You might recognize Tiffany Scanlon from The Bachelor Australia, but this bubbly blonde is so much more than a reality TV star! The Perth based beauty has an adventurous spirit, positive persona and abs you could grate cheese on – it’s little wonder we’re totally girl crushing. We sat down with Tiff to find out more about how she stays fit and healthy (and the secret to keeping those ab in top top 6-pack condition).
Have you always been into health and fitness?
I went through phases when I was younger, every couple of years I would get really into it but then lose motivation. I found it very easy in my early twenties to look fit without actually doing much; have big nights out, 2am McDonalds runs and chocolate binges. I’ve been blessed with a fast metabolism but as I have gotten older, my metabolism has slowed and like anybody, if I don’t take care of myself, I put on weight. Now that I am older, I appreciate the importance of regular exercise and a healthy diet a lot more.
What are your favourite ways to:
- Move: nature hikes, ocean swims, jump rope, dancing (not well), running, yoga, pilates, walking my dogs, HIIT training, weight training, anything really!
- Nourish: Smashed avocado on Rye bread with vegemite, feta, roast tomato and poached eggs! Yum yum yum!!! I could eat that all day everyday!
- Believe: I’ve recently started using some mindfulness Apps and realised that training my mind is just as important as training my body. Meditation and listening to inspiring TED talks are also favourites.
How do you motivate yourself on those inevitable ‘off’ days we all have?
I know that I will only feel worse by not doing anything. If I can even just go for a walk or do some sit-ups while watching TV I can still feel I accomplished something. An ‘off’ day here and there is completely okay but I don’t want to get into a habit of it and undo all the hard work I have done.
What’s been the toughest part of your Active Living journey?
Accepting that my body will continue to change and there will be setbacks. When I first started getting serious about my health and fitness I was super strict on my diet and exercise. I achieved amazing results but it wasn’t sustainable. I think that is key; finding a balance that is sustainable and that works for you.
With your busy schedule, how do you find time to work out?
I hate when people use the excuse of not having enough time to work out. I think everyone can find 30-minutes in their day (even if it’s while watching TV) to get moving. My top tip is to go for effective and efficient workouts. I can smash out a HIIT session at home in 30 minutes as opposed to getting to and from a gym and spending an hour on the treadmill or doing weights.
Your abs are seriously next level… what are your favourite ab exercises and top tips for keeping them in shape?
Haha thank you! I believe full body workouts plus a healthy diet are the winning combo to toned abs. Working your abs alone, without overall fat loss, will not get those bad boys showing. My go-to core burners are mountain climbers, burpees, planking and cross jumps! I’ve also been doing a fair bit of Lagress fitness lately which is on a Megaformer (the reformers big brother) and that is seriously a next level core workout!
What does a typical day on your plate look like?
I always have breakfast! It’s my favourite meal of the day. If I am rushed for time I will just have wheatbix and a banana, but If I have time I will make smashed avocado and vegemite on toast and peanut butter with banana on rye toast. I tend to graze throughout the day rather than have big lunch. I snack on apples, carrots, soy crisps. Then for dinner I will have roast veggies, a curry, or stirfry. I always try to include as many vegetables as possible and a serving of meat. I’m an advocate of everything in moderation and the more colourful, the better!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
More so than one piece of advice, I guess I have learnt through experience that you need to just march to the beat of your own drum in whatever direction that takes you. Don’t let others dictate how you should live. You only get one life, so make mistakes, dream big, climb mountains, stomp in puddles, get outside, explore, look after your body and love with all your heart.