Me and my health: Aimee Fuller discusses her lifestyle
The 25-year-old slopestyle snowboarder, who represented Great Britain at the 2014 Winter Olympics, was born in London and moved to Northern Ireland aged 16. She lives in Helen's Bay and shares her time between here and the London home of her boyfriend, Ross Vaughan (25), from Holywood, who works in Formula One.
Q: Do you take regular exercise - and if so what?
A: As well as the days I train on snow I also do two-hour gym sessions five days a week which involves working out with weights. This is in addition to two cardio sessions where I run on the beach or cycle. My fitness programme also includes interval training and yoga three times a week.
Q: What's the worst illness you have had?
A: I've been very lucky with my health but I had the worst foot injury of my career three years ago so I couldn't train at all. Then I took an infection which had to be treated with antibiotics - it was brutal. I was so weak and so ill for weeks. My system had gone into total shock so I needed to take good care of myself. Fortunately the medication helped me get back and it took another while for me to recover my full fitness.
Q: How healthy is your diet?
A: It's pretty good. I always start the day with eggs which are rich in protein which is important for me. In between meals I snack on things like avocado, almond butter, seeds and fruit. Lunch is always high in protein again, so fish or chicken with plenty of veggies. I love curries, such as Tandoori for dinner, courgetti and cauliflower rice. I also eat carbs such as sweet potatoes, quinoa and oats in between fitness sessions.
Q: Any bad habits?
A: Coffee - but now I drink my cappuccino made with almond milk which I feel makes it healthier. I'm addicted to almond butter which I eat a lot of and my favourite thing is ice cream.
Q: Do you drink and/or smoke - if so, how much?
A: I don't smoke but enjoy a sneaky vodka and tonic occasionally - it's all about finding the right balance. When I'm travelling for training I don't drink any alcohol - I haven't had a drink in five weeks, as it doesn't help in any way with recovery (from training) so I avoid it. I didn't see my boyfriend Ross on Valentine's Day so we will be getting together again in a few days and you can be sure I'm going to enjoy a few vodkas.
Q: Do you take any health supplements?
A: Vitamin C, Berocca and Naturya Superfoods, the latter of which is a powdered greens formula which is brilliant for getting all the goodness of vegetables when I don't have time to eat fresh varieties. I take this everyday when I'm travelling as it is so convenient and efficient.
Q: How do you take time out?
A: Spending time with my family, my friends and my boyfriend. Despite the fact that I'm an athlete I still like to stay active even in my downtime. When I'm not training I go cycling with my parents and then stop off at a nice cafe to enjoy some good food - that to me is a perfect day out.
Q: How well do you sleep?
A: Pretty well, but I like to make sure I get eight hours sleep especially if I have a big day ahead of me. I go to bed early especially when I'm competing. I'm also an early riser as I will need to prepare when I've got a day of training and hitting the slopes. It's hard for me to lie in as I want to get up and get the day started. When I'm in the UK I go to bed about 10.30pm and get up at 7.35am and in the States bedtime is 9.30pm and I'm up again at 6.30am and always do yoga before I train.
Q: Do you worry about getting old?
A: Not at my age, but in terms of my sport it is a concern. Your body is subjected to a lot of knocks when snowboarding is a lot so getting older is something that I worry about all that will definitely impact upon me later. Part of the reason I train is to stay strong and flexible so I'm taking less impacts from jumps. Ageing is a gift and I find my nan really inspiring. She is in her late 70s and is still enjoying life so much and I hope to follow in her footsteps. She lives in Kent but comes over to visit me all the time in Helen's Bay and loves the lifestyle here. We got her a bicycle for a Christmas present and she was out and about on it. Now she wants to move over here to live she loves it so much. There are many beautiful places to cycle to here.
Q: What is your go-to product of habit that keeps you feeling healthy?
A: It has got to be almond butter as it's such a rich source of protein and a quick fix after a training session.
- Aimee Fuller has recently achieved three out of five top places in the World Cup as part of her 2018 Winter Olympics qualification bid