Fit, Fear­less & Fun

Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - EDITOR’S LETTER - Holly Mead­ows Ed­i­tor

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.

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