20 March 2013 marked the day when Virgin Active, a company that believes that a healthy body feeds a healthy mind, chose Hawston Secondary School to be part of its Futurecrew initiative to include fitness, nutrition and life skills in the curriculum.
Between roars of laughter, the learners of Hawston Secondary School in the Overberg were treated to entertainment and words of encouragement and wisdom by their principal Mr Idy Adams, Managing Director of Virgin Active SA Ross Faragher-Thomas, and rugby icon Ashwin Willemse.Continue reading
One day a year, World Move for Health Day (10 May), young and old, individuals and families, companies and communities from across the world are encouraged to move. To be more aware of our physical health. To make an effort to change our mindsets. Think bringing out the candles during Earth Hour, except all day.
To promote health and wellness, that’s why. Physical activity has proven its value in keeping us fit, keeping that extra weight off and just generally keeping us happy.
So, how can we be more active on World Move for Health day?
- Find the stairs in your office building. Use them the whole day.
- Drink enough water to take frequent toilet breaks.
- Walk during your lunch and tea breaks.
- Walk to a colleague’s desk instead of just emailing them.
- Answer the phone and then stand up for the duration of the phone call.
- Stand during meetings. Better yet, why not go for a walkie-talkie (meet while walking)?
- If you usually go to a coffee shop in your building, look for an alternate within walking distance.
- Walk your pets. No excuses.
- Fit in your gym session even if it means that you may need to leave work earlier than usual.
Any kind of activity is welcome. Whether you’re in the gym, walking your pooches or playing with your kids… it all counts.
Spend one day a year thinking of all the extra ways to focus on activity. If you’re a myvirginactive member, log each kind of activity and see how the daily calorie expenditure racks up!
Kids are always looking for another adventure, and dirtying an entire kitchen in the name of fun is too good an option to miss out on. But can you handle it? Continue reading
From core training to networking like a champ – we’ve got it all for you at Moses Mabhida!
Core training every Tuesday at 9amJoin Maryam for a 30-minute, low impact, challenging workout to strengthen your core.A strong core is beneficial for all activities in and outside the gym, including:
- more strength during fitness exercises
- better posture at all times
- increased running/swimming/riding speed, etc.
We specifically target the inner unit of the trunk and the muscular slings that connect upper and lower limbs so that it’s not just abs but total core approach.
Events coming up at Moses Mabhida in April
If you’ve booked your place at out networking breakfast, remember this takes place on Thursday, 25 April 2013 at 10am.
Keep your eyes peeled for the next event. For more info, call Simine Khan on +27 31 303 5729 or email email@example.com
Seeking new ways to make playtime fun and active? Think of it as planting the seeds for a lifetime of healthy habits.
When it comes to old-school, analogue playtime, you only need to look at kids on a playground to know that most of them love to move. But did you know that climbing to the top of that slide or swinging from the monkey bars can help lead your kids to an active lifestyle throughout their lives? Continue reading
We’ve got something for all #mygirls – the chance to win an adidas woman’s hamper valued at R2 000! Continue reading
When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s not all about fruit and veggies and exercise and moderation. Better sleep should be on the menu too. According to the latest research, revving up your bedroom routine is just as important as healthy eating and regular exercise. Studies show that less than six hours of sleep a night over a long period reduces insulin sensitivity (affects blood glucose regulation), increases ghrelin (a hormone that stimulates appetite), decreases leptin concentrations and raises cortisol (a stress hormone) levels. If our appetite is stimulated, we’ll probably eat more. Raised cortisol levels can also encourage us to overeat.
Why catch more zzz’s?
Well, firstly, you’re way less likely to give it your all on the gym floor if you’re exhausted. And that’s even if you make it out the front door at all! Compromising on the intensity and duration of your workout means you burn fewer calories, not only during your workout but throughout the rest of the day as well.
How much sleep is necessary?
For most of us, it’s between 7 – 9 hours of sleep a night. That way, you’re well rested and ready to take on the world, every day. Oh, and falling asleep in front of the TV isn’t as ideal as climbing into your bed and actually deciding to go to sleep. You’re more comfortable and there’s no pestering background noise to irritate you. Makes sense.
