Emet Gyms are hosting a free online bootcamp session for members and non-members alike. Suitable for all fitness levels, all you need is a water bottle and a safe place to train.
10 April 2020, 09:00 - 10:00
Free! However, contributions to the Emet Academy are welcome during this time.
For more information, check out the Facebook Event.
Calling all fitness enthusiasts! Your fitness doesn't have to be on lockdown. Join the exciting Planet Fitness Live Streaming Group Exercise Classes.
The gym is hosting different classes that cater for different needs, you can check out their schedule on their Facebook page to see more exciting stuff.
They are also posting daily advice and health habit routines that you can also jump onto.
Classes that they are introducing include:
Brazilian Booty Blast
Pump It Abs
Check the schedule here.
Online, Planet Fitness.
For more information, click here.
NB: Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.
While we are in quarantine and self-isolation, it can be difficult to adjust to new habits and manage boredom. But there are many things you can do while cooped up indoors. Here are a few:
Instead of ordering takeouts, why not start a new, healthy eating and drinking regimen? Of course, it's not easy, but it is definitely something you can do once you've set your mind to it.
Why This Is A Great Idea?
Trying something new can be exciting, especially when food is involved. You can start with simple and easy dishes.
This is a great way to become your very own chef. Bring your family into the mix by getting the kids to help out.
Why This Is A Great Idea?
There is no better time than now to get physically fit and active by trying a different fitness routine.
You don't need gym equipment to have a good workout. Search for exercises that you can do without equipment.
There are loads of YouTube videos to watch for yoga at home, from beginners right through to advanced yoga.
Why This Is A Great Idea?
Music is a universal language, so why not explore some different genres?
Listening to music can change your mood, helping you feel happier and more positive.
Why This Is A Great Idea?
There are many new skills you can learn, depending on what you love and enjoy.
There is an array of things you can choose from, including learning to play an instrument, learning a new language, baking, sewing and so much more.
Why This Is A Great Idea?
Go on a new journey by starting a new book.
Reading is a great way to learn, sharpen your mind, explore and relax.
Why This Is A Great Idea?
Virgin Active SA have welcomed in the new year by spearheading the 'Mix It Up' campaign, an initiative to get gym bunnies, couch potatoes and elliptical queens alike on the move and inspired for the year. To help you get back into the rhythm of work, play and exercise, Virgin Active SA have introduced a number of new classes to their schedules, as well as reviving a couple of old favourites. So, whether you are looking for an entirely new fitness regime or just a small change to your Tuesday morning workouts, there should be a class at your gym to fit your needs.
Here are our top picks of the new group classes and activities available at Virgin Active SA gyms across Johannesburg:
This is a 400-calorie burning workout disguised as a dance party, what more could you want out of an exercise class? Just Dance classes at Virgin Active are high intensity, cardiovascular workouts tailored to all fitness levels. This class is all about having a good time while working up a sweat. If you're the type who hates mundane exercise regiments, then this is the class for you.
Combining the best of yoga and pilates, the Nova class offers ultimate strength and flexibility. You get all the mental health benefits of these two super popular workouts, too. So, not only will you leave feeling stronger and more supple, you'll also leave with a refreshed mind. This is the ideal class for stressed out and tired yogis looking to change things up a bit.
Sometimes, all you need is a good, fast-paced spin class with friends. Why not challenge yourself and some buddies this year to attend regular cycle classes at your favourite Virgin Active gym? Peddle along to the epic playlist and sweat it out, burning an insane amount of calories along the way. Once you have mastered 'the burn', this is likely to become your first choice of fitness class.
Boxing is one of the best all-round fitness regiments, as it works muscles you didn't even know you had! Plus, a good boxing workout can leave you feeling stronger, both physically and mentally, preparing you to tackle the world with utter confidence. With nine rounds of high intensity training, Virgin Active's Rumble class is the perfect boxing regime to whip you into shape in no time.
