Top 10 Excuses That Do NOT Burn Calories

I’ve heard all the excuses when it comes to people who don’t want to put in the work to make a change where health and fitness is concerned.  I normally get compliments from those who have not seen me in a while.  The transformation is very visible and they get all excited and want to join me on my journey.  They ask what I do and how they can also get to achieve their fitness goals.  I help them with tips and then I always make sure I do a follow up to find out if things are going smoothly.  Wait till you hear the excuses that come after I ask…

I will try and list a few that I can remember from the top of head.

  1. This has to be the biggest excuse of all time.  I will start exercising or dieting on Monday.  Why don’t you just start today, or tomorrow?  Why does Monday have to be the day you decide to make a change?
  2. I couldn’t run today because I just got a new hairstyle so the sweat was going to make the hairstyle soggy.
  3. I broke my head phones before I started jogging.
  4. I don’t have any healthy food options in the house so I will only start dieting once I do my grocery shopping.
  5. I didn’t sleep at my place.  I was in an unfamiliar environment so I will run when I go back to my place.
  6. I can’t run because people will be looking at me.
  7. The sex I had last night was so good that must count for a workout right?
  8. I don’t have nice running outfits.
  9. I don’t like waking up or working out after hours.
  10. It was raining.

LISTEN EVERYONE TRYING TO MAKE A CHANGE.  Excuses will get you nowhere fast!  You have to put in the work.  Nothing good ever came easy.  You have to cut the crap and start working on those goals.  We are left with only 4 months of the year and you still haven’t actually done anything about that promise you made to be fit at the beginning of this year.  Do you need me to come there and get you out of bed?!  I’m tired of hearing the above excuses, how on earth are they even going to help you get to your body goal?

Excuses don’t burn calories!!!

Fitness Bae®

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5 Types Of Belly Fat

I penned down a post on  how to lose belly fat sometime last year.  This morning while binge watching some of my favourite YouTube Channels(latest new addiction) I bumped into a video that not only tells you what causes belly fat but also comes with different ways to get rid of it.  I’m currently struggling with what I’ve decided to term my “love pouch”.  My lower belly is an actual problem mainly because I love alcohol too damn much but turns out there is hope for me after all.

Some of the causes of lower belly fat listed in the video are:

  • Recent motherhood
  • Monotonous and overly exertive exercise (I’m so very guilty!!!)
  • Unchanging diet
  • Spinal curvature

Do yourself a huge favour and check out this video and find out what your belly type is and what changes you can make to get a flat tummy.

What are some of your favourite YouTube Channels?  Please share in the comments section.

Fitness Bae®

 

Skip Yourself Sexy

If you didn’t exercise this winter then you will love the skip yourself sexy challenge.  Okay, that’s not really the name of the challenge but it does have a ring to it.  I announced on Twitter that we would be hosting a skipping challenge and true to our word, we’re here to deliver.

If you’re anything like me you easily get bored with one form of exercise and after a while you need a change.  I love running but lately my body just won’t let me be at my A-game.  The maximum distance I ran last month was probably 8km and that’s very much unlike me; I need a freaking change my body is bored shitless.  My fitness partner Elnathan and I decided we do another take of the skipping challenge and this time we include both beginners and expert skippers.

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If you’re a beginner you will be pleased to note that we’re playing nice and your skips will be far less.  However, you will have to run every other day to make up for the number of skips you will be missing out on.

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A lot of core workouts will be announced each week to couple the skips for those taking part in the expert level.  You will have a love hate relationship with us and that’s completely okay, what matters is that you will not only look good but feel good if you dedicate your time and effort to this month’s challenge.

What you need for this challenge:

  • A good pair of trainers
  • A digital or traditional skipping rope
  • A power playlist
  • An “I got this” attitude

In case you’re wondering why skipping is such a big deal you can read all about the benefits of skipping from here.

