Model, polo player and racing car enthusiast Jodie Kidd shares her fitness and beauty secrets
BY Sarah Royce-Greensill | 20 March 2014
There’s no rushing from Barrecore to TRX while nibbling on the latest superfood fad for Jodie Kidd. The 35-year old ex-supermodel advocates a far more relaxed approach to health and fitness.
“Fitness and dieting should never be extreme,” she told the Telegraph in the run-up to the 2014 Be:Fit event in London, of which she is the ambassador. “It should be gradual and balanced. You need to test your body and find what works for you. You need to push yourself and sometimes it does hurt, but it shouldn’t be extreme.”
READ – Jodie Kidd: I’d love to return to modelling with an older head on my shoulders
An advocate of an ’80/20′ lifestyle (sticking to healthy eating 80 per cent of the time while allowing yourself the odd treat), Kidd is one of those increasingly rare types who exercises not because she feels she has to, but because she enjoys it. “A good run should release your endorphins and make you feel fantastic. Unless you’re a sports professional, there is no need to feel stressed over your regime. If you get stressed about training then I think you are going about it wrong.”
Horse riding enthusiast Kidd lists her current fitness regime as simply “running around after my two year old! I spend most of my time in the countryside and incorporate fitness into everyday life such as a long walk or a ride. I am a big lover of sports and staying fit so that helps! For me a fit and healthy body equals a fit and healthy mind.” She also frequents KX Gym when in London, and takes fitness tips for her ex-Special Forces partner.
SEE: How top models work out
As a life-long sufferer of back pain, she is a keen advocate of Pilates. “With a bad back I have to focus on strengthening my core, which Pilates is great for. The core supports your back [so] it’s very important.” The mother of one also credits Pilates with helping to tone up her stomach and abs after giving birth to her son Indio.
Variety is the spice of a fitter life for Kidd, who says that she’s always up for trying new things. “There’s something for everyone”, she says. Her latest favourite fitness find is the activity tracking wristband Fit Bit Flex: “I just wear it on my wrist and it tracks the calories in the food I eat and I work off during the day as well as loads of other cool stuff. It’s great!” However happy she is to try new things, one class she admits not enjoying is spinning: “I am not a natural spinner.”
READ – The Knowledge: Jodie Kidd on how to cope with back pain
At 6’2″, Kidd caused quite a stir when she began modelling aged 16, with critics claiming that her slender frame could encourage eating disorders in young girls. Despite the criticisms, designers including Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and Saint Laurent (then YSL) clamoured to book the ‘locust model’, as she was then nicknamed.
READ – Jodie Kidd reveals rush of motherhood
Leading an active, outdoor lifestyle helped Kidd to maintain her slim physique, although she admits that she had to be careful not to gain too much muscle in her modelling days. “I did exercise regularly to stay toned and lean while avoiding too much muscle building. Unfortunately it meant I had to avoid Italian restaurants as I adore pizza!”
Aside from the odd slice of pizza and glass of red wine (her ‘guilty pleasures’), Kidd has always taken a healthy approach to nutrition. “I eat as organically and healthily as I can. I love juicing”, she explains. “I couldn’t live without my Hotpoint Slow Juicer. I can make delicious combinations of organic fruit and vegetable juices. I throw anything and everything in it!”
READ – Jodie Kidd’s top tips for looking good on a horse
For beauty advice, the racing car fanatic often turns to her make-up artist sister, Jemma. Her favourite brands include Caudaulie, Elemis and Guinot: “I like to treat my skin to a little revival now and then so Guinot facials are great for that. They make me look and feel fresh. I also love to sneak off to the Caudaulie Spa for a treat.”
For relaxation, she looks for “anywhere that has a spa, is located on a quiet beach, with a beautiful backdrop, and possibly some yoga classes thrown in. The W Retreat in the Maldives is meant to be great.”
Beach-side spas, a relaxed approach to working out and pizza: this is one supermodel regime we wouldn’t mind following.
Jodie Kidd is an ambassador for Be:Fit London, the women’s health and fitness festival taking place on March 28-30 at Old Billingsgate, London. Book tickets now at befitlondon.com
- ^ READ – Jodie Kidd: I’d love to return to modelling with an older head on my shoulders (fashion.telegraph.co.uk)
- ^ KX Gym (www.kxlife.co.uk)
- ^ SEE: How top models work out (fashion.telegraph.co.uk)
- ^ Fit Bit Flex: (www.fitbit.com)
- ^ READ – The Knowledge: Jodie Kidd on how to cope with back pain (fashion.telegraph.co.uk)
- ^ READ – Jodie Kidd reveals rush of motherhood (fashion.telegraph.co.uk)
- ^ READ – Jodie Kidd’s top tips for looking good on a horse (fashion.telegraph.co.uk)
- ^ befitlondon.com (www.befitlondon.com)
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