techUK President Jacqueline de Rojas Talks Healthy Habits

techUK President Jacqueline de Rojas Talks Healthy Habits

President and Non Exec are titles Jacqueline holds… at the same time! When managing a company, doing anything else on top is superhuman so we caught up with Jacqueline as we had a feeling she had a few healthy habits up her sleeve.

Key takeaways:

  • Early nights & meditation keep her focussed
  • She avoids indulgent seasons by going “vegan”
  • Jacqueline is a juicer BIG-TIME

What’s your exercise routine?

I am an early bird, so generally up at about 5am to meditate and practice yoga with my husband, Roger. Who wouldn’t want to be married to a yoga teacher?! (He runs The Special Yoga Foundation, a charity which delivers yoga to special needs children and adult)

So fair to say that I start the day finding my balance! Throughout the week I tend to have run three miles three times together with a long walk with the dogs at the weekend. Recently I downloaded a 15 minute abs app from Adrian James along with a 15 minute HIIT app – I was ambitiously doing both every day but now have calmed it down to doing the abs challenge for 8 weeks and the HIIT challenge twice a week.

Once, sometimes twice a year we go off to Jason Vale’s juicing retreat in Portugal for a complete detox. Just got back actually and feeling rejuvenated. Sometimes the only way to move forward is to retreat!

Describe the last time you fell off the fitness wagon and what did you do to get back on?

Every year Christmas starts for me at the beginning of November and doesn’t really end until February. Too many business dinners and dark days, so I tend to pile on the pounds and want to get into my lycra less and less.

My strategy has been to declare myself a vegan which means that I eat three light courses: Green salad, steamed veg and quinoa for main followed by fruit. It works for me and seems to combat the relentless rhythm of Christmas indulgence. It does also mean that ‘falling off the wagon’ is for shorter periods of time and takes much less recovery time.

I also have a treadmill at home so I can get cardio done in relative warmth 🙂

How do you feel when you’re regularly exercising in a week compared to not? i.e. tiredness, cognitive function, performance

I feel sluggish when I am not exercising. My mood is certainly lower and my decision-making is not so sharp. I put a lot of time into my working life, so I can’t afford a dip in performance. Feeling strong and balances comes from yoga, mediation and running. And the real dip comes if I stop meditating – even if I give myself ten minutes a day it makes all the difference.

How many hours do you sleep at night?

7 usually and I am in bed by 9.30pm most evenings.

Do you have a ritual before you go exercise?

Meditation and yoga before anything else!

Can I get a picture of your exercise shoes or gym equipment that’s collecting dust in your house?

Not collecting dust but here is my yoga mat!!

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