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

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Get ready for your
first Cape Town
Cycle Tour

Posted on 20 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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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  • 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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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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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The benefits of exercise

Posted on 6 April 2016

We know exercise is important to keep our bodies and minds healthy so we investigated to find out exactly how our bodies benefit from regular exercise.

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How to beat cramps

Posted on 11 March 2016

For athletes – and cyclists especially – muscle cramps can be the bane of your existence. Here are a few tricks and tips to reduce the risk of having your muscles seize up on you.

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7 Fixes for common cycling pain

Posted on 8 March 2016

If you’re training for a big bicycling event – next year’s Cape Town Cycle Tour – there’s a good chance you’ll suffer some aches and pains along the way. The bad news is those pains are an inevitable part of training. The good news is most of them can be fixed with a few simple adjustments.

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En route and online

Posted on 4 March 2016

Mediclinic has been the medical sponsor of the Cape Town Cycle Tour since 1995 and this year we’re on hand again at regular points along the route for help and

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Keeping you safe on the Cape Town Cycle Tour

Posted on 1 March 2016

With a field of 35 000 riders, the 109km Cape Town Cycle Tour is the largest timed cycle race in the world. Thanks to Mediclinic’s comprehensive medical service, it’s also the safest.

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Exercise for seniors

Posted on 17 February 2016

Once you hit the age of 65 to 70, it becomes harder to keep fit and healthy. With the help of a Mediclinic doctor of sports medicine, we find out what exercises seniors can do to stay in shape.

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