6 Let­ter From The Editor

Women's Health (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - @DanielleWeak­ley @dan­weak­ley

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

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