A big thank you to Elnathan for the lovely posters.  Are you excited about this challenge as much as I am; if yes, what’s the one thing you’re looking forward to?

Fitness Bae®

 

Get Fit Winter Campaign

Thanks to my love for fitness I’ve networked with a handful of people.  A conversation I had with my friend Elnathan a few weeks ago got me into this “mess”.  He told me he wanted to be my be fitness partner.  I told him no problem at all, just run 5km a day for 5 straight days and we can start talking.  Then because I love a challenge I joined in, mind you, I didn’t even have to run but I did.  That time I’m already hosting fitness classes this month; I’m working out not once but twice a day.  Hello toned body!

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The weather has been brutal.  Waking up to a minimum temperature of 8 degrees and having to choose between going out to run or staying in your warm blankets was the greatest mental test of all!  Hard as it was we both managed to complete the challenge and looking forward to a few days of rest.  is officially my fitness partner till the end of the year.  We will both be spicing up your fitness life and you will have a love hate relationship with us because you will run like you have never run before.

A few fun facts about the #5ivers #GetFitCampaign Challenge:

We loved;

  • The mental strength that powered up after day 3; you are your biggest cheerleader.
  • My quads are more toned than they were before we started the challenge.
  • My endurance is now top notch.
  • I loved the uninterrupted sleep that came with this challenge, going to bed at 8pm never felt so good.
  • The feeling of accomplishment, setting out a goal and demolishing it one run at a time is priceless.

We hated;

  • The pain in my legs was unbearable, day 4 was the hardest of them all.
  • The weather; running in the blistering cold was not something to look forward to AT ALL.
  • Fatigue, I couldn’t even enjoy watching a good movie without falling asleep a few minutes into it.
  • Waking up.
  • Running in the dark.

We have something fun lined up for next week as well.  Follow us on social media platforms, you don’t want to miss out.  The beauty of our challenges is anyone and everyone can take part and it’s absolutely free!

Elnathan on Twitter: @elchitsmuzik Facebook: @elchiteve Instagram: @elchitsmuzik

Being fit is the new sexy.

Fitness Bae®

 

 

 

5 Tips For Running In Winter

This is how you run in winter; first thing’s first DO NOT OVER LAYER!  I did this two winters ago and nearly threw away my hoodie halfway into my run.  I still do not know why I thought wearing a tshirt, light sweater and a hoodie was a great idea, DO NOT DO IT.  Back then what I didn’t realise was that even though the temperature is pretty cold when you leave the house after some distance your body heats up.

Below are a few tips I use when it’s time to run in winter:

  • Invest in a pair of gloves.  The gloves I have are touchscreen gloves meaning I can still operate my phone during my run without having to take them off.  If you don’t need to use your phone then an ordinary pair ($1) will still do the trick so if you start feeling too hot you can always shove them in your jacket pocket, if you lose them it won’t be a train smash.
  • A woolen hat will also be ideal because it will keep your ears warm and protected from the cold wind.
  • Make yourself visible; this applies in any other season by the way.  I now have to leave the house at 6:00 am when the sun is out so that I can see where I am going.  On occasions I choose to run earlier say 5:30 am I make sure I wear reflective or fluorescent gear and my good friend Amy goes all out and wears a headlamp during her runs.  I should invest in one as well!
  • Run twice a day.  I am NOT an evening runner but sometimes it’s too cold to even begin to imagine going out for a 10K run.  Instead, on very rare I will run my 5K in the morning and the other 5K in the evening, that way I complete my set mileage for the day and also not freeze my ass off in the process.
  • Stretch, stretch, stretch.  I can not emphasise this enough times.  You need to warm up before and after your runs.  Winter isn’t too kind to the body; you want to keep your body warm and flexible.  The plan is to prevent injuries and if you stretch religiously your body will be eternally grateful.
  • *BONUS TIP* Make sure someone knows that you have gone for a run, which route you have taken and how long you expect to run for in case something happens to you along the way.  Safety first!
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Image from Pinterest

Remember summer bodies are made in winter.  You do not want to be the only one dreading to go out to swim,play tennis, rock their short summer dress or shorts because of all the winter weight you gained because you were not exercising.  Get up and do something, winter is the best time to get your fit on!

