Stay cool with adidas Climachill

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Your search for the best stay-cool-in-summer workout clothes is over. Climachill™ is by far the most breathable material adidas has ever created. The light fibres maximise ventilation and evaporation and each garment has Aluminium Cooling Spheres that feel cool on your skin and are strategically located to correspond with the warmest area of your body. SubZero flat yarn, containing titanium, maximises surface contact with skin, drawing heat away from your body faster than traditional round yarns. It’s a cooling revolution!

Take your workout to the next level

To complete the look, consider the adipure 360.2 trainer – a super light, flexible shoe designed to let your feet move naturally. The minimalist construction brings together control and a barefoot feel in all the right places, combined with a comfortable techfit™ upper to build up legs of steel.

Climachill™ and adipure are available at adidas performance stores and select retailers countrywide while stocks last.

Discovery Vitality members get up to 25% cash back on adidas products when they activate their HealthyGear benefit.

If you’d like to see more from the adidas training range, visit adidas.co.za/training.

Win HealthyFood groceries worth R10 000!

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Eating healthy is easy. Winning R10 000 is easy too, all you have to do is activate the Vitality HealthyFood benefit now. Done that already? Then just strive for 5, between 1 and 31 October 2014 and buy at least 5 fruit and vegetable items from Pick n Pay or Woolworths each week. To get cash back, Vitality points and your entry into the draw, swipe one of the cards mentioned below at the till before you pay. Simple.

Start fresh with HealthyFood

National nutrition and obesity week both fall in October. And, a low fruit and vegetable intake is one of the 17 most serious risks for death and disability in South Africa. Which is why strive for 5 Discovery Vitality wants to give you some added motivation to change this.

So what’s the recommended daily fruit and vegetable target? Five 80 to 100g servings a day. Think you can make that target?

How to win R10 000

  1. Activate the Vitality HealthyFood benefit now.
  2. Strive for 5 between 1 and 31 October 2014 and buy at least five fruit and vegetable items each week, from Pick n Pay or Woolworths. You’ll also earn cash back and Vitality points on HealthyFood purchases. Plus, your name will be in the draw to win HealthyFood vouchers to the value of R 10 000 or one of four vouchers to spend at Pick n Pay or Woolworths. Terms and conditions apply.
  3. Swipe your HealthyFood-linked card at the till before the cashier rings up your purchases to get your HealthyFood cash back.
  • When you shop for fruit and vegetables at Pick n Pay: Swipe your Vitality Pick n Pay HealthyFood card. If you have a DiscoveryCard, swipe it twice – once before the cashier rings up your purchases, and again to pay.
  • When you shop for fruit and vegetables at Woolworths: Swipe your linked Woolworths card, which includes the Woolworths WRewards card, MySchool, MyVillage or MyPlanet card. Contact Woolworths to confirm that your ID number has been linked to your Woolworths card, to ensure you receive your cash back.

Remember you can increase your HealthyFood cash back to up to 25% by finding out your Vitality Age and completing a Vitality Health Check. Terms and conditions apply.

Strive for 5 and enjoy – look at some healthy recipes here too and find out just how healthy your food choices are every month with the “How healthy is your basket” tool.  Visit www.discovery.co.za for more.

Fuel up the right way with KAUAI

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Summer is almost here. Time to re-evaluate goals. Knuckle down on healthy eating habits. Basically, whipping ourselves into beach-ready shape. Nutrition plays a big part in that.

Get the most out of your food

If you want the most out of a meal or snack, choose food with an ingredient which is nutrient dense instead of calorie dense. Chia seeds are powerhouses of protein, fibre, unsaturated omega fatty acids, calcium (which is great for bone strength) and other vitamins and minerals. Goji berries, quickly becoming a favourite, are packed with antioxidants and iron which help reduce cell damage (from exercising, sunburn etc.) and help transport oxygen around our bodies, keeping us energised.

  • Try KAUAI’s brand new and oh-so-delicious Chia Charge smoothie packed with banana, dates, chia seeds, cinnamon, fat free milk and low fat frozen yoghurt, or the Go-Goji Berry dairy free smoothie made with goji berries, pomegranate juice, strawberry (also high in antioxidants) and banana.

Tip: If you’re in the habit of adding raisins or currants to your meals but want a little less sugar in your diet, swop to fresh berries. Blueberries, even just once a week, are a great option because these little superfoods are high in antioxidants and contain vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese.

