Lewis Hamilton talks about picking up sports “relatively easy”, how he looks after his physical and mental wellbeing, and how he keeps himself motivated.
In an interview with Good Housekeeping Lewis Hamilton was asked which sport outside Formula 1 is his favourite, and how good is he at sports in general.
“My friends find it quite annoying that I pick up things relatively quickly,” said the Briton.
“When I was at school, I was in the basketball team, football team, rugby team, and I did discus, javelin and cross country running.
“Now I snowboard, skydive, surf and I love wakeboarding. I play tennis with my dad, too, which is the sport I’m worst at… but I still manage to beat him because I’ve got a special slice!”
Lewis also explained how important health and fitness are for him.
“It’s so important, particularly for your mental wellbeing.
“People don’t always connect the two – that what you put in your body and how you’re feeling physically affects you mentally – but I’m very conscious of it.
“I don’t always love the pain of a workout, but I love the feeling of progress that I have afterwards and the endorphins that it releases. You feel more positive.
“Going vegan four years ago made a huge difference, too – my skin cleared up, my energy levels were more consistent. It’s the best thing I ever did.”
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Another important area for Lewis is mental wellbeing.
“I try to make sure I listen to music every day. I also make sure I speak to someone I love and that I laugh – you’ve got to find something to laugh at each day.
“Luckily, I have my dog, Roscoe, with me most of the time and he always makes me laugh. He’s a bulldog, and he always look sad, even though he’s actually very happy!”
And finally, Lewis explains how he keeps his motivation levels high.
“I get a lot of motivation from people I meet who have been through tough times; seeing how strong they are reminds me to get up and do something.
“I also like to set myself goals at the beginning of each year – and I don’t give up until I get there.
“But I do still have days where I think, ‘I really don’t have the energy right now’, and in that case, I’ll go and do something creative. I love drawing, playing the guitar and writing songs.
“If I’m not feeling good, I find a creative outlet,” concluded the seven-time champion.