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S H E S AY S

Talented, self-assured and driven, Edith Bowman knows
exactly where she's headed - straight to the gym...
photography by BEN D UF F Y

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HAIR & MAKE-UP: MALIN COLEMAN STYLING: SABRINA HENRY EDITH WEARS: T-SHIRT, MAISON KITSUNÉ; BLACK JEANS, JITROIS

o you enjoy exercising? How much
effort does it take you to actually do
some form of fitness once you've put
on the gear? And I'm not talking about taking
a walk to the coffee shop in your gym stuff to
get a weird-but-healthy green latte. I'm talking
about blood, sweat and a few tears. It's taken
me a long time to want to do exercise and I
now feel slightly perturbed if I haven't done
at least two things in a week. I've changed.

NOW IS THE TIME
At school, I was super sporty: I played hockey,
football, basketball and badminton, I went
to dance and karate classes, and I also went
snowboarding, which I still love. I think as soon
as sport became a choice rather than part of my
daily curriculum, it fell down the pecking order.
Over the years, I've tried every fad, app and
class going - I have signed up for sessions
with various personal trainers and so-called
body gurus. But it's taken a long time for me to
actually find my 'thing' - an exercise regime

AS SOON AS SPORT
BECAME A CHOICE RATHER
THAN PART OF MY DAILY
CURRICULUM, IT FELL DOWN
THE PECKING ORDER
that fits in with my lifestyle - I have very
little time to myself - and that leaves me
feeling good.
 I was never a natural runner - I haven't
entered any running competitions, and I'm
not about to start, but I do jog about 4-5k at my
own pace two or three times in a good week.
I also do a 50-minute hot yoga class called
The Fix, which I try to get to every Thursday

lunchtime - I love and hate it in equal
measure. It's genuinely still an effort not to
put something else in the diary at the time
of the class. But as soon as the initial
balancing poses are over, there's a point
at which I can enjoy it. Namaste.

MENTAL BOOST
Recently, I asked a friend who goes to
the gym at 7am every morning what
keeps her motivated. She said she
finds it de-stressing and beneficial for
her ever-fluctuating mental health,
adding that exercise also made her
more inclined to eat healthy food.  
Another friend, Gem, like me, also
lately found her 'thing' and it's changed
her life. Cycling - not a spin class, but a
real bike with those funny shoes that lock
your feet to the pedals. She's just cycled
over 100 miles... for a laugh.
Truth is, I'm happier than I've been in
years, and while that's down to a number
of things, regular exercise has played
a big part in this. I'm comfortable
with myself and where I am in
life, and maybe, just maybe,
I'm allowing myself to
celebrate that. Why not? B
 
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