Binky: ‘ex­er­cise helps my anx­i­ety’

MIC’S Binky is here to tell us why she’s feel­ing fit­ter than ever this year

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Binky Fel­stead loves to talk. We could hon­estly spend all day with her dis­cussing any­thing and ev­ery­thing, but top of our agenda is her be­com­ing the new face of Ree­bok – a pretty big coup for the 26-year-old Made In Chelsea star. What we love about Binks is that while she loves work­ing out – ‘high in­ten­sity is my fave’, she tells us – it’s as much about the men­tal as it is the phys­i­cal. And, much like us, she’s still fig­ur­ing out how to be an adult – and her mum’s still teach­ing her how to cook…

Hi, Binky! How did your new gig with Ree­bok come about? I’ve al­ways loved Ree­bok. I went to their Be:fit fes­ti­val – I loved all the team, we got chat­ting and amaz­ingly we worked some­thing out. Are you one of those peo­ple who wears gymwear ca­su­ally? Yeah, gymwear has be­come very fash­ion­able now. I get up in the morn­ing, put it on, take my dog for a walk and go straight to the gym; then I might go again later. What does your usual fit­ness regime look like? I work out with my per­sonal trainer Ty­rone Bren­nand. We do an hour of car­dio in the morn­ing, with 30 min­utes on the tread­mill and up­hill sprint­ing. We also do cir­cuits and lots of high-in­ten­sity train­ing, which gets the fat go­ing!

Do you love high-in­ten­sity work­outs? Yeah, I like ton­ing as well. I’m not re­ally into slower work­outs, like yoga or Pi­lates. I’m not par­tic­u­larly flex­i­ble. I like work­ing up a sweat and feel­ing my heart pump­ing. Do you bounce out of bed for the gym, or do you se­cretly hate work­ing out? Some days it can be a strug­gle, but I try to get my­self in the work­out mood in the car on the way there. But when I’m done, it sets me up for the rest of the day. I feel so feel much bet­ter about ev­ery­thing. It con­trols my anx­i­ety as well, which is quite nice. What do you do later in the day? I run round the park most days. It boosts my en­dor­phins. Are you con­stantly trying to do more and more? I love my food, so there’s no dan­ger of me be­ing too skinny – ever! I live to eat, so I work out so I can do that. Is the gym my life? No! What’s your diet like? I opt for sim­ple things, like chicken with veg­eta­bles, but my mum is trying to teach me how to cook so I can start be­ing more ad­ven­tur­ous. At the mo­ment I or­der a lot of take­aways. What do you lis­ten to when you work out? Hard house or a bit of rap – no slow songs. What do you like to work out in? I love my white Ree­bok hoodie and all the Ree­bok leg­gings and sports bras are re­ally com­fort­able. I like work­out gear with bold pat­terns that flat­ter your fig­ure. Is it im­por­tant to you to look good while you’re work­ing out? Yes! Not that I wear much make-up when I go to the gym. Do you have any New Year’s res­o­lu­tions? Hun­dreds. I think 2017 is about work­ing hard and trying to get a few more projects un­der my belt. Do you have plans to go away? Sadly, I don’t have any­thing booked – un­less some­one wants to whisk me away some­where! Do you ex­er­cise more be­fore a hol­i­day? I have to. I mean, you want to look good in a bikini, don’t you? I work out, I cut out carbs and fake tan plays a big part in mak­ing me feel amaz­ing. What’s next for you? There are ex­cit­ing things com­ing up and MIC will be huge for me in 2017. There’s even more drama in store for you? I hope not! I’ve ac­tu­ally been quite lucky. It could’ve been a lot worse if I didn’t have sup­port, but I feel very loved. Are you more thick-skinned now? Yes, and I think I’ve grown up a bit. I want to start think­ing about big­ger things.

Binky is wear­ing the new Ree­bok women’s col­lec­tion, avail­able at ree­bok.co.uk

Binky hits the gym with her PT Ty­rone

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