Finally, we have the super champ of all fitness classes at Virgin Active gyms. For those of you not familiar with The Grid, it is a 30-minute power packed workout which focuses on six fundamental movements used in everyday life. Teaching you how to move quickly and with accuracy to avoid injury, this is a must-try workout for the new year. Challenge yourself by signing up for the Grid Games - a national competition which will see one guy and one lady crowned The Grid regional champions. Finalists could then stand the chance to compete in The Grid Games Global Finals against participants from the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Thailand and Italy! So, what are you waiting for?
Visit Virgin Active SA's website for more information about classes, pricing and clubs. You can also follow their social media pages:
Facebook - facebook.com/virginactivesa
Twitter - twitter.com/VirginActiveSA
Instagram - instagram.com/VirginActiveSA
Details: 0860 200 911
What Is It?
The Strong - End Of Year Fitness Party By Zumba is bringing all the High Intensity Interval Training.
So be sure, to bring your game and get ready to end off your year on a high!
Ticket price includes:
What to bring along:
When Is It?
Friday, 24 November 2019 at 07:30.
Where Is It?
World of Golf, Maxwell Drive, Waterval 5-Ir, Midrand, Johannesburg, Gauteng.
How Much Is It?
Tickets are R250 per person, get your tickets Here
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What Is It?
Have some fun with a variety of options to choose from at the Dance For Your Health Fitness Day.
Many will be coming to together to join in on the fitness fun in the many activities that will be taking place including Zumba, Capoeira, African dance, high impact and many more.
There will also be some professional instructors to answer your questions or to guide you. The day will be filled with a lot of activity.
Take a couple of friends or/and family have a good time. The event promises to be exciting.
When Is It?
Monday, 30 November 2019 at 06:00
Where Is It?
Soweto Theatre Court, Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng.
How Much Is It?
Tickets are R150 - R200 per person, get your tickets Here.
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Over the past few years, Johannesburg has become very health-conscious. One way to add a bit of energy and health in your world is by joining Planet Fitness Wanderers.
It can be quite daunting to start a new fitness challenge by yourself. But joining this mega club will get you motivated to keep going and focus on the goal at hand.
Planet Fitness Wanderers is an innovative environment, helping you become your own fitness bunny.
Like any Planet Fitness, they offer the best equipment in the country. But this particular Planet Fitness offers some unique touches to your package.
Let's explore the little motivations that will get you closer to your body goals.
This one is for the ladies.
Ladies get to enjoy a secluded area that offers the best Italian equipment. With the support of your fellow ladies and all that girl power, you'll reach those fitness goals in no time.
This facility offers an entertainment area for kids with caring childminders keeping watch. Moms and dads can enjoy a workout session knowing that the kids are well taken care of.
This great perk is perfect for working parents wanting to stay in tip-top shape.
Ditch the treadmill and catch your run on the running track. The 220m track is the perfect way to get all of your cardio in.
For an alternative cardio boost, take a splash in the giant swimming pool. The heated pool makes for great exercise during any season.
Stay in the loop or enjoy the trending jams during your workout with the gym's WiFi.
The gym has personal trainers who will assist you with exclusive sessions to help you reach all your goals.
Visit the gym to see the awesome things that Planet Fitness Mega Club has to offer.
We've found something action-packed to get the kids excited while making new friends - CityRock.
We all know kids are care-free, they just want to have fun and live their best little lives. Sometimes, they also get to a point where they get restless and bored easily. It can be hard for parents to always find new, innovative ideas and things to keep the kids entertained.
This facility will allow them to learn new mental and strength discipline.
CityRock is the coolest climbing environment in Joburg and has a course for both parents and children.
They offer a lot of amazing activities such as top rope and lead climbing, bouldering, belay walls and a parent's favourite, the kids climbing facilities.
Parents can enroll their children into the course which includes a one-on-one introduction. Just a heads up though, children that are under the age of 5 are not allowed to climb at CityRock and they clearly state that they do not make exceptions regarding this.
