5 Health and fitness tips from stars over 40


When it comes to health and fitness, your age can pose a few challenges. Younger women usually have faster metabolisms than their older counterparts, which means losing weight is sometimes easier for them.

But stars like Unathi and Connie Ferguson are proof that with the right eating plan, workout routine and attitude, you can be in the best shape of your life in your 40s.

Here’s a look at how these local celebrities over 40 stay fit and healthy

Unathi: Be consistent

It’s hard to believe that Unathi once weighed 98 kilograms! The Idols SA judge started her fitness journey in 2013 and has never looked back. She went from wearing a size 40 to 33 in four years. She would sometimes drag herself out of bed on cold winter mornings just to make sure she gets her daily gym workout.

She regularly runs 6km, burns a sweat during intense cardio workouts and eats clean. For Unathi, it is all about being consistency and setting goals.

“Your challenge doesn’t have to be climbing a mountain – you could aim for something as simple as conquering a hill sprint in your neighbourhood or doing kettlebell swings with the 12kg bell. Set yourself a goal and go for it,” she told Women’s Health in an interview.

Connie Ferguson: Workout with friends

Embarking on a new fitness or healthy eating plan can be daunting, especially when doing it alone. It’s easier to fall off the wagon when you only have yourself to hold you accountable. Working out with friends is a good way to stay motivated.

Connie Ferguson has her own fitness tribe. Her group of friends regularly workout together. She calls them her “fitness queens”.

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