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Women's Health (South Africa) - - WE HEAR YOU -

I would like to thank the WH team for a won­der­ful July is­sue. This magazine is such a great source of in­for­ma­tion and knowl­edge about health and fit­ness in gen­eral. I got it at a time when I had aban­doned my morn­ing run­ning sched­ule some­where in the be­gin­ning of the colder months of win­ter af­ter I tem­po­rar­ily got dis­abled with flu. Af­ter just a few months of stay­ing away from run­ning and eat­ing so much due to the cold weather, my body had piled up in­cred­i­ble amounts of weight and I was gen­er­ally not healthy and truly “fit to burst”. I was suf­fer­ing from con­sti­pa­tion and had prob­lems with bloat­ing. As I went through the magazine, I got my mo­ti­va­tion back as I looked at all the women’s bod­ies which oozed health. It re­minded me that I needed to start with my run­ning sched­ule. The first few days were not easy and I felt like a bar­rel of fat wob­bling about in one place with­out progress. Now I have passed the dif­fi­cult stage and look for­ward to run­ning ev­ery day. The anti-bloat plan pro­vided for us on page 55 was ex­actly what I needed. This has helped me a lot, not only on the in­side, but on the out­side too. My skin is start­ing to show that I have made a pos­i­tive change to my diet. I haven’t cried from con­sti­pa­tion since I started run­ning again and eat­ing healthily. To the Women’s Health ed­i­tors, man­agers, writ­ers, pro­duc­ers and all the con­trib­u­tors, I wish you noth­ing but strength. Your hard work is highly ap­pre­ci­ated. Di­neo Makala, Bronkhorstspruit

Boost your con­fi­dence

Women’s Health has im­proved my over­all con­fi­dence ten­fold. So­cial me­dia some­times has a way of mak­ing me and many oth­ers ques­tion our luck in genes and makes us feel down. This magazine of­fers so much en­cour­age­ment and af­ter read­ing it from cover to cover as I al­ways do, I don’t feel down at all, but rather in­spired and mo­ti­vated to live a health­ier life on my own fit­ness jour­ney. I’m par­tic­u­larly lov­ing June’s ar­ti­cle, Build Your Per­fect Work­out. WH is def­i­nitely the monthly dose of mood up­lift­ment and en­dor­phins that I crave! Clau­dia de Agrela, Joburg

Mo­ti­va­tion sta­tion

I am a 32-year-old wo­man, mar­ried to a 59-year-old man, and as with our age, so too are our fit­ness lev­els a few bars apart. But not in the way that you would think. My hus­band runs laps around me (quite lit­er­ally) when we do our week­end run to­gether and with his birth­day 12 weeks away, I com­mit­ted to mak­ing an hon­est ef­fort in reach­ing my fit­ness goals by the time he reaches 60. So on Sun­day (this is when the com­mit­ment to my­self was first in­ter­nalised), af­ter fill­ing the trol­ley with the healthy sup­plies that we would be need­ing for our first week (be­cause he is in this now too), I reached for the July is­sue of WH. The hope: that it would help kick-start the men­tal jour­ney my mind first needed to go on, so that my body could fol­low with the phys­i­cal stuff. The re­al­ity: IT DID! I was im­me­di­ately en­grossed and as I turned each page, I was less over­whelmed by the 12-week jour­ney ahead of me and more ex­cited at the prospect of proudly reach­ing a point where I no longer make ex­cuses for my bad eat­ing habits and no longer re­gret spend­ing money on a home gym (that was now just gath­er­ing dust). Watch this space. No more ex­cuses! No more re­grets! Thank you, WH. Lee-Ann An­nan­dale, Joburg

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