CityRock has introductory courses on specific days of the month, allowing your little ones to get schooled on the how-tos and techniques when climbing, this includes safety procedures. They are in safe hands.
Many precautions have to be taken to ensure that the kids are well-equipped to start having their endless fun. They have to do a top rope belay course first before they can move on. They have classes for ages 5 - 14 years old.
Just to add on to the awesomeness that comes with this fun-filled activity, the introductory course comes with a starter kit which includes:
The awesome thing about this is the fact that parents can also have fun with the kids and spend some quality time as a family. CityRock caters for all ages 5 and above, so you can even bring the grandparents to have fun.
CityRock also hosts birthday parties. The parties are always filled with energy of 6 to about 25 kids.
Their fun times include team races on the automatic belay wall, top rope climbing, basic knot tying skills, ladder climbing, bouldering and the kids simply enjoying themselves. Their birthday parties are only hosted on Saturdays and Sundays.
They also have Crags Day which are specifically doneduring the holidays to offer cool experiences for the little ones.
The day is celebrated in over 150 countries worldwide, and is dedicated to the inner and outer well-being of human body raising awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practising yoga. Planet Fitness understands the benefits of yoga and offers a variety of yoga practices nationwide. Selected Planet Fitness gyms have invested in Hot Yoga/Bikram yoga studios over and above a variety of yoga methods including Hot Yoga. Hot Yoga not only ticks off the mental and spiritual advantages of the practice but creates a great benefit for your skin where you are guaranteed to walk out with radiant skin.
So make sure you join in for this incredible experience like no other and bring your friends who also love doing yoga. This yoga session is powered up by Infra-Red heaters which heat up the room up to 36-40 degrees Celsius. the warm temperatures boost flexibility, breaking down stubborn cellulite and leaving one with complete a well fueled body, so no excuse about it being too cold to go do yoga. You will definitely go home having learnt a lot about posture and the benefits of Bikram Yoga, which will teach you about the techniques of this soothing practice.
Here are a few benefits:
Friday, 21 June 2019 - Saturday, 22 June 2019.
Nelson Mandela Square, 5th Street, Sandown, Sandton, Johannesburg.
To RSVP make sure you drop them a mail on [email protected].
Deciding that you want to go to gym is one thing, but taking the steps to actually go and be consistent is another story. Anyone who has been to gym and dropped out or is still pushing for their goal of fitness; will tell you that it is a mental thing. If you are not mentally there, you will struggle but what can be motivating or should I say 'Moove-ing' is the Moove Motion Fitness Club.
Firstly, Moove lives by the moto "#workhard #playhard #noexcuses". If that alone is not a motivating factor, then we don't know what is.
This fitness club is brings motivation, both visually as well as physically - and may we just add the tons of fun activities that they have at their branches. They boast with an amazing team of professionals who are ready to take your fitness goals and help you make them a reality, not only that but the state of the art equipment that come with getting a step closer to your goals.
The aim is to keep you mooving, get it? Yep, cheesy but sincerely true. If you are not finding the motivation at home, then best go and check out one of their facilities and trust us, you will get the motivation that you have been looking for. Their facilities are extraordinary!
Training alone is not for everyone, and we understand. This is why Moove is the right place to go, with over 15 group training classes - you are honestly, spoiled for choice. They have a variety of classes that cater for everyone's needs. Boasting with training sessions like:
As much as we may love to fill you in on all of the classes that they have, that would probably take the whole day so it would be best to bite into that little nugget by checking them out.
Where To Find Them?
With all that said, let's get fit!
What Is It?
We all know that that banger body is made in winter, so switch up -your gym routine and come enjoy the fitness fun with Burn It Up Fitness Bang at the Old Park Station.
The day will be filled with tone of exercise and alternative fitness activities for those who are not really into the power sessions. Let's burn it up, get fit and strong!
There will also be kids fitness so you can come and have fun with the whole family.
