Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Felicity Burrows

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Felicity Burrows took part in contact sports such as karate and kickboxing, before moving to yoga and running.
Felicity Burrows took part in contact sports such as karate and kickboxing, before moving to yoga and running. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

Life goes beyond the digits on the scale and your body is capable of so much more! Yahoo’s #Fitspo of the Week series is dedicated to inspirational men and women in Singapore leading healthy and active lifestyles. Have someone to recommend? Hit Cheryl up on Instagram or Facebook!

Name: Felicity Burrows (@felicitypiccolomini1)

Age: 30

Height: 1.73m

Weight: 56kg

Occupation: Headhunter

Status: Single

Food: My diet is mostly plant-based and my consumption consists mainly of fruit, vegetables and salads. I like to make everything from scratch so I know what's going into my food, especially sauces. I tend to avoid dairy.

Exercise: My weekly fitness routine consists of at least an hour a day of activity, six days a week, and Sundays are reserved as a full rest day. My workouts kick off at 6am, so I can feel my best to start the day at work on high energy. I like to run regularly and three days a week I do kickboxing, Hot Bikram yoga and swimming. For active rest, I like heading out to the beach and doing stand up paddling.

Felicity Burrows had a modelling career, after being scouted at age 14.
Felicity Burrows has a modelling career, after being scouted at age 14. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

Q: What kind of sports did you do when you were younger?

A: Growing up, I was really into contact sports including karate and kickboxing. As I grew older, I got into pole dancing which is a great full body workout as well as yoga and running.

In life, have you experienced any incidents that made you feel insecure about yourself?

Absolutely! I think we will all go through periods in our life where we may have insecurities. I was bullied when I first moved to England as a teenager which tore away a lot of confidence and became something I had to overcome.

I also grew up in eight countries, so I encountered a lot of different cultures and nationalities from a young age which definitely changed how I viewed the world. I think the biggest thing it taught me was to be open-minded and non-judgmental.

I also went through a time where I felt trapped in a long relationship, which at the time destroyed a lot of my confidence that I had to learn to rebuild. This changed how I viewed life as it taught me to appreciate freedom and independence and to make the most of life and to maximise time.

I also learnt the longer you make excuses and feel that it’s not the right time or you’re not ready, you are just wasting time because what if you never feel ready! Now I try to do things even if I’m not “ready” and am less afraid to take risks.

You did a lot of modelling too – did that help your confidence?

I was scouted as a model when I was 14 in Italy. I did music videos, catwalks, underwater shoots and photoshoots. I loved modelling because it really helped to build my confidence and I met a lot of amazing people as well as being able to travel from a young age which I think made me grow up faster.

Did you work out for your modelling work, or did you work out because you like it and modelling was a bonus?

I was always naturally slim so I never needed to work out for modelling, but I always enjoyed being active and learning new skills.

Felicity feels that good time management and organisation skills are essential to balance her full-time work, fitness and modelling sideline.
Felicity feels that good time management and organisation skills are essential to balance her full-time work, fitness and modelling sideline. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

Did you feel any pressure to maintain your appearance?

It’s a very competitive environment so sometimes I would compare myself and would feel as though I wasn’t good enough but it became a positive fuel to try to become better. I have always enjoyed a healthy lifestyle so eating well and working out was already a part of my DNA.

How do you balance your full time work as a headhunter, your active fitness regime and your modelling sideline?

Good time management and organisation skills are essential to maximise what you can fit into your day. I will plan my diary sometimes weeks in advance and maintain a strict daily routine. I start my day before sunrise which enables me to front-load my day with physical activity, leaving my evenings free to either do more work or social stuff. I fit the modelling in on weekends, public holidays and when necessary I will use some annual leave.

Is fitness what helps you stay confident?

As mentioned, I was the least confident when I felt trapped in the wrong relationship. Eventually I made the decision to leave and I overcame it by working on myself and trying to become the best version of myself that I could. I knew I would excel once I was out of that relationship, but it was all about rebuilding and learning to be an individual person again who had freedom and the ability to make my own choices.

Fitness and working out really helped me as it’s a huge stress relief so I found it really good for the mind and it gave me something to focus on and work towards. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I really wanted and put together an action plan on how to achieve the ideal life I wanted and then I worked hard to make it happen.

I regained my confidence once I had really proved to myself that I could achieve the life that I wanted to create and become the person I wanted to be. I would also add the only person responsible for your confidence level is YOU!

Maintaining her fitness helps Felicity stay confident of herself.
Maintaining her fitness helps Felicity stay confident of herself. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

Are you satisfied with your body now?

Yes, I am the happiest I have ever been with my body. I have learnt to love myself and accept myself and be comfortable with flaws or imperfections because that’s what makes us all unique!

Perfection doesn’t exist so it’s all about learning to appreciate what you do have and treating yourself nicely.

Sometimes we are our own worst critic and strive for perfection. The question is, would you talk to your best friend the way you speak to yourself? A lot of the time you wouldn’t, so learning to treat yourself well and look after yourself has really helped me with being content.

Have you ever received any comments about your body?

I think we have all received a lot of comments about our body. I believe everything is perception and perspective. An ideal body to one person is the opposite of another’s ideal, so we just gotta learn to work with what we have and love it.

If you could change anything about yourself, would you?

I am happy to say that overall I am really happy with who I am, but I’m always seeking improvement and to learn and at different times throughout life there are new things to work on. Right now I’m trying to work on being more decisive to make decisions faster.

Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Felicity Burrows. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)
Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Felicity Burrows. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)
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