Chrissie Swan tears up over life transformation: ‘Halfway to dying’

The TV presenter got real about her lifestyle overhaul.

Chrissie Swan has teared up speaking about her incredible lifestyle transformation, saying she was ‘halfway to dying’ before she decided to make a huge change.

The 49-year-old TV presenter opened up on The Imperfects podcast about taking up walking after Melbourne's 112-day lockdown, saying it's changed her life.

“I was 45 and I went, ‘I reckon I’m halfway to dying, if I’m lucky’,” she said.

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Chrissie Swan broke down while talking about her lifestyle change on The Imperfects podcast. Photo: Instagram/The Imperfects

“Am I happy with this going on the way it is? Am I happy with who I am with other people, am I happy with who I am for me? What do I want to change?”

This is when Chrissie decided to make the change, taking up walking to improve her physical and mental health.

”And I get emotional thinking about it because walking has absolutely changed my life,” she said through tears. “Every day I walk.”

Chrissie said it’s hard to make changes but now she’s ‘so attuned and if something feels wrong’ she knows she’s ‘going to walk on it’.

This walk could range from an hour to ‘10km every day for a month’, but in the end, she always ‘gets the answer’.


Last year, Chrissie told The Australian Women's Weekly that the Covid-19 lockdown in Melbourne was a huge catalyst for her lifestyle transformation.

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Chrissie took up walking to get Melbourne's intense Covid-19 lockdown. Photo: Instagram/Chrissie Swan
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Chrissie said walking is good for her and she'll usually 'get the answer' afterwards. Photo: Instagram/Chrissie Swan

"We couldn't go out to dinner, we couldn't go to a friend's house, they couldn't come to us, we couldn't go outside five kilometres. All we could do was walk, and so that's what I did," she told the publication, sharing that she walks for up to two hours a day.

While Chrissie opened up about her fitness journey, she says she’ll never start to comment on her ‘day on a plate’.

"I'm not going to talk about the size of my a**e. I'm not going to tell you what I eat in a day. Because I've read those stories and they make me feel bad about myself," she added.

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The TV presenter previously said she also gave up alcohol. Photo: Instagram/Chrissie Swan

Chrissie previously revealed on The Project she'd stopped drinking nine months earlier and had been sober ever since.

At the time she said she'd "recommend it" to others after not feeling her best during the first lockdown in Melbourne.

"I really am reticent to be the poster girl for sobriety because it was a decision I made for myself after giving it a fair nudge in the first lockdown last year," she told her co-hosts.


"If you're thinking, 'Oh, maybe I'm drinking a bit much or it's not helping me anymore', I think that's the biggest thing I've taken from it, is that it didn't help."

She added that the alcohol increased her feelings of anxiety in relation to the pandemic and meant she wasn't sleeping properly.

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