When Is It?
Friday, 06 July 2019 at 20:00
Where Is It?
Old Park Station, Netwown, Johannesburg, Gauteng.
How Much Is It?
Tickets are R300 per person, get your tickets Here.
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Here's a hard and fast guide to the Hobart Grove Centre in Bryanston. We've intentionally left out some of the places so that you can tell us all about it... you know, to start a conversation instead of us telling you about stuff you might already know?
Rockets Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
From pizza to prego rolls, Rockets Restaurant & Cocktail Bar is a top breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner spot completed with a drinks menu that will make a mixologist blush. We recommend you try out their Rocket wings served tapas style and washed down with silk panties... the drink, you weirdo. The vibe is relaxed and laid back and a great spot to start or end an evening. Oh, their salads are good too! In fact, it's so good that they opened a stand-alone "express" shop at Melrose Arch.
Great for first dates, solo eating marathons and all things tequila, Perron Bryanston is a rocking place to stuff your face with soft shell fish tacos (made in-house) and pork belly slow-cooked with chilli, lime and agave, and served with Mexican potatoes, re-fried beans, crema and tomatillo salsa verde. Do yourself a favour and go check them out if you haven't already... and if you have, why not go back and experience Perron all over again?
Wombles Steak House
Every boot needs a heel and every shopping centre needs a steakhouse. The Hobart Grove Centre just so happens to have one of the top steakhouses in Johannesburg. Wombles Steakhouse is a family run business with Executive Chef Nesberth Nhabura at the kitchen's helm. It goes without saying that the house of Wombles is predominantly built on pillars of beef... and lots of it. With that said, don't expect them to serve ribs. Fair enough. What they do have is much more... satisfying. Patrons can expect different cuts of steak, beef stroganoff, steak tartare, gammon steak (yeah, it's not beef but it is steak), and a variety of sauces and side dishes (including pap).
Electro Muscle Stimulation, or EMS for short, is what BodyTec specialises in. How does it work? They suit you up in something called an electrode vest, causing muscles to contract as you do a fair amount of basic exercises such as lunges, standing crunches and bicep curls. BodyTec says that it's not a cheat code to lose weight or look good but a safe and quicker alternative to the gym we're used to. Why not check them out and decide if it's the right fitness fit for you?
The Urban Escape sisterhood (as they like to refer to themselves) offers a well-deserved escape into their relaxing world, far away from the hustle and bustle of big city life. All that matters in this safe space is self-love and me-time. They celebrate the beautiful and unique individual that you are. At Urban Escape visitors can expect experienced skincare, top-notch nail technicians, laser hair removal, and cappuccinos, cakes, popcorn and wine!
Do you want to know the secret behind almost every great hairdo in Bryanston? We're spilling the beans! With almost two decades of experience, Renaissance Hair has become a popular spot to get those luxurious locks on your head chopped. This unisex hair salon specialises in colouring and cutting, stocking top products and hair extensions.
Joburg is the sneaker capital of the world – sorry, Tokyo you’ll have to wait your turn on the throne. We want to introduce you to Sneaker Shack, the dudes who keep your favourite kicks in tip-top shape. Think of Sneaker Shack as a dry cleaner but for your shoes... except it's a lot cooler. Their prices are affordable and service great - our graphic designer collects sneaker so he can testify to their awesomeness.
Any top spots that you think we missed? Let us know below!
By Shawn Greyling
Using proven techniques based on High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Ritual Gym ’s 30-min workout concept was first tested and proven in one of the most densely populated cities in Asia – Singapore. The gym’s overwhelming success in the city, which is home to a population of 5 million with a redominantly white collar working class, proved that it was possible for full, effective workouts to fit into the hectic day of any working professional.
