Exercise

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

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Exercise

Do you cramp up while running?

This is why – and what you can – and can’t – do about it.

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Get off the road: why trail running may be better for you than dodging traffic

Running is a simple sport with complex benefits: do it regularly, and the act of turning your legs over (and over, and over) will help you drop weight, build muscle and strengthen your heart health.

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7 common causes of running injuries, and how to avoid them

Seduced by the ease and accessibility of the activity, too many new runners sprint headlong into an inconvenient statistic. Here’s how to avoid injuries.

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Runners: do you have plantar fasciitis and should you see a doctor?

Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports the foot arch. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament. We look at which types of athletes are at risk and when you need to see a doctor.

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Get active @ home (infographic)

Winter is no excuse to skimp on exercise. Here are six indoor exercises. You can do the ‘at home circuit’ anywhere at any time.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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Get smart about your health

Whatever your health or fitness goal, keeping track of your progress can be as easy as a few taps on your smartphone.

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Do’s and don’ts for back exercises

If you suffer from back pain, you are not alone. Lower back pain is a prevalent cause of disability across the globe, affecting more than 460 million people*.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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Activity trackers: are they for you?

Fitness or activity trackers are all the rage, but can they really help you reach your weight loss and health goals?

Endocrinology

Fighting the ‘midlife fat attack’

One of the main health concerns for those over 40 is that hormonal changes will cause weight gain. A Mediclinic gynaecologist and obstetrician explains that while hormonal changes can indirectly cause weight gain, it’s not as simple as that.

Conditions

Incontinence and physiotherapy

That little bit of urine that escapes when you sneeze or cough is just a side effect of having babies or ageing, right? Not at all. An expert explains the link between incontinence and physiotherapy in women.

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The role of resistance training in your workout

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

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

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?’

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.

Conditions

Exercise and asthma

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.

Conditions

The facts on carpal tunnel syndrome

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

Cycle Tour

First Cape Town Cycle Tour checklist

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

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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