The Fitness Files with Louise Cooney: “Focus on yourself.”

Fitness is so different for everyone, some like to slog it out at the gym while others prefer some zen yoga. We’ve been speaking to some famous faces and asking them everything from how they get motivated to their favourite workout gear.

This week’s Fitness Files is with Louise Cooney and she spoke to VIP about her daily routine.

Your favourite workout gear?
Adidas anything!

How do you get and stay motivated?
I think it’s about staying in routine and creating habits – then you don’t have to motivate yourself as often!

Tell us about your current fitness routine- what’s your workout?
New York has so many great classes to choose from so I’m always trying new classes like Boxing, Barre, Pilates. I also do a lot of weights and try to hit my different body parts, so I’ll do a lower body day, an upper body day, chest & back. Cardio in the form of walking my dog has become a part of my daily routine too!

How many days a week do you work out?
I aim for 4 or 5.

Do you set goals? What are they? Do you think goals are important?
I have in the past but now I just really focus on feeling good and doing the best I can do health wise for my body.

Do you have a workout buddy?
I don’t – I usually work out alone, my schedule can be a bit all over the place so it’s easier that way for me.

Do you think working out and good mental health go hand in hand?
Absolutely! I find it’s the best way to clear my head.

How do you squeeze in your workouts around a busy job and lifestyle?
I’m a morning work out person so if I have a busy day I get up earlier and just try to fit it in.

What routine would you recommend for someone who can only carve out 30 minutes?
A brisk walk in the fresh air or even a quick HIIT session. The body coach does lots of great 20 min workouts on YouTube and you’d be surprised how much you can feel it in 20/30 mins.

What advice do you have for someone who has just joined a gym and is feeling self-conscious?
I know that scary feeling, it’s so intimidating walking into a new gym. I would take time to familiarise yourself with where the different machines/weights are and then get stuck into your routine. Focus on yourself – that’s what everyone else in there is doing!

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