BODY works

WITH YOUR HEALTH IN MIND

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - BEAUTY -

For a self-cater­ing break that doesn’t in­volve down-siz­ing or for­go­ing any of your crea­ture com­forts, Swal­lows Loft in the Glen Fruin es­tate at the foot of the Hemel-en-Aarde Val­ley is hard to beat. With three thought­fully fur­nished bed­rooms and a beau­ti­fully equipped kitchen (plus a scullery-laun­dry), the house is dis­creetly run by owner-neigh­bour Les­ley Han­son-Moore. Cosy in win­ter and out­door-friendly in sum­mer (there’s a large swim­ming pool), its clincher is easy ac­cess to the top winer­ies and award-win­ning eater­ies of the Heme­len-Aarde val­ley. Hermanus it­self is a few min­utes’ drive away. Rates vary depend­ing on the sea­son. Call Les­ley on 082-777-5562. Swal­lowsloft.co.za Keen to spice up your fit­ness rou­tine? If you haven’t tried Vir­gin Ac­tive’s pop­u­lar Zumba Step ex­er­cise class, it’s time to shake off that slug­gish feel­ing af­ter a day spent at your desk with this fun group ses­sion. Zumba Step is an hour-long full-body car­dio work­out that bor­rows moves and mu­sic from a range of pop­u­lar dances in­clud­ing salsa, fla­menco and hip-hop. We vis­ited a Vir­gin Ac­tive gym to ex­pe­ri­ence Zumba Step’s di­verse mix of tra­di­tional fit­ness, dance and step aer­o­bics moves. Each up­beat tune had a dif­fer­ent rou­tine to keep things in­ter­est­ing – some were fast, oth­ers slower and fo­cused on stretch­ing. Even beginners will find the dance steps easy to fol­low – wall mir­rors also help to keep you on track if you’re feel­ing a lit­tle un­co­or­di­nated. Zumba Step is tar­geted at people who don’t wish to take their fit­ness regime too se­ri­ously and are game for hav­ing some fun while shap­ing up. Vir­gin­ac­tive.co.za

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