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  1. What COVID-19 Has Taught Us About Fitness
    What COVID-19 Has Taught Us About Fitness

    While living through the COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly emotionally and mentally draining, the crisis has also presented us with a few positive opportunities. Lockdown restrictions have afforded many of us a lot more spare time, and the best thing we can do with this is invest it in our wellbeing. Meditation, online courses, mindfulness and self-reflection are all fantastic and worthy practices. However, I argue that the best place to start is with your physical health. When you are taking care of your body, everything else seems to fall into place. And while you may not be able to train at your local gym right now, there’s a lot that you can do at home. 

     

  2. Do Your Om Thing
    Do Your Om Thing

    My relationship with yoga is a complicated one. I’ve become fast friends with some poses, while engaging in long-standing feuds with others. It’s taken me some time to accept that yoga is not about performance, but practice – both on and off the mat.

  3. Find Your Movement Mojo
    Find Your Movement Mojo

    We all know that physical activity is beneficial to our overall wellbeing, and yet we often can’t seem to get ourselves going. For many of us, creating healthy exercise habits amidst the busyness of daily life can be a daunting act of courage and self-discipline.

  4. Move from the Heart
    Move from the Heart

    We asked a personal trainer and motivational speaker how to make exercise truly enjoyable.

  5. Felling Inspired With Ballet
    Felling Inspired With Ballet

    Cape Town professional ballerina Laura Bosenberg is a principal dancer in the Cape Town City Ballet and the perfect person to inspire a fit and flexible body.

