25 Hacks For Sum­mer Suc­cess!

Look hot, stay cool and ace this sea­son in spades

Women's Health (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

1 Amp up your plank

“Planks are a fail-safe iso­met­ric move for core strength­en­ing,” says Pi­lates in­struc­tor Jess Schur­ing. This three­minute rou­tine will tar­get your trans­verse abs, rec­tus abs and obliques: 60-sec­ond fore­arm plank; 60-sec­ond high plank with shoul­der taps; 30-sec­ond side plank with slow hip lifts, then switch arms for an­other 30 sec­onds.

2 Cash in your re­wards

In­stead of sac­ri­fic­ing valu­able party money on gifts, use re­wards points like eBucks and Dis­cov­ery Miles to soften the blow. “This is the time to max out any re­wards pro­gramme that you have ac­cess to, whether it is your bank, cell phone provider, gro­cery store or phar­macy,” says Eu­nice Sibiya, head of con­sumer ed­u­ca­tion at FNB. “Even a few cents on an item will make a dif­fer­ence.”

3 Drink green tea cool

Melt a hand­ful of ice cubes on some green tea leaves. Let it steep for two hours to max out the an­tiox­i­dants. Keep it cool by pour­ing into a stain­less steel ther­mos (see page 74) and sip through­out the day.

Su­per­charge your fit­ness, health and beauty rou­tines with these sim­ple tweaks


Hu­mid sum­mer air can turn your hair a bit 80s Aero­smith – only mi­nus the rock-star cred. Tame it by pop­ping on a layer of hair mask (try L’Oréal El­vive Ex­tra­or­di­nary Oil Curl Nour­ish­ment Masque, R90), then braid your hair, says hair­styl­ist An­dreas Wild. Later, wash out for soft, easy waves. For flyaways, spritz hair­spray onto a tooth­brush and run over your hair­line. We like Garnier Ul­ti­mate Blends The Sleek Per­fec­tor Co­conut Oil & Co­coa But­ter Oil Spray (R150).

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