazon rainforest.

Read more
In Brief

Introducing the Medibank Better Health Index

Australia’s biggest quarterly health index provides valuable insights into our nation’s well-being.

Read more
Experts

Flowing vitality: The Chinese medicine approach to exercise

How to balance gentle movement and intense exercise for energy, flow and nourishment.

Read more
Community

Master and commander

An insight into sailor Jack Macartney's experiences, including capsizing during a race.

Read more
Experts

How to relieve foot and heel pain

Sports podiatrist Emily Smith gives advice on how to treat foot and heel pain.

Read more
Recipes

Stracci pasta with braised lamb ragù recipe

Craving a hearting meal? This tender lamb ragu will hit the spot.

Read more
Recipes

Corsican pie with courgette flowers recipe

This corsican pie with courgette flowers is sure to impress your dinner guests!

Read more
Experts

How taste works

Interested to know how your taste buds work? We talk to the experts

Read more
Travel

The best canoeing trips around the world

Add to your bucket list of glorious destinations around the world with these five canoeing spots.

Read more
Recipes

Glazed pears with marscapone recipe

Love fruit for dessert? Try glazed pears with marscapone for something a little fancy

Read more
Experts

On-screen dementia support

Support for dementia is evolving - meet telehealth technology; the future of dementia care.

Read more
Recipes

Bircher muesli with poached dried apricots and pistachios recipe

Enjoy a healthy start to your day with bircher muesli and poached dried apricots

Read more
Lifestyle

Modern family

What is a "family"? We take a look at the history and future of Australian households.

Read more
Recipes

Beef pie with red wine, fennel and green olives recipe

You'll love this Australian favourite of beef pie with seasonal flavours.

Read more
Community

Mobile mindfulness

We look at how technology, meditation and mindfulness can work together.

Read more
Lifestyle

How to grow a better garden

Grow your skills as well as your garden, with helpful advice from a green-thumbed horticulturist.

Read more
In Brief

How to prevent hearing loss

Hearing Awareness Week: hearing loss affects 3.5 million Australians - know your facts.

Read more
Recipes

Fennel with goat’s curd recipe

If you're looking for a tasy side or light meal, Maggie Beer has the recipe for you

Read more
Recipes

Aubergine with black garlic recipe

For a succulent veggie dish, try aubergine with black garlic

Read more
Experts

The real deal on meat and cancer

We've got the truth about meat and cancer

Read more

For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your web browser.