  6. Yoga Retreat with Roxy Louw
    Yoga Retreat with Roxy Louw
    In November 2014, when photographing Roxy for our November issue cover, I would never have guessed nearly four years later I'd be doing sun salutations in a wooden forest cabin with her as my yoga instructor.
  7. Tuning Into Self Awareness
    Tuning Into Self Awareness
    Bringing a beautiful accessible spirit into the practice of yoga is the spritely and sparkly personality behind Chloe Guiherme. Organised, determined and yet softly yielding Chloe has the perfect sensibility to encourage any aspiring student. Having come from a corporate background, she's put yoga into an e-book, a retreat, practical online classes and a support function to boot. I recently attended one of her retreats and left with some amazing tips on how to meditate, a handful of nutrition pointers and a huge amount of inspiration.
  8. Yoga, Movement & Pilates In Jozi
    Yoga, Movement & Pilates In Jozi
    We laud the art of movement in all its forms through six fabulous studios in Jozi. From yoga to Pilates, dance and barre, get your body into gear.
  9. Find Your Balance With Tai Chi
    Find Your Balance With Tai Chi
    What does exercise mean today? In an age of intense disciplines like Bikram, Cross Fit, boxing and Sweat1000 classes, one might feel exhausted just naming the discipline. Each decade seems to play host to a different approach, with aerobics and speed walking some of the unwilling stragglers of the past.
  10. Drop in Deeply by Robyn Wilkinson
    Drop in Deeply by Robyn Wilkinson
    Yoga is a global mass movement practiced by more and more people worldwide. We look at what the physical aspect of yoga has to offer and why everyone is getting hooked. We also explain some of the principles behind the practice from asanas to pranayama.
  11. Seaside Surrender
    Seaside Surrender
    A weekend yoga retreat with Joelle Sleebos
  12. Get Up and Move
    Get Up and Move
    If ageing gracefully is important to you and you want mental clarity and protection against cognitive and physical decline in later years, get up and start moving. Nick da Silva specialises in mobility training, and inspires us towards an active life by looking at research showing how important physical activity is when it comes to preventing cognitive decline.
  13. Yoga to Sleep
    Yoga to Sleep
    Practising these five yoga poses before bedtime will relax and calm you, helping to prepare your body for sleep. Do you struggle to fall asleep or find it difficult to sleep peacefully? Sleep deprivation could lead to more than just a case of the yawns. It can cause depression, weight gain and even Type 2 Diabetes. Experts recommend an average of six to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep nightly, and this is where yoga can help. The soothing practice will help lower stress levels, calm the mind and relieve tension in the body. Rather than feeling hopeless about sleeping issues, try these five easy pre-bedtime yoga poses for a goodnight's rest and to improve the quality of your sleep.
  14. Wild Thing - by Lara Potgieter
    Wild Thing - by Lara Potgieter
    You've perfected your discipline at Ashtanga, worked up a sweat at Bikram, harnessed your energy at Kundalini and found your Zen at Yin. What could possibly be next? We round up ten lesser-known yoga styles that may surprise even the most seasoned practitioners.
  15. Gathering Groupies - by Kirsten Alexander
    Gathering Groupies - by Kirsten Alexander
    Everyone knows that exercise is fabulously good for overall health, but did you know that exercising with others has even more benefits?
  16. Shrug It Off
    Shrug It Off
    Anyone who's had a frozen shoulder knows how stubborn and resistant the condition can be. Often lasting for a few years with little relief, it's a debilitating disorder that's been described as idiopathic ' it appears to arrive from nowhere and no one seems to know why. We look at the alternative approach of treating the physical ailment with emotional healing.
  17. Hot & Happening
    Hot & Happening
    Looking and feeling cool and confident during and after exercising is not only possible but will motivate your workout. We share some hair, makeup and wardrobe tips to get you there.
  18. Powered by Plants - Gary te Roller
    Powered by Plants - Gary te Roller
    Plant-based health coach, endurance athlete and our September cover model Gary te Roller is passionate about helping people nourish their bodies and move toward their maximum potential. The picture of health, he certainly walks the talk. We uncover the secrets behind his success.
  19. Mind Over Muscle - by Kirsten Alexander
    Mind Over Muscle - by Kirsten Alexander
    Is true strength really all in the mind? From the ancients to modern day body builders, it appears there's something in it.
  20. All About Magnesium
    All About Magnesium
    Magnesium is such an essential mineral; we've dedicated a whole article to looking at why it's good for you, why you may be lacking it, and how you can be sure to get the most from your daily intake.
  21. Qigong
    Qigong
    Some ancient practices have stood the test of science and time and have proven to hold immense mind-body benefits in our world today. Qigong is just one of those practices. We unpack the healing benefits of this early practise and how you can incorporate Qigong in your daily life. 
  22. Happy Expectations - by Ray Mathis
    Happy Expectations - by Ray Mathis
    Complete happiness is still acheivable even if the circumstances or difficulties in your life seem debilitating. Happiness is a skill that can be learnt.
  23. Moving On - by Kirsten Alexander
    Moving On - by Kirsten Alexander
