Ever since P.E. Nation designer Pip Edwards arrived in Byron Bay last week, women all over Australia have been marvelling at her athletic physique at the age of 40.
The activewear mogul – who is in better shape than ever – has shared daily updates from her trip on Instagram, clad in designer bikinis, her own P.E. Nation wares and mini dresses.
But what are her secrets? Pip relies on a combination of daily Pilates classes, walks, weekly tennis matches and a ‘nearly’ plant-based diet.
FEMAIL reveals how the 40-year-old got into the shape of her life, and the take-home tips you can adopt too.
Ever since P.E. Nation designer Pip Edwards (pictured) arrived in Byron Bay last week, women all over Australia have been marvelling at her athletic physique at the age of 40
The activewear mogul – who is in better shape than ever – has shared daily updates from her trip on Instagram , clad in designer bikinis (pictured), her P.E. Nation wares and mini dresses
Perhaps the single biggest contributor to Pip’s incredible shape is her daily Pilates classes (pictured), which she conducts with the founder of boutique Pilates studio, Kirsten King
Pip has been a devotee of Kirsten’s Clovelly-based studio since it launched several years ago, and she goes three times a week (pictured)
1. Daily Pilates
What do Pip’s Pilates workouts include?
* Reformer Pilates moves on a machine
* Barre work
* Mat work with resistance bands
* Swiss ball twists
* Donkey kick backs with resistance bands
* Squats with bands
* Isometric holds on the mat
Perhaps the single biggest contributor to Pip’s incredible shape is her daily Pilates classes, which she conducts with the founder of boutique Pilates studio Fluidform, Kirsten King.
Pip has been a devotee of Kirsten’s Clovelly-based studio since it launched several years ago, and she goes three times a week, conducting at-home workouts on the other days in between.
A typical Fluidform workout involves tiny movements and ‘isometric holds’ – where you hold your body in a halfway point of exercise for 45 seconds – in order to tone and hone the smaller muscles.
‘I’m a strong believer in consistent, regular movement. Moving your body for just 20 to 30 minutes each day is much more beneficial than working out for an hour once or twice a week,’ founder Kirsten previously told FEMAIL of her workouts.
‘This is what I practice personally between juggling work and home – I’ve found that as long as I get 20 minutes a day in, I can keep my body in good condition and functioning well.’
Typically, Pip will practice Pilates targeted at the legs, glutes, abs, arms and chest several times a week.
She uses just a few pieces of equipment to tone the smaller muscles – including a swiss ball, resistance bands and weights.
Alongside her regular Pilates sessions, the 40-year-old loves to get out on to the tennis court (pictured) and practice with friends and her partner, Michael Clarke
2. Weekly tennis
Alongside her regular Pilates sessions, the 40-year-old loves to get out on to the tennis court and practice with friends and her partner, Michael Clarke.
‘I used to play tennis throughout high school and loved it. But once I left high school, I very rarely picked up a racquet,’ Pip told Tennis Australia.
‘It’s been so awesome to re-connect with the game now in my 40s and feel so energised. It brings me great joy being back on the court and it’s also been amazing to get my boyfriend (former Australian cricket team captain Michael Clarke) taking lessons on the court with me.’
Pip told the publication that her ‘winning shot’ is her double-handed backhand, but her forehand has also improved dramatically since she re-started lessons.
While she admits to being a ‘huge fan’ of eggs, Pip (pictured) said she is ‘nearly’ plant-based and 90 per cent of what she eats on a daily basis is vegan
Pip (pictured in Byron) loves eating eggs despite being nearly vegan and carries around boiled eggs and tabasco in her handbag
3. A ‘nearly’ plant-based diet
What is a typical day on Pip’s plate?
BREAKFAST: Boiled eggs with tabasco sauce with a skim mocha.
LUNCH: Soup or salad with coffee.
AFTERNOON SNACKS: Trail mix or crackers with Vegemite and cottage cheese.
DINNER: Something with vegetables or bolognese.
POST DINNER: Licorice tea, cashews with dates, yoghurt with cashews or Darrell Lea liquourice.
While she admits to being a ‘huge fan’ of eggs, Pip said she is ‘nearly’ plant-based and 90 per cent of what she eats is vegan.
‘I’m all about a vegetarian diet, bordering on vegan,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
A typical ‘mid-week meal’ is roasted vegetables and salad with ‘some kind of soup’, while she also enjoys tacos when she’s being a bit more relaxed.
Pip also previously told Women’s Health that she loves eggs despite being nearly vegan:
‘I always have eggs and tabasco in my handbag, I find it is the only quick thing I can snack on that is healthy and can also help to fill me up,’ she told the publication.
A day on her plate is boiled eggs and tabasco sauce for breakfast with a skim mocha, before soup or salad with another coffee at lunchtime.
‘Trail mix in the afternoon and crackers with Vegemite and cottage cheese for a snack,’ she told Elle.
Dinner is typically something with vegetables or veggie bolognese or something else ‘hearty’.
‘If I snack into the night, it’s licorice tea, cashews with dates, yoghurt with cashews or if I have a real sugar craving, I’ll tuck into a lot of Darrell Lea liquorice!’ she said.
Pip (pictured) said she also sets aside precious time for just 20 minutes of daily meditation each morning
4. Daily meditation
For Pip, being well isn’t just about moving her body as often as possible.
She said she also sets aside precious time for just 20 minutes of daily meditation.
‘I get up and usually try to meditate for 20 minutes before I check my emails, Instagram and horoscope,’ Pip said previously.
She finds that this grounds and centres her before a busy day at work.
Finally, the 40-year-old designer (pictured) loves to incorporate regular infrared saunas and swims into her regime at Bondi Icebergs
5. Regular saunas and swims
Finally, the 40-year-old designer loves to incorporate regular infrared saunas and swims into her regime.
‘I sauna and swim regularly at Icebergs Pool – I find this helps me calm down from my frantic day,’ she said.
‘I must be conscious of my breath and sit still whilst I focus on coping in the heat and sweat. I then jump in the sea pool to shock my body, and it’s completely euphoric, not only in sensation but also visually, as I’m doing all of this with the best view in the world (Bondi Beach).’
She added: ‘Not only am I completely in the moment, but I’m in the landscape and elements. I also enjoy doing my sauna time with friends and the social aspect to it as we go through the motions together’.