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British number one ski cross athlete shares her fitness tips

Emily Sarsfield is an eight-time British ski cross champion. She was the first British female to win a Europa Cup race, in 2010, and was 11th in the 2008 World Cup finals.

Since she self-funds her sports career, fitting her training schedule around a full-time job is crucial. “It requires a lot of discipline and commitment,” says Emily. “As an adrenaline junkie, I love getting involved in anything that gets the heart racing.”

Emily’s fitness tips:

1. Avoid finding reasons to skip exercising

“It’s easy to avoid training because you’re tired after a busy day. To keep it fun, my sister and friends refer to exercising as ‘endorphin shopping’. It’s amazing how good it makes you feel afterwards.”

2. Always make your training fun

“Don’t be scared of trying something new. If you’re uninspired by the gym, try running outdoors, or something completely different such as climbing. Collect those endorphins any way you can.”

3. Complement training with a healthy, balanced diet

“If you’re investing that little bit of extra effort in your fitness routine, reward your body with nice food rather than junk. Get the protein and vegetables in and leave some of the sugar out.”

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