Ms. Namita Nayyar: Introduce us to a day in the life of “Emma Conybeare”?
Ms. Emma Conybeare: Ok well I’m not like the usual human beings going to bed at night time. Since I’m on radio 2am-6am I start my day from 11:30pm.
Wake up, do show prep for Capital Xtra head to the studio for 1am where I have to record some Voice over links. 2am-6am I go live on the national radio station.
Monday to Friday, when I get home from from radio between the hours of 8am and 3pm I either edit, film videos for my YouTube Channel. Go to meetings with Companies, clients speak to potential production companies about my ideas of different TV shows, documentaries etc. I also squeeze in emails, phone calls and modelling castings, now when I get booked for a job my schedule goes out the window and I end up cramming in more hours in the day… if that makes sense.
At 3pm I relax and go to sleep, well unless I have a shoot… sometimes this means I only grab a few hours sleep before I go back on air. I’ve done a 32hour day before that killed me.
My weekend starts on Friday at 6am when my show finishes so I struggle to stay awake… sometimes I meet friends and try to get normal sleep in even if I go to bed at 10-11pm I wake up at 5am which is fine because I get an early fitness session in.
Work hard, player harder so try not to decline an event. If I’m going to an event I have to split my sleep and get a few hours sleep after my show, and a few hours after the event and before my radio show.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine?
Ms. Emma Conybeare: I try not let my disfunction sleeping pattern rule my life. I’ve always been sporty from a young age, Swimming Nationally and representing Hertfordshire for Cross Country Running from a young age, been fit and healthy has been droned into my body. If I didn’t do any exercise, the sleep deprivation causes anxiety and depression so to off set this, I make sure I go running around Hampstead Heath or Alexandra Palace in London twice a week regardless of the weather. The fresh air clears my head, relaxes me but also motivates me to do other work.
Every Saturday I do aerobics, sometimes its nice to have a class, dancing high intensity being told what to do really helps.
Once or twice a week I do Pilates or Yoga to destress, stretch. I normally do these classes mid week as I really don’t have the energy to do something too active, something with low intensity. I always say it’s good to mix things up but also to have booked classes so even when I am really tired I hate letting people down and cancelling things.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
Ms. Emma Conybeare: In order for my body to have energy and to function. I have to be on my game all the time. Radio is a lot of pressure I can’t afford to be hungry because I know my brain won’t function.
Monday-Friday I have similar eating patterns. When I wake up at 11pm I normally have a slice of granary bread with Nutella with a coffee this automatically injects my body with energy and caffeine.
When I get to radio at 2am I have a cup of tea with Brivita biscuits…. I’m a sucker for dinking biscuits in tea. At 4am I have a bowl of porridge with nuts seeds and peanut butter. Along side a banana.
When I finish my show I have something light, I get an adrenaline come down and I’m starving so I have a poached egg with half an avocado on a small slice of seed brown bread.
At 1 or 2pm I have something really light to eat like stir fry, sushi. Here I aim just to have protein and veg and little Carbohydrates.
On Friday I have this as my cheat day as I try and stay awake for 20-24 hours so I’m constantly hungry.
Saturday and Sunday I’m back to being quite strict so three clean meals and two snacks like fruit or yoghurt.
I am quite strict when it comes to food, I don’t like fast food or really heavy meals in the week. I will be really sluggish. I snack on clean things like nuts and avoid chocolate and sweets, unless my body is really tired and I need the energy kick.
But if I’ve been invited out to dinner or lunch I do treat myself. Life’s not fun unless you live it.