Let’s get the kids moving at Club-V

It’s a great idea to get your kids introduced to an active lifestyle as soon as possible, so that they’re more likely to be fit and healthy when they grow up. And we offer your kids exciting ways to stay active in a safe environment. So whether you’re working out while your kids are having fun in Club-V or whether they’re old enough to have access to gym equipment and take part in group exercise classes, we’ve got something for everyone in your family.

6 ways Club-V is awesome

1. Nothing beats the security of knowing that your children are in a safe, fun environment.
2. Train for up to two hours while your kids are having fun.
3. Kids are supervised by staff trained in Paediatric First Aid.
4. Holiday camp. Drop your kids off for up to three hours in a Club-V and 4 hours in a Club-V Max.
5. We have toys and arts & crafts to aid cognitive development.
6. There are activities available to promote fundamental movement skill development.

Want to know more? Chat to your Club-V Co-ordinator, in your club, who can show you around and explain all of the benefits of signing up your child for Club-V.

Let’s 2015 motivational app

We know motivation levels go up and down throughout the year. It’s cool, we’re all human.

Which is why we’ve created the Let’s 2015 motivational app. Download it (it’s free!), select a challenge that gets your heart racing, and we’ll deliver the motivation you need – when you need it – to help you achieve your goals. Together, we’ve got this.

Who can download it?

The Let’s 2015 motivational app is available in the stores on Apple and Android phones to Virgin Active members and non-members. Everybody’s welcome.

How it works

(Psst. Don’t stress. There’s also a tutorial on the app to show you how it works.)

1. Set your challenge

First things first. Register and fill in your details. Then choose a challenge. We’ll send you motivational messages based on the challenge you’ve chosen. Easy. Don’t have a specific challenge in mind? We’ll surprise you.

Tip: You have the option of posting it to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or keeping it between us. All depends on what you think will motivate you more.

2. Choose when you get motivated

Choose the times you’re most likely to spend couch-potato-ing. Or reaching for that piece of cake. Think about when you need motivation the most. You can choose up to 7 days a week, any time of day you like.

FYI: A picture’s worth a thousand words. And your motivational messages will go straight to your phone’s photo gallery for future reference. Cool, huh?

Don’t let the winter blues stop you from getting the body you want. Stay motivated. Download the Let’s 2015 motivational app now!

Load shedding at Virgin Active – what you need to know

At Virgin Active, we always try to give you the best possible service, but with regular power outages, we’re faced with huge challenges keeping up full service levels.

We know that load shedding is super disruptive to your routines and that the last thing we want to do is miss out on a work out because of it, so we’ve opened up other clubs to you when your club is experiencing a power outage. Just think of it as a way to experience more of the 114 Virgin Active Clubs in SA.

We’ll only close a club when we feel like your safety and security is compromised. During daylight hours, your club will stay open so all equipment not impacted by power losses can be used.

But why no generators?

Some of our clubs use medium-sized generators to help with lighting and other essential services, but the size of generator needed to provide full power for all our facilities just wouldn’t be feasible. We also have to consider the impact of the noise and exhaust pollution made by the generators, as well as the impact that closing a club in order to install the generators and rewiring all the club equipment will have on your training. It’s a toss-up between the inconvenience of closing for a few weeks vs. closing for a couple of hours at night for your safety.

Let’s do load shedding together

If you haven’t already, sign up for load shedding schedule alerts and get email or SMS notifications to stay in-the-know. Use this handy link. Or, just download the app. Easy.

And as always, if you have any questions or squabbles, give us a call on 0860 200 911 and we’ll do everything we can to help.

Fight flu this winter with Momentum Multiply and Virgin Active

We know that keeping your spirits up in winter, and keeping up with your workout routine and healthy eating plan, can be hard. Especially with the flu making its annual rounds. Luckily for you, Multiply has great ways to keep you at the gym, save money on healthy groceries, and make travel more affordable. This means you can stay fit and feel good about all the money you’re saving.

Save on winter warming meals

Multiply your Pick n Pay smart shopper points up to 10x

As a Momentum Multiply member, you can get those smart shopper points multiplied, so that you save even more on your daily grocery shopping. The great news is that your benefit is not limited to just healthy food – you can get additional points even if you buy clothes and appliances.

Get your flu shot and double your Multiply points

Double your points with the flu vaccine

Did you know that a flu vaccine is one of the most important weapons in your flu-fighting arsenal? Because the infectious flu strains change from year to year, it’s important to be vaccinated every year – just as you regularly back up your computer, you need to protect your health. Vaccination is particularly important if you fall into a high risk category: young children, pregnant women and the elderly.

As a Momentum Multiply member, you have an extra incentive to get your flu vaccine this winter: we’ll double your points! You can get your vaccine at your nearest Dis-Chem branch: simply take along your Multiply Dis-Chem Benefits card and your points will be awarded automatically.

Chase away the winter blues with our great travel discounts

A bit of travel during winter is a fantastic way to beat the cold-weather blues.

With Momentum Multiply you get:

– Up to 50% off Mango flights

– Up to 40% off Avis car hire

– Up to 40% off international flights with Emirates and Virgin Atlantic.

Visit www.momentum.co.za/multiply or SMS JOIN to 40717 now to belong to Momentum Multiply and start taking advantage of our great discounts.

KAUAI: the right food for the right moves

Shorter days and colder weather don’t make sticking to our exercise routines any easier. Add colds or flu to that and winter may just seem like the time to pack the exercise gear away and chill out on the couch.