    Fitness fads the world over have drastically changed in the last century; ranging from simple stretches in 1910 to high energy aerobic workouts in 1980, and lately to integrated and creative methods of fitness training like bungee dancing and skateboard Pilates.
  24. Making Meditation Easy - by Camilla Marsh
    Making Meditation Easy - by Camilla Marsh
    Meditation and mindfulness are the biggest buzzwords in the West's latest quest for inner peace and enlightenment. But how many of us actually make the time to meditate, or even know what we are meant to be doing? My trip to a Buddhist Meditation Centre in Sri Lanka taught me this ancient art in a way that's easy to understand and implement in the busyness of modern day living.
  25. Agility Training
    Agility Training
    Being able to jump up  at any moment, easily get up from sitting on the floor or simply move your body more effectively is one of the aims of agility training.
  26. 8 Natural Ways To Fix Stiff, Creaky & Sore Joints
    8 Natural Ways To Fix Stiff, Creaky & Sore Joints
    DID YOU KNOW? Most of the prescription medicines for achey joints like ibuprofen, naproxen, and other anti-inflammatory medicines can be harsh on your body, affecting your liver and stomach. Adapting your lifestyle and taking harm-free measures might be a better long term strategy or may greatly limit the amount of medication you need. If you are taking medication, check with your health advisor or doctor before taking additional herbal options. 
  27. SLEEK GEEK'S SHAPE UP TIPS
    SLEEK GEEK'S SHAPE UP TIPS
    This month we're featuring our Sleek Geek Wellness Ambassador. Sleek Geek is a social community of support and motivation for a healthy lifestyle. Their mission is to inspire 100 thousand South Africans to  transform their lives and lead a better quality life.
  28. Exercise For Energy
    Exercise For Energy
    Power Up In our fast-paced Western world it's no surprise fatigue is one of the most common reasons why people visit their doctor. The only surprising thing here may be what the doctor might recommend for it ' exercise! That's right; extensive studies have shown when you're feeling lethargic and lazy, the best thing you can do is get off the couch. The more you move, the more you'll want to move, and ultimately, the more energy you will have.
  29. PUMP IT UP
    PUMP IT UP
    Working out with no music is like eating cereal with no milk ' it can be done if it must, but it's a long, dry, rather unpleasant experience. There's no denying music is essential to peaked performance and a satisfying workout.
  30. Summer Shape Up by Cheryl Stevens
    Summer Shape Up by Cheryl Stevens
    With summer just around the corner, it's time to get off the couch and get back into your exercise routine or think of a new exercise to take you through to summer. Take up the challenge and start your exercise today.
  31. 7 SMART TRAINING TIPS  by Peter Olivier
    7 SMART TRAINING TIPS by Peter Olivier
    With new fitness trends launching every day, it's easy to get confused between different theories and drawn into a regime focusing on aesthetics. Training should focus on performance outcomes alongside a healthy eating plan. If you are running further, cycling faster and lifting heavier then aesthetics automatically improve. Remember, no matter what anybody says, there are no shortcuts.
  32. 5 Heart Healthy benefits of Yoga
    5 Heart Healthy benefits of Yoga
    Yoga has many health benefits, but can it help your heart stay healthy? More and more evidence says 'yes':
  33. Which Whey to go?
    Which Whey to go?
    We look at the different options and attributes of this muscle growing protein.
  34. SPINE SAVVY  Dr Murray McDonald
    SPINE SAVVY Dr Murray McDonald
    Weight lifting, done improperly, can cause injury. Catherine Hayden speaks to strength trainer and chiropractor Dr Murray McDonald on technique, form and fallacy. 
  35. RISE & SHINE
    RISE & SHINE
    5 good morning stretches
  36. Meet our Supplier - CIPLA NUTRITION
    Meet our Supplier - CIPLA NUTRITION
    We speak to CIPLA AMBASSADOR MONIQUE LOPES
  37. BETTER BONES by Kirsten Alexander
    BETTER BONES by Kirsten Alexander
    Strangely, the festive season is a common time for household injuries; reports document injuries like those from falling off ladders while putting up Christmas lights; slipping while trying out a child's toy and adventurous fitness activities.
  38. THE THRILL OF THE MARATHON by Cheryl Stevens
    THE THRILL OF THE MARATHON by Cheryl Stevens
    Why would anyone voluntarily choose to run distances that could literally kill them? If it doesn't  kill them, it will certainly play havoc with their joints, their feet and their hearts.
  39. Moving with the Elements By Nicola Joubert
    Moving with the Elements By Nicola Joubert
    Learning to listen to your body and what it really needs is a skill many of us have lost touch with.  Nicola Joubert went on a yoga retreat with Shiva Rea and offers us a renewed perspective on how connecting to the elements and seasons can be a heart shifting practice that can open you up and re connect you to yourself.
  40. YIN YOGA
    YIN YOGA
    Be still like a mountain, and flow like a great river. Tao Te Ching
  41. Open your Hips by Cheryl Stevens
    Open your Hips by Cheryl Stevens
    Tight hips are a modern day phenomenon. Wondering if you have them? Chances are you do' and your job is to blame! Why do we have such tight hips you ask?  It's due to our hip flexors shortening throughout the day as a result of sitting for long periods of time. Whether it's at your desk, in the car or in front of the TV we are spending too much time sitting and being stationary.
