Studio 10 host Sarah Harris unveils the results of a dramatic year-long body transformation in a stunning cover shoot for the latest Stellar Magazine.
Mum-of-two Harris, 39, overhauled her fitness routine in mid-2019 and has since lost 6kg – but as she tells Stellar’s Angela Mollard, the goal was always strength, fitness and mental health, rather than weight loss.
“It wasn’t about losing weight but getting stronger. Carrying two heavy boys [sons Paul, 4, and Harry, 2] had put a huge strain on my back. So last year, after quite a while of having my back taped, I started running and strengthening my core. This is the only body I’ve got, so I want to take care of it,” she told Stellar.
“In the past, body image has affected my mental health so I don’t want to put the message out there that you should be able to snap back to your [pre-baby] body,” she says. “I’m in awe of what my body has done. I’ve not only grown these two awesome kids, but birthed them as well … Women are phenomenal. We have to get off our own backs. If I can pass that on to the sisterhood, that’s one of the lessons I’ve learnt.”
So what did Harris’ fitness overhaul look like? She started working with a personal trainer, took up pilates, and became a regular runner, saying running in particular “helps with my anxiety.”
Elsewhere in the wide-ranging Stellar interview, Harris opens up about surviving Studio 10’s dramatic recent on-air cull, which saw Aussie TV icon Kerri-Anne Kennerley axed and Harris’ “TV husband” Joe Hildebrand replaced with Dancing with the Stars judge Tristan McManus.
Harris has settled in now with her new on-air partner, but she did confirm one rumour that Stellar put to her: She offered to take a pay cut so Hildebrand could stay on, an offer than was declined. “I’m fiercely protective of Joe,” she says. “He’s my brother. That’s what families do.”
Read the full interview with Sarah Harris in the current issue of Stellar, available in the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Herald Sun, out Sunday November 15.