The fit life of Samantha from Dumbbells and Delights

Have you ever wondered how South African fitness bloggers, many of whom have full-time jobs, find the time and motivation to exercise?

We chatted to fitness blogger Samantha, of Dumbbells and Delights, about how she fits a regular exercise routine into her busy week and how she’s found a way to multitask during some of her workouts.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am a bookkeeper for a manufacturing company during the day and a blogger by night. I started blogging as a way to maintain consistency in my life and to break away from procrastination. There’s something about telling someone that you intend to do something that makes you want to do it even more.

I needed a creative outlet and later became a fitness blogger, as my desire to be fit grew. I have a series called Delightful Peep of the month where I interview fitness gurus as a way of keeping motivated and inspiring others.

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How many times a week do you exercise? Describe your typical week of fitness.

“I work out in the evening… I immediately get into my gym clothes when I get home from work so as not to get distracted.”

I exercise about four to five times a week. I mix up my workouts to keep things interesting. My workouts include walking, Zumba, weights, kickboxing and yoga.

Maintaining a work-life balance can be hard. What are your secrets for sticking to a fitness schedule?

I plan out my workouts the week before but nothing is solid, as life happens. I work out in the evening, as I’m home just before 17h00 and don’t have time in the mornings. I immediately get into my gym clothes when I get home from work, so as not to get distracted.

How did your fitness journey start?

I’ve always been very active. I have a photo of me racing with my older sisters while visiting them at their school. I was about four years old at the time.

In school I was involved in athletics, hockey, handball and chasing after my sister’s records that she set about six years earlier. I was even awarded ‘female athlete of the year’ in primary school.

“I love going for walks as I get to explore my neighbourhood and get some sun… When I walk, I listen to motivational podcasts and use that time to learn more.”

Once I left school, I found fitness was difficult to maintain, until I signed up for my first belly dance class in 2009. I did it for a year and have found ways to stay in shape ever since.

What is your favourite form of exercise and why?

I don’t have a favourite exercise per se but my go-to workout is Zumba. I’m a really bad dancer but the fun Latin music is what keeps me going on days I’m lazy or too tired to really work out.

Where is your favourite place to exercise?

I love going for walks as I get to explore my neighbourhood and get some sun. I love the feel of the evening sun on my skin.

What do you like to listen to when working out?

When I walk, I listen to motivational podcasts and use that time to learn more. Otherwise I use a mix of DVDs by previous Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels, Billy Blanks and Bollywood superstar Bipasha Basu.

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What are your top three tips for getting fit?

  1. Find what works for you. There so many choices – running, yoga and pole. If you enjoy it you will excel.
  2. Take it one step at a time. Don’t expect to be able to run five kilometres in 25 minutes when you’ve never run before.
  3. Realise that exercise is important and make it a part of your lifestyle, just like you do shaving your legs or getting your hair done.

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