With her crazy hours and demanding television job, Sylvia Jeffreys has to work extra hard to keep her health on track.
The Today host revealed she is in bed every night by 8pm, ensuring she gets at least seven hours of sleep before her alarm goes off at 3.18am.
And it’s an 18 minute nap before lunch that keeps Sylvia, 31, buzzing through the work day.
‘I find it curious that some people wear a short night’s sleep like a badge of honour. Sleep is crucial for physical and mental health,’ she writes in Body+Soul.
With her crazy work hours and demanding television job, Today presenter Sylvia Jeffreys has to work extra hard to keep her health on track – going to bed every night at 8pm
The journalist stays fit with fun runs (pictured here at the 14km City2Surf marathon in Sydney this year) as well as barre-based fitness classes
Health has become a top priority for Sylvia as she gets older, especially while juggling unusual hours that have changed her metabolism and energy levels.
‘At first my health decisions were reactive, but now I’m being proactive for the future….I’m looking ahead to motherhood, turning 40, and beyond,’ she writes.
The news presenter works harder than ever now to keep fit, which includes taking barre-based fitness classes three to four times a week.
Sylvia also enjoys running, spin, and yoga, as well as kickboxing classes with her husband – and fellow Channel Nine presenter – Peter Stefanovic.
Health has become a top priority for Sylvia as she gets older, especially while juggling unusual hours that have changed her metabolism and energy levels
Sylvia has even embraced detoxing after an experience at a Gwinganna retreat (pictured) that completely changed her perspective
She also has become a huge fan of fun runs, taking on the 10km Gold Coast fun run and the 14km City2Surf marathon in Sydney this year.
Sylvia has found that the runs – which include people of all abilities – to be extremely inspiring, no matter the time it takes for her to cross the finish line.
An avid runner, Sylvia is currently focusing on improving her strength and alignment after suffering issues with her hip, feet, and knees.
One of the biggest changes to her health perspective was the journalist’s recent embrace of detoxing – a word Sylvia admits she used to be afraid of.
But Sylvia took a chance on a detox retreat at Gwinganna in Queensland, and the experience completely changed her mind.
Although she worried the experience would be intense, Sylvia relished the changes that came after four days without added sugar, alcohol, wheat, dairy, or caffeine.
Now Sylvia (pictured with Lisa Wilkinson) plans to do short detoxing stints at home every few months to press restart on her body
When it comes to her health inspirations, Sylvia is thankful both for the charity YoungCare as well as her mum Janine
‘It was a great insight into healthy detoxing and lightening the load on our organs – it doesn’t have to mean deprivation,’ she writes.
Now Sylvia plans to do short detoxing stints at home every few months to press the restart button on her body.
When it comes to her health inspirations, Sylvia is thankful both for the charity YoungCare as well as her mum Janine.
Sylvia has been working with ‘amazing people living with disabilities’ for years at Youngcare, a charity dedicated to giving young people with care needs the freedom to choose how they live their lives.
And the journalist said she is most thankful for Janine, who encouraged her to go after any sport she wanted and taught her that healthy food doesn’t have to be complicated.
‘She never put emphasis on my – or my siblings’ – appearance,’ Sylvia said. ‘It was all about doing the things that we like, working hard, and being good to others.’
Sylvia also enjoys running, spin, and yoga, as well as kickboxing classes with her husband – and fellow Nine presenter – Peter Stefanovic (pictured together)