Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat

Lavina Mehta - How Movement Can Help Change Your Mindset

September 02, 2023
Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat
Lavina Mehta - How Movement Can Help Change Your Mindset
Show Notes

My guest today is Lavina Mehta who during covid, decided out of nowhere, to help millions of people find health and purpose by doing modified forms of exercise that basically were available to everyone for free on the internet, for that, she was awarded an MBE. She went on to discuss publicly, very vulnerably and beautifully and intelligently, her journey with menopause, online. Lavina is a Patron of the Menopause Mandate, is a proud Ambassador for Diabetes UK and The Alzheimer’s Society.
When we spoke two years ago, she told me about her approach to 'exercise snacking' which to me sounded delicious. I have been waiting to bring this to your attention for a very long time.

Lavina Mehta, is a 45-year-old British Asian award-winning Personal Trainer, TEDx speaker and mum of three. Lavina has been awarded an MBE for services to health and fitness during Covid-19. Her mission is to help people of all ages feel good physically, mentally & emotionally through her concept of “Exercise Snacking®” & free chair/desk workouts.  Her slogan is “Exercise for Sanity, not Vanity®.” Lavina is a Patron of the Menopause Mandate, is a proud Ambassador for Diabetes UK and Alzheimer’s Society, and supports many charities. She won the Inspiration in Health and Fitness Award in 2020, and was a finalist for the Sports Category in the Asian Women of Achievements Awards in 2020 & UK Coaching Heroes Awards in 2021. Lavina was recognised & awarded by the Women of the Future Kindness Rules Programme, BBC Make a Difference bulletins, British Asian Trust British Asian Heroes Award for her COVID work. Lavina is on a mission to keep giving back so people can use exercise as medicine, for positive changes long-term in their life. She is currently writing a book, due to be published 2024.

Listen as we discuss:

  • 03:00 - Staying healthy and helping others
  • 07:00 - Jainism and education
  • 10:00 - My first job
  • 14:30 - Falling in love with motherhood
  • 16:00 - Strength training and the power of movement
  • 17:30 - Studying fitness
  • 20:00 - Getting in the gym
  • 22:00 - Being in nature
  • 25:00 - Exercise snacking
  • 27:00 - Diabetes
  • 30:00 - Eat the Rainbow
  • 31:30 - Lockdown workouts
  • 34:30 - Spirituality and enlightenment
  • 36:30 - Humble beginnings
  • 40:00 - Perimenopause
  • 52:00 - The second spring
  • 53:30 - Andropause - Men get it too
  • 55:00 - Stress management
  • 57:00 - How exercise makes you feel better
  • 01:02:30 - Food for perimenopause
  • 01:07:00 - The Ripple Affect
  • 01:09:30 - A mindset change

Connect with Lavina Mehta on Instagram @feelgoodwithlavina and find out more about her work here 

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