Revenge bodies are officially a thing. There is no better way to bounce back after going through difficulty in a relationship than making yourself look ridiculously hot. You can choose to stay at home, eat ice cream and cry all day, or you can go to the gym, get healthier, improve your lifestyle and see what other positive effects it might have on your life. Exercise releases endorphins and endorphins trigger positive feelings.
This is how Luyanda Sibisi (also known as) Fitmom Lu dealt with a difficult divorce with her now ex-husband. “Going through a difficult divorce with my ex-husband, I decided to use gym as a tool to empower myself and improve my mental wellbeing, not realising that in so doing, I was helping other moms and women to get fit, active and practice better self-care,” says Luyanda.
She runs online fitness challenges that help women get into the best shape of their lives. Through social media, she shares health tips, meal preparation ideas and healthy lunch and snack ideas for kids.
“As a health advocate, my mission is to get South Africa moving, healthy and active. This mission has brought me to hosting netball events with my peers in the fitness and nutrition space along with group runs and social activities,” she says.
She is a dedicated mother of two who loves to engage her kids in issues of health, fitness and general wellbeing. As such, she spends time with them embarking on outdoor activities to teach them about leading an active lifestyle.
She is inspired by her mother who is a life coach. They are truly like two peas in a pod. Totally inseparable! They gym together, attend women empowerment events and often go live on social media and share motivational insights from a mother and daughter perspective.
“The main thing that I stand for is the power of reinvention. I celebrate the right we have as women to change our minds whenever we want. I encourage women to keep evolving and follow their passion,” she says.
In future, Luyanda wants to expand her brand and be a lot more visible in schools throughout the country, to give parents and educators the opportunity to further their education on health and fitness.