Has your relationship with exercise and fitness always been the same? When I was younger I was involved in a lot of team sport and so I was always naturally quite fit without putting in too much effort. When I left University and didn’t have the time for as much team sport, my fitness really deteriorated. Although I would go to the gym a few times a week I didn’t know or understand how to train effectively myself. Without realising it I put on a fair bit of weight and became really unfit. A few years ago I started training with Charline again, gradually increasing what I was doing. Exercise and fitness are now one of my main focuses in life again. I know what I need to do to maintain my fitness and love spending time working on it.
You have a few businesses, can you tell us a little bit about them? I qualified as a dentist and immediately decided I wanted to run a practice of my own. After a few years of further training and studying I bought a private practice in East Kilbride in 2017 along with my best friend. Since taking over, the business has grown quite a bit and we took over a second practice in 2019. We’re now among the most advanced dental practices in the country and although it takes a lot of time and effort to run, its great fun and I love what I do.
Starting a business can take up a lot of your time? How do you fit exercise in? Running a business can be all consuming and takes up so much more of my time than I imagined but I’ve learned the importance of balance. Exercising is non negotiable and I often structure my day around being able to fit it in. I suffer from major guilt if I miss a single session! Throughout lockdown I started getting up early and doing my sessions before work. Although I really struggle to get out of bed, I love how good I feel afterwards and the sense of achievement at having done my training and still having the whole day ahead.