The best mind/body exercises

Our pick: Top five forms of mind/body exercise

We sit in traffic for hours every day. We do this to get to and from jobs where we juggle all sorts of stressful and demanding tasks. When we do get home, we’ve got to walk the dogs, cook supper and feed the kids. There’s very little room in all of that for meditation, inner peace […]

Exercise for the elderly

Best exercises for the elderly

Staying active is good for you and it helps you to feel and look great throughout your life. Living an active lifestyle is especially important for the elderly because it can improve their health and help prevent heart disease, diabetes, certain forms of cancer and it can reduce the effects of arthritis. Staying active improves strength, […]

Pregnancy workout

Three powerful reasons to work out during your pregnancy

In the old days, pregnancy was thought of much the same way as a disease. So pregnant women were given the same sort of advice we’d give someone who was ill: Take it easy. Rest. Don’t exert yourself. Luckily, we know netter today. We know that regular exercise actually benefits a pregnant mother tremendously. And […]

Men and women need progesterone and oestrogen

Why men need oestrogen and progesterone

When many people hear the word ‘hormone’, they tend to picture a heavily-built, ultra-muscular man or an emotional woman. This is indicative of the misconceptions surrounding hormones. Yes, there are certain hormones specific to men (such as testosterone) and women (such as oestrogen and progesterone) howevero certain hormones are present in both genders and actually serve […]

Exercise during pregnancy

Five amazing benefits of exercise during pregnancy

You’ve just announced your pregnancy and your great aunt insists you stop going to the gym because exercise is bad for you now. Smile and nod politely. And then put on your gym gear because there are a number of benefits to exercising during your pregnancy (unless your doctor advises you not to, of course!). […]

Why the fitness industry is booming

Why the fitness industry is booming

In 2017, the fitness industry will be worth trillions of Rands. The number of gyms, wellness centres and specialised sports centres will hit an all-time high. And here’s why. 1. We’re unhealthy – and we shouldn’t be There are over 3 billion people in the workplace. And according to the Global Wellness Institute’s “Future of […]

Why nutrition is so important

Four reasons why nutrition is so important

Have you ever stopped to consider how you prepare your food? Or why we eat, at all? Nutrition isn’t just a fancy word for dieters – it’s what we engage with when we plan a meal, prepare it, and then eat it! It’s what we do when we choose one type of sandwich bread over […]

Why aerobics is good for you

What are the benefits of aerobics?

Recent studies have found that 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise five days a week or 20 minutes of a minimum of three days a week is very important if you wish to achieve good health and – of course – lower your risk of chronic diseases. You would want to increase your heart rate to between […]

The difference between the different types of diabetes

What is the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disease which is characterised by high blood sugar levels for a long period of time. This condition is cause by either the pancreas not producing enough insulin or the body cells not responding correctly to the insulin produced. There are three main kinds of diabetes but for the purpose of […]

Supplement with creatine

Nine reasons why you should be supplementing with creatine

For most of us, the supplements lining the shelves of our local gym shop are intimidating. They promise to make us leaner, faster, harder and stronger… And it seems there are dozens upon dozens of supplements available.  All you need to know is that there’s one supplement in there that you SHOULD be taking if […]

Benefits of weight training for women

The benefits of weight training for women

Visit any gym and you’ll see the dudes lining up to use the free weights. But only one or two women (and they’re usually there with a personal trainer or a boyfriend!). Women have, historically, avoided weights and weight training, for lots of reasons. There’s the belief that weight training is a masculine pursuit (kind […]

This picture shows a woman addicted to sugar

Six tips to help you break up with sugar for good

Did you know that sugar is a drug – an addictive one at that? Well, think about it: You crave it. And if deprived of it, you can’t seem to think straight. You’re just not yourself.  The bad news is that sugar is, well, bad for you. Sugar has been found to cause damage to […]

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