UNDRESSED FOR SUCCESS
We got naked this issue… Well, not really... But we thought about it. A lot. And we asked you about it. In great detail. Women’s Health is a network of magazines, published in 32 countries around the world. Four years ago, we decided to capitalise on this epic footprint and launched The Global Naked Survey, giving all of you – as well as your sisters in countries as far-flung as Poland, Thailand, Greece, the US, UK, Australia and beyond – the chance to tell us how you really feel about your naked bodies. Turns out, us South African babes are a body-loving bunch – and amen to that! The results were cheerfully optimistic: more than 75 percent of you think you’re beautiful (you are!) and half of you are totes comfortable cruising around naked (we’ll work on upping that even further next year). Like me, most of you rated your legs and then your shoulders as the parts of your beautiful bods that you love the most. And your tummy came in last – least loved, sorry abs. Or as mine should read: “where are you, abs?!” Shy, sneaky buggers those... You think you’re working them really hard and giving them all the love and encouragement, but put them in a crop top or bikini and they just disappear. No word or warning, just gone. Not a rip or a shred to be had. Bloody hate that. So, you can only imagine my horror at the fact that I’ve chosen two forms of exercise that practically beg you to shed your shirt they’re so sweaty – yoga and S.W.E.A.T. 1000. When I was in New York a few years ago, I stumbled across an outdoor workout – a whole whack of women who were giving it gas on stationary bikes in the middle of one of Manhattan’s busiest squares in crops emblazoned with the words ‘Dare To Bare’. I think of them every single time I consider flinging off my vest in the half dark of those studios. And it’s probably the most likely place I ever would – like the overwhelming majority of survey-goers, you and I feel most confident just after a workout. Boom! Huzzah to us for killing it and making those endorphins work for us! We are a brand that’s all about self-love, about strong-not-skinny and loving the shape you’re in, so I urge you to enjoy the pages and pages of interesting stats, inspiring stories and amazing women that make up this year’s Global Naked Survey on page 88. And then you should probably go ahead and take a naked moonwalk through your house. I’m going to.
WHEN THE ENDORPHINS KICK IN.