Judy Murray serves up tips for fitness in everyday life
Better known as the mother of Britain’s top tennis player, Judy is a former player herself, with 64 titles under her belt.
Judy has coached many players at regional and national level as part of the Lawn Tennis Association’s programmes, and is founder of the Tennis on the Road initiative to take the sport to schools throughout Britain. She also devised the Miss-Hits programme to involve young girls in sport.
“I am passionate about the value of exercise, particularly for children. There is an upsurge in child obesity. I believe we can combat this and give children a better life by encouraging them to take up sport, or even just a form of exercise,” she says.
“A healthy kid has much more chance of becoming a healthy adult. Most importantly, it should be fun.” Judy’s tips for winning at fitness:
Make it fun
Play with your children. This does not need expensive equipment. Try to make up games that involve co-ordination and exercise that can be played indoors on rainy days. You can use cushions, soft balls or whatever else takes your fancy to engage the kids. You will be surprised at how much you enjoy it.
I spend a lot of time on the road so I can’t commit, say, 40 minutes to working out at the gym every day. I have to take my exercise where I can get it. If I am at home, I will stand on my tiptoes to stretch my calves while I am stirring a pot. When I am on the road, I will pack my skipping ropes. These don’t take up much room and can be used in hotel rooms or wherever. Skipping is high-intensity training. I love it.
If you are in the house and doing exercises, you can say to yourself, ‘I am going to stand on one leg for five minutes’. It is harder than it sounds and produces results. Or you can decide to go for a brisk walk for an hour. You will be surprised at how much further you can go in an hour after a few days.