She's given up worrying about her thighs, but a busy workout routine combined with an active family life helps keep the TV presenter fit, she tells Zest's Victoria Tremlin.
She brought us expert commentary and iced the BBC's Olympics coverage with her glamorous glaze. Gabby Logan is aged 39, a working mum of twins and always seems to look fabulous. But staying on top of her game doesn't come easy.
Gabby admits, 'Every morning I do some Tibetan wake-up exercises. Then I do stomach and arm exercising – and that’s all while I’m still in my pyjamas before the family get up.
'I used to have a Russian personal trainer who was a brilliant lady. The sessions were a mix of cardio, conditioning and yoga.'
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It sounds like an extreme regime, but like most of us, Gabby has to fit her workouts around a busy work and family schedule.
'If I can, I’ll go for a run. Sometimes I’ll put the kids to bed and then go for a swim about 8pm. I’ll do a bigger workout if I have some free time in the day. If I can only do two workouts a week I don’t feel as good but it’s better than nothing,' she says.
These days, Gabby is a big supporter of the 'strong not skinny' message. She says, 'Exercise is for health as opposed to fitting into a smaller dress.'
But this wasn’t always her mantra. She admits it took a decade for her mindset to change.
'It’s different when you’re living as a single woman on your own to having a family. I now eat more healthily and properly. My approach to exercise is about maintaining my health, feeling good about myself and boosting my energy. Your skin feels better, your body works better and you sleep better. It took me quite a few years to realise that eating better and exercising better were going to make me feel happier.
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'How you feel is more important than how someone else judges you. I gave up wishing I had slimmer thighs a long time ago. Your thighs will be what your thighs will be. I’ve also given up wanting the model thighs I see in magazines.
'When you’re on telly you need to feel and look relaxed to give a good performance. You don’t want to have to worry if you’re holding your tummy in, your shoulders are back and if everything is in place.'
Gabby gets up close to the most exciting moments in both British and international sport and chats to the athletes of the moment. Are there really any downsides to the job?
'Sport takes place when everyone else is having their down time – and that’s when I’m working. I miss out on family things on Saturdays – like taking my son to rugby,' she says.
Alongside her day job, Gabby is mum to twins aged seven. How does she squeeze in time to exercise between making sandwiches and doing the school run?
'We go on bike rides together and swim as a family. The kids have even been for a run with me - my daughter sprinted off like Mo Farah. Sometimes my son will jump on his bike and cycle next to me as I run.'
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