Fitness Star Laura Henshaw On How To Get In Shape
She's just 24 years old but so damn impressive
She’s a fitness model, an Instagram star, a law student. She’s the co-founder of workout business KIC GIRLS. But Laura Henshaw, 24, is so much more than that.
She’s young. Very young. But there’s something special about her that is completely ageless. She has it now – she’ll have it when she’s 103.
You only have to be in her orbit to realise that. She kind of glows for one thing … but she’s also got an aura of, heck, we don’t know … maybe it’s energy and zest for life and possibility? Maybe it’s drive and determination and smarts?
Whatever it is, it’s wonderful to be around and the moment we met her we wanted to know more.
So we did what we always do. Chatted, exchanged details and said we’d be in touch with a handful of questions – and we were. And this is what she had to say.
You’re that co-founder of KIC GIRLS. Tell us more …
KIC Girls is all about young women empowering, motivating and inspiring each other and focuses on confidence and self love.
We wanted to steer away from other programs that focused on the number on the scales and counting calories. Young women have so much pressure from social media world. We wanted to create a safe place where they can celebrate how unique they are and be inspired to be the healthiest and happiest versions of themselves.
How did it come to be?
Steph (Laura’s co-founder and BFF) and I are very lucky to be role models for thousands of young women. We couldn’t find a program that we trusted to recommend to the girls when they asked us so we wanted to create our own.
We had created an E book and shared a lot of our recipes and workouts online before we launched KIC Girls but we wanted a place where we could connect with the girls every single day. Checking into the KIC Girls community everyday is my favourite part of my day, they are all so supportive and incredible. They inspire me.
You’re an influencer with an impressive following, a business woman, a law student … how in the world?
Aw! I swear it only seems busy when you list it all together like that! I am very lucky to be able to work with my best friend (Steph), and the best team for KIC Grocery and KIC Girls.
Steph and I have immense trust in each other, as well as with everyone in our team and we are huge believers in outsourcing tasks that aren’t our strengths, so that way we can focus on what we do best.
I have cut my uni down to part time to ensure I can give it enough energy, and while I don’t think I will be a lawyer, I still love learning about it all and have been able to apply so much of what I have learnt to my business now.
Can you give us any tips in terms of organising our own lives so we can achieve anywhere near as much?
Outsource what you can and work out when you are the most productive during the day and make sure you take advantage of that time. For me it is between 9:30am-12:30pm and so I always try to be at my desk during that time so I can get the most out of those hours.
Make sure you prioritise your time – it helps me to write down what my priorities are and when things come up that aren’t at the top of the list, I say no to them.
There aren’t enough hours in the day to say yes to everything/one and that is completely okay. I am not productive when I am overstretched, and have finally realised it’s okay to say no.
It doesn’t mean you’re failing, it just means you want to put time into other things.
On that three fitness tips please – how do you get started and how do we make it stick?
1. Prioritise your workouts. No matter how busy I am, I always fit in a workout as I know I won’t get the most out of my day if I don’t. If you put your health at the top of your priorities list, you will find you turn up to more sessions than you skip. Writing my workouts down in my diary also helps me stay accountable.
2. Don’t expect to be motivated for every single workout. If I waited to be motivated I would only workout 10 per cent of the time! Your motivation will kick in once you get going, you just need to start.
3. Set small goals for yourself. If we set goals that are too big, they become unreachable and we are less likely to achieve them. Set goals you can achieve each month that will help you get to your big goal, one small step at a time.
Why is fitness so very important?
Being fit and healthy is what gives me energy to get through my day and makes me feel strong and empowered. It is my ‘me time’ for the day, and I know if I start my day with a workout I am doing something for me.
Three general health tips – particularly for those of us who are feeling exhausted!
No matter how well we eat or how much we train, if we don’t sleep enough our bodies won’t be able to recover and be at their best. I always aim for seven or eight hours a night and switch off from work two hours before bed. This way when I hit the pillow I am out of work mode and ready for sleep.
2. Eat well.
What we eat makes the biggest impact on how we feel and our energy levels. Try to aim for a diet rich in a variety whole foods (unprocessed) and try to limit processed foods. Little things like reducing your refined sugar intake, can make the biggest impact on our energy levels. I am a big believer in 80:20, and try to eat well 80 per cent of the time and then everything else in moderation.
3. Move your body.
Sometimes when we feel tired the last thing we want to do is train, but exercise is what makes us feel energised and happy throughout the day. Try to get your workout done before work. You will feel so good afterwards and once you get into a good routine, getting up early will become easier.
Your favourite beauty tip is?
Drink lots of water and find a good moisturiser that works for your skin.
Your daily skincare routine looks like?
I was my face every morning with a gentle cleanser (SkinMedica), then apply a B serum (Aspect) and C serum (Societe) and then my moisturiser (Clinique Moisture Surge.) I repeat this at night before I go to bed. I also use a charcoal mask (Garnier) every week.
Your hair is GORGEOUS – How? Why?
Aw thank you so much. My amazing hairdresser in Melbourne (Strugnell Cole) uses a vegan/natural hair colour and every time I get my hair coloured I always leave with healthier hair. A huge change from when I used to bleach it!
Your life motto is?
Create your own opportunities. Don’t wait for them to come to you, go out and make them happen.
One day you’d like to …
Run a marathon.
You’re still very young … to other young women you’d like to say …
My biggest advice would be to never underestimate the power of hard work. No matter where you are from, everyone has the ability to work hard in what they do to get to where they want to be. One of my favourite quotes growing up was always ‘hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.’
I‘m much older than you. But I’m always up for learning from younger people – to grown-up women such as myself you’d like to say …
Ah… I am such a big believer in learning from women like yourself who have worked in business and the industry for years but if I had to share one thing I have learnt (that has immensely helped me with my stress management) is to lower my expectations of the people around me.
You can spend so much time stressing about how a situation could be better handled or what someone should have done and it can consume so much of your energy. I find by not expecting anything I am never disappointed and I’m always grateful when people are kind.
If there was anything you could change in this world it would be …
Make workplaces more Mum/ Mum Baby friendly.
While women continue to become more powerful in the corporate world, the one thing that still is a great barrier in some roles is having children. It would be amazing for this to become less of a barrier and for more women to be in CEO roles without having to choose between their career and having a family.
So many workplaces are going this way already and it would be incredible for the big ones to follow suit and make it the norm.
You seem so very confident. Are you? And if yes – how do we get to be so confident too? And if not, what are your feelings on confidence in general?
Aw – thank you so much. I definitely do not always feel confident but when I start to doubt myself I always repeat a few things in my head.
I tell myself ‘I can’,’ ‘I am capable’, and ‘I am good enough.’ Confidence for me is all about believing in myself. If you believe in yourself and are confident about who you are and what you do, everyone else will believe you. However, if you doubt your abilities, it is hard to expect others to believe in you.
Being fit to you means …
Being able to perform everyday daily tasks like (carrying the grocery bags), being full of energy and feeling strong and powerful.
And it will make you feel …
Happy, healthy and energised.
And anything else you might care to add you lovely thing!
This has been such a fantastic interview – thank you. I will finish with one of my favourite quotes, that has helped me stay focused on my own work and I like to remind myself of every now and then. “Comparison is the thief of happiness”
It can be so easy to compare ourselves to others, but the most important thing to remember is that you are running your own race. If you spend too much time looking to see what others are doing you will lose sight of the finish line and your own dreams.