Wilhelmina Models Dubai has loved having international model Dominique from South Africa on board the past few weeks. Her professionalism and love of healthy living has rubbed off on our team and we only hope to see her back in Dubai very soon. We asked her to share some of her healthy habits with you our lovely audience.
1. How often do you work out and for how long?
I’m a fitness freak, so I work out every day, although some days I can’t due to a grueling work and travel schedule… But majority of the time I work out every day, for an hour at least. I also prefer to work out in the morning. It gives me the focus I need to prepare for the day ahead and honestly if you leave it until the end of the day, you’ll never end up doing it.
2. Is your work out the same each time?
No, I mix it up. I’ll always start with cardio and then I’ll either focus on arms, legs or butt. I also make sure I do a form of abs with every work out. I also sometimes do Power Yoga which is in a heated room, but that depends on which city I am in.
3. How do you determine the best work out for you?
Everybody is different. We all need to see what works for our own specific body. Same goes with eating. So do a workout for a week and see if it gives you the results you want. If not, stop and try something else out.
4. Some of your favourite tricks or tips for our audience to keep in mind when they go to the gym?
Always make sure you have good music… and mix it up! Working out doesn’t have to be repetitive or boring.
5. Do you have a personal motto that inspires you?
Abs are made in the kitchen – it’s 70 % eating and 30 % working out. Also, the only bad workout is the one that you didn’t do! Get your butt to the gym and just do it.
6. How would you describe your eating habits?
I adopt the 80/20 rule. 80 % healthy, 20 % unhealthy. It’s all about balance. We have to enjoy life and eat a cupcake every once in a while! I eat a lot of nuts, and proteins. I don’t eat meat but I eat fish.
7. Any advice to motivate someone to make healthy lifestyle changes?
One step at a time. Start with something small. Make a new goal every week! Fad diets and silly detoxes might change your weight temporarily but a healthy lifestyle changes your mind AND your body permanently.
8. Favourite beauty products?
I love Clarin’s Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil. It’s great for rehydrating skin. I use it every evening… Also, Chia seeds! I know they’re not a beauty product, but every morning I put two teaspoons of chia seeds in to my water bottle which I take to the gym. They are filled with omega 3 and antioxidants. Try it.
9. Fashion icons in your opinion?
Miranda Kerr & Rosie Huntington Whitely.
10. What you like most about Dubai?
The energy. It’s full of opportunity and there is always something happening. I love Dubai!