SA celebs help fans keep fit, stay healthy — and get glowing skin — in lockdown

12 April 2020 - 00:00 By craig jacobs
Social media influencer Mihlali Ndamase is sharing her lockdown beauty tips on Instagram.
Social media influencer Mihlali Ndamase is sharing her lockdown beauty tips on Instagram.
Image: Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape

When Ryle De Morny was a teenager, he couldn't afford gym equipment, so he used a basket weighed down with a bag of marbles to work out in his bedroom.

Now the hunky TV presenter uses that inventive approach to inspire viewers of SABC3 morning show Expresso to crawl out of bed and keep fit.

The world champion lifesaver is among celebs thinking of solutions to help people stay physically and mentally fit.

De Morny's items around the house, like a broom, water bottles, towels and even a pack of paper plates, will help viewers get into condition.

"There's a lot you can do with a towel - stretching, strength training, isometric holds, stability," he said.

Another fitness junkie who is motivating others is Liezel van der Westhuizen, who hosts a fitness guide on Cape Town radio station Kfm. She also features a roundup of workouts on @LiezelOnline and says there are even online fitness classes for pets. She also urges restraint.

"Any weight workouts should be tailored specifically towards your strengths and take into account any weaknesses or injuries you may have," she said.

Beauty influencer Mihlali Ndamase said she's using the lockdown to focus on content for her Instagram account.

She recommends drinking 2l of water a day to keep the skin hydrated, and tells what to do if a person runs out of skin-care products, which are not classed as essentials during the lockdown.

"Skin care is easy to maintain at home because there are a lot of alternatives to scrubs and exfoliants in the kitchen, like brown sugar," she said.

When it comes to a DIY mask of the type that's good for your skin, she suggests mixing together lemon, turmeric and milk or plain yoghurt.

"This helps get rid of scarring and uneven skin tone."

A former Miss SA, Tamaryn Green, who began community service as a newly graduated medical doctor at a Joburg state hospital just as the coronavirus emerged in SA, has been using social media to keep people up to speed when it comes to Covid-19, sharing information and tips on how to sanitise and stay safe.

Addressing the psychological toll of self-isolation, Green said there are a number of support groups in which psychologists and psychiatrists have volunteered to help with mental concerns.

"Stay active, meditate, sleep, and try to stay in contact with the outside world," were some of her key tips to keeping mentally fit.


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