P.S I have running gear available and you should check out my shop you might find something you like.

Maintaining your regular routine, no matter what the weather, keeps excuses at bay!

Fitness Bae®

Spar Rainbow Run

Yesterday I attended my first ever Rainbow Run.  True to their word Spar was open for registration at exactly 7am, talk about great time keeping skills!  The Rainbow Run was open for all ages and it was a great way to spend Mothers Day.

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Image captured by ZOL

Distances covered included 2.5km, 5km or 10km colour run and the best part was you could either run or walk.  Unfortunately the event was delayed because a lot of people didn’t keep time so registration took forever and a day.  My intention was to run 5km but when we eventually started nearly an hour than the advertised time it was uncomfortably hot so my friends and I chose to walk instead.  I bumped into so many familiar faces and some of my Twitter friends came to life!

 

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With Ropa from Twitter

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With Xavier from Facebook

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With my good friend Shami 🙂

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Great Vibes!

There were lots of fun activities for both adults and children.  Food stalls as well as a bar were conveniently placed within the venue.  There was a hive of activity it’s unfortunate that I didn’t get to go through each and every stand.

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You can view more pictures from the Spar Facebook Page over here.

The Rainbow Run was in a charity event to raise money to assist vulnerable young people in our community and we managed to raise $30 000!

My highlight of the entire event were the exploding colours.  You can check out the video from my Facebook Page over here.  A truck would pass by runners or walkers and fire away colours that would turn into colourful clouds.  I felt like a child again.  The excitement was unbelievable!  There was part of the route where colour was spewed on the road and participants stopped to take pictures, roll on the ground and cover themselves with different colours and grab a refreshment of sort that was provided.

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What I loved about the Rainbow Colour Run:

  • The massage I received after my run from Massage Cafe, my body is so tense it’s unbelievable!
  • Networking, I made new contacts that I’m going to be putting to great use.
  • The amount of fun and laughter I experienced, I forgot about all my worries for an entire day.
  • I got to spend Mothers Day surrounded by happy people.

Yesterday was an entire mood. I experienced Saturday vibes on a Sunday! 

Have you been to a Rainbow Run before?  If yes what was your experience like?

Fitness Bae®

Swimming In Summer

Swimming is your best friend if you’re looking for a low impact sport.  I started swimming when I was still in preschool because all my siblings were involved in different sporting activities which included swimming so I was bound to join in.

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Some of the reasons why you should swim in summer:

  • Swimming beats any form of exercise on a hot summer day.
  • You can enjoy swimming on your own or with friends, it’s really up to you.  I like to time my workouts so I usually spend at least 30 minutes doing a few laps and the rest of the 30 minutes just floating about and enjoying the cool water against my skin.
  • Best stress buster after running!
  • Swimming is gentle on your joints.  After my half marathon a few weeks ago my body has been in all sorts of aches and pains especially my hips and feet.  After my swimming session my joints felt so much better.  I spend way too much pounding my feet on the ground during my road runs.  You should see my feet, my toes, my word my toenails are even falling off!!! Sadly that’s a topic for another day…
  • No matter how old you are, you can always go swimming.  I started swimming at age 5 and decades later I’m still at it.  I know I will still be enjoying a few laps of my favorite breast stroke even in my 60s.

Swim with Fitness Bae

 

 

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OMG look at those abs!

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With my friend Tawanda

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Saturday well spent 🙂

You might be reading this and thinking but I don’t know how to swim; fear not, it’s never too late to try something new.  Add swimming to your to-do-list!

What’s your favourite form of exercise, the one you can do for the rest of your life?

Fitness Bae®