Juju must dance more to jiggle

2011-04-16 17:42

Julius Malema should dance a lot more.

The ANC Youth League president has shown a steady weight increase since being elected to the top job in April 2008.

This week he could only manage only a few ­minutes of jumping from one foot to the other outside court before the huffing and puffing started.

Personal trainer Chris Young said that the best way to lose weight was to cut out fast foods and exercise for 30 minutes a day, three times a week.

“You don’t need to go to the gym to lose weight,” said Young.

“People can use simple methods like taking the stairs, taking walks or even just parking further away.”

Young said there was no quick way to lose weight around the abdominal area, which is a problem that many people ­battle – including Juju.

“If you want to burn fat, you must do that all over your body and to do that you have to exercise continually,” said Young.

Dietician Pamela Pillay warned that an increase in weight around the abdominal area was an indicator of heart disease.

She said: “It could mean the person is not ­eating healthy foods or they may not be burning off the weight that they are putting on.”

A change in lifestyle and lack of exercise have contributed to an increase in obesity among South Africans, and politicians are not exempt from the problem.

“Such activity can have the potential of damaging your muscles or putting pressure on your joints,” said Pillay.

Pillay said it would be difficult to determine if a person was overweight without having measured their body mass index, but said certain signs such as an increase in girth were sure indicators an individual was not fit enough and was prone to suffering from diabetes.

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