Strong is the new sexy – fit­ness guru

CityPress - - News - NOKUTHULA MANY­ATHI Nokuthula.Many­athi@city­press.co.za Nonhle Ndala has no sym­pa­thy for South Africans who don’t ex­er­cise and say the daily hus­tle keeps them stuck be­hind their desks rather than in the gym.

The celebrity fit­ness guru, who counts TV per­son­al­ity Min­nie Dlamini and rap­per Da L.E.S among her clients, says a busy sched­ule is no ex­cuse to let your­self go.

In the Vi­tal­ity ObeCity In­dex, Joburg and Pre­to­ria res­i­dents par­tic­u­larly re­vealed that they spent a lot of time sit­ting down and the lat­ter ad­mit­ted they weren’t very phys­i­cally ac­tive.

“If you have a busy sched­ule and you are of­fice bound, be in­no­va­tive. Use the en­vi­ron­ment to get your daily work out,” Ndala told City Press dur­ing her Satur­day morn­ing work-out.

“When you are sit­ting at your com­puter typ­ing, do cal­fraises. Use the stairs, and avoid the lifts and the es­ca­la­tors.

“You are not limited to a struc­ture. You don’t have to go to gym. Dur­ing your lunch break, do seated squats. When you go to the bath­room, lunge there and back.”

She’s speak­ing from ex­pe­ri­ence. The 31-year-old wasn’t al­ways a fit­ness freak.

She started her jour­ney in 2012, shortly after her aunt told her to stop wear­ing shorts be­cause she had fat and cellulite on her thighs.

“I took a good look at my­self and de­cided I wanted to trans­form my body. I con­sulted a per­sonal trainer and I made a com­mit­ment to get a six-pack be­fore my birth­day five months away.”

She suc­ceeded, and learnt along the way that an ex­er­cise regime had to be ac­com­pa­nied by a healthy diet.

“You can­not out-train a bad diet. Peo­ple have it in their head that you can eat a McDon­ald’s burger and you can run it off. It would prob­a­bly take you, like, five hours to work off that burger and fries.”

A bal­anced diet and reg­u­lar ses­sions at the gym will get you the best re­sults, she ad­vises.

“Don’t spend more than an hour at the gym. But in that hour you must be per­sis­tent. You don’t take 20-minute breaks in be­tween your ses­sions. When you take a break, it must not be for more than two min­utes. Push your­self and keep your heart pump­ing.”

Her ad­vice is to ex­er­cise in the morn­ing “be­fore your body fig­ures out what it is do­ing”.

She says Joburg­ers are start­ing to take their health and fit­ness more se­ri­ously.

“Strong is the new sexy. We are step­ping out of our typ­i­cal cul­tural belief that be­ing big­ger is as­so­ci­ated with wealth. We are start­ing to take note and we are tak­ing care of our bod­ies.”

PHOTO: EL­IZ­A­BETH SE­JAKE

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Per­sonal trainer Nonhle Ndala

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