Davina McCall, 51, addresses fitness backlash and admits she's addicted to exercise
Davina McCall has become a headline fixture in recent months for her six-pack bikini selfies and string of workout DVDs. In fact, the 51-year-old is so into her fitness regime, she’s admitted she considers herself to be addicted to exercise.
McCall made a guest appearance on ‘This Morning’ and opened up to presenters, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, about the social media backlash she faces on a daily basis in regards to her love of keeping fit.
“People are like, ‘are you addicted to exercise?’. I could think of worse things to be addicted to,” she admitted. “If I could, I would go five or six times a week.”
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— This Morning (@thismorning) January 4, 2019
The television presenter, who famously struggled with a drug and alcohol addiction in the past, also took the opportunity to open up about how she deals with online trolls.
“What I love about social media is that it is a way to respond in your own way, you’ve got a voice,” she revealed. “That’s quite interesting and I always think it’s a good thing and also a bad thing. There are times I want to respond, and I’m not going to, and that’s hard. I sit on my hands and think, ‘don’t do it’.”
Hi. It is the beginning of the summer . And this is a 👙 selfie. And it probably won’t be the last . No apologies. Because I cannot quite believe I am posting pictures of myself in bikinis still 😃I get asked all the time how many times I work out a week 💪🏻. 3 times minimum … 4 ideally.. 45 mins to an hour . Can’t run at the mo so I do a mixture strength and cardio … i have so much to be grateful for… my kids are number one but right behind them at no 2 is how my fitness journey has made me feel . If I’m groggy, sluggish, negative it always sorts me out … if you are starting … start slow.. set small goals.. achievable goals.. you will get to where you want to be. I did. And if I did. ( after years of yo-yo dieting and binge exercise) You can. #ownyourgoals #fitness #motivation
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McCall is often praised for the bikini selfies she shares via Instagram but the social media platform also gives trolls a voice with many accusing her of being ‘far too thin’.
Some followers have even gone so far as to accuse McCall of encouraging eating disorders.
In response, McCall admitted: “I don’t care what people say about that, because if I believed I was a bad role model I wouldn’t do what I was doing. Everybody is going to have an opinion, I try not to read it too much.”
Bye bye France 🇫🇷. Back next year… I’ve been very French the last two weeks ( je suis moitié française) 😂😂😂 and the best bit of all …. the kids have totally grown in confidence with their French too … oh and France winning the World Cup … 👍🏻
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“I just think, ‘I’m going to post this. I’m 51, I feel in good shape’, and I know that looking at other people’s posts, I follow people to be inspired. I don’t follow people to troll them.”
Last month, McCall took to Instagram to share a defiant message to critics alongside a bikini snap.
Yay you lucky people … it’s dvd time ( Boxing Day #powerboxandtone ) which can only mean one thing. Gratuitous pictures of me in a bikini … Dont care what you think 😂😂👍🏻 I feel good in my skin. And leading a healthy life is a huge part of why I feel body positive. I don’t judge anyone for the life they choose or the shape they are . Life is too frickin short … if you hate all of this stuff then seriously unfollow me. But if you are shy Lycra wearer or a new mum or just really struggle getting out of the house or just need to crack out 10 mins quickly before work ( I did morning gratitude this am and then abs and arms….) then download the dvd. I do it all the time … short workouts .. or 1 long one if u fancy a challenge🙌🏻 hugs this Christmas 🎄 you are lovely 😊 and you @sarahblendfit are particularly lovely … thank you for being part of my life . ❤️
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“Don’t care what you think,” she wrote. “I feel good in my skin. And leading a healthy life is a huge part of why I feel body positive. I don’t judge anyone for the life they choose or the shape they are. Life is too frickin’ short… if you hate all of this stuff then seriously unfollow me.”
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