'I'm in better shape': Countess of Wessex says she is fitter than pre-lockdown
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The Countess of Wessex has said she is fitter now than before the lockdowns in the UK, as she revealed how she kept fit during the pandemic.
Sophie, 56, said she has been keeping her fitness levels up by doing online gym classes.
She was speaking to Naga Munchetty on BBC Radio 5 Live, and the presenter asked her a series of quickfire lockdown questions, including whether she had been a slouch or an exerciser.
Sophie said: "An exerciser.
"I'm in better shape. I OD'd on online exercise classes through my gym.
"They went completely online."
Munchetty revealed she had taken up running during the lockdown to keep fit.
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Sophie admitted she had not always coped well during the lockdown, though said no one in their family had been particularly grumpy.
She said: "I think, every now and then, I certainly had the odd wobble, where I just couldn’t see an end to it, I couldn’t visualise how this was all going to pan out. Life, all the normal things that we could do… it was like sand through your hands. Nothing felt tangible anymore."
The countess added: "I think our whole foundation has been shaken by this. We’re putting so much faith in the scientists in coming up with vaccines, and, goodness, I’m just in awe of what they’ve done.
"There will be more variants, we know that. Every time there is a new variant, we just have to hold our breath and hope that the vaccines are good enough to stand up against them.
"So, how am I? Like everybody else I suppose: just taking one day at a time."
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But the countess acknowledged they were fortunate to have a large house and outside space, and said their dogs were "begging to not be walked" within a few months.
The Wessex family lives in Bagshot Park, about 10 miles from Windsor Castle, where the Queen has been living during the pandemic.
Sophie and the Queen have been reported to be close for many years, with one report even saying they watch films together on Sunday afternoons.
The Sunday Times revealed that the Queen had enjoyed Line of Duty during lockdown, and Sophie also named it as her favourite show.
Asked if she was a boxset binger she said yes, and then said she watched the programme - though she mistakenly called it Call of Duty, which is a video game.
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She said: "I am so bad at remembering the names of anything, whether it comes to books, whether it comes to programmes, films, anything."
She also said she did guess who H was, saying: "I was really disappointed in myself for having guessed it.
"I kept on thinking 'It can’t be. It can’t be him but it’s got to be'."
She did not divulge if the Queen had worked it out.
Sophie's love of exercise has been part of her work in the past, as she completed a 450 mile cycling challenge in 2016 to raise money for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
And in October 2020 she joined part of the route with a London marathon runner who was taking part in the virtual race to raise money for Mencap.
The countess carries out full time duties on behalf of the Queen alongside her husband Edward, who is the Queen's youngest son.
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