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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 |2019-10-15T09:12:47+00:00Oct 15th, 2019|Active Living, Features, News, Wellness Events|0 Comments

Lead a walk

Walking is a great way to get active and nearly all of us CAN walk. It can also be a great way to break your day and may improve your energy & productivity at work too. You can walk on your own of course but sometimes it helps to join some colleagues for motivation [...]

By |2019-06-05T09:44:10+00:00May 28th, 2019|Active Living|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 |2018-05-09T14:28:48+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 |2018-05-09T09:28:17+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 |2018-01-30T11:25:00+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 notion [...]

By |2019-03-05T06:56:41+00:00Aug 8th, 2017|Active Living, Features|0 Comments

Exercise: a plan for keeping it up

Keeping it up. It’s such a familiar story: we start with great enthusiasm and good intentions, but after a few weeks we find that we’ve reverted back to the couch, the running shoes are gathering dust, and our bellies are expanding alarmingly. It can be so very hard to develop long-standing exercise habits and this [...]

By |2019-02-06T07:55:43+00:00Jun 1st, 2017|Active Living|0 Comments