It Takes Two
This partner workout is the most fun you’ll ever have in a sweat sesh
WWe all start winter with noble intentions. Making it to parkrun on a frosty Saturday morning? That’s what gloves are for, right? Hitting those Vitality Active Rewards every week? No problem – it’s not like icy wind is going to follow you into the gym. But somewhere around the beginning of July the temperature plummets to new lows. And all those noble gym-going intentions you had in June dissolve into steaming cups of hot chocolate, glasses of red wine and second helpings of comfort stew. And then, before you know it, it’s spring. Crap. Good news: the antidote to winter flab is right here. You’re back, baby.
Tone Up, Slim Down
After months of Netflix and chill (the literal kind), chances are you’re dying to get your heart rate up. But don’t ditch the strength training. “Always remember that muscles will burn fat during the day,” says personal trainer, food coach and model Sahra Tuna, who recommends two to three full-body strength sessions a week. That’s because muscle is metabolically active – it needs to burn energy in order to sustain itself. Think of it like a braai fire – you have to keep feeding it with fuel to keep it going. Fat, on the other hand, is the fuel. It doesn’t burn anything to exist. It just hangs around, bulging over the waistband of your jeans. Still wary of the weights area? Don’t be, says Tuna. “As a woman, you won’t get as huge as you think, so don’t be afraid of working out to gain some muscles.” Focusing on the big muscles in your legs and back will up the burn.
Getting a friend – or your partner – in on your training sessions is your ticket to greatness. “You’ll push each other to work out and will have more fun while you get in shape,” says Tuna. To keep things interesting, she recommends throwing in some sport – competing against each other in, say, beach volleyball, tennis, hiking or skating are all fun ways to get a workout in without even realising that you’re exercising. #SundayFunday The rest of the week, do this partner workout, created by Tuna, which is designed to give you a full body workout, burn fat and get you to start enjoying exercise again.
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