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The effect of nutrient-rich food on brain function and healthy snacks for your lunch box.

A nutrient-rich diet can aid cognitive health. It has recently been confirmed that relative abundance of specific nutrients can affect your emotions and cognitive processes. Brain health relies on many factors, including nutrients from your everyday diet (Turner, 2011).  Not only does our food provide energy and growth to our bodies, it also acts as protection against disease. When it comes to brain function and health, micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids and essential fatty acids are directly ... Read more

Physical exercise and Osteoarthritis

Is it safe to exercise with Osteoarthritis? People tend to think that if you have osteoarthritis that you need to stop exercising, although research has shown the opposite. It states that you can and should exercise with osteoarthritis as exercising is considered to be the most effective non-drug treatment for reducing the pain and improving functional movement. There are 3 different types of exercise types which are important for people living with osteoarthr itis and they are; Range of motion (flexibility exercises) When you have OA ... Read more

Electro Muscle Stimulation

In the era of advanced technology, regular exercise is no longer an option for certain individuals. This can be due to injury, time constraints or lack of willpower. EMS training provides an existing alternative to address these factors. EMS (Electro Muscle Stimulation) is the process by which muscle contraction is generated through the application of an electrical current directly into the muscle fibre (Godin et al, 2005). This is done by passing small amounts of electricity through electrodes that are placed on ... Read more

Get motivated and moving with a workout partner

Lots of people struggle to find motivation to work out, or if they have the motivation they simply aren’t seeing any results or pushing themselves hard enough to achieve their goals. Here are a few ways on why having a gym or exercise buddy can help you. Motivation and Goals – By having social support even by just over the phone boosts your motivation to go and workout. The more you work out together, then you will have faster results to ... Read more

Friends & Family Workout Challenge

KEEN ON SOME FUN FOR A GOOD PURPOSE!? The Friends & Family Workout Challenge will be running for a total of 7 weeks from October - December 2017. Lots of fun activities are sure to keep the heart pumping and the calories burning as you learn different ways to stay fit. The challenge will take place at the Fit4u Studio in Piketberg and Sports Scientist, J.J.Benn will run each session. Workout format : 5/100 5  x Exercises and 100 reps per family. Workout Weekends: The challenge will take place each ... Read more

The importance of movement and how to get moving after prolonged period of inactivity

Movement would seem like one of the simplest things that you could do. Unfortunately, most of the people don’t pay attention towards the importance of movement. This can lead them towards a variety of health conditions in the long run. Movement can be considered as a medicine. You need to get this medicine to stay away from some of the frustrating health conditions such as obesity and diabetes. In addition, you will get the opportunity to avoid a variety of other chronic ... Read more

Review Blood Group Diet

The naturopath, Dr Peter D’Adamo, created the Blood Group Diet. He claims that by eating for your blood group, you’ll lose weight, feel healthier and lower your risk of many diseases. Unfortunately, none of his claims have been scientifically proven and therefore dieticians, as explained below, cannot recommend the Blood Group Diet. According to Dr D’Adamo, people with Blood Group O need to eat a high protein, low carbohydrate diet with large quantities of meat and fish and no dairy products, wheat or ... Read more

At what exercise intensity should I train for weight loss?

Will I burn a greater percentage of fat if I exercise longer at a lower exercise intensity? This is the question a lot of women are asking their personal trainers every day. Women all over the world have been walking and walking for hours at low exercise intensities, because they believed that that is the way to train if you want to lose weight. So you’ve heard about the “fat burning zone”. In other words, if you want to lose weight, you ... Read more

Athletic training and SAQ program

Speed, Agility, Quickness (SAQ) Speed, Agility, Quickness is a system of training that enhances performance levels in all sports. SAQ Training concentrates on proper running form and explosive movement patterns for sports which require speed, agility and quickness as a basic prerequisite for success. It is ideal for all field and court-based sports which are mainly multi-sprint events requiring fast multi-directional movement patterns in addition to anticipation, sharpness of mind, reaction and acceleration as key components of sports specific fitness. Gradual and progressive use ... Read more

Back Pain and Posture

Weight Gain Means Back Pain Added weight can and does cause back pain. The excess weight, especially in your belly, strains your back muscles and ligaments, causing back pain. Spine Problems from Weight Gain With proper posture, you stand upright with your chest out and your chin up. You stomach is tucked in and the sight curve of your lower back keeps your hips straight. If you’re carrying extra weight, however, every part of your body gets heavier. And your spine bears the burden ... Read more
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