It’s been a hell of a ride for Andy Allen these past few years, with the affable Maitland bloke going from apprentice electrician to reality TV hopeful to the host of one of Australia’s biggest TV franchises.
That’s a pretty big whirlwind but the host of MasterChef Junior Australia has managed to keep his feet well and truly on the ground, losing none of his knockabout charm on his journey from backyard BBQs to being one of the country’s most recognisable faces.
So what’s his secret?
“Life is about balance,” he tells Health Hacker.
“I know that might sound cliche but it works. Whether it’s what you feed yourself, or how you treat your mind and body. Everyone is different but it’s about finding the right balance for you.
“My other tip is to just make an effort. Whether it’s with your relationships, work or your exercise, when have you ever made an effort and felt worse off for it?”
There’s been plenty of effort, and plenty of pay-off, for Andy, who has built himself an enviable TV career, mostly driven by the power of his unflappable positivity.
In fact, even a spell in hotel quarantine — which is where he was when we caught up — couldn’t dent his attitude of gratitude.
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“Right now I’m in the midst of a state-mandated hotel quarantine as I’ve come back
to New South Wales from Victoria after finishing filming Junior MasterChef Australia,” he told me.
“For the first few days, even with more time on my hands than ever, it felt so hard to mentally prepare myself to do some sort of exercise. So on day three I got my act together and put together my daily 20-minute workout.
“My motivation in life really comes from being physically active, because I feel better about every aspect of my life.”
HOW TO KEEP FIT IN LOCKDOWN
with ANDY ALLEN
Try Andy’s 20-minute daily workout to keep fit and active, whether you’re still in lockdown or able to get out and about.
It really is enough to get on top of your fitness goals, and everybody can find 20 minutes, right?
“It’s not a massive workout but for me it keeps the mind and body active enough,” Andy says.
Complete five sets of the following:
1. Push-ups, 20 reps
2. Bodyweight squats, 20 reps
3. Burpees, 10 reps
4. Chair dips, 10 reps
5. 60-second plank
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