  42. TRAIL BLAZING WITH RYAN SANDES
    TRAIL BLAZING WITH RYAN SANDES
    Bowled away by the monumentous acheivements and extreme staying power of Ryan Sandes, we had to find out for ourselves exactly what makes him tick. Cheryl Stevens catches up with Ryan in an interview.
  43. THE PELVIC FLOOR By Sylvia Lampe
    THE PELVIC FLOOR By Sylvia Lampe
    Admittedly, the pelvic floor is not something we generally think of including in our workout, who even knows its exact location or what it feels like if you flex it, but strengthening it has widespread benefits. We speak to Sylvia Lampe, President of the Callanetics Teachers Association of South Africa about the benefits and how exactly, to exercise it.
  44. Transform your life
    Transform your life
    Minessa Martin had her health 'ah-ha' moment at Kirstenbosch Gardens. Feeling exhausted from a short walk, she looked up at Table Mountain and realised she was too out of shape to enjoy the hikes in the natural beauty that so many Capetonians take for granted. This was the start of her journey towards a healthier and better life. 
  45. FITTER FASTER
    FITTER FASTER
    If you think you don't have time to exercise, think again. Here's a heart pumping, endorphin releasing routine that only takes 10 minutes and will make your body feel it's alive. Besides that you'll be energized, boost your circulation and build some muscles. Use this on days when you can't get to your normal training routine, your hike or yoga class.
  46. CARBS AT A GLANCE
    CARBS AT A GLANCE
    The mention of carbs can throw fear into most people trying to eat a healthy diet. With so much confusing info out there about carbs, let's simplify some of the facts:
  47. Keep Adapting Your Workout'Here's Why
    Keep Adapting Your Workout'Here's Why
    There is no Ideal Routine?If your current exercise regime routinely comprises the same types of exercises and activities, your margins of experience and comfort are limited. That means the breadth of your fitness and abilities are also limited. By constantly changing your workouts you grow your margins of experience and develop a far broader base of fitness.
  48. Natural Born Runner
    Natural Born Runner
    You see them out on the road, lots of them, running. People that simply have to run and unless you are a runner yourself, you can't help wondering why.
  49. Meet James Duigan
    Meet James Duigan
    We were lucky to catch up with James Duigan, world-renowned wellness guru and owner of Bodyism, London's premier health and fitness facility, on his new book tour in Cape Town. James is one of the World's top personal trainers with A-list clients like Elle McPherson, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Lara Stone and Hugh Grant. Cheryl Stevens gets the low down on all matters to do with lifestyle and healthy living.
  50. Fitness Supplements do you need them?
    Fitness Supplements do you need them?
    'Get ripped!' 'Gain muscle fast!' Just about every pharmacy and health shop ' including Wellness Warehouse ' has shelves of products designed to make you leaner, faster, and fitter. Unfortunately, the only way to make lasting changes to your body composition is to work out and eat healthily. And the more you want to change your body, especially when it comes to building muscle, the harder you have to work at it. Luckily there are supplements out there that will make a difference to the results you get. It all depends what you're looking for.
  51. HOT YOGA'S HEALTHY ADDICTION
    HOT YOGA'S HEALTHY ADDICTION
    Since our first hot yoga studio in Cape Town opened its doors twelve years ago, pioneer Fulvio Grandin has welcomed more than twenty thousand yogis through his doors and hosted numerous teachers. Cape Town now has five dedicated hot yoga studios. Each of them with hundreds of followers firmly dedicated to a daily fix of endorphin boosting hot yoga.
  52. CHANGE YOUR LIFE
    CHANGE YOUR LIFE
    When Brian Berkman's doctor told him he was dangerously unhealthy, he needed to radically change his lifestyle. Setting his mind to what seemed to be an impossible challenge, he lost 83 kg ' naturally.
  53. Forget how old you are
    Forget how old you are
    'Forget how old you are,' is Shirley Kaplan's advice to anyone over 50. At the age of 82 Shirley is more active than most 20 year-olds and way more adventurous than anyone you might meet. From hiking the Antarctic to climbing Table Mountain or waterskiing along rivers, it's all in a day's fun for the unstoppable Shirley.
  54. Yogi Eco Warrior
    Yogi Eco Warrior
    Combining eco issues and a love for yoga, Anupama gives us details about how she got involved bringing yoga products to South Africa under the Billy the Bee label.
  55. Salute the Sun
    Salute the Sun
    Learn a yoga routine that stretches all muscle groups with a flowing sequence called Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation. Not only does it improve the body's flexibility but it also helps regulate breathing and focus the mind. It's an energy giving sequence designed to make you strong, powerful, glowing and confident. Once you are familiar with the routine you can do it at home on your own but first get help from a yoga teacher to ensure you are doing the postures correctly.
  56. Yoga Baby!
    Yoga Baby!
    A happy baby doing the Happy Baby pose? When Hilaria Baldwin (yoga teacher and wife of Alec) posted a picture of herself doing the yoga position with her little one on Instagram this January moms across the world exhaled a collective sigh of '#Looooooove'. Yoga for baby and moms has since started exploding in popularity. So what's behind the craze? And is it safe?

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