Laura McGoldrick on happiness, life hacks and emotional health
Laura McGoldrick says prioritizing fitness is key to her happiness and well-being. Photo / Provided
Laura McGoldrick is a host, actress and co-host of The Hits drive. She is married to Black Caps cricketer Martin Guptill and is mother to 4-year-old daughter Harley and one-year-old son Teddy. Here, she shares how she keeps herself fit and healthy, and who she leans on when she needs a helping hand.
The best way getting up and starting in the morning is all about setting two alarms, just in case, and getting my clothes and bag ready the night before. This way, I’m ready to get up and go!
My morning routine starts with a virtual group workout class at home in my garage. It’s called ShadowCamp, and I’m joined by a community of women who all support each other. Classes are usually around 30 minutes long, so you’re indoors and outdoors. This is my “me” moment, before my children wake up. After that, I cook my children’s breakfast, then it’s a bit of a deposit.
I can’t start my day without a good cup of coffee and a hug with my children.
The presentation for me is all about how I feel. When I’ve done my morning exercise, been well hydrated, and eaten a good breakfast, that’s when I feel most presentable and comfortable with myself. I don’t tend to wear a lot of makeup, usually just a touch of mascara unless I need to be glam for TV, although I think a good lip gloss has a lot of power!
I feel better when I love myself. This year, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to hydrate my body every day. I know it sounds a bit silly, but it’s such a simple task that takes less than five minutes and it can make a real difference in doing something good for me every day.
To stay fit and healthy I prioritize the physical movements of my body every day. I try to do a ShadowCamp class every weekday and on weekends I go for a long walk with my kids.
To stay mentally and emotionally healthy
I like to take time for myself without my laptop. I think it’s important to disconnect from the world at certain times.
The best advice
I’ve always been told that your mistakes don’t define you and don’t sweat the small stuff. We can all put so much pressure on ourselves sometimes, but we’re only human. When I make a mistake, I try to learn from it, see the positives and move on.
The values that I live are family is everything and time is precious.
As I get older, I realize how important it is to prioritize who and what you spend your time on.
When the going gets tough, I tell myself “I can handle anything” – and lean on my mom and my best friend, even if it’s just to remind me that I can. It’s important to have people to turn to when the going gets tough. And as tough as I can be, I know I can always ask them for help.
The things that make me the happiest are my family, my friends and a good glass of wine!
On Sunday you will find me at Baker’s Delight buy a Cheesymite scroll to indulge when I get home, before I go to the playground or the park with the kids.
My best life hack is winter, put your gym clothes on the towel dryer the night before. When you wake up, your sports clothes will be warm and you will be more motivated to move your body.