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Mr Motivator got the Nation Moving with his #WorkItOut campaign for AgeUK

Category Health & Fitness
Published 2 July 2020

Mr Motivator got the Nation Moving with his #WorkItOut campaign for AgeUK

2020 has been an unprecedented year so far, with people across the globe having to stay at home to protect themselves and their loved ones. During this time though, something that has been encouraged for all, young or old, is a daily dose of exercise … and who would be better to inspire the UK to get moving, no matter their age, than Mr Motivator!

Mr Motivator (aka Derrick Evans) rose to fame in 1993 through appearances on the UK breakfast television show GMTV, where he performed live fitness sessions and offered tips and advice to viewers. Famous for his extremely colourful spandex outfits and his “can do” attitude, even at the age of 67 he is determined to encourage everyone to keep on moving.

Following a weeklong stint of streaming live workout sessions with Ideal World in aid of AgeUK, we caught up with the man himself for some of his fitness pearls of wisdom …

What was it that inspired you to work with Ideal World and Age UK on this series of Live home workouts?

I was looking for a platform to use to raise funds for a charity that I knew was struggling to raise much needed funds and also who could benefit from increased awareness of their work and also AGe uK represented a charity that was looking after an age group that was very vulnerable to the pandemic.

We’ll never cease to be amazed by your fitness levels - do you follow a strict diet as well as your workouts?

I am blessed and I am the recipient of the benefit of leading a wellbeing lifestyle. For years I have not eaten meat. I am careful to eat sensible and in moderation together with a regular and varied exercise daily regime.

Is there such a thing as too much exercise? Are we better off doing little and often or should we do one big workout once or twice a week?

I would rather that every individual gets to the point of exercising every day at a level where they do tax their energy reserves than not doing anything. The government guidelines are small amounts of exercise often but everyone knows that rather than that message which never takes root, it is probably better the feeling that I have done my 30/40 minutes and I can now put my feet up.

If you are just starting out then small 10 minutes often throughout the day probably is the safest and best way to get into the habit of regular activity.

What would you say to anyone who says “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” when it comes to fitness?

Wrong for the older person. We just need to ensure that they are engaged in safe, effective and fun activity and they will embrace this new regime, Give them the knowledge that by doing something physically and new they will meet new people and develop a much wider community of friends. And then I am sure that exercise will become a way of life.

Can you share any funny stories from your years of being TVs biggest workout star?

One day I was working out with my then 13 year old son James. I asked him what the secret of living was, without hesitation he said; “Just keep on breathing Dad" that has always remained with me till this day!