How important is general mental health to you?
Overall health is a marriage between the mental and physical. It blows my mind that we consider our mind different to our body. If you can stay positive, you will give yourself the best chance physically; if you can stay active, you give yourself the best chance mentally. Physical health and happiness go hand in hand. Everything you do exercise wise should be done for both of those things. The same goes for talking to others, nurturing relationships with family and friends, limiting social media and negative news intake. All of these things will affect both your mental and physical health because the two are infinitely connected.
Take us back to 2017 now… Why did you go on Love Island?
I was approached to go on and actually I didn't want to initially. I was in a bit of a dark place and didn't think it was right for me. Clearly, I'm glad I did. It has been a ride with plenty of ups and downs but ultimately it has given me the two people in my life that I’m most proud of. I'm no longer in a dark place, I've learned an incredible amount about myself and what’s important. Most of all, though, I feel content.
You were pretty ripped back then. What do you do to keep in shape these days?
I’m a boxing fanatic, but I’ve started to fall back in love with running. With the gyms closing, regularly getting out onto the roads has been pretty crucial and I forgot how good it is for my general well-being.
What makes boxing special for you?
Boxing is a great discipline. My gym now is Amigo’s in Sidcup, but I was first taken into a boxing gym when I was nine or ten. As a combat sport, it teaches you so much about how your brain works, helps you understand your emotions and how to harness them, whether that’s fear, anger, nerves. It’s so much more than just exercise; it’s an education in yourself, and it’s very humbling.
Finally, alongside that, how important is nutrition?
Nutrition is incredibly important. Without the right fuel, a car will not run properly, and it’s effectively the same when it comes to us as people. Eat bad foods and you'll feel worse. I know it can be difficult to stay on top of, but it’s worth investing time in eating properly. And in those situations where you don't have time, healthy, nutritious, grab-and-go meal replacements like YFood can really help.
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