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Chemmy Alcott Talks Motherhood and Advice For Her Younger Self

2 MIN READ • 1st March 2022

The four-time Olympian talks multitasking as a mum and the advice she'd give to her younger self

What’s your daily routine?

“Normally, I’ll start the day with a cooked breakfast of eggs and salmon and then I’ll take my sons to school on the e-bike with them in the front. Even though I live in a very flat part of London, I use the assistance because the boys are constantly asking me to go faster! After that, I’m in the gym lifting weights or doing a functional fitness class, and then I’m back at home ready to start work. I love my morning set up – it makes me feel immense.”

How do you find time to exercise as a busy mum?

“With my eldest just starting school, it’s really important to make my life as efficient as possible. I need to work out – it makes me feel alive and enables me to be the best version of myself. There’s a gym where my youngest goes to nursery, so once I’ve dropped him off, I can go straight into my workout, and there’s really no excuse. My advice would be to make your exercise routine habitual and part of your daily programme, then you’re more likely to stick with it.”

What has motherhood taught you so far?

“Being an athlete is the most selfish existence in the world. All you do is wake up every day and think about how you can be better, faster and stronger, but then when you become a mum, your focus is purely on the health and happiness of someone else. In the beginning, I didn’t have a very good balance because I had very little me time and felt like I lost a bit of myself. Eventually, I reached out for help and that enabled me to be a more present mother when I was around, but then if I was travelling for work or something, I could focus on me and getting the job done.”

Describe what self-care means to you?

“I really enjoy yoga. I have the Glo app and you can do a session that suits you, whether you have 10 minutes or 90 minutes. I also try and have a Thai massage once a month. I don’t really do well with gentle ones, so the more pressure, the better! My yantra mat is great for me too because I struggle with sleep. It’s quite sore when I first lie on it, but as my body relaxes and releases into it, I find it really helps me.”

Do you have any skincare go-tos that you can share?

“I use the Super Facialist vitamin C cleanser because it gives me wake-up vibes. Elizabeth Arden’s 8-hour cream is also great in winter and I use Dragonfly oil because I suffer with rosacea and find that it helps to dull it down.”

What advice would you give to your younger self?

“Learn to just go with the rollercoaster of life, enjoy the highs and challenge yourself on the lows, because they will inevitably come. I’m a bit of a control freak, so I like to plan everything, but I’ve learned that some of the best moments of life are the ones that are unexpected.”

Chemmy is working with Active Iron on their new ‘Better Days. Period’ campaign, which aims to empower women to take action to feel less tired and more themselves during their menstrual cycle. For more information, visit
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Daniella Gray
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Daniella is senior content writer at Health & Wellbeing magazine, which combines her love for writing, food and fitness. Daniella’s love of glossy magazines began when she’d steal copies of her mum’s Marie Claire and buy the latest... Discover more

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