Lavina Mehta, from Watford, is a 42-year-old British Asian award-winning personal trainer and Mum of three Lavina has been awarded an MBE for services to health and fitness during COVID-19.
During lockdown she provided free twice-daily virtual workouts with her family, aimed at keeping people of all ages healthy, mentally positive from home.
Her slogan was to “Exercise for Sanity not Vanity” and provided a Free Feel Good 21 Day Workout Plan.
Lavina MBE said: “I feel totally blessed and truly honoured. It still feels like a dream! I never expected to receive this honour from Her Majesty the Queen. My mission through lockdown was to help as many people, of all ages, including the elderly to feel good physically, mentally and emotionally.
“As I have only been a personal trainer for two and a half years, its surreal and humbling to know that I share the honours list with so many incredible people. I hope this inspires women and especially mothers, to pursue their passion and follow their dreams.
“I am so grateful that this will give me a platform to help and educate even more people to get active, remain fit and healthy and reduce risks of chronic illnesses in these unprecedented times.”
Lavina has been on TV and radio passionately promoting the health benefits of exercise to make people aware that exercise is medicine and is key in helping to boost immune systems, mental health and tackle the national obesity crisis.
Having left her corporate career as a global project manager, after her third son twelve years ago, Lavina requalified two years ago and has been training women one-to-one, in Groups, in her virtual online community and globally via her Online Training App.
Lavina also works with businesses to promote workplace wellness and encourage ‘Working Out from home’ during these unprecedented times.
Lavina’s MBE was announced on National TV on ITV News, with further coverage on ITV News London and BBC News.