Spring is known as a season of change, a season to get rid of the old to welcome the new. This season, Luyanda Sibisi, commonly known as ‘Fitmom Lu’ is challenging you to clean out old habits that are preventing you from living your best life.

Luyanda is the founder of Step it Up fitness, a mother of two and a passionate advocate for mental and physical health particularly in women and children. She is well known for running 30-day challenges and this month, she is challenging all Township Girl readers to embark on a September Spring Clean.

“As a wellness and transformation coach, it is my job to help my clients to live a life of purpose and meaning. I help people to adopt better habits, particularly when it comes to health and fitness,” she says.

“I’m challenging you to spring clean your life this season. There could be a list of things you’d like to work on to change your life for the better. You may have some weight to lose, you may want to give away some old clothes or you may even wish to sort out your finances.”

Whatever the task, Luyanda has a 3-step approach to help you get started on your September Spring Clean.

  1. What is your why?

Stating a clear intention can help to give greater importance to what you’re trying to achieve. You may want to lose some weight to be able to play with your kids without running out of breath or you may want to eat healthier due to a health scare.

2. Practice the art of self acceptance

Do not make the mistake of thinking the challenge is a means of changing who you are or moving away from what makes you unique. Being happy with who you are and accepting yourself unconditionally makes it easier to lovingly make improvements to create the best version of yourself.

3. Prepare for setbacks

Be aware of the challenges that come with any journey for self-betterment but know that these shouldn’t deter you from your end goal and what you’ve set out to achieve.

With two kids of her own, Luyanda understands how easy it is to get lost in the multiple roles women often find themselves in but believes in taking it one day at a time, to fully feel comfortable enough to create habits and daily rituals that support a life you’ve chosen for yourself.

“My 30-day challenges are designed to help people form consistency around their newly adopted lifestyle. It becomes difficult to start a new diet or workout plan without adequate support and my challenges ensure that level of support and encouragement,” she says.

Get started on your fitness goals with Luyanda’s 30-day Ab Challenge to kick start your fitness journey. Follow @luyandaaziza to jump on board one of her other health and fitness challenges.

30-Day Ab Challenge

We’re about to hit the summer season and a flat tummy is not only a major confidence booster on the beach but also a great way to help reduce your weight and illnesses related to obesity and unwanted visceral fat.

Day 1  
10 sec plank,
10 sit ups,
11 flutter
Day 2  
15 sec plank,
15 sit ups,
12 flutter kicks  
Day 3  
20 sec plank,
20 sit ups,
13 flutter kicks
Day 4  
25 sec plank,
25 sit ups,
14 flutter kicks 
Day 5  
30 sec plank,
30 sit ups,
15 flutter kicks  
Day 6  
35 sec plank,
35 sit ups,
16 flutter kicks  
Day 7  
Day 8  
40 sec plank,
40 sit ups,
17 flutter kicks  
Day 9  
45 sec plank,
45 sit ups,
18 flutter
Day 10  
50 sec plank,
50 sit ups,
19 flutter kicks
Day 11  
55 sec plank,
55 sit ups,
20 flutter kicks  
Day 12  
60 sec plank,
60 sit ups,
21 flutter kicks  
Day 13  
1min 5 sec plank,
65 sit ups,
22 flutter
Day 14  
Day 15  
1min 10 sec plank,
70 sit ups,
23 flutter kicks  
Day 16  
1min15 sec
75 sit ups,
24 flutter kicks  
Day 17  
1min 20 sec
80 sit ups,
25 flutter
Day 18  
1min 25 sec
85 sit ups,
26 flutter kicks  
Day 19  
1min 30 sec
90 sit ups,
27 flutter kicks  
Day 20  
1min 35 sec
95 sit ups,
28 flutter kicks  
Day 21  
Day 22  
1min 40 sec
70 sit ups,
29 flutter kicks
Day 23  
1min 45 sec plank,
75 sit ups,
30 flutter kicks 
Day 24  
1min 50 sec planks,
80 sit ups,
31 flutter
Day 25  
Day 26  
1min 50 sec
80 sit ups,
32 flutter
Day 27  
1min 55 sec planks, 90 sit
ups, 33
Day 28  
2min planks,
95 sit ups,
34 flutter
Day 29  
100 sit ups,
35 flutter
Day 30  
2min planks,
100 sit ups,
35 leg raises
@luyandaaziza to
join another
fitness challenge

Coach Lu’s 5 fitness tips to live by

  1. Drink 2 – 3 litres of water;
  2. Try to fit in at least 3, 30-minute cardio workouts per weeks;
  3. Snack frequently on a healthy snack to avoid cravings and hunger;
  4. Keep a journal of what you eat in a day to determine where you may be going wrong; and
  5. Find an accountability partner to help you remain motivated.