Thursday 21 February 2019

TV star Trisha Goddard (60) has a fitness regime that would give Miranda Kerr a run for her money

Trisha Goddard
Trisha Goddard
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

TV presenter and actress Trisha Goddard (60) has a fitness regime so wholesome and varied, it would give Miranda Kerr a run for her money.

Every day, the gregarious British star spends half an hour doing weights, and she runs between seven and ten kilometres. Once a week, she practises gyrotonics – a training method which fuses yoga, dance, tai chi and swimming.  She also hikes, rollerblades, cycles, paddle boards, and kayaks in her spare time.

Ten years ago, when Goddard was diagnosed with breast cancer, she decided that she would continue to exercise throughout her treatment.

“I kept that up with some differences during the chemo. If my old gym teacher saw this she’d clutch her heart and fall to the floor. When I was diagnosed with cancer, I didn’t know if I was going to get through it, and now I tend to appreciate the wind and rain in my face because it means that I’m alive. I don’t take anything for granted now.”

“People say you’re so lucky that you’ve so much energy [to exercise], and I say ‘come and be lucky with me in the park in the rain for an hour and we’ll rollerblade together’.”

“Because of the practises I developed when I was going through the chemo, keeping my bone strength up, weight training, I don’t have the attendant problems of osteoporosis.”

“I find gyrotonics good for lengthening and strengthening limbs.” She added: “The best combat against menopause is muscle strength, diet, exercise, and keeping your weight down.”

“I still keep doing the baths with bath salts and clover tea. I developed a lot of healthy practises when I had cancer, and I still hang onto those.”

Goddard, who was on medication for the last ten years to prevent the return of breast cancer, says her cancer experience was life changing for her.

“Given the chance you wouldn’t have it back again, but there are some good things that come out of it.”

“I’ve learned not to sweat the small stuff. I ended up divorcing my husband of 20 years. We’d really struggled to keep the marriage together after the breast cancer. He was very traumatised by it all. I’m pretty much a statistic of women who get relationship breakdown and cancer.”

“You do a lot of spring cleaning of relationships when you’ve been through something like that, and we’d fought for the relationship for some time but it wasn’t meant to be.”

She added: “It affects your feeling of womanliness. I really thought I was going to be single from then on - not sadly - I just thought ‘that’s it’.”

Now the TV star, who is currently planning a podcast aimed at over 50s, is in a new relationship.

“Actually my whole experience has allowed me to have a different kind of relationship. I’ve been dating for the last year. I went on a few dates and left screaming, it’s a scary world out there. But I’ve been dating my boyfriend for a year, his first wife passed away from breast cancer. We had a unique starting point. He nursed her to her passing and became a single dad. We had a lot of synergy. There were a lot of sentences that I could start and he could finish, there was that depth of understanding.”

Goddard cites names like Maye Musk, a 70-year-old model and dietitian, and Madonna as women she looks up to.

“Whenever I see people like that, I think there’s no reason I can’t [do it as well]. Even Madonna is six months younger than me, and I go ‘well if they’re doing it, I can do it’.”

In relation to beauty regimes, the star wears SPF 70 on her face every day and she covers up from the sun with hats, sunglasses and scarves. But she has something to say on plastic surgery.

“Boob jobs? Don’t get me started. Once you’ve had it for a life-saving thing (like breast cancer), you can’t understand why anyone would go through it for looks.”

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