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Love The Way You Move!

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

My fave way of ex­er­cis­ing has al­ways been jog­ging. I be­came a sin­gle mother at the age of 40 and the chal­lenge of rais­ing three school-go­ing kids by my­self be­gan to make it dif­fi­cult for me to keep up with my jog­ging. I even­tu­ally stopped ex­er­cis­ing com­pletely. But I still felt the need to find a con­ve­nient al­ter­na­tive, so I could con­tinue ex­er­cis­ing. I con­sid­ered yoga, but was afraid it would hurt. This win­ter, a year since I stopped jog­ging, I gained more weight. Some­thing told me to find a magazine with ar­ti­cles that will guide me on how to keep fit in the com­fort of my home. The cover girl on Women’s Health caught my eye and the ar­ti­cle “Love The Way You Move” in the July is­sue gave me the as­sur­ance that yoga wouldn’t hurt as much as I ini­tially thought. The easy-to-fol­low stepby-step yoga in­struc­tion in your ar­ti­cle be­came my ex­er­cis­ing so­lu­tion. It’s been two weeks since I started yoga and my mus­cles are aching, but I will keep on prac­tis­ing be­cause I know that no pain = no gain. Thanks WH for get­ting me to ex­er­cise again. – Christina Molokomme, Pre­to­ria

Get Fight­ing Fit

My health jour­ney started al­most five years ago. The first two years of my jour­ney were a breeze: I had a rel­a­tively large amount of weight to lose and there­fore ev­ery week I was get­ting re­sults with min­i­mal di­etary changes and “ba­sic” ex­er­cise. Dur­ing the third year, I be­came ob­sessed with my re­sults. I weighed and counted ev­ery­thing I put in my mouth. I trained twice a day, ev­ery day and was at my all-time fittest and low­est body weight. How­ever, as year five kicked in, I be­gan see­ing fewer re­sults, the mo­ti­va­tion dis­ap­peared and I be­came tired of the bor­ing daily ex­er­cise I had be­come ac­cus­tomed to. I started ex­er­cis­ing less and eat­ing more. With my weight gain my self­con­fi­dence also took a beat­ing. I walked past the magazine rack at my lo­cal mall and spot­ted the Women’s Health Au­gust “Power” is­sue, which was ex­actly what I needed in my life to “Get Fight­ing Fit” again! So, thank you WH for be­ing a sup­porter, a mo­ti­va­tor, a coach, an en­cour­ager and a friend! – Sa­man­tha John­ston, East Lon­don

Eat Happy

My whole life I have been deemed over­weight. There, I said it. I have watched ev­ery morsel that crossed my lips and tried many a diet that has failed me. I am 26 years old and have never been able to just eat what I want. Eat­ing out and watch­ing my friends eat and drink has al­ways been one of my night­mares. Envy doesn’t even be­gin to de­scribe it. My mom bought me my first copy of Women’s Health about a year ago and it changed the way I see food and ex­er­cise. I no longer dread head­ing off to the gym or the thought of a long walk on the prom­e­nade. No longer do I de­spise the thought of go­ing out for a meal or what healthy op­tions I will have to eat. WH has taught me that life­style changes are good and it has taught me to ap­pre­ci­ate my body and ev­ery­thing that I have. I now make con­scious food choices and love to work out. I am fi­nally on the healthy path to reach­ing my goals. The magazine has been an in­spi­ra­tion and I look for­ward to my bi­ble ar­riv­ing ev­ery month, so that I can de­vour it coverto-cover. Thank you for ev­ery­thing that you do for all women, no mat­ter their shape or size. I thank you on be­half of all of them. – Alix Rein­gold, Cape Town

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