Keep fit with Tom&cath!

Tom Pit­field on how he and wife, Corona­tion Street star Cather­ine Tyldes­ley, make healthy liv­ing a pri­or­ity

TV Times - - Interview - Elaine Reilly

Per­sonal trainer Tom Pit­field knows all about the pres­sures of jug­gling fam­ily life and healthy liv­ing with hec­tic work sched­ules – he’s mar­ried to Cather­ine Tyldes­ley, who plays Eva Price in Corona­tion

Street. But as par­ents to Al­fie, two, Tom and Cather­ine put fit­ness and eat­ing well at the cen­tre of fam­ily life.

‘I’ve been a per­sonal trainer for more than 10 years – I met Cather­ine where I work! She and I are both so pas­sion­ate about fam­ily fit­ness, we’ve started an In­sta­gram ac­count called The Pit­fields to build up aware­ness and help other busy par­ents,’ says Tom, 30. ‘It’s about how we squeeze in ex­er­cise and get Al­fie to in­ter­act with food and cook­ing. We’ve had a great re­sponse.’

All of which makes Tom an ideal con­trib­u­tor to ITV series Eat, Shop, Save, which con­tin­ues this week with its mis­sion to help fam­i­lies ditch junk food, step up their ex­er­cise and save a for­tune. Here Tom tells us more…

This is your first TV job. Are you ex­cited to see your­self on screen? I’ve en­joyed do­ing the show and we got great re­sults. It’s hard to watch my­self, but Cather­ine says it’s good ex­pe­ri­ence should I want to do more. When Al­fie spots her on Cor­rie he goes mad – it’s so funny. Eva’s a laugh in Cor­rie – and that’s the real deal. It’s Cather­ine be­ing Cather­ine!

What’s the idea be­hind the series? It’s about show­ing fam­i­lies how to break pat­terns and put new rou­tines in place. In the show, the other ex­perts and I con­sult with fam­i­lies. We lis­ten to what they’d like to do and where they strug­gle – then we help im­ple­ment small life­style changes that make a big dif­fer­ence.

What are com­mon bad habits?

In mod­ern life it’s easy to put ex­er­cise and healthy food on the back burner. It must be­come a big­ger pri­or­ity – it’s not just about los­ing weight, it’s also about stay­ing healthy. What are your rec­om­mended tips for a health­ier life­style? Cather­ine and I try to pick a dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­ity to do with Al­fie ev­ery week, like go­ing for a walk or swim­ming at week­ends. It’s re­ally sim­ple and all the lit­tle ac­tiv­i­ties add up. Track­ing ac­tiv­ity lev­els is a great idea too, and most peo­ple can get free step-track­ing on their phones. It re­ally works be­cause you’re try­ing to beat the pre­vi­ous day’s steps! What other healthy de­ci­sions can fam­i­lies make at home? Cather­ine and I each take a turn at cook­ing and meal plan­ning. We get a big gro­cery shop over the week­end so there’s al­ways food in the fridge. If not, you end up go­ing for the fastest op­tion like a take­away. It’s best to de­cide what meals you’ll have each night and shop for them – that way there’s zero waste.

Tell us you have bad habits too! Don’t get me wrong; I don’t live a per­fect life! I do fall into bad habits, but now I’m aware of them I make changes to get back on track. I work in a gym so I’ve no ex­cuse not to ex­er­cise. I’m a big fan of choco­late. If I couldn’t drink for a year, it wouldn’t faze me, but giv­ing up choc­cie bic­cies would be a dif­fer­ent story!

Eva’s a laugh in Cor­rie

– and that’s the real deal. It’s Cather­ine be­ing Cather­ine!

TOM PIT­FIELD

Happy fam­ily: Tom and Cather­ine are pas­sion­ate about health and fit­ness

Step by step: Tom runs through a fam­ily work­out

The real deal: Cather­ine in Cor­rie as Eva, with Shayne Ward as Ai­dan

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