From the workout shorts that are so soft you could sleep in them to the leave-in conditioner that gets post-gym hair (and extensions) looking swishy, GTG's fitness writer Kerry reveals the latest fitness and beauty buys she's loving
Hello, hello! Someone here at Get The Gloss has made the mistake of letting me loose on my very own column, so I’ll be here every few weeks (alternating in the hotseat with my esteemed colleagues, editorial director Victoria Woodhall and beauty director SJ Corfield-Smith) to tell you everything about my favourite new discoveries.
I’ve been writing about health, fitness, wellbeing and beauty for newspapers and glossy magazines for two decades so I’ve developed a sixth sense for what is good… and what is marketing guff. Speaking of which, I’m allergic to all things woo-woo. If Gywneth Paltrow likes it, I probably don’t so please don’t buy me a crystal for Christmas. What I do like, though, is a fitness challenge (GMB TV presenter Susanna Reid got me into one that involved spending 23 minutes outside everyday earlier this year) and targeted solutions for health problems. For example, as a runner cursed with arthritis in my big toes, I spent a couple of years looking into what might help and discovered that turmeric and collagen supplements were game-changers for me.
I’m also hugely optimistic about the power of exercise and sport to improve our lives and our communities – in fact I co-wrote a book on this very subject called All To Play For: How Sport Can Reboot Our Future, with sports industry expert Matt Rogan, which – forgive the trumpet blowing but no one else will do it - was nominated for a Sunday Times Sports Book Award last year.
What else? Alongside the running, I lift weights, play tennis and do yoga to counteract a job spent sitting on my bum, so I’m forever in workout gear. But I’m not exactly the Green Goddess (a reference there for our more mature readers). A reformed ‘90s raver/ club kid and former music journalist, I still have a hedonistic streak, despite now being a sensible (hmmm) mother-of-two. These days I’m all about balance – and I'm always up for trying out a hangover cure.
I’ll be back anon, in the meantime you can find me on Instagram @kerrylouisepotter. Ready? Let’s do this…