Rochelle Humes is probably best known for her time in girl group The Saturdays. However, since the band went on hiatus in 2014, she’s never been busier.
Now, alongside several presenting roles and fashion collaborations with New Look and Very, she’s found the time to write two children’s books, bring out an organic baby skincare range and raise three small children.
‘I’m on that hamster wheel of work,’ she says while travelling back from a shoot. ‘I’m ready for us to get to the end of the year and everything to wind down. I really need a little reset.’
Rochelle, we hear you. This year has been a whirlwind as everyone starts to settle back into work and juggle that elusive work/life balance. ‘I’m so driven and my work ethic has always looked like this,’ she says. ‘Some days I have no idea how I’m going to pull the day off, but I just do.
‘Sometimes, things can get a little overwhelming, but I’m conscious to space appointments out and I’m quite strict at finishing and not running over. As soon as I’m home, I’m present with the kids. I just have to be firm and know where the boundaries are. But it’s so hard. I don’t think anyone has found the key to balance yet.’
And if the pandemic has taught her anything it’s that she wants to continue having the same presence at home, post-lockdown. ‘Everything was so fast-paced in our world before lockdown and I’d be constantly trying to make meetings across town, but now I’m like “no!” I’ll pick that up on Zoom later. I’d never heard of Zoom before lockdown and now it’s life.’
Thanks to dancing and performing in S Club Juniors from the age of 12 Rochelle led a healthy lifestyle. ‘I was into fitness without even realising it,’ she says. ‘I used to dance a lot when I was younger and I loved it. It made me feel good. But, I didn’t actually go to the gym until my late teens.’
Her wellbeing is even more important, now she has three children — Alaia-Mai (eight), Valentina (four) and Blake (15 months) — with former JLS member Marvin Humes who she married in 2012.
‘As I have got older, wellness means something different to me now,’ she says. ‘Since I’ve had the kids I’ve realised that a lot of wellbeing starts from the inside out. It’s not just about eating right and going to the gym, it’s about taking care of yourself, too, and that might mean with supplements. To me, wellbeing is also about taking care of your mind. It’s your whole lifestyle and sometimes I think we need a little help with that.’
Like lots of people, Rochelle invested in a Peloton Bike during lockdown, which she still swears by today. But she’s also really into Pilates. ‘I just love it and try to do it a few times a week. Anything that makes you switch off from the outside noise is good for your soul and, for me, that’s Pilates. I love to focus on my strength and zone out.
‘For Marvin, it’s going to the gym and doing something hard-hitting while listening to music. But whatever makes you switch off is great. I remember workout videos like Mr Motivator being a big thing when I was younger and my mum was really into those and every year she would get a workout video for Christmas.’
Rochelle’s mum also laid a lot of the good foundations for her in terms of eating a well-balanced diet and getting a good night’s sleep, something she’s trying to instil in her own children.
‘If I have a really hectic work period and binge on the weekend with lots of late nights and bad food, come Monday my body is ready for some normality. In terms of cooking, I try and make sure my kids are as green as possible and sometimes that provides challenges as my kids don’t always want to be green (laughs), but I always try and get a good night’s rest and make our dinner plates look as colourful as possible.’
Frustratingly for her, like most working mums, a decent night’s sleep is a distant memory. ‘I don’t know if it comes with the territory of being a mum, but you only have to whisper my name during the night and I’ll be bolt upright,’ she says.
‘When my kids are in bed, my body is tired, but my brain is still fired up and has all these ideas racing about. I went through a stage of trying to get up before my kids so I could do a workout, but they get up early enough and when I’m busy I just want to get as much sleep as possible. I think sleep is so important for your wellbeing.’
While her early morning workouts will remain an aspiration for now, Rochelle was a big fan of Joe Wicks’ lockdown sessions. ‘I feel like Joe was a godsend and did such a good job at really encouraging out kids to love exercise,’ she adds. ‘For me, that’s important and I would like to see more exercise for children in the future.’
While she just wishes for ‘health and happiness for my family’ in the new year, we anticipate more things to come from Rochelle in 2022 and we’re hoping that she might dabble with kids and fitness. After all, she’s starting to carve out a little niche with children’s books and a children’s skincare range so it could well be a natural progression for her.
Things Rochelle is currently obsessed with
■ Knit dresses: ‘They’re super-flattering but comfortable as well. Perfect for winter, particularly as it’s getting colder.’
■ Trainers: ‘I recently got a pair of the Air Jordan 1, which I’m obsessed with. I love matching them with a suit.’
■ Supplements: ‘Wellness starts from the inside. In addition to a balanced diet, I really see the benefits.’
Rochelle is JS Health Vitamins UK Ambassador, uk.jshealthvitamins.com
Credit: Original article published here.