Meet Robynn she is a mom, zumba instructor and a social entrepreneur I met Robynn in 2014 when I was attending the SunfitSA classes at Montecasino, she was one of our Zumba instructors. She’s bubbly and energetic. I just love her smile and her passion for life and people, but let me not ramble on.
Tell us a little about Fit and Fabulous (What is the inspiration behind it).
The Fit and Fabulous Flagship started at the beginning of August 2016. After being involved in the wellness industry for 4 years; developing corporate wellness strategies; implementing industrial and community wellness interventions and teaching dance fitness classes, I had hit my greatest fear – the slump of stagnation. I desperately needed to revive the passion and the drive so I took to the Facebook and started the “Fit and Fabulous Africa” page so that I had a “go-to” place of reflection that I could as my personal sounding board. Within days it caught fire and I never looked back.
Our primary objective is to build a community that is happy, healthy and economically active. Fit and Fabulous advocates healthy living strong by inspiring everyone to be #FIT and feel #FABULOUS and taking those truths to advocate fit families, teenagers and children.
How did you get into fitness?
I was 29 years old and 110 kgs and I had the deep desire to bond more with my daughter by doing things that she enjoyed. April Rae’ has been involved in sport since she barely out of diapers so I had to become active again. I really didn’t like traditional working out at the gym so I took to the vibrant, energetic and contagious ZUMBA Dance Fitness and fell in love with it. When I was 97 kilo-, I started teaching and the inspirational entrepreneurial journey was set in motion.
What are your day-to-day routines like?
Now that my family has relocated to Johannesburg, things are a bit different. April (14) and I gym together for an hour in the morning while mom (65) does her 5 km walk in the estate. We have breakfast between 07:30 and 08:00 in the morning. Thereafter work for me and school for April until 16 h 00. She is at swimming training from 17:00 while I teach Zumba classes at various venues. We have a home cooked meal every day, as a family.
What fitness apps do you use to track your day-to-day progress?
Lol! I don’t have one…STILL! I am physically active daily though for way more than 30 minutes so cardiovascular fitness is covered.
What new healthy habits would you like to implement in your lifestyle?
They aren’t new habits. My #NODAIRY #NOWHEAT #NOSUGAR eating plan really does it for me. I feel healthier and more energetic and it shows on my skin. I must increase my water intake again. I make sure I get 8 hours sleep every night so there is no rest deprivation. So, nothing new. Just maintain what evidently worked for me before.
What challenges have you faced in your efforts to become healthier?
The biggest one has really been consistency or maintenance of the good habits when my business and work demands get hectic. I have the terrible default of not eating enough or even properly when I am chasing deadlines. That is the worst thing one can do!
What tips would you give someone who wants to become healthier?
The big one for me since September last year when I read the anxiety, depression and suicide statistics in Africa, is SLEEP. We have glorified the reality of lack of sleep for so long that people subscribe to the notion that lack of sleep means hard-working. The more we chase, the less we rest and we rendering ourselves more susceptible to mental illness. Insomnia is a killer, don’t share your bed with it. PRIORITISE sleep!
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Facebook: Fit and Fabulous Africa
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