Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver revealed he can’t stand up for more than forty seconds at a time amid his secret health battle.
The 48-year-old British chef and restaurateur previously suffered three slipped discs, an injury that left him struggling to walk and even just stand.
In an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine, Oliver revealed that he’s been struggling with his condition for four years and that he was just recently able to return to “normal gym-ing” to regain strength.
“I’m just getting back into normal gyming as I’ve had four years of three slipped discs. It’s about managing it — my job doesn’t allow me not to work,” he said.
“If I stop, this whole thing falls apart. I’ve had weeks where I’ve been able to stand for only 40 seconds at a time. Now if I get a sniff of it I’m straight to see my doctor and he sticks a bloody great needle in my back.”
While slipped discs sometimes get better on their own with sufficient rest and rehabilitation, this doesn’t appear to be the case in Jamie’s situation.
The celebrity chef went on to explain he begins his workout with a personal trainer as early as 4.30 am in the morning. He then heads off to work before returning home in the evening just in time to cook dinner for his family.
The interview comes after Jamie renewed his wedding vows with model Jools Oliver whom he shares five children with.
“It was my wife’s idea and I thought I’d go along with it. Saying the vows a second time around actually meant something more – you’ve earned it rather than just saying it, and I loved it,” he said on The Graham Norton Show.
“It was actually a very nice thing to do, very romantic, and I ended up enjoying it more than anyone else.”
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