TV FAVOURITE ON How to get a body just like Dav­ina’s

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY EMMA PRYER

SHE has the sort of ripped abs you would ex­pect to find on a pro­fes­sional ath­lete, and has sold more than 1.4mil­lion fit­ness DVDs.

But sug­gest to Dav­ina McCall that she must surely work out ev­ery mo­ment of the day to look so fit, and she looks like she has just choked on an ap­ple.

“It’s so funny peo­ple think that,” she says. “Who has time to, un­less it’s your ca­reer? I have three kids – and a day job.”

In­stead, ex­er­cise is some­thing Dav­ina, 51, fits around her fast-paced life as a TV pre­sen­ter, fronting ITV’s ever-pop­u­lar Long Lost Fam­ily and Chan­nel 4 game show The £100K Drop .

Morn­ings are her holy grail for a car­dio blast – her self- con­fessed ad­dic­tion, and a far health­ier one than the wellpub­li­cised booze and drink ad­dic­tion she over­came in her younger years.

She rises at 6.30am most days and does the school run for chil­dren Holly, 17, Tilly, 15, and 12-year-old son Ch­ester.

She then meets friends for a 20-minute, fast-paced 5km run.

If she needs to film early, she wakes at 6am to squeeze in 20 min­utes then.

On other oc­ca­sions, she ad­mits, she will work out to one of her own DVDs. “I just work out to my­self, which is re­ally, re­ally em­bar­rass­ing,” she says.

Dur­ing the school term she man­ages three to four ex­er­cise ses­sions a week.

But she also knows how it feels to be worlds away from lov­ing your body.

Af­ter hav­ing her first daugh­ter, Holly, she re­calls: “I didn’t think I’d ever be able to walk stairs again. I was just so low on en­ergy and so un­fit.”

And be­ing a mum did noth­ing for her fig­ure. Dav­ina says: “I was eat­ing six meals a day with the kids. I’d eat my break­fast and their break­fast. My lunch and their lunch. I took to spray­ing their left­overs with wash­ing-up liq­uid.

“Then I thought, ‘ What the hell am I do­ing? I gave up drink and drugs, now this?’

“But it’s OK. At times you just do what you can and be kind to your­self.”

When it comes to diet, Dav­ina has also cor­nered the mar­ket in sugar- free cook­books.

It is a mantra she lives by, while not deny­ing her­self some­thing she re­ally wants.

But a binge on mince pies and cream over

Christ­mas was “very much the ex­cep­tion”.

Break­fast is usu­ally

War­bur­tons crum- pets. She loves them so much she even car­ries some in her hand­bag. Lunch is often a salad, and for din­ner some­thing slightly more hearty with her kids, such as chicken, rice and chorizo.

While she be­lieves in “eat ev­ery­thing, in mod­er­a­tion”, she rarely has pud­dings.

“Why do kids need to be served sugar af­ter a meal?” she says. “If we do some­thing, I’ll use maple syrup or honey so at least it’s nat­u­ral.” Hop­ing this year to be­come a per­sonal trainer, Dav­ina says the en­ergy and well-be­ing she gets from ex­er­cise has helped her through some hard times.

Her mes­sage is sim­ple: “What­ever your sit­u­a­tion, give it a go.” You can start with our taster here of her lat­est DVD – Power Box & Tone.

De­signed with per­sonal trainer

Sarah Gor man, it com­bines car­dio, box­ing and pi­lates – packed into 10-minute ses­sions to eas­ily squeeze into a busy day.

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Who has time to ex­er­cise all day, un­less it’s your ca­reer? I have three kids… and a job


BOX CLEVER TV’s Dav­ina with our Emma IN­SPI­RA­TION Dav­ina’s trainer Sarah Gor­man

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