Davina McCall, 54, stuns in swimwear and says exercise helps her 'find her happy'

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Davina McCall says exercise helps her to 'find her happy'. (TUI)
Davina McCall says exercise helps her to 'find her happy'. (TUI)

Davina McCall showed off her fabulously toned figure on a recent working holiday to Turkey, looking relaxed, confident and well over a decade younger than her 54 years.

In between doing a swimwear shoot, the TV presenter found time to enjoy paddleboarding, yoga and a bespoke cookery class, saying, "When I go on holiday, I always like to try something new and challenging, as well as taking the time to unwind.

"When it comes to my own wellness, I know that what works best for me might not work for everyone else, and it’s also something extremely personal that will change as you get older or your lifestyle changes."

"Finding what works for your own wellbeing shouldn’t be dictated by the latest trends on social media or stereotypical wellness tropes," she added, encouraging others to "find what makes you happy, and trust what feels good for your own mind and body.”

Davina McCall has become a champion for women going through the menopause after suffering herself. (TUI)
Davina McCall has become a champion for women going through the menopause after suffering herself. (TUI)

As part of her trip, she modelled a range of bikinis and one-pieces which showed off her enviable, gym-honed physique. She was also lucky enough to road-test the new Wellness Menu at the TUI BLUE Grand Azur in Turkey.

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McCall likes to combine exercise with relaxation to feel her best. (TUI)
McCall likes to combine exercise with relaxation to feel her best. (TUI)

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McCall has recently opened up about how her severe menopause symptoms left her feeling like she had a 'brain tumour or Alzheimer's' following a mistake on TV.

She has now become a champion for menopausal women, campaigning for more awareness around the issue and better access to treatment.

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In her Channel 4 film Davina McCall: Sex, myths and the menopause, she told how she started experiencing menopause symptoms at the age of 44, and felt like she was losing it with hot flushes, brain fog and depression.

"During peri-menopause, the hormones go up and down and up and down, so you think you're going completely mad," McCall Told Sophie Raworth on BBC One's Sunday Morning.

"I felt it aged me, I felt it would make me irrelevant, I felt embarrassed because I'd always felt at the top of my game."

Davina McCall has been open about her own struggles with the menopause. (TUI)
Davina McCall has been open about her own struggles with the menopause. (TUI)

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"I'd been in television at that point for 20 years, I really knew what I was doing, I was extremely proud of my kind of list-making and my logistical practicality and the fact that I could multitask.

"Somebody asked me if I was okay because I messed up on a TV programme, and I said, 'Yes', and when she shut the door and went away, I just burst into tears.

"Because I thought, 'I'm not okay, I think I got a brain tumour, or I got Alzheimer's or something, help me.'

McCall's honesty about her own struggles has now been credited with encouraging more women to seek medical advice over their own menopausal symptoms.

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