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Data shows health clubs are not COVID-19 hotspots
There is an assumption that health and fitness clubs may be a high-risk environment for COVID-19 infections. While no-one can completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19 in fitness centres – or anywhere in society – new evidence suggests that health clubs are not primary drivers of transmission and that... Read more
2021 Two Oceans Marathon cancelled
The coronavirus pandemic continues to decimate the local and international running race calendars. Runners hoping to transverse the picturesque Cape Peninsula in April during the iconic Two Oceans Marathon in 2021 will need to wait another year after event organisers cancelled the race. Health and safety concerns “As the... Read more
UP’s SEMLI launches research study on returning to sport after COVID-19
The Sport, Exercise Medicine and Lifestyle Institute (SEMLI) at the University of Pretoria (UP) in association with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Research Centre of South Africa have launched a study on the effects of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections on athletes returning to training and competition. The Athletes... Read more
2020 Fedhealth MTB Challenge cancelled
The organisers of the Fedhealth MTB Challenge have announced that the event, scheduled to take place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September 2020, has been cancelled. According to event organisers, “given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa, a decision has been made to cancel... Read more
Vitamin D deficiency linked to Covid-19 complications – study
Researchers have discovered a strong link between severe vitamin D deficiency and mortality rates among Covid-19 patients, according to a new study. The US study found that Covid-19 patients with severe deficiency are twice as likely to experience major complications, including death. Researchers analysed data from patients with Covid-19... Read more
Caution required when fasting during Covid-19
Experts warn that while fasting has great health benefits, those pursuing fasting for health or religious reasons should take additional precautions to boost their immunity during Covid-19. Although there is no evidence to suggest it is unsafe to fast during Covid-19, experts warn that high-risk individuals or those who... Read more
Fitbit adds features to help you navigate the COVID-19 outbreak
Fitbit is introducing a designated COVID-19 tab in its app to make it easy for South African users to access information, support and resources in one place. This new tab, which requires a Fitbit app (available on Google Play and the App Store) and account, allows users to: Access... Read more
Eat healthily to boost immunity and bolster COVID-19 defences
As South Africans stay at home during the national lockdown to help reduce infections and flatten the curve, they’re faced with high levels of stress, uncertainty and pressure to stay healthy. SA health expert, Vanessa Ascencao says research shows that diet, nutrition, exercise and mental strength are vital for... Read more
Survive the lockdown with these health & fitness apps
With gyms shut for the foreseeable future and a two-week extension to the nationwide lockdown announced, many fitness fanatics and health-conscious individuals are at a loss about how to stay active and healthy at home. If you’re looking for some guidance, a bit of extra motivation, or simply want... Read more
Comrades champ Gerda Steyn shares her lockdown training tips
Strava is currently littered with runs around gardens and on balconies, as serious and recreational runners attempt to maintain their fitness (and their sanity) during the 21-day lockdown. But there are only so many 100-metre laps a person can tolerate, no matter how committed they are, while many others... Read more