Q+A “I had a baby in my 40s and I certainly did not bounce back” Rebecca Maddern “I have better skin in my 40s than I did in my 20s. I think skin care is an investment worth making” in my ear. I need all the motivation I can get to complete a 4km run! Did you feel pressure to “bounce back” after giving birth? I had a baby in my 40s and I certainly did not bounce back, but I really didn’t worry about it. I just wanted to be at home and nurture my daughter. The majority of women don’t snap back and that’s OK. You don’t feel yourself after giving birth because your body’s changing, you’re emotional and you’re tired. So you don’t need the extra pressure of fitting into a crop top. TV host Rebecca Maddern explains how asking for help has kept her on top of her wellness game JAYMIE HOOPER INTERVIEW You’ve had quite a busy year co-hosting the Australian Open, and – how do you do it all without burning out? What was it like getting tested for COVID-19? How have you gotten through your more difficult periods? Weekend Today Australian Ninja Warrior It was really scary. My co-host Richard Wilkins tested positive [so] I got tested. During the 48-hour waiting period I was quite panicked. I’d just started filming so there was a lot at stake, but thankfully I was given the all-clear. Weekend Today I don’t suffer from anxiety, but I’ve been through difficult times. I’ve been through a divorce and I went to some counselling sessions and it made a world of difference. My advice is to seek help. You have to communicate and let people know how you’re feeling; that’s the first step in getting things under control. Well, I don’t do it all on my own. During the Australian Open I rarely come up for air and we shoot until 4.30am, so I need help during those intense periods. A nanny helps look after my two-year-old daughter Ruby one or two days a week, and my husband Trent shares the load. I just try to be organised for when those busy periods come up. Ninja Ninja Warrior Warrior How do you fend off the winter sniffles? I’m not a massive supplements person, but the one thing I take when I’m feeling run-down is a high-quality supplement made with andropgraphis, echinacea, olive leaf, vitamin C and zinc. What’s the biggest beauty lesson you’ve learnt? If I had my time again, I’d start a much better skincare routine a lot earlier. I’m 43 in August and never thought facials were worth it, but then my friend begged me to go... and it’s changed my life. I have better skin in my 40s than I did in my 20s. I think skin care is an investment worth making – you have your face for a lifetime! How do you manage to sleep with such an intense filming schedule? How has your fitness routine changed since becoming a mum? I’ve learnt not to panic about sleep because that’s when you sleep less. I wake up at 3.30am to film so I just relax and go to bed at my normal time of 10.30pm. I know I can function on a few hours of quality sleep; I do that by not drinking coffee and avoiding heavy restaurant or takeaway meals the day before. When you’re a mum, you don’t really come first, but I prioritise exercise because [it makes me] better at work, and a better mum and wife. I love reformer Pilates and I’ve just started running. While I don’t enjoy it, it’s quick and I can do it anytime. I use the Aaptiv app and it’s like a personal trainer Weekend Today, Australian Ninja Warrior returns soon to the Nine Network. Public relations I turned 50 two days ago and I thought I had learnt everything there was to learn. UK, has been life-changing. Then when the captain injured himself, the coach asked me to step up. I’d win because I’m a loser. I convinced myself that was who I was as a person. I was nominated for the Gold Logie for something like eight years in a row and never won – and that’s much funnier than winning. saying “Fake it until you make it”... but fake it until you it, as well. At the age of 50, to have a complete rethink about who I always thought I was... the relationship with my coach and team made me realise I’m not a loser after all. I played sports as a kid, but I was never a champion or great. I choked under pressure. But playing rugby league and having a team rely on me has made me overcome that. Last year, we were playing a game with 30 seconds to go and I scored a try that won the game. I remember thinking, “I didn’t stuff it up.” My response was, “No, I’m an idiot. Like, do you know what I do for a living?” He told me I was already a leader on the field. I had to convince myself I wasn’t a loser and could inspire a team full of people to win. become But two years ago I started playing disability rugby league and it has deeply affected me. As a comedian, I have never seen myself as a winner. My relationship with my teammates and coach of the Warrington Wolves, the first Physical Disability Rugby League team in the I’m the guy that’s wrong and stumbles in a funny way. Even when I was nominated for awards, I never thought ADAM HILLS Adam Hills: Take His Legs premieres tomorrow at 9.30pm on Network 10 and WIN Network. COMEDIAN, AND RADIO AND TV PRESENTER We won the final and the grand final. There’s that old 6 Body+Soul MHSE01Z01BS - V1
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