WARDAH HARTLEY

Wardah is a fitness, wellness, mommy and lifestyle blogger. She started her blog www.fabufit.co.za in 2015 to feed her passion for fitness and wellness. She recently added mommy blogging when she gave birth on 7 April 2017 to her first child – her son Esa. 

Wardah fell in love with health and fitness when she went through a dramatic body transformation in 2012-2013, losing 16 kilos. She later even worked as a group training instructor at SWITCH Playground, a global group training concept gym. After having her son and losing a whopping 24 kilos of post baby weight, she had a renewed sense of inspiration to help others, so she is currently an Arena Wellness coach, teaching group classes at the boutique gym in Sandton.

Always up for a challenge and eager to inspire others to live a healthier life, during Wardah’s pregnancy she co-wrote a fitness and nutrition guide for pregnant women with registered dietitian Nathalie Mat – they published the FABUFIT Pregnancy Workout and Nutrition Guide in March 2017– it was a South African first and has been very well received and has enjoyed shining reviews from several media publications and TV shows. Wardah has big plans for the future to further expand her brand into the fitness and wellness world.

What does fitness mean to you?
It’s about being the best version of yourself and challenging yourself to be stronger than you were the day before. 

Why should someone attend FIBO Africa in October?
It is going to be a perfect immersion into the fitness world from all facets. If you have never known anything about health and fitness and always wanted to know more - this will be the ideal event to get you up to speed. 

What are your top two fitness tips?
1. Start slowly and don’t rush into anything too quickly. Try as many different classes as possible so you have a chance to experience everything out there so you can find your ideal way to work out. 
2. Concentrate on perfecting your form with every exercise so you avoid injury and will be able to maximize every workout because you are performing every movement, every rep, correctly. 

What is your advice to someone wanting to start their fitness journey?
Those first few sessions will be hard and changing the way you eat will take some discipline but it’s so worth it! I would say, just start, even if it means going for walks every day and just drinking more water every day. Make small changes and that way you adjust gently and it won’t overwhelm you and force you to ultimately give up. 

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