Spring into your body

helicopter flying over city

Officially 1 September marks the beginning of the Spring season in the Southern Hemisphere. With four seasons in the 12-month year, it means each season is effectively three months (mathematically, at any rate).

This means that 1 December is the start of Summer – and it is 91 days from the start to the end of the Spring season. Another way to look at it is 12 weeks of Spring. The big noise every year is that you are “working on your summer body” after the Winter feeding frenzy of hot foods, nourishing bowls of soup, endless cups of hot chocolate, biscuits and other comfort foods (yes, I researched this as I believe in writing what you know – or have eaten in this case).

So, that leaves a window between Winter and Summer where, the motivated, work on getting their “body back”. Now 2020 has thrown us a curve in this regard (this is the excuse I’m using and I’m sticking with it) and the combination of lockdown and closed gyms means it has been quite easy to swap the abs for the absolutely delicious.

We, in South Africa, are apparently “days away” from lockdown Level 1 which means a greater level of freedom is returned to us. No doubt we’ll find out more as soon as it suits somebody. The important part of this is that there are greater freedoms for a more varied workout. Already we are 10 days into September, so you have 81 more to walk, run, yoga, zumba, cycle, diet, levitate or starve your ass off if you are determined for that Summer look.

Round is a shape, so whatever you choose to do, or not, when it comes to physical activity it should be about your personal health rather than trying to impress. Flex those barbells or those Baker’s biscuits as you see fit and be happy. Just know that if you are aiming to make a change, the clock is ticking so there’s work to do.

Adding to my nightly ramblings, from this post onward I will be taking the opportunity to share some of my favourite podcast episodes and channels. This won’t happen every time, but it will as I find it appropriate. There might even be a bit of music mixed in, now and again. This one is from the “Dirty Jobs” guy, his channel is well worth your time. I hope you enjoy it. The Way I Heard It

On a final note, if you want to get in on the video creation action and want to teach people how to do something on computer, you can use the Open Broadcaster Software software which will record the action on your screen to create a video file. It is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux so you’ve got plenty of variety for your video creation. You can also add a camera feed and use OBS to livestream. Try it out if you want to create your own videos or tutorials.

Author: Morné Condon

Automotive journalist in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, following new models, old cars, car clubs and motorsport. My interests are not restricted to the automotive environment, although this is where I am mostly to be found.

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