“In today’s busy world, people have less time for themselves. Work and family commitments, as well as finding time for entertainment and other activities means that personal fitness and mobility are becoming less of a priority,” says Brad Robinson, CEO and Co-Founder of Ritual Gym. “We wanted to address this by combining cardio and strength training into a super-efficient 20-minute workout that trains the whole body, allowing our clients to easily tick their daily workout off their to-do list within just half an hour.”
The Ritual Gym model is perfect for anyone looking to squeeze in a workout, as the sessions are focused on the concept of ‘Train. Shower. Refuel. Out.’ Members aren’t even required to wear shoes, as the floors are shock absorbent, and gym kit, state-of-the-art showers, shower accessories and towels are all provided. A smoothie bar is on site to provide quick and nutritious refuels on the way out. With a maximum of ten clients per session, everyone receives plenty of hands-on personal attention from Ritual’s team of world-class coaches. “We’re incredibly excited about the launch of Ritual Gym in South Africa” says Tim Albone, Owner of Ritual Gym in Johannesburg. “Joburgers are especially time-stretched and Ritual Gym offers them the perfect combination of efficiency, personal attention and effective workouts that they need.”
For added convenience, the much-lauded app means that booking sessions, tracking stats and managing memberships can all happen at the touch of a button. Sessions are available every half hour from 5:30am to 8pm and can be booked up to two-minutes before a class begins, meaning that members can fit a workout into their day whenever it suits them.
Ritual Gym is located on the upper level of the Thrupps Illovo Shopping Centre. For more information, click here.
Welcome Summer With Kauai's New Summer Menu
Spring is here, that's for sure. But what SA is known for (and what we enjoy most) are our stunning and sweltering summers! Another thing we love about summer is the fresh goodness of seasonal fruit and veggies. And with healthy eating and good food in mind, these beautiful, bright juicy fruit are the inspiration for the new Kauai summer menu. From smoothie bowls, healthy shakes and deliciously spicy burrito wraps, you can expect a few new (and awesome) healthy additions that you'll surely love.
Sip On Some Health Shakes
Feel like treating yourself to something sweet without ruining your diet? Look no further, Kauai has the answer! Satisfy your sweet tooth the healthier way with their classic Gem, Peanut Butter Bomb and the new Chocolate Bliss smoothies which are all loaded with healthy fats from almonds, nut butter and avocado. They will have you feeling fuller for longer.
Slay Your Day With Dragon Fruit
Not really a fruit that we're accustomed to seeing here in South Africa, Dragon Fruit has made an appearance onto Kauai's new summer menu and we must say we are loving it. Slay your day with a Dragon Punch Smoothie, a Dragon Fire Juice or a Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl. There's nothing more refreshing, tropical and vibrant than a hot-pink Dragon Fruit treat packed with antioxidants and vitamin C. Yum!
In The Mood For Some Hot Stuff?
Looking to grab a delicious yet wholesome bite to eat? Then why not spice up your lunch with their new Spicy Burrito wrap, filled with free-range chicken, salsa, jalapeno and chipotle chilli, cream cheese and rocket. Sounds pretty good, right? We're sure it's going to sell like hotcakes.
Super Bowls You Need To Try
If your usual Kauai smoothie isn't going to do the trick, then why not tuck into a Smoothie Bowl - the healthiest way to turn a smoothie into a good meal! The delicious and moreish Dragon Fruit and Choc Protein Smoothie Bowls are rich in nutrients, fibre and healthy fat, making it the perfect summer dish.
Something Special From Kauai and Virgin Active
And as if the new menu wasn't amazing enough, Kauai and Virgin Active are celebrating 15 years of helping you get summer ready and will be giving gym visitors R15 off* all Kauai's new summer menu items. This promo is only valid to Kauai stores inside Virgin Active clubs.
*Terms and conditions apply.
Click here to suss out the menu of your nearest Kauai to see what other delicious options have been added to their array of healthy yet oh-so-good options.
For More Information
For more information about Kauai, visit www.kauai.co.za.
