Davina McCall reveals what it REALLY takes to get a body like hers at 55 – but admits it needs a lot of work (and plenty of air freshener!)
Davina McCall has given a comprehensive insight into the disciplined health regime that helped her develop the physique of someone half her age.
At 55-years old, the presenter, a mother-of-three, is in the shape of her life after devoting herself to ritualistic daily workouts – but its not your average hour in a local gym.
While many are content to dip a cautious toe into the increasingly popular world of health and fitness, Davina has embraced it as a full-time lifestyle choice that would leave most people exhausted – and searching for the nearest air freshener.
Speaking to The Mirror, the My Mum, Your Dad presenter revealed she sets her alarm for 6:15am each day and immediately pulls on her Lycra workout gear, because it motivates her to exercise, even when she doesn’t want to.
‘I just put on a workout outfit because it means that I’m always ready,’ she said. ‘If I start my day in civvies I am not going to work out, it’s never going to happen.’
DAVINA’S DAILY PLAN
1. Wake at 6:15am
2. Breakfast consisting of powdered bovine collagen and granola with milk
3. Brisk dog walk with weighted gloves
4. Regular daily workout (again with weighted gloves) – to be changed periodically
5. Main meal at lunchtime – ‘usually something like pasta or courgetti or eggs with something’
Then comes breakfast, but bacon, eggs and a piping hot cup of coffee are most definitely not on the menu for the health conscious star.
‘I have the powdered bovine collagen,’ she admitted. ‘I’d probably have granola and milk for breakfast, but sometimes, if I’m naughty, I’ll do a crumpet.’
Unfortunately the granola comes with some potentially embarrassing consequences – so anyone considering a similar breakfast should probably give lifts and crowded rooms a wide berth.
She warned: ‘If you’re new to it, just make sure you’re around friends because it’s very, very farty. It’s just got so much fibre in.’
After breakfast comes a brisk dog walk with family pooch Bo a regular presence on her Instagram account – but it comes with the added burden of weighted gloves
‘I use them for walks, for all my exercise – even if I’m using dumbbells, I’ll still wear them,’ she said. ‘They’re just half a kilogram, but you’ll feel it. They’re the single greatest piece of kit I’ve ever used.’
The presenter also restructures her daily workouts on a regular basis, meaning she’s never doing the same routine for too long – a tactic that ‘challenges and shocks’ the body.
Davina’s mealtimes have also been tailored around her healthy lifestyle, with the presenter opting to eat her main meal at lunchtime instead of the more conventional early evening.
And the presenter, who has been teetotal since her twenties after an early struggle with drugs and alcohol, says her approach to health and fitness has helped her overcome the menopause
‘I know you must think it’s a faff, but I do feel normal again and dare I say, sometimes I feel better than I have done in years and years,’ she said. ‘So for me, the faff is worth it.’
Davina recently insisted that you don’t have to ‘give up on intimacy and sex’ as you age.
The presenter is fronting a new dating show My Mum, Your Dad for middle aged parents looking to find love again.
And she reflected on passion in later in life saying that once kids have flown the nest it can be the perfect time for things to be reignited.
She told The Sun: ‘What I like about the show is it’s a nice reminder to society that you don’t give up on intimacy and sex when you’re in your forties, fifties and sixties.
‘Actually, they could be the sexiest time of your life, when the baggage of kids is gone, they’ve all flown the nest, and you can actually go for it again!
‘With kids it’s like, “Shh. Oh my Gosh, they could walk in at any moment.” So when you do have time to yourself and they are around less, that is an amazing time to try to rekindle something.’
Davina herself knows all too well about finding love again when that little bit older.
In 2017, she announced her separation from Matthew Robertson, her husband of 17 years who she shares three children with Holly, 21, Tilly, 19, and 16-year-old Chester.
Two years later she went public with her romance with hairdresser Michael Douglas, 48, who she is still happily dating.