Luke Van Os’ remarkable acting talents have won him a significant fan base since joining Home and Away earlier this year.
But he’s also known for his incredible physique! Luke has picked up some sound workout advice from his cousin, Thor star Chris Hemsworth, over the years.
We sat down with the Summer Bay star, who opened up about his sweet tooth, working out, and skiing.
How do you stay motivated to exercise?
It’s difficult to stay motivated, especially when life gets hectic – and Netflix is calling your name – but you have to do it nonetheless.
There is no secret plan; all you have to do is drag your feet and make it through. Even on days when I don’t feel like it, I force myself to go because I know I’ll feel so much better when I’m done than if I give in to the couch’s peer pressure.
With such a busy schedule, how do you stay on top of eating well?
I’m not going to lie, it took some time to adjust. However, I have a bit of a routine now. The key for me is to plan and be prepared: I cook all my meals at home on Sundays and Wednesdays and pack a cooler bag to take to work each day.
Saturdays are my “cheat day”, where I can eat whatever I like.
What are your favourite healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners?
I don’t have much of an appetite in the mornings, so I take smoothies for breakfast, which are simpler to swallow. Lunch and dinner are a haze for me because I consume five to six meals every day.
Now, I’m loving honey soy baked salmon with rice and asparagus. Also, lamb chunks with garlic, salt, pepper and rosemary, mash potato and green beans… Now I’m hungry!
What’s one treat you can’t walk past?
I’m lactose intolerant, but chocolate and custard-filled pastries are my favourites. It’s difficult to have my favourite foods act as my Kryptonite, but I don’t know a single lactose-intolerant person who doesn’t defy the rules.
What do you like to do to unwind?
Exercise. I know it’s weird, but an hour of alone time with headphones on while working up a sweat is my favourite time of day. Aside from that, I’m a true nerd who enjoys video games and anime.
Have you always been an outdoorsy person?
Absolutely! My family was lucky enough to have our own houseboat when I was growing up, and we spent a lot of time on it. From a young age, I learned a variety of watersports.
My parents were also avid outdoor enthusiasts. My family spent the first two years of my existence in a [Toyota] Hilux, so I guess you could say I was born into it.
There’s just something peaceful about getting away from the big cities.
What do you enjoy most about getting outside for a ski or snowboard?
When I’m doing it, I get this sense. The adrenaline of not thinking about anything else except what I’m doing, of being completely present and focused on what I’m doing, is great.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not a daredevil, but it’s thrilling to be one mistake away from terrible harm. I know, I’m insane yet again.
What’s your advice for people who want to get into adventure sports?
Pick something and do a lot of study on it! I’ve only been snowboarding for a few years. I took a lot of classes, did a lot of research, and just dove right in.
But, above all, don’t be scared to suck. Everyone has to start somewhere, so have some fun with it.
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