Whether you’re a competitive fitness professional or a beginner looking to get your hands on stunning gym gear, the #BoostBabe family at Boost Gymwear is the place to go. There's a wide selection of colours to choose from and the best part is that you can customise your gear. If you need specialised alterations (lengthening, shortening, top adjustments), they’ll gladly assist to ensure the perfect fit. Boost Gymwear is popular among well-known athletes and in gyms. Take your pick from their selection of crop tops, racer-back vests, shorts, tights, accessories and even dancewear. You can order online and it’ll be couriered right to your door.
Looking for some of the best in locally-made athleisure wear to add to your fitness wardrobe? Then be sure to take a look at Kheper! Located in Cape Town, this brand offers a wide range of colourful, top-quality fitness wear that's perfect for confident and independent women who dare to be different. Their range includes tights and leggings (squat-proof); workout shorts; seamless athleisure sets; low, medium and high impact sports bras; tshirts; and even slounge wear that are super comfy for those rest/recovery days. They also offer workout equipment! Think yoga mats, socks, blocks and straps; foam rollers; cable skipping ropes; core slider discs; and fitness bands.
Looking for beautiful yoga and gym leggings that'll leave you feeling inspired and motivated to get moving? Hoko Active Wear has just the thing. Their leggings are so stunning, you'll feel spoilt for choice. Click here and take a look at their range that offers a selection of interesting and vibrant patterns while also fitting to all body types, build and sizes. Take your pick from regular fit and high waisted fits to shorts and curvy variants.
Catering to both men and women, Custom Apparel offers a range of exercise apparel that'll have you looking great and feeling confidence as you do your workouts at home or at the gym. Visit their website and scroll through their collection of shorts, vests, compression tights, tshirts and crop tops, sports bras, tights and leggings, and much more. Also, shoppers can enjoy FREE delivery on all orders over R500, in South Africa.
One thing that we need to take into consideration when picking the perfect gym apparel is that it doesn’t compromise on our performance while we work out. With this in mind, Monsta Gymwear creates high-quality gym gear collections that are on-trend, practical and functional, all proudly made in South Africa. They offer fitness and bodybuilding enthusiasts (guys or girls) a wide range of signature T-shirts, vests, caps, hoodies and accessories to choose from. You can either find a stockist in the city (TTT Nutrition stores) or shop online.
Ladies, you have a fitness spirit animal in Spiritgirl. The girls behind this label have a passion for nature, design and an active lifestyle. The brand is particularly yoga-conscious, so if you're looking for the very best in comfortable yoga pants, be sure to check them out. Patterns and designs are reminiscent of nature and when you wear their products, you will be playing a part in conservation. Plastic bottles that are environmentally harmful are recycled and remade into PET, which, in turn, is woven into your pants! We think this is something worth supporting.
A brand that is in pursuit of constant innovation, Under Armour caters for the serious athlete and fitness fanatic. With their devotion to fitness gear, you can be assured of excellent quality, no matter your activity requirements. Under Armour values optimal performance and offers shoes, vests, sports bras, T-shirts, hoodies and much more. They also design shoes and gear for specific needs and activities. Whether hiking, running, volleyball or training, Under Armour has you, well, armed.
We really don't see why you have to limit your boutique shopping to sophisticated occasions. Why not exercise in the very best style? Colourbox has some irresistible international and local brands, including Maaji and Aldo Martins. Colourbox prides themselves on sourcing the most beautiful, unique and vibrant clothing. When you walk into one of their stores, you will leave feeling and looking gorgeous. So, why not feel fabulous while you work out at the gym? There is something in their stores to suit every style and personality. Maaji, the Colombian brand that specialises in exquisite swimwear, also makes magnificent activewear of the highest quality.
MovePretty understands that women want to feel beautiful and confident while living a healthy, fit lifestyle, which is why they have come up with a brand that you’ll absolutely love. Double Olympic South African triathlete, Mari Rabie, and fashion designer, Annelize Kotze, joined forces to bring this unique brand to life, ensuring you have gym gear that offers everything you need to feel comfortable and stylish. They pay close attention to detail, ensuring only the best quality garments that include pocket details, lovely rose-gold foil print, pretty stitching, beautiful packaging and a personalised experience. Our favourite? The Beleave Bomber!
Your Vitality Age is a good indicator of how healthy you are in relation to your actual age. You’ll need to fill in a questionnaire that’ll measure all aspects of your wellness, including exercise, nutrition, and stress. The sections in the questionnaire cover everything — yours and your family’s medical history, your key measurements ( have a measuring tape and scale handy), your smoking status, alcohol intake and eating habits, productivity, stress levels, as well as physical and other activity levels. Be as accurate (and honest) as possible.
Points earned: 2 500 Vitality points.
Tip: You can also activate the HealthyFood Benefit and receive up to 15% back on HealthyFood bought at Pick n Pay or Woolworths when you discover your Vitality Age.
Discovery offers a number of assessments to determine how healthy and fit you are. The more steps you take to understand and improve your health, the more points you earn. Assessments you can do include:
Vitality Health Check
This is made up of five measures – blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, a BMI assessment which includes weight, height, and waist circumference, and signing a non-smokers declaration.
Points earned: Up to 20 000 Vitality points depending on how many results are in range.
Vitality Fitness Assessment
This measures your fitness level and is made up of two parts – your cardiovascular fitness level and your strength and flexibility. After this assessment, a bio-kineticist will inform you what you need to focus on to get stronger and fitter.
Points earned: 2 500 Vitality points and up to an additional 5 000 Vitality points depending on your fitness level.
Vitality High-Performance Fitness Assessment
For athletes among you who take part in sports regularly, this assessment will test your physical fitness and endurance using a maximal test. Before you do this assessment, you may need clearance from your doctor.
Points earned: A bonus of up to 10 000 Vitality points on top of the points earned from the fitness assessment.
Earn more Vitality points by going to your doctor or specialist for in-depth health checks to ensure that you’re fit, healthy, and on top of your game. Health checks that will earn you points include:
There are also additional screenings and vaccinations for Discovery members 60 years and older to earn more points, including vision tests, flu vaccinations, shingles vaccinations and pneumococcal vaccinations.
Along with a healthy lifestyle comes healthy eating. And it doesn’t have to be boring! Do these three things to maintain your diet and earn Vitality points at the same time:
HealthyFood – activate the HealthyFood benefit and get up to 25% cash back on plenty of HealthyFood items at Pick n Pay or Woolworths.
Points earned: 20 Vitality points for every HealthyFood item you buy. Up to a max of 1 000 points a month.
Weight Watchers SA – get 30% off the Weight Watchers SA joining fee through Vitality regardless of your status.
Points earned: Up to 3 000 Vitality points a year
Go to a dietitian – need a little assistance with starting a healthier diet or maintaining it? Go to your nearest dietitian.
Points earned: 1 000 Vitality points
Being active is a great way to earn Vitality Fitness points to help you get to gold Vitality status. You can earn points for tracking between 5 000 and 9 999 steps throughout the day or by doing a 30-minute workout maintaining a 60-69% age-related heart rate. You can also earn more points by taking part in timed or verified race events like parkruns, Run/Walk For Life, playing a round of golf, or taking part in a cycle race. The possibilities are endless!
Points earned: Between 50 – 3 000 Vitality points depending on the activity or event.
To keep track of your level of activity throughout the day, you can link the following fitness devices and apps to your Vitality membership:
Newtown Junction Mall is a huge shopping complex that offers a wide range of stores, from Foschini, Identity, Mr Price and Bogart to American Swiss, Edgars, Sportscene and more.
After a spot of retail therapy, you can head to their Ster-Kinekor cinema to catch a film, grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurant options, or work out at the Planet Fitness gym on-site.
Not forgetting the food court that offers you a wide range of franchise restaurants.