  • Get your blueberry fix at KAUAI with the Super Fruit smoothie made with strawberry, goji berries, pomegranate juice, low fat frozen yoghurt and blueberries (a delicious superfood) or the refreshing Blueberry Lemon Twist with blueberries, lemon juice, pineapple, apple juice and low fat frozen yoghurt.
  • If you’re watching your weight, KAUAI’s new tasty smoothie on the block is here to satisfy your needs. The Carb Conscious smoothie is made with guava juice (high in vitamin C), strawberry and low fat yoghurt.
  • For those of you wanting a low-carb wrap with all the flavourful KAUAI fillings you love, you can choose to substitute the standard wrap base with the new low carb wrap base at an additional cost.

Try new things this summer in a sustainable way so that the healthy choices you make become a habit instead of an obligation.

Written by Lesley Scott, Qualified Nutritionist. All Good Things blog: blog.kauai.co.za

New timetables for summer

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Every workout routine requires a healthy dose of variety. That’s why, each quarter, we refresh our timetables to deliver an all-inclusive Group Exercise offering. Group exercise classes are a great way to boost your motivation, get professional instruction and supplement your regular workout routine with something different.

Our new timetables – what you need to know

We’ve switched things up so your favourite class might be rocking a different time slot. Check your club’s new timetable on your myvirginactive homepage.

Reminder: Always, always, always keep a look out for new and exciting classes – we’re constantly trying fun and innovative ways to get you moving. You can find timetables in your club or on myvirginactive.co.za.

Look out for our Momentum 94.7 simulation classes

Even if you’re not taking part in the actual race, you can still benefit from training for it. Our simulation classes were designed to give both the indoor cyclist and the outdoor cyclist a fun, safe and effective opportunity to experience a condensed version of the major sections of the 94.7 cycle challenge route.

So look for the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge simulation classes at your club and give them a go!

Take advantage of online booking

Did you know you can book your Ride classes online at myvirginactive.co.za? It’s so quick and easy and you’ll never have to cross your fingers hoping to get a spot. Just register or log in to myvirginactive.co.za

Please note: Up to 50% of the bikes can be booked online. The rest will be available on the day.

Tip: Because summer is just around the corner, our clubs are starting to get insanely busy. We know it can mean chaos during peak hours, so if there’s a line for your favourite piece of cardio equipment, why not break out of your usual routine and try something else? Always hit the treadmill to burn calories? Hop on a bike instead. Do the circuit with step-up intervals. Try a group exercise class (Twentyfour, Shape and Ride are amazing calorie burners!). There’s something to suit everyone’s tastes!

Your Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge race kit

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Virgin Active, proud partner of Momentum, is offering you specific Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge simulation classes at our clubs. Plus everything you need to make this your best ride ever.

But first, for all our newbies or potential riders…

What is the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge?

The Momentum 94.7 cycle challenge is the world’s second largest cycle race, after the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Held each year on the third Sunday in November (this year it falls on the November 16) in Johannesburg, between 20 000 and 30 000 participants take on this 94.7km course.

Our simulation classes

Our 94.7 indoor cycle simulation classes have been designed to give you a safe and effective way to experience a condensed version of the major sections of the 94.7 cycle challenge route.

When: October 6 until race day (16 November)

Know the route

New start and finish line: The race now starts at Riversands in Fourways and finishes at Steyn City. There’s also an exciting new route to look forward to – which doesn’t include the dreaded N14 Highway!

The new route: Riders will start with a climb, then turn right onto Summit Road, which covers a few rolling hills. The next right turn takes riders onto the R55 which, in previous years, would have meant you were on the home stretch… Not this year. Riders will speed past Kayalami and start a long climb up to Woodmead. After the right turn onto the M1, riders will be in familiar territory (if they’ve done the race before). The route winds through the city, taking riders over the iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge, down Jan Smuts, past the Johannesburg Zoo and up three steep climbs before turning right onto the R114. This road takes you past the Lion Park, after that, another three climbs and you’re almost there!

Heads up! Riders can expect more climbing (500 metres!), with the toughest climbs right at the end. Tip: Spend some time in the saddle and when you think you are done with your training session go and find a very steep hill and do some hill repeats.

Don’t forget: Virgin Active will be running a Hydration Station on race day, with the Active Angels ready to give their support to all riders. Look out for us at the 63km mark!

What can myvirginactive do for you?

Don’t forget that myvirginactive is handy when it comes to your fitness goals: you can choose customisable workout routines – and check out how to do the moves the right way with our exercise library – and you can get your very own meal plan to get your nutrition up to scratch. It’s all there for you!

Happy training and good luck!

