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Laura Ruthnum / Q&A

11th October 2016

11th October 2016

By Shivraj Bassi

Laura fell in love with dance before training in ballet and contemporary. Now a personal trainer in London, she sat down with Innermost to explain her outlook on wellness and maybe get some help finding out why she never has any luck with her applications for the London Marathon!

“My mum took me to my first dance lesson when I was three years old and I was hooked! Dance has been a part of my life ever since. I trained in ballet and contemporary, and then studied dance in New York. Growing up, I’ve also played lacrosse, rugby and took part in swimming and athletics. For me, sport and fitness isn’t just about the physical. It’s given me huge amounts of confidence and helped me make some wonderful friends. I really started to understand wellness and nutrition about 3 years ago. Now finding ways to make fitness and nutrition work together has become a passion - self-confessed health geek! My overall advice on health and nutrition is to make it work for you. Just because you might see people on social media doing certain things doesn’t mean you should be doing it. Your health and fitness is about you so find what works for you and remember that it’s a journey, not a destination!”

Favourite Innermost Blend & Booster?

The Lean Protein post-workout to help build some lean muscle while encouraging my body to tone and define. The Energy Booster for the energy rush before and during my workouts.

What's your hustle?

Helping individuals understand the importance of living mindfully as a complete lifestyle, rather than an afterthought. It’s incredible to see the physical, and psychological, differences in people after they commit to living in a more healthy way.

What do you do to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

I'm all about health and wellness as an overall approach to life. This includes keeping stress levels down, maintaining a good sleep routine, eating what makes me feel good and to keep myself moving. At the end of the day, it’s all about doing what makes YOU happy.

What does #liveinnermost mean to you?

You can do anything you want to! Your body may resist but it's your mind that breaks through barriers and shows your body who’s boss. Everyone is capable of achieving more than they think possible - it comes down to motivation, perseverance and consistency.

Usual breakfast?

I always start the day with a pint of ice water and a green tea/bullet coffee. After a fasted workout, I re-fuel with protein pancakes or a bowl of Zoats in winter. If I’m feeling naughty I’ll add a little bit of homemade crunchy peanut and cinnamon butter on top!

Biggest health vice?

Nut butter!! Self-confessed addict. I’m also super into "protein baking", which usually leads to an abundance of protein doughnuts in my apartment!

Your last workout?

HIIT for my upper body. We’re talking plank jacks, press-ups, tricep dips and mountain climbers. Followed by sprint training on an inclined treadmill. I always finish each session with a big stretch - the ex-dancer in me craves it!

What's on your bucket list?

To run the Virgin Money London Marathon! Sadly I’ve just had my 3rd rejection in 3 years. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong but if anyone has any ideas, do let me know! Also, to cliff jump at Rick's Cafe in Jamaica.

Favourite inspirational quote/words?

"Always remember to be mindful - even when your mind is full." - James De La Vega. That pretty much sums up my approach to life!

You can find Laura doing her thing on Instagram (@LR_Fitness).

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