Have you been here? Rate and review your experience below!
Don’t be one of those people who sweats all over the show and doesn’t wipe the equipment down after use – it’s just plain gross! So, be considerate and always remember to pack your sweat towel. It might be a good idea to keep two in your bag at all times, just in case this gym essential slips your mind one day. Think of the face you pull when you see sweaty skid marks on the bench press. Create good gym karma and don't let the person after you pull that face too, mkay?
A rumbling stomach can put anyone off their workout plans, not so? Instead of calling it quits when you get a bit hungry (read: hangry), be prepared and keep snacks in your gym bag! A great pre- and post-workout snack is a banana but this could very easily be forgotten in the bottom of said bag and we don't want that to happen, do we? Sis. If you don't trust yourself to remember to eat/remove said banana (it will be your squishy), pack a no-nonsense bar like these Nakd Bars, available at Dis-Chem, or a packet of raw nuts for that protein kick. Oh yeah. Your health halo is sparkling.
Nothing makes you lose motivation faster than a lack of tunes at the gym (or worse, hearing the weird girl belt out off-key snippets of whatever she's listening to. Like sure, she's living her best life but you're trying to create a jogging rhythm and it's killing the vibe). Sure, most gyms have some sort of music coming out of their speakers but it’s not always the kind you need to get you in the right frame of mind for a good old sweat session. There are only so many times you can hear Shape of You without wanting to intentionally slip on the treadmill. (Kidding, I still love you, Ed.)
A Portable Charger
It's no good having a pair of headphones handy, only to realise that your phone/iPod has gone and died on you –talk about ways to ruin a workout! That's why it's so helpful to carry a portable charger around with you, to ensure you're always pumped and ready to sweat! Those snazzy bluetooth headphones run out of charge just as easily, so get with the times and plan ahead.
These nifty things are great for relieving muscle tension and come in sizes small enough to pop into your gym bag. If you're scratching your head at the very mention of the word 'foam roller', here's a bit of a breakdown. The idea behind these gadgets is to roll over them in order to give your muscles a massage, which is known as self-myofascial release. Just a warning: it can be quite painful, especially if you're very stiff. Watch this video series to make sure you're foam-rolling correctly. A lot of gyms have a couple lying around, so you could just use theirs. Just try find a secluded spot so you don't make a whale mating call while doing your quad rolls. Ooh baby, make it hurt so good.
Dry shampoo can be a lifesaver when you’re squeezing a quick session in on a busy day (or in your lunch break – go you, you health goddess, you!). This stuff will let you skip a hair wash and will save lots of time – especially if you’ve got long hair that takes forever to dry and style (story of our life!). You get dry shampoo in both powder and spray forms. Do some research online to find one you want to try out and test-drive it at home before relying on it when you have a big meeting in an hour.
Extra Hair Ties
Ladies, how often do those pesky hair ties break at just the wrong moment? Or, they just straight up disappear? (Somewhere out there is a mystical land of missing socks, hair pins and hair ties. I hope they're happy together, wherever they are.) That's why it's a great idea to keep a bunch of spare hair elastics in your gym bag – if your hair tie breaks mid-workout and you land up having to brush strands out of your face every five seconds, chances are you'll abandon ship before you were supposed to!
A good quality glass or BPA-free water bottle is another workout essential. Think about how much you sweat out during a gym session – you’ve got to replace it with something (which should be water...even though the blue Energade tastes like happiness). While it’s all too easy to grab a sugary energy drink to quench your thirst, having a water bottle on hand will gently remind you that good old H20 is best. Glug, glug.
If you get ready for school/varsity/work at the gym, you’re going to need a whole host of items that are oh-so-easy to leave behind – and doing so can really ruin your day. Trust us, forgetting a clean shirt at home is not fun – no one wants to put their sweaty workout top back on after a nice hot shower… ew! So, here is your checklist (guys and gals together – just ignore the make-up bag if you must):
By Nikki Samakosky
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