Exercise

Exercise tips to keep you moving and maintain a healthy weight.

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The role of resistance training in your workout

Posted on 16 March 2017

Life is a series of pushes and pulls, and that’s a good template for your exercise regime too.

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A beginner’s guide to cycling

Posted on 15 February 2017

Cycling is a great way to keep fit, meet new people and explore the countryside. If you’ve never put bum on seat before, here are some pointers to get you pedalling.

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How to avoid common mountain biking injuries

Posted on 9 February 2017

Whether you’re a Cape Epic cross-country rider or a downhill extremist, if you’re out on your mountain bike you could run the risk of a range of injuries. Here’s a look at the most common ones, and how to prevent them happening.

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Is it healthy to be a ‘weekend warrior?’

Posted on 8 February 2017

Between work and family responsibilities, many people simply don’t have the time to exercise during the week. But sports specialists caution ‘weekend warriors’ about the value of consistency.

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Exercise and asthma

Posted on 3 February 2017

Exercise is a common trigger for asthma symptoms, but asthma shouldn’t be a reason to avoid exercise. Proper diagnosis and an effective treatment plan can help asthma sufferers enjoy the many benefits of appropriate exercise.

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The facts on carpal tunnel syndrome

Posted on 19 January 2017

Carpal tunnel syndrome is becoming increasingly common in today’s digital age. A Mediclinic orthopaedic surgeon explains the causes and treatment of this condition.

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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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First Cape Town Cycle Tour checklist

Posted on 18 January 2017

Like someone once said, it’s not about the bike. (Not entirely, at least!) When you’re prepping for your first Cape Town Cycle Tour, you’ll have a long list of things to consider – from training to nutrition. Here’s your pre-race checklist.

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CrossFit vs high intensity interval training

Posted on 12 January 2017

While CrossFit and high intensity interval training share some similarities, they are two distinct training methods. Our biokinetics expert explains how each works and weighs up the pros and cons.

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Balance exercises
to prevent falls

Posted on 12 January 2017

A biokineticist discusses the challenges of balance for older people and provides some practical solutions.

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Exercise during pregnancy

Posted on 12 December 2016

While pregnancy is certainly not the time to take up kickboxing, many exercise routines can be beneficial to both expectant mothers and their babies. Here’s what to consider when planning your pregnancy fitness regimen.

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Running: Trail, road or treadmill?

Posted on 9 November 2016

Running is one of the oldest cardio exercises known to humans, but we often don’t get it right. We checked research about trail, road and treadmill running, and asked Dr Jason Suter, a sports medicine subspecialist at Mediclinic Constantia Sports Medicine Centre to deliver a verdict on which is best.

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Preventing common runner’s injuries

Posted on 18 October 2016

What are the most common running-related injuries? And – more importantly – how can you avoid them? We asked a Mediclinic sports doctor.

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Running versus cycling

Posted on 29 September 2016

Running and cycling are both very popular ways to stay fit, and both have their pros and cons. We compare their benefits side-by-side to help you fine tune your fitness routine.

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Top mental fitness tips

Posted on 14 September 2016

Can you condition your brain to become sharper and more agile as you age? Yes, you can, says Dr Peter Haug, a neurologist at Mediclinic Milnerton.

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How to reduce chronic back pain

Posted on 7 September 2016

Dr Willem Strydom, an orthopaedic spine surgeon at Mediclinic Cape Gate, discusses the common occurrence of myofascial or chronic back pain and offers some simple self-help solutions.

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Keeping fit during menopause

Posted on 19 August 2016

Menopause is a natural biological process that needn’t keep you from being fit and healthy. In fact, exercise can help improve your quality of life by reducing your risk of cancer and weight gain, strengthening your bones and improving your mood.

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Dive into swimming’s many health benefits

Posted on 17 August 2016

Swimming is one of the best ways to get fit, from head to toe. Take a look at the infographic below for more on its health benefits.

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Should you train when you’re sick?

Posted on 11 July 2016

If you’re not feeling well, should you continue to train or exercise? Many amateur athletes will be asking this question in the coming months, so we got answers from a Mediclinic GP.

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Heart health: Why fit people are also at risk

Posted on 5 July 2016

It’s a fallacy that heart disorders or heart attacks only happen to older or overweight people. Young, fit people can die from heart conditions too – and often it’s aggravated by over-training. A Mediclinic expert talks us through the risks.

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Six reasons why you should move more

Posted on 20 June 2016

Get up and get moving! A Mediclinic biokineticist talks us through the top reasons why moving and walking are good for your body – and your overall wellbeing.

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Move for health

Posted on 11 May 2016

The most important exercise move you can do is to get off the couch. But once you’re up, what’s the best way to get moving? We asked a Mediclinic sports doctor for some basic exercises designed for people who’ve never set foot in a gym before.

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