6 Letter From The Editor
I used to consider myself a runner. That’s because, back in the day – or as my #funnynotfunny daughters refer to it, The Olden Days – I would pull on my red Walkman, attach it with a clip to my towelling jogging shorts, fire up the Transvision Vamp and hit my suburban streets for a run. It was, to my mind, the cheapest way I could come up with to be fit – and also to sing realllllly loudly without getting into trouble. Apologies, neighbours. It was me: Dani Nasser. And while much about my fitness routines has changed over the ensuing years – from doing absolutely nothing but noshing NikNaks to having two children to pounding through various gyms and studios to finding my mat in yoga spaces – running still remains the most affordable way to get started or to carry on. Or to do anywhere. At any time. And as our cover loudly proclaims: it’ll also make you fitter, stronger and faster... What’s not to love? Deputy editor Wanita Nicol’s Running Guide on page 100 will give you the low-down on how to get started or take it up a level. It’s the least intimidating, most get-upand-go eight pages you’re likely to find. And the great thing is – if you like an angle, which I always do (perils of the job) – walking is really just slow running, so you could do that too. And one of the year’s biggest trends, fitness-speaking, is LISS... That’s low-intensity steady state, aka, yep you got it, walking. I’ve decided to heed my own advice and pull on my trainers again – not to head into any mad half marathons, like the rest of my team would do, but just to get back out there. We’re fortunate to live in a country that has great weather all year round, so it’s as simple as lacing up. Find a running group if you’re feeling unsure. Hell, find a walking group – they’re out there too. Or just find a friend who’s keen for a catch up on foot. Or do what I did – find a trail-running group. Yes, I know... What madness is this? It’s affordable, sunshine-soaked madness, is what it is! Plus, there are so many Instaworthy views that I can stop and catch my breath. Sneaky bonus. If you like the idea of the group, but not the run, then find me and the WH team at Fit Night Out Durban and Joburg later this year – or look out for the launch of our Secret Sweat Series this month. Fitter, stronger, faster... And always more fun as a collective!
DANIELLE WEAKLEY Editor