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ne look at Biogen ambassador Hlubi Mboya’s Instagram feed tells you that she is an avid adventurer and a fitness inspiration – but she’s not about promoting unrealistic #bodygoals. She says that looking after and challenging your body is all about creating balance between your mental, spiritual and physical being.

You are arguably one of South Africa’s fittest women,
what motivates you to stay in shape?

I’ve always been athletic and loved team sport, which is what spurred me to climb Kilimanjaro and take part in the Absa Cape Epic (the world’s toughest mountain bike stage race). It isn’t an accident that many global leaders challenged themselves physically through sports or exercise.
Working with a team towards a common goal and overcoming obