Updated 24 July 2014

Summer bodies are made in winter

It's not too late to shake off that winter layer and start chiselling away your summer body.


At the moment, wherever you find yourself in our country (except perhaps eternally warm Durban), it’s cold. And cold weather often leads to comfort eating – warm, sweet drinks, hearty broths and creamy soups. Sound familiar? 

If this is sounding a lot like your daily eating pattern there is good news - and there is bad news. The bad news is that while those foods might temporarily warm your body and make your brain feel warm and fuzzy, they’re likely to be softening you around the edges at the same time.

And come summer you will regret your indulgences. The good news is that you can make these treats a little healthier, just check out our diet section for more tips.

The even better news is that once you’ve sorted out your diet combined it with some regular exercise, by the time summer rolls in, you'll be ready to embrace whatever skimpy fashions are in vogue. If skimpy is your style, that is.

Not sure where to begin? 

Pick one of our fitness programmes, whichever one inspires you most. Make sure it’s something you will enjoy and can sustain.

No time to exercise? Why not try sneak in some workouts at work? Research shows that even three 10-minute exercise bursts during the course of the day are still beneficial. If that doesn’t work try some of these exercises you can do at home. Who knows – you might even inspire the rest of the family.

It doesn’t matter if you’re exercising to keep warm, lose weight, get stronger or just because it feels so good – as long as you’re moving, your body will respond.


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