Fit, Fearless & Fun
Ione more person tells me about the mood-enhancing benefits of exercise, I might just throw a dumbbell at them. My father is the worst: he usually calls on a Sunday after his 6am 60km cycle session. It’s the smug, slightly patronising parent tone that makes my blood boil: ‘You really ought to start exercising, Holly.’ Ugh. I’d rather be in bed watching series.
Truth is, I’ve never been an exercise lover. I’m the girl who packs a gym bag in the morning, only to leave it under my desk in favour of after-work burgers. I recall the time I got roped into running a half-marathon. (It was a work thing.) Bucket-list essential, they said. You’ll feel amazing, they said. Truthfully, I didn’t – I spent that night massaging my legs in a hot bath, weeping away my crippling cramps.
What makes me happy are all the fun things that come along with the fit life. I take great pleasure in incorporating athleisure into my workwear (yes to sweat pants and heels!) and shopping for colourful sneaks to up my shoe game. I’m a sucker for the latest health fads, be it experimenting with home-made poke bowls or trying out a new activated-charcoal tonic. I can’t resist a nutrientrich hair masque or vitamin-boosting serum, and I relish the quiet window of my three-minute daily meditation with Headspace. (Side note: this app has been beyond amazing for my mental health.)
That’s why, in this issue, we’ve packed our pages with feel-good things so you can live a fit, fearless, fun life. On page 22, our beauty editor shows you the benefits of jade rollers (the prettiest skin accessory) and other tools to try for face-firming exercises. On page 26, our fashion editor shares the hottest fitspo looks (exercise optional!). On page 81, we reveal the five-step training plan that Gigi, Kendall and Karlie swear by – and on page 120, there are smoothie-bowl recipes for an Instagram-friendly five-a-day breakfast.
Exercise is good for us, granted – but huffing and puffing is way more fun when it’s offset by motivating rewards (such as a new metallic sports bra). If, like me, you’re a selfconfessed lazy girl, my advice is to look at fitness holistically. (Take notes, dad.) Fit skin, fit food, a fit social life and fit finances are as important for a healthy and happy you.