The surprising way Kate Middleton blows off steam in her high-pressured role as a royal

Being a senior royal has many pressures yet Kate Middleton always looks so calm - this is how she blows off steam.

 The surprising way Kate Middleton blows off steam in her high-pressured role as a royal
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The future Queen is said to be a 'huge fan' of an exercise phenomenon many swear by.

Going on a run, playing a spot of tennis, learning how to play rugby - Kate Middleton has a soft spot for sports-focused royal engagements. Exercise is high up on Kate's list of favourite past times and she is regularly photographed both watching and playing various different sports. 

Alongside juggling a busy schedule as a working royal and raising three royal children, Kate Middleton is known to make time for herself by exercising regularly to not only keep herself in shape, but to blow off some steam. When she gets the chance, the exercise trend CrossFit is said to be a firm favourite of the Duchess' for the confidence boost it offers.

CrossFit is a high-intensity exercise style that combines elements from Princess Charlotte's favourite sport, gymnastics, kettlebell and weightlifting. The exercise in intense and certainly not for everyone, but Kate is reportedly keen on it.

A spokesperson from BarBend, an exercise magazine, told, “CrossFit is one of the most effective workouts for building muscle, burning fat, and toning your body, so it’s no surprise to see that Kate Middleton is a huge fan.

“The workouts can be challenging, combining weightlifting, gymnastics, and metabolic conditioning, however, the focus is on hitting your next fitness or strength goal, rather than the number on the scales, which helps people forget about their weight and become more confident."

The experts at BarBend added that CrossFit is perfect for people in "high-pressured roles" just like Kate, as it may help people to de-stress.

“High-intensity workouts are known to have numerous benefits on mental health, too, from stress relief and sleep quality to confidence and mood. With such a high-pressured role in the Royal Family, the Duchess of Cambridge is reaping huge benefits from this exercise.”

Looking at other exercises Kate is said to enjoy, the mental benefits of sport are clearly important to her. Yoga, a gentle exercise known for both its mental and physical benefits, is said to be another of Kate's favourites, as is running and walking. 

While in residence at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, the Cambridges are thought to enjoy long walks in the countryside and, though walking is often over looked as a form of exercise, taking a long stroll is mutually beneficial to the mind and body. 

One famous sport Kate is known to love is tennis. As well as being the Patron of the Lawn Tennis Association, every year Kate is pictured watching all the action court-side at Wimbledon, and tennis legend Roger Federer is a family friend of the Middletons. 

Kate has also taken up multiple opportunities to play tennis herself at royal engagements. She played in a friendly match with the US Open winner Emma Raducanu, and more recently announced she will be hosting a special tennis day alongside 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer to raise money for vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

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Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse
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Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse is royal news and entertainment writer for She began her freelance journalism career after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with an MA in Magazine Journalism, receiving an NCTJ diploma, and earning a First Class BA (Hons) in Journalism at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. She has also worked with BBC Good Food and The Independent.