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Choose a habit, any habit…

Wellness comes down to lifestyle. Healthy lifestyles build and sustain wellness, and well people live better (with more energy, enthusiasm, productivity, happiness). It's a cycle and it's a circle. So how do we build and sustain a healthy lifestyle? Books and books have been written, an endless stream of online videos can be watched, [...]

By |2020-07-02T11:31:12+00:00Jun 30th, 2020|Active Living, Coping with Life, Features|0 Comments

Exercise: some surprising benefits

Most of us know that exercise helps with fitness, strength, energy, weight-control, health, future health (=health risk), etc. The evidence behind all of these benefits is overwhelming and the benefits are really not in doubt. You knew that didn't you? OK, but let's think about a few less-obvious but very-real benefits associated with exercise and [...]

By |2020-07-02T11:41:51+00:00Mar 2nd, 2020|Active Living, Coping with Life, Features|0 Comments

Protein power

A lean and toned physique has become the embodiment of health and well-being. There is no shortage of blogs on the ‘net and supplements on the market with advice and claims on how to gain muscle - this advice usually focuses on high protein intake. Is there really a need for so much extra [...]

Sanlam wellness rowing challenge

The Sanlam Wellness Rowing challenge, held recently at head office, was an initiative by the wellness champions and spearheaded by Elaine Kerchhoff and Bevan Louw – actuarial Wellness champions. The purpose of the event was a reminder to staff - in addition to being a follow-up to the Spinning Challenge  –  of optional ways [...]

By |2020-07-02T11:48:16+00:00Oct 15th, 2019|Active Living, Features, News, Wellness Events|0 Comments

Why is lifestyle change so hard?

We all want to be well, or more well. Perhaps it's more exercise, better sleep, less alcohol, losing weight, coping with stress more effectively, quitting smoking, or something else. But we all have that list in our heads, you know, the "I'd be really well if I could change xxxyyyzzz" list. But we have [...]

Fuel for Exercise

Have you ever walked into the gym, had a look around and noticed how seemingly over-prepared some of the patrons are - sports drinks, snack and water… Are you doing something wrong? Do they know something that you don’t? Let's try to simplify when you need to eat, drink or both during exercise and [...]

By |2019-12-12T10:15:35+00:00May 9th, 2018|Active Living, Nutrition General|0 Comments

Carbo-loading: UPDATE

Remember carbo-loading? Carbo-loading was a popular practice for athletes in days leading up to an event. The idea of starting with a "full tank" was thought to be a good idea, especially for endurance events. But the science behind carbo-loading has evolved... In the 1960’s discoveries showed that: Glycogen (a form of carbohydrate stored in the [...]

By |2019-12-12T10:21:56+00:00May 9th, 2018|Active Living, Features|0 Comments

My secret wellness weapon

My favourite wellness tip: use your diary I am a doctor and a wellness coach. I have made my living designing and delivering health & wellness services of one type or another. For 25 years now. I know what is healthy and what is not. I am, in all seriousness, something of an expert. And yet my [...]

By |2020-07-02T12:12:06+00:00Jan 12th, 2018|Active Living, Ask The Coach, Features|0 Comments

Still Sitting?

Still Sitting? AN EMERGING & IMPORTANT & INDEPENDENT HEALTH RISK There is compelling evidence that we sit too much - the negative health effects are real and measurable. It’s worse for the otherwise-inactive but even effects those who exercise! “Sitting is the new smoking” has become quite a popular phrase in recent years. The [...]

By |2020-07-02T16:13:53+00:00Aug 8th, 2017|Active Living, Features|0 Comments