Let’s make 2015 different and keep the fitness going! Not only will exercise reduce stress and help manage weight, it will mean that we’re healthy, fit and strong by the time spring rolls around again and we won’t feel the need for crash diets to get rid of those extra winter kilograms.

If we’re not feeling well or if we’re feeling tired or hungry, our exercise sessions will be negatively impacted and we may be prone to injury. Eating well and exercising well go hand in hand, so it’s important to give our bodies the nutrients needed to be healthy and exercise optimally. Make sure that your diet is high in vitamins and minerals for a strong immune system and up your intake of antioxidants which help to reduce cell damage. Citrus, berries, tomatoes, guavas and kiwis all contain vitamin C which has the bonus of also acting as an antioxidant. If you feel that you’re not getting enough fruit and veggies in your diet, grab a power smoothie from KAUAI:

Go-goji berry: this smoothie is with goji berries, pomegranate juice, strawberry and banana.

C U right: a great combination of strawberry, pineapple, honey, and mango juice topped up with 500mg vitamin C.

And if you want a boost, add one of the following to any smoothie from KAUAI:

C Booster: 500mg vitamin C, acerola cherry and rose hips.

Chia seeds: these little seeds are packed with omega 3s and fibre.

Goji berries: these tasty berries are an excellent source of antioxidants.

If you just need that extra something to keep the colds at bay, try the oh-so-good Flu Shot, made with ginger, honey, lemon juice and cayenne pepper. At selected KAUAI In Motion stores you can also get your hands on a wholesome Wheatgrass Shot, a Wheatgrass and Apple Shot, a strong, revitalising Ginger Shot and a tasty Digestion Shot made with beetroot, omega-rich chia seeds and freshly squeezed orange juice (all of these shots are available at selected KAUAI In Motion stores).

Written by Lesley Scott, Qualified Nutritionist (All Good Things blog)

Foods that fight the flu

Getting a flu shot plus taking handfuls of immune boosters isn’t the only way to prevent or treat the dreaded flu. The food you eat can also help fight the flu this season in a big way. So let’s check out some great tips right here.

– First things first: keep yourself hydrated. You hear this all the time but seriously, it’s important and often overlooked. Especially when you have a fever.
Vitamin C can help reduce the duration of your cold, so we’re all for stocking up on vitamin C-rich foods like strawberries, citrus (oranges, naartjies), kiwi fruit, tomatoes, broccoli/dark green veggies and peppers. You can overdo it though, so be careful. Supplementing with more than 1000mg a day can result in more side-effects than benefits, the most common being diarrhea.
– Keep your stomach in great shape by eating plenty of probiotic-rich yoghurt and good, healthy fibre like wholegrains, legumes and beans. Tip: for an extra boost of fibre, sprinkle some chia seeds over your food.
Limit (or cut out) the sugar. This is pretty mandatory. Your blood sugar levels are often naturally higher when you’re sick, so adding additional sugar (sodas and sweets) to an already over-loaded system is not a good idea.
– Eat plenty of foods rich in vitamin E, beta-carotene and zinc. These are vital components of a strong immune system.
– Vitamin E: nuts, seeds, plant oils and fish.
– Beta-carotene: sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables and carrots.
– Zinc: meat, fish, poultry, nuts and beans.

Think warm, winter stews – and don’t forget the garlic!

Although long-term supplementation with vitamins and minerals is not always a good idea, it might be beneficial to supplement with a low-dose multivitamin for a few months over the winter season, especially if you’re exposed to germs on a regular basis.

Power up with plyometric

Muscle strength is the amount of force that can be applied against a resistance. Power is about how quickly this can be done. Power is one of the main fitness components. Which is why plyometric exercises can take your fitness to the next level. It’s high-energy. It’s explosive. And it’s definitely something for anyone wanting to up their game and see results.

So, what is it exactly?

Plyometrics involve a series of challenging, rapid-fire exercises focused on strengthening your muscles and giving you more power. So it’s suitable for most goals: losing weight, toning up and getting super fit.

The benefits

Not only do these movements get your heart rate up (so you burn more calories while strengthening and toning your muscles), regularly getting your plyometric on can help you be faster and stronger in your everyday life as well.

Top 5 plyometric exercises to try

Plyometrics are best performed with 5–6 short sets of 5–8 reps, taking at least 90 seconds rest between sets. The best plyometric exercises are done with body weight (no additional resistance).

1. Box jumps
– Drop down into a squatting position and immediately jump onto the box, landing softly on the balls of your feet in a squat position.
– Jump off the box onto the ground, landing softly on the balls of your feet in a squat position. Repeat.

2. Squat jumps
– Keep your weight on your heels, squat down until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Pause in the squat, then jump as high as possible.
– When you land, absorb the impact by pushing your hips back and flexing your knees. Repeat.

3. Plyo push-ups
– Get down into a push up position, then at the top of the movement push up so that your hands leave the floor. Repeat.

4. Lunge jumps
– Stand with your feet together and lunge forward with your right foot. Jump straight up as you thrust your arms forward, elbows still bent. Switch legs in mid-air, like a scissor.
– Land in a lunge with your left leg forward and repeat, switching legs again.

5. Power Skips
– With your right leg, skip as high as you can by raising your right knee to hip height and simultaneously extending your left arm straight overhead. Your left leg should remain straight and your right elbow should be slightly bent at your side.
– Land on the ball of your left foot then repeat the skipping motion with your opposite arm and leg.