'Do what works for you': Meg Lanning on staying active

‘Do what works for you’: Meg Lanning on staying active

Each week on Women’s Health news, we’re learning how different women manage their health alongside their careers and other work.

This week, meet Meg Lanning, cricket superstar and captain of the national women’s team. Meg, who is currently in hotel quarantine before her big game, says that one thing she’s beginning to take on is meditation, which has helped her escape from all the negative news around her.

Meg was a guest on the third season of our Women’s Agenda podcast series, The Leadership Lessons.

Catch Meg and the Australian Women’s Cricket Team take on India in the CommBank Series starting Tuesday 21 September. More information at cricket.com.au/fixtures

In the morning, I…

I think generally, over the last couple of years, I try to be active in the mornings as soon as I wake up. I’ll get up, go for a walk and grab a coffee. I love my coffee. It’s something to look forward to every morning and gets me going. I’m currently in hotel quarantine, so obviously there isn’t much to do. I can’t go outside, but I’ll try to do a little bit of exercise however I can. It sets me up for the day before I have to move on to other things I need to do.

My exercise routine includes…

Running or weights. I try to alternate between the two, and again, I’ll do this in the morning so that I feel productive right from the start of the day. If I leave to the afternoon, things tend to get in the way. I’ll try to get my workout out of the way in the morning, so that I don’t have it in the back of my mind throughout the day.

My favourite workout is…

Going for a run outside with nice scenery. It’s not something I always enjoyed, and I think I could only run 200 meters max. But in the last five years, I started to enjoy running a lot more. While it’s a bit more difficult now with the restrictions and what not, but I’m lucky I have a few nice trails and tracks quite close to home that allows me to go out there and see all the nice scenery. There’s plenty of wildlife out there as well. It’s nice to just put on the headphones, head out there, and it’s just a bit of freedom, especially with all the restrictions in place.

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I find balance in…

Catching up or chatting with friends and family. But I’ve also recently started to do a little bit of meditation, which is something that I thought I would never get into, and I wasn’t too sure of the benefits of it. There’s a little bit more time these days that you spend by yourself, and with all the negative news out there at the moment, it’s hard to just think about that all the time. So I decided to allocate at least 20-30 minutes a day to try and stop my mind wondering on all the negative stuff, and just try to focus on what’s happening here and now.

On health, I encourage women to…

Find out what works for them and do what you enjoy. I know generally when you do something you enjoy, you start to do it more consistently and you look forward to it. So, that my message to women. There’s so many ways to be active and find balance in your life. It’s just about what works for you, because if you try to copy other people, I don’t think it will be overly successful.

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