Exercise

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

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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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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 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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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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.

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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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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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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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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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.

Exercise

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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Exercise during pregnancy

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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