'Training makes me feel empowered' Alex Scott is our May cover star

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To the onlooker, Alex Scott MBE has always exuded winning confidence at every turn.

Whether that was leading the Lionesses as captain, fronting international sports coverage for the BBC - as the broadcaster will do once more this summer at the Euros in Germany - or appearing on the cover of this very magazine in 2021. And yet, as she fronts Women’s Health for the second time, she tells us she hasn’t always felt so self-assured.

‘When I look back at my last Women’s Health cover, I think I was just so shy and reserved [compared] with the person that was in the room yesterday,’ the former footballer for Arsenal and England, 39, says of posing up a storm on her shoot. ‘I’m more confident, loving my body.'


Speaking of bodies, Alex' is top-to-toe strong - a reality she credits to the fast-paced morning strength workouts that, now that movement is no longer a contractual obligation, she's come to rely on. 'I think it's only over the past year that I've fallen back in love with the dedication of training, because [of] how it makes me feel. It makes me feel empowered. It sets me up for the day.'

She's also joined the ranks of those using a continuous glucose monitor (Alex is using Lingo by Abbott) - something she credits to her data-hungry, tech-curious personality. 'I’m always open to learning with new things, new science and what it can do,' she shares. 'As an athlete, I was always asking for my feedback.'

She continues: 'So wearing the Lingo glucose biosensor has got me back into that mindset of just checking, like, "Okay, am I good? How is my body reacting to what I’m eating? What I’m doing?" Sometimes you just need that little form of education... this is another step for people, [without] going too much into the science, but you can learn and see and help your body out.'

Since she hung up her football boots, Alex’s CV has gone from strength to strength. She's solidified her position as the new main host of Football Focus, published her moving memoir How (Not) To Be Strong and reported at the 2022 FIFA World Cup; her coverage of the women's World Cup the following year was recognised at the Royal Television Society Awards last month, where she picked up the gong for best sports presenter.

In the May issue of Women’s Health, she shares the refreshing approach she's taken towards her career since retiring from professional football. ‘I’ve never limited myself,’ she reveals. ‘I never thought, “I can’t do that,” [or] “I can’t do that.” It was always, “What if?” Like, my mind was always open and bringing it in.’

This has also seen Alex insist on being wholeheartedly herself - both on screen and off. ‘Obviously, I’ve been on the BBC for many years, but because you are, people [presume] that, oh, you should only dress in a certain way,’ she notes. ‘So I think I always have to stay true to not conforming to what people’s ideologies are of a certain TV presenter…no, you can be your true, authentic self. It’s always within a realm.’

While Alex has a huge squad of adoring fans, the bleak reality of the world in which we live is that she’s also had to endure misogynistic and racist comments, questioning her credentials. Asked whether she ever uses the comments directed at her as ammunition, she told WH: ‘You’re rubbing all the people like them up the wrong way. I think it’s always how you hold yourself in those situations, instead of coming back in an attack - that’s why I love someone like Michelle Obama.’

Alex continues: ‘She holds so much grace and dignity and can deliver such a strong, powerful message to be like, here I am, I’m gonna keep thriving…I’m gonna keep killing you with my kindness and doing my job to a level you cannot stand.’

Away from the studio, Alex has also embraced other aspects of her personality. ‘My red carpets and my fashion changing, it’s just me growing as a human and learning more about myself or surrounding myself with different people who have inspired me or pushed me to get out of a comfort zone,’ she explains, of her recent experimentation with fashion.

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As she approaches 40 later this year, Alex is prioritising enjoyment - including in her relationship. ‘I’m in this bubble at the moment…I am more open to accepting and being more vulnerable and I’m absolutely enjoying this stage,’ she explains. ‘I’m enjoying being like, okay, I’m just gonna roll with this. I think, before, I was very walls up. All those walls have, like, come down.’

Read the full interview in the May issue of Women's Health, available to buy now or read as a digital edition - get instant access when you subscribe now.

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