12 ways to sleep better
- Sleep when sleepy
If you can’t fall asleep within 20 minutes, get up and do something boring until you feel sleepy. Sit quietly in the dark (no bright light) or read the warranty on your refrigerator.
- Don’t nap in the day
If you have to, limit your nap to less than an hour, before 3 pm.
- Go to bed at the same time every day
Even on weekends. You’ll ‘train’ your body to follow a regular cycle of sleeping and waking.
- Don’t exercise up to 4 hours before bedtime
Regular exercise will improve your sleep, but it’s best to train in the morning or early afternoon.
- Start a sleep ritual
Give your body cues to slow down. Listen to relaxing music, read something soothing for 15 minutes, have a cup of caffeine-free tea or do some relaxation exercises.
- No TV in the bedroom
And while we’re there, don’t take your laptop to bed either. The bedroom should be your tranquil place.
- Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol for 4 to 6 hours before bed time
Caffeine and nicotine will keep you awake, so avoid coffee, tea, fizzy drinks, chocolate, cigarettes and some medications. Alcohol might make you feel relaxed, but it could lead to a sleepless night!
- Don’t go to bed hungry
While you should avoid a heavy meal close to bedtime, a light snack could help you sleep better. Dairy products contain tryptophan, which acts as a natural sleep inducer. Glass of milk, anyone?
- Unwind in a warm bath
A warm bath raises your body temperature, but the drop in body temperature thereafter will make you feel sleepy. Science, eh?
- Make sure your bed and bedroom are quiet and comfortable
Open the windows for some cool, fresh air. If light bugs you in the morning, get a blackout shade. Noise bothering you? Wear earplugs or get a white noise machine.
- Use sunlight to set your biological clock
As soon as you get up in the morning, go outside and catch some rays for 15 minutes.
- Get your dose of exercise to compliment your night’s sleep
Sticking to that workout routine means you’re burning extra energy each day, so when you hit the sack, you’re ready to sleep.
There’s nothing like waking up after a good night’s sleep. And hey, if it helps you get your dream bod, all the better!
Feed your soul and your body with this delicious recipe.
Moroccan style couscous salad with grilled halloumi
Moroccan style couscous salad with grilled halloumi – Serves 4
Life’s stressful enough these days with the iThis and the iThat and gadgets galore where you need to login and figure new things out. You may feel like you need more time, hands or data bundles to deal with it all.
One place, one log in and tons of expert information at your fingertips. That’s myvirginactive. Now take that a step further and have myvirginactive on the go with our new mobi site (a website on your mobile device).
3 Easy Steps to accessing myvirginactive on your mobile
myvirginactive is available to all, so you can use the great features wherever you are.
- Step 1
Log on to m.myvirginactive.co.za on your mobile device (you can register here too as long as you’re a Virgin Active member)
- Step 2
Select “Remember Me”
- Step 3
Bookmark this site on your phone for an easy link in future
Now you’re ready to find what you need while on the go!
Check out your club’s timetables and other club information, like indoor cycling and squash bookings. If you want to see how many times you’ve visited the club, you can get this detail here too.
Know what you’re working out today? Get new exercises and workout routines (if you’ve accessed Move on the website already). Or, if you just want to check out an exercise video for technique advice, go to the exercise library and search for the specific exercise and watch away!
Track your training and measurements as soon as you’re done with them. This information will be on the website for closer inspection when you next log in as well.
Hungry? We have some delicious recipes for you to try out – get ‘em on the move and change up your family’s eating regime for the better. If you need any additional advice, try mycheatmate to see how hard you may need to work (out) to keep off the kilos after a particular not-so-healthy treat.
Now, go play!
From healthy eating workshops to candlelit yoga sessions – we’ve got it all for you at Melrose Arch.
25 April & 30 May 2013, 18:15
Join us for a tranquil session of yoga by candlelight.
27 April 2013, 10:30
Be inspired by our workshop “Mindful Eating, Mindful Life”, presented by Jonathan Blake and Jannie Claasen.
For more info, call Melrose Arch on 011 214 8600.