Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I'm Not for Faddy Diets - I Exercise to Allow Myself a Glass of Wine; Former Olympian Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill Chats to LAUREN TAYLOR about Meditation, Maintaining Fitness and Her Guilty Pleasures

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I'm Not for Faddy Diets - I Exercise to Allow Myself a Glass of Wine; Former Olympian Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill Chats to LAUREN TAYLOR about Meditation, Maintaining Fitness and Her Guilty Pleasures

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Byline: LAUREN TAYLOR

ONE of Britain's most celebrated athletes, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill now mostly runs around after her two kids, rather than around an athletics track - but that doesn't mean she's slowed down.

The 34-year-old famously returned to the heptathlon to win gold at the Beijing World Championships in 2015 - just 15 months after giving birth to her first child, her son Reggie, now five.

Since then, she's hung up her track spikes and had a second child, daughter Olivia, now two, with husband Andy, who she married back in 2013.

She's also launched a fitness app, Jennis, which features short, indoor workouts aimed mainly at pregnant and postnatal women, as well as anyone who just wants to improve their fitness with quick at-home sessions.

We caught up with Jessica to find out about her life post-Olympics.

What's your favourite way to chill out after a long day? LITERALLY just cook a meal and watch Netflix with my husband, something gritty on there.

What's your fitness routine now you've retired from athletics? I TRY to do two circuit sessions a week. I'll do one on a Monday with my husband, then I'll fit one in later in the week, and I'll walk the dog and try and do a hill run session when my daughter is at nursery and Reggie's at school. I'd say I exercise three times a week, and I'll fit in an ab circuit as and when I can.

For me, it's about exercising conveniently. It's body works and high-intensity like burpees, which work your cardiovascular system but also strengthen your muscles and get you really fit.

If I did go down to the track, with the hurdles, I might think, 'Shall I just have a go?' But I'd probably tear my hamstring or something!

How do you cope with stress? EXERCISE! If I've had one of those days - which I had the other day and at the end of it you're just so tired - just doing a circuit, you feel so much better. You can get all your adrenaline and aggression out while exercising, and then you feel much better after.

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