Lavina Mehta is a 43-year-old award-winning Personal Trainer and mum of three who has been awarded an MBE for services to health and fitness during Covid-19 in October’s Queen Honour’s List.
Over lockdown, she provided free twice-daily virtual workouts with her family, aimed at keeping people of all ages healthy and mentally positive from home. Her slogan was to “Exercise for Sanity not Vanity” and she also provided a free Feel Good 21 Day Workout Plan.
Lavina’s free specially designed virtual chair workouts for Seniors, in English and Gujarati, with her 73-year-old mother in law featured on national TV and radio and inspired thousands of elderly members of the community to get involved. She continues these to give back to the disproportionately affected British Asian communities and help the elderly and vulnerable stay fit, physically and mentally.
Lavina continues providing free home workouts & videos over the pandemic. She also uses her concept of Exercise Snacking for her daily Feel Good Fitness Advent Calendar workouts through December on her Instagram.
She appears regularly on TV and radio passionately promoting the health benefits of exercise to treat, prevent and reduce risks of common chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis. She is also a big advocate of the mental health benefits of exercise.
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Who is Lavina
Where she was brought up
Doing normal school sports
Her dreams as a little girl
Thinking about being a teacher
Having a passion for Art
Deciding to go down a managerial route
Using art to help with mental health
Her focus on education
Lack of Asian role models in the fitness space
Deciding to become a Personal Trainer
Having a mild medical scare
Joining a gym with work
Getting into strength training and falling in love with it
Studying in the evening after the children were asleep
Wanting to learn more about the body
The benefits of strength training and why everyone should lift weight
The mental health benefits of lifting weight
Opening up to the world of social media
Needing to be patient with regards to getting results
Supporting people of all ages during lockdown.
Wanting to help people and doing 15min live workout on Instagram
Time, motivation and costs
“Exercise for Sanity - Not Vanity”
Doing exercise from home
Feel Good Walks - just get out - even for 10mins
Getting adequate rest and recovery
The benefits of stretching
Why rest is key
Wellness in terms of lifestyle
Nutrition and feeding your body during workouts