Exercise

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

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Cardiology

Running for heart awareness

Lesego Sepeng is a keen runner. He also works in the pharmacy at Mediclinic Brits. Now his passion for running is meeting up with his concern for others’ health. For the second year in a row, Lesego will be running between several Gauteng based Mediclinic hospitals, raising awareness in the community around heart health.

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How much exercise you need to add years to your life

Exercise can help add years to your life, and life to your years, by partially counteracting the effects of ageing on your body.

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The best extra-murals for your children’s development

No two children are the same, so choosing after-school activities should be highly individualised. An occupational therapist at Mediclinic offers guidelines to help parents make informed choices.

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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
    #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
  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
    #MediclinicFacts
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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.

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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*.

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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How to be safe on your bike (infographic)

Wearing a helmet when cycling is a no-brainer. And more cycling safety tips.

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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.

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