While a top 12 finalist for the Miss South Africa 2016 competition, health and fitness guru Lisa Raleigh asked us to change one thing – the way we thought about exercise. Simple. Right.
My excuse has always been that I am too busy to truly commit to working out every single day. Yet, a minor correcting in my sentence construction helped me realise the uncomfortable truth. Instead of saying: “I don’t have time for this,” rather say: “This is not a priority for me.” Because if you are not making time for something, then it is by default not a priority. Ouch. I know.
Alas, my solution has been quick and easy toning exercises that I do on the days when a proper workout seems more painful than watching a Donald Trump speech.
One of my favourites is the use of a stretch band which you can buy at any Discheme, for instance, for around R150. Stretch band exercises are part of a global move towards simple, repetitive exercises that deeply target areas never before reached.
The key is to make sure you are working every area of your body and to “just-keep-swimming” i.e. keep repeating the exercise because when the burn hits, it is worth it!
1 – Curtsy and extend
Always pull your core in for balance and make sure you are taking it slow enough to really work the muscles. Don’t use momentum.
Reps: 25 per leg
2 – Hip Flexes
Otherwise called, do not make eye-contact with anyone while executing this motion. A little on the kinky side, this exercise is great for squeezing that butt and strengthening the abs. When you reach the stop squeeze and hold for 5 seconds. Do not just drop bum to ground, but remain in control throughout. Remember feet should be flexed. Toes never touching ground, this ensures the calves also get a workout.
3 – Standing Pull Up
Keep that core tight so that it is a standing up crunch. Ensure that the stretch band is short enough and has enough resistance to help you achieve your Cameron Diaz arms.
Miss South Africa 2016 Finalist
BA Media Communication and Culture student
Miss SA Teen 2010 (youngest ever title holder and first from Port Elizabeth)
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