Mr Motivator made quite the name for himself on GMTV throughout the 1990s. But at 60-years-old, the fitness guru is still going strong and keen to get the nation on its feet. He talks to Carrie Gregory about his latest work with Denise Van Outen and Quaker Oats.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR WORK WITH QUAKER OATS
It’s one of the few products that actually fits in with my healthy regime because I grew up with it. But the idea of putting together two minutes of exercise as a way of getting people to get going seems natural because people always say, ‘I don’t have time’. I know if I can just get you hooked in, then hopefully you’ll start getting some results and start feeling good.
YOU’VE WORKED OUT WITH DENISE VAN OUTEN FOR THIS - WHAT WAS THAT LIKE?
She’s lovely, and I like working with lovely people! We hadn’t met before even though we both did breakfast telly, but she was good, and very adaptable and very powerful. She sweated and I have a feeling that when she’s short of time, she may start using (Quaker Oats) as a method to keep herself fit.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE LOSING MOTIVATION AFTER MAKING NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS TO KEEP FIT?
We should never only do something because it’s the start of the year, I think ‘a new year, a new you’ should happen any time you feel like it. We don’t need the start of the year to kick-start our lives. If you’re someone who started at the turn of the year, here’s what you want to do; get a buddy. And if you can’t, use me as your buddy, because it’s so easy. All you have to do is get online and watch the YouTube videos.
YOU’RE MOTIVATOR BY NAME, BUT WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?
People say to me, ‘Are you always like this? Are you always so cheerful?’ The way I think about it, is that if you’re in a hurry one morning and you don’t brush your teeth, the rest of the morning you don’t feel right, so the first thing you do is rush out and buy a toothbrush and brush your teeth to make you feel good. It’s the same thing with me and exercise. This morning I was up at 6.15am, I did a 30-minute high-intensity workout, had my shower, had some oats and a cup of lemon tea - that was my day set up!
* Mr Motivator and Denise Van Outen are supporting Quaker’s ‘2-Minute Mover’ campaign, which offers simple workouts you can do in the time it takes to cook your porridge.
To see the routines, visit: www.youtube.com/QuakerOatsUK