My Workout Life: AJ Odudu
DJ and fitness influencer AJ chats workouts, running and roller-skating with MTV Fit!
Ever feel like in amongst work, uni and your social life there's literally no time to work out? SAME. As a full-time DJ and presenter, AJ Odudu knows a thing or two about fitting in fitness around crazy hours. Keep reading for her tips on balancing life and training, running long distances and who to follow for fitness inspiration!
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My favourite workouts
"Running has to be one of my favourites for a number of reasons. It’s inexpensive to do (you only need a pair of good quality running trainers), it allows you to see new places and when I'm running I can listen to a podcast or some music and just zone out. As well as running I enjoy skipping – it’s fun but at the same time really works your body. Moreover, it’s great for your co-ordination and anyone can do it! I tend to skip for around 10 minutes at a time and would do one minute on and then 15 seconds off. I recently tried roller skating and absolutely loved it! It’s a great workout for your legs, core and boosts your balance. More generally, I also enjoy fitness classes like Body Pump and spin. Sometimes someone telling you what to do, and helping you push through often brings out the best in you."
"I have to be honest here and say that sometimes when I’m not feeling it, I just won’t train. We’re all human and we all need a rest now and again! However more often than not when I’m not feeling it, I make sure I remind myself that I will feel amazing after the workout and that’s what motivates me. I also think of the hot bath or shower I’m going to have, the post workout meal or protein shake that I love. I basically think of all the good things that I’ll have when I finish!"
Training with a crazy life/work schedule
"It’s tricky, but you’ve just got to be mindful of creeping into bad habits. When people are busy, fitness and working out are the first things that people stop doing so we’ve got to be mindful of making time to do it. When I am busy and struggling for time, I will often do a series of short bursts of exercise. I will pick five exercises that I really like doing, such as star jumps, press ups, crunches, jump squats and burpees, and then do each exercise for one minute. Also one way to fit training into a busy schedule is to utilise your lunch times with workouts that aren’t sweaty, such as Pilates."
If I could only do one kind of exercise for the rest of my life, it would be...
"Running – fun, affordable, good community feel and you get to see the outdoors. It’s good for cardio, strength and co-ordination and it’s mentally stimulating."
How I keep myself going on long-distance runs
"It’s a funny one, your mind plays tricks on you but at the same time, it can pick you back up and keep you going. When I feel like I’m beginning to crash, I tend to visualise the finish line or the next chunk of the race. I set myself mini-goals such as run to that orange flag or run the next 1K and all of a sudden before you know it, you are at the end and have completed the run. I also remind myself and tell myself that the pain is temporary, that it will soon go once I’ve finished, and that the sooner I finish the sooner it will all be over. I also like to soak up the atmosphere from the crowd and this really motivates me to run for longer."
My ultimate fitness inspiration
"There are so many people who I follow on social media and find inspiring! First up is Adrienne Herbert: she loves running, she’s a great motivational speaker and always makes me get out and get going. She’s just brilliant and someone I really look up to. On top of this, I’m also really proud to call her a friend!
Dr Hazel Wallace is another fitness influencer I really like following. She’s known as the Food Medic, and I really like her medical approach to both food and fitness and the science behind it all.
I love Pilates instructor Hannah Adam. I didn't think I'd ever enjoy Pilates but Hannah has taught me that it's a challenging workout that helps improve your sports performance, emphasising that with a stronger core you can run for longer with good posture and technique, and that overall the rest of your workouts improve."
AJ Odudu will be pacing the Great Manchester Run on Sunday May 20th, taking on the role of a Duracell Bunny Pacer to help participants run for longer. Follow @DuracellUK on Twitter to keep up to date with AJ’s progress.