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Helen Skelton showers pole dancers with praise

Having served as one of UK's main presenters during the Rio Olympics in the summer of 2016, she's accustomed to witnessing great physical agility.

But Helen Skelton has admitted that she was left particularly impressed by the prowess of pole dancers, when she recently tried out the gruelling activity for her new two-part ITV2 show, Exercise: New Year, New You?.

During an appearance on Lorraine on Wednesday, the 34-year-old Countryfile presenter gushed: 'Those girls are so fit! People do have a stereotype [about pole dancers]. But anyone who goes oh pole dancing, I dare you to try it! It's so hard.'

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Gruelling: Helen Skelton has revealed that she tried out pole-dancing for her new two-part ITV2 show Exercise: New Year, New You? - and she found it 'so hard'

Gruelling: Helen Skelton has revealed that she tried out pole-dancing for her new two-part ITV2 show Exercise: New Year, New You? - and she found it 'so hard'

As part of the show, the mother-of-two also tried out fat-burning pills during her quest to test out an array of fad diets as well as exercise routines - and she found the results decidedly worrying.

She said: 'When I tried the fat-burning pills, I thought, "I'm tough as nails, these won't affect me." We did an experiment with fat-burning pills and I tried them in a controlled environment and I was really surprised and scared at the results.

'I thought I'd know how my body would react but I felt absolutely awful... it was scary. I couldn't really concentrate, I was all over the place, my heart was racing and I was a bit embarrassed to admit that, I thought it wouldn't affect me but it did.

Pills: Speaking to Lorraine Kelly on ITV's Lorraine on Wednesday, the star also spoke about trying out fat-burning pills as a part of her research for her new show

Pills: Speaking to Lorraine Kelly on ITV's Lorraine on Wednesday, the star also spoke about trying out fat-burning pills as a part of her research for her new show

'We have to be very, very careful because in this day and age people want a quick fix. The amount of people now who take fat-burning pills and slimming pills is really scary and for some people that can lead on to some very serious issues and problems.' 

The star, who returned to the UK with her family at the end of last year following a stint of living in France, recently told MailOnline that she was initially oblivious to the furore her choice of on-air skimpy outfits caused during the Rio Olympics.

But while her appearance had caused a huge stir on social media, Helen admitted she only found out the controversey when her dad appearing on This Morning to discuss a pair of eye-wateringly short shorts she had been wearing.

She claimed she wasn't fazed by the fuss and didn't feel 'objectified', despite what others thought - instead finding the whole debacle 'really funny'. 

Not fazed: The star recently admitted that she was oblivious to the furore her scanty outfit choices at the Rio Olympics in 2016 had caused and insists she finds her critics 'really funny'

Not fazed: The star recently admitted that she was oblivious to the furore her scanty outfit choices at the Rio Olympics in 2016 had caused and insists she finds her critics 'really funny'

Helen had been covering all the sporting action alongside former Olympic Gold medallist Rebecca Adlington, but found herself having to defend her chosen wardrobe, after the action in the pool was overshadowed by her hemlines.

Looking back at the scandal she had caused with her clothing, Helen insisted she now finds it all 'really funny' and had been blissfully unaware of herself hitting the headlines as a result. 

She said: 'I'm not in the habit of Googling myself, I learned along time ago not to google yourself because you read too much into it, so I found out by my brother ringing me and going, "Why is dad on This Morning?"

'My dad who is a Northern dairy farmer was speaking to Eamonn Holmes about my shorts! I get more press and headlines about a pair of shorts, than anything else I've done, it's just funny.'

Drama: She had been covering all the sporting action alongside former Olympic Gold medallist Rebecca Adlington, but found herself having to defend her chosen wardrobe, after the action in the pool was overshadowed by her hemlines

Drama: She had been covering all the sporting action alongside former Olympic Gold medallist Rebecca Adlington, but found herself having to defend her chosen wardrobe, after the action in the pool was overshadowed by her hemlines

Clueless: Looking back at the scandal she had caused with her clothing, Helen insisted she now finds it all 'really funny' and had been blissfully unaware of herself hitting the headlines as a result

Clueless: Looking back at the scandal she had caused with her clothing, Helen insisted she now finds it all 'really funny' and had been blissfully unaware of herself hitting the headlines as a result

Helen continued: 'People are like, "Do you feel like you're being objectified by other women?" and I'm like, "No, it's just a pair of shorts!"'

'If a pair of shorts can spark a debate about sexism, then fair play to the pair of shorts,' she joked.  

But it's not just her outfit choices that she has been targeted over, as Helen recalled receiving cruel jibes from social media users about her pregnancy weight when she was expecting her youngest son Louis, now nine months. 

She and her husband, rugby player Richie Myler, are also parents to son Ernie, two. 

'I've had awful things said to me online that have upset me,' Helen revealed. 'You have to take the good with the bad, but Twitter is unnecessarily vile. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, just not all opinions are entitled to count.' 

Oops! She said: 'I'm not in the habit of googling myself, I learned along time ago not to google yourself because you read too much into it, so I found out by my brother ringing me and going,

Oops! She said: 'I'm not in the habit of googling myself, I learned along time ago not to google yourself because you read too much into it, so I found out by my brother ringing me and going, "Why is dad on This Morning?"

Harsh: But it's not just her outfit choices that she has been targeted over, as Helen recalled receiving cruel jibes from social media users about her pregnancy weight when she was expecting her youngest son Louis, now eight months

Harsh: But it's not just her outfit choices that she has been targeted over, as Helen recalled receiving cruel jibes from social media users about her pregnancy weight when she was expecting her youngest son Louis, now eight months

The TV presenter added: 'Sometimes it's so vile, it's hilarious. When I was pregnant, someone wrote, "She's so fat not even a storm could blow her over," I was like, "Wow, that is harsh!" But you have to laugh about it.

'I did a programme with Rio Ferdinand

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