Fitness for kids at Virgin Active

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Kids love to move. Running around and being active isn’t something they dread or begrudgingly try to make time for. It’s something fun that they love to do. So we’ve created a safe and vibrant environment for kids to experience activeness in the best possible way.

We offer loads of different activities for each age group, so if you’re looking for new ways to make being active fun for your kids, we’ve definitely got something for you.

But first… 

It’s all about planting seeds for a lifetime of healthy habits

Regular exercise has loads of benefits:

  • Strong muscles and bones.
  • Weight control.
  • Decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.
  • Better sleep.
  • A better outlook on life.
  • Helps kids stay academically motivated and alert.

How much exercise is enough?

School kids should participate in 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day. It doesn’t have to be continuous and can be broken up throughout the day. This time of play is a valuable part of a child’s development.

So, how do we get our kids to exercise?

Encouraging our kids to take part in sports at school is one great way of getting them to be active. Allow the kids to participate in a variety of activities until they have found their niche, where skill and talent meet fun. Don’t forget: as the volume and duration of exercise increases, nutrition and hydration start playing a larger role in making sure your child stays healthy – so if they get a bit too caught up in having fun, remember to pack in a water bottle or that extra fruit in the lunch box.

There’s something for all kids at Virgin Active

0-7 year olds

Club-V – a fee-based facility where younger kids can take part in fun-filled, supervised activities.  Our staff are fully trained in early childhood development and they have paediatric first aid training so little explorers are in incredibly capable hands.

Club-V Holiday Camps –beat holiday boredom with supervised arts and crafts, games and group exercises classes.

Swimming – little ones can learn to swim with qualified coaches who will teach them water safety, swimming and breathing techniques in one-on-one lessons or as a swim squad. There’s fun to be had at the leisure pools.

8-13 year olds

Club- V Max – a fee-based facility where kids can enjoy age specific group fitness activities geared towards developing motor skills and co-ordination. They can also enjoy arts and crafts and interactive games.

Group exercise classes – tweens are welcome to join certain classes (Move, Move Lite, Zumba, Groove, Twentyfour Family, Kick, and Hip Hop).

Kaos - a special exercise class for 8-13 year olds that is sports-based and involves ball skills, cardio fitness, core muscle development exercises and obstacle courses.

Gym equipment – tweens can hop on indoor cycles, steppers, rowing machines, elliptical trainers and can use the stretch area.

Swimming – tweens can train with qualified coaches who will teach them water safety, swimming and breathing techniques in one-on-one lessons or as a swim squad. There’s fun to be had at the leisure pools.

Internet stations –tweens can surf the web at our internet stations.

14-17 year olds

Teens may use most facilities at the gym:

Training floor – cardio, strength, free weights and functional equipment (Power-plate® is only available to over 16s)

- Squash courts
- Swimming pools
- Sauna and steam room
- Internet Stations and free Wi-Fi
- Kauai

For all kids and parents many of our clubs have in house Kauai’s where tasty and healthy snacks and meals can be enjoyed.

Please remember: All children under the age of 14 need to supervised or accompanied by an adult (except when checked into Club-Club-V Max or Kaos classes)

Active parents, active kids?

Set an example. Go to gym with your kids. Live the lifestyle you hope they’ll live one day. Chat to a Virgin Active staff member today about signing your kids up, or for more info visit virginactive.co.za

Sneak a snack for only 100 calories

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The scene: You’re in-between lunch and dinner and you’re starving. You’re dreaming of a packet of crisps or a slab of Cadbury’s. To make matters worse, the vending machine is just around the corner or down the hall.

Snacking can be a great way to curb a growling stomach, but when your discipline and will power are missing in action, it can wreak havoc on your healthy eating goals.

But! There are a few go-to snacks that you can keep within arm’s reach and count on to be healthy and low-calorie.

Check out these super healthy snacks for under 100 calories

  1. 15 strawberries with 3 teaspoons cream (yes, the full fat version.)
  2. 1 boiled egg with 2 heaped teaspoons reduced fat mayonnaise.
  3. 2 tablespoons of raisins with 1 level teaspoon of peanuts.
  4. 100ml fat free plain yoghurt with two teaspoons honey.
  5. 1 light cereal bar.
  6. 8 oven baked chips with 1 teaspoon tomato sauce or sweet chilli sauce.
  7. 35g feta, cubed, and 5 large olives.
  8. Celery and cucumber sticks with two tablespoons hummus.

Tip: When it comes to snacks, the saying “go big or go home” should never apply. It’s all about getting the most out of the least.

You can’t go wrong with these tasty munchies, so stock up!