Ally Hayward is the founder of the fitness and fashion website Substance.cc.
In just under three years, Substance has secured its place as one of Australia’s go-to destinations for all things style, beauty, health and travel. Ally is also the resident blogger for midcitystylespace.com.au, the home of our Pitt Street club where you’ll often find her box-jumping with photographer hubby Jonathan Hayward!
We sat down with Ally to find out a little more about her active lifestyle.
Have you always been healthy and active?
‘Healthy lifestyle has always been a big part of my life. I grew up in a coastal town with two sisters and a brother! My father used to dedicate his time to our swimming practice and athletics training. As I got older I loved soccer and netball (height was an advantage). I loved team sports!
Around the time of finishing school it was probably the least active I have ever been, so I made a promise to always be healthy and active since then.’
What is your go-to exercise?
‘I LOVE box jumps at the moment! They used to scare me, now I love them!’
What song would be on your ultimate workout playlist?
‘Anything that I can sing along to in my head. Beyonce is the best for that!!’
If you were stranded on a deserted island, how would you exercise?
‘Oh! That’s a good one! I love swimming so if it was safe to swim, I would do laps! Or sprints… OR, I would try and make a box to jump on! Ha!’
What’s for breakfast on a Sunday?
‘I love a cafe in Balmain called Kafeine. It is the best. They do a great mix of healthy foods - acai bowls, healthy breakfast boards - it’s addictive!’
What’s the weirdest thing in your kitchen cupboard?
‘I always buy things and often forget they’re there - I would say weird hot sauces from different countries. We love spicy food!’
If you won the lottery, would you exercise more or less?
‘I’ve always said if I won the lottery I would always continue to work and work out! I don’t think you can give up things you love quickly! I would fast become bored!’
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to staying on track with a healthy lifestyle?
‘Travel! I find it hard to be consistent when I travel - But, I walk a lot when I travel so I think it evens out in the end!’
Follow Ally's adventures on Instagram @substance_blog