First Name: Layla
Where you live: I am originally from Durban, but have relocated to Cape Town in pursuit of my studies.
Occupation: I am a 4th year MBChB student at The University of Cape Town.
Tell us more about yourself
What are your personal fitness goals?
My personal fitness goals for 2020 sought to embody the theme of gratitude. Through deep introspection, I recognised that I never paused and acknowledged my body and all that it accomplishes on my behalf. In 2020, I decided to shift my focus and appreciate my body through movement and nutrition. I now aim to move my body through daily exercise, which typically includes: long walks, yoga, HIIT, running, and strength training. As a future health professional, I have come to treasure the importance of movement and how it positively catalyses your health outcomes as you age. Moreover, this year I strived to fuel my body with the appropriate nutrients to improve my energy levels and provide it with the macro and micronutrients it requires to function optimally throughout a long day in order to cope with the high demands of my degree. Lastly, strength for me is not only a physical manifestation, but also an emotional and mental one. This year I wished to quiet my mind with daily yoga or moments of mindfulness, as I am naturally a very high driven and energetic individual.
How will you use your #BiogenFaceOfFitness ambassadorship to inspire women to lead a healthy / fit lifestyle if you win?
I will use my sponsorship through my social media platform to encourage women across all spheres of life to incorporate fitness and nutrition into their daily lifestyle. Having a medical background, I can post factual and informative evidence based medicine to support the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle and highlight the consequences of choosing not too. It is known that knowledge is power and by equipping women with this knowledge will ultimately influence their choices. Through daily posts about what activities I did for the day or what food I opted to eat in conjunction with evidence based medicine articles and information pertaining to the post’s topic will allow everyday women to make informative choices about the lifestyles they choose to adopt.
What health and fitness quote or mantra do you live by?
My daily mantra is to: “show up for yourself”. This essentially means that no human being will ever be motivated 100 percent of the time – it is virtually impossible. You are not always going to have the motivation to achieve your daily goals, but where motivation fails…discipline must kick in.
Tell us about your fitness lifestyle
Currently, my fitness lifestyle encompasses 5 days of strength training, a daily walk and a weekly run and rest day. I have had to decrease my running, as I currently have a hip impingement. Moreover, I practice daily yoga that involves stretching, mobility, and meditation. In terms of nutrition, as a student who works long hours, I have to meal prep 3 – 4 meals for the week every Sunday. Cooking is also a passion of mine, so I always try and get creative by producing healthy twists on many traditional foods. A fun fact about myself is that I love oats and my ultimate favourite whey protein to add to my daily oat bowel is the vanilla Biogen lean whey with collagen.
Why do you think you’re the Biogen Face of Fitness?
I think I am the next Biogen Face of Fitness, because I embody the qualities of the modern day working woman. I work long hours, especially if we are required to be on call for the evening, and I still am responsible for running my household efficiently at the end of a long day, as I live alone. Despite these daily demands of life, I still manage to incorporate exercise and holistic nutrition into my life. I feel I can resonate with many women who are in a similar position to me, women with many responsibilities that keep them occupied on the daily, women who work or study long hours, and women who have children and families to cater to in conglomeration with their daily needs. If I am the next Biogen Face of Fitness, I can illustrate to the everyday woman that health and fitness are attainable values and can be successfully incorporated into your lifestyle despite the infinite demands of life.