Summer’s been good to you. The burgers, braais and beers have meant your jeans are a little tighter and your chins have multiplied in your holiday snaps. You’re not alone.

Our MH staffers feel your pain. We are not carb-shy cover models, single-digit-body-fat athletes or muscle-bound gym gurus – we’re normal nine-to-fivers with bonds, families and dodgy knees. Consider us your fitness guinea pigs, and hopefully our journey, and all the lessons we learned, will help you to get back into the best shape of your life.