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How being on the water keeps Jodi Cooke on fire
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As one of our favourite newscasters, Jodi Cooke is obviously in great shape, but you won’t see her kicking around a gym on a regular basis. Chris and Justin asked her a few questions about her fitness regime and how it fits into her job.
At the age of three Jodi was put on a set of skis and she says she hasn’t been off them since.
And in the summer, you’ll find her on the water; sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, or surfing.
"Basically any sport I’m interested in has H20 - whether it’s frozen or not!"
Jodi started her career as a competitive skier, which is actually how she got into broadcast journalism. While working in public relations for a ski resort, she found herself doing lots of interviews and eventually hosting a show herself.
"I left skiing to go to journalism school at Sheridan College. I still have a passion for covering sports news, and I still get to cover it from time to time."
And you actually still teach and coach skiing and snowboarding don’t you? How do you fit that into your work schedule?
"I don’t take vacation. I take January off and go to Austria to coach other skiers, from beginners and intermediates, who want to define their skills to more experienced skiers, who want to go off groomed trails."
But you are also really athletic when you’re not skiing - all summer on the water, for example - are you just a weekend warrior?
"Kind of. I run at least 30 minutes every day. If I don’t, I get cranky, I need a nap in the afternoon. I can feel it when I’m not fit.
As for how to fit it in, I like to do fitness stuff with my husband, with friends.
"I’ve never ever regretted a workout."
The NTV team is pretty athletic too. Three of you run together right?
"Yeah, and my boss is an athlete too, he’ll come in all red faced and I’ll ask if he’s OK and he’s like, 'Yeah, I just had to get out for a run.'
"He knows he’ll get more from me if I’m not in a funk, so he says do whatever you have to, leave work, take care of yourself first. News can be a stressful business and sweatin’ it out is far healthier than drinking or eating your feelings, or avoiding it."
Well Jodi has certainly motivated me for my lunchtime run. If you’re looking for more inspiration for yours; sign up for our newsletter and get stories like this one in your inbox. Every month we draw a new subscriber for a free massage!
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