Stop relying on motivation - TV's Orla Chennaoui offers her golden rule for mental and physical fitness

Making health practices a habit when you feeling well can help you look after yourself when you're not

Orla Chennaoui riding a bike of the left and sitting on a sofa smiling on the right
(Image credit: Orla Chennaoui)

Most of us have busy lives, packing in cycling alongside work, family commitments and more - making 'quick wins' extremely inviting. But, do they work? In our weekly series we speak to cyclists of all kinds, to find out what one change they've made that's helped to make them a better bike rider - and ask - will it work for you? 

Orla Chennaoui is a TV sports presenter and journalist, working across cycling, rugby, MotoGP and the Olympics. Away from the camera, Chennaoui hosts podcasts, and writes regular columns. In 2023, the 44-year-old launched her own personal venture, Ten Times Braver, a community to support and provide tips on how to overcome fears holding you back. 

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.