Women's Health (South Africa) - - LETTER FROM THE EDITOR - DANIELLE WEAKLEY Edi­tor

For­get kale. There, I said it. If we were ob­sessed with any­thing this year at WH, it wasn’t our com­pet­ing food strate­gies. It was stats. Up un­til 2017, you’d have been more likely to find a maths nerd at a Play­girls of the Play­boy Man­sion re­u­nion party, but not this year. This year, we were all – as a col­lec­tive – ob­sessed with num­bers. And it turns out y’all are too. Heart-rate num­bers. Step-count num­bers. Stairs-climbed num­bers. Hoursslept num­bers. Wear­able tech has meant we are now track­ing ev­ery­thing. Even our wa­ter in­take. Cue ex­plod­ing wrist fire­works! I ad­mit, with no small amount of em­bar­rass­ment, that there are gasps – ac­tual gasps – of de­light when new track­ers land for test­ing at WH HQ. We sport one on each arm to test the dif­fer­ences. We com­pare bat­tery life like we used to com­pare boyfriends. And we watch our Vi­tal­ity points-o-me­tre with the same level of ea­gle-eyed at­ten­tion to fail­ure as a pro­fes­sional ath­lete. Or a sniper.

Iron­i­cally, the fit­ness flip side to this su­per­charged ob­ses­sion with chart­ing progress, log­ging work­outs and chal­leng­ing mates is quite lit­er­ally the op­po­site. Mind­ful­ness and soul food prac­tices, like yoga, have equally tapped into the 2017 zeit­geist. In fact, 2017 loved yoga so much that it kept dream­ing up new ways of do­ing it... It was the year that kicked off with beer yoga. Dubbed by the Ber­lin hip­sters who ig­nited the global craze as “the mar­riage of two great loves: beer and yoga”, it turned out to be harder than it looked. Try bal­anc­ing a bot­tle of icy cold lager while you twist into Ea­gle and then tell me all about it. I’ll be the one with a glass of wine in hand, but tell me any­way.

Then along swept Harry Pot­ter yoga – yes, it does ex­actly what the la­bel says, sans ac­tual wizards (I’m led to be­lieve) – which is prac­tised with wands and in­cludes poses that have been Pot­ter-fied (Tree pose be­comes Whomp­ing Wil­low... You get the idea). Wanna ap­pa­rate im­me­di­ately? I know Michelle Oc­to­ber does.

And then... Then! Just when you thought this whole malarkey couldn’t get any more en­joy­able, some smart fella in Ore­gon, USA, added goats. And the world. Went. Wild.

Who knew that prac­tis­ing yoga in the great out­doors, sur­rounded by adorable kid goats would be so ge­nius? Oh, that’s right... Ev­ery­one. If only they had thought of it first! Our art di­rec­tor Michelle von Sch­licht man­aged to sneak in a goat yoga class at Fairview Wine Farm, but the rest of you might have to re­sign your­selves to check­ing out the kilted yo­gis who broke the in­ter­net in­stead. Yes, yoga in kilts. Thank me later.

Get ready to party with us all through the fes­tive sea­son and into 2018! Fit Night Out is ex­pand­ing, plus we’ve got siz­zling WH Sup­per Clubs and a fes­ti­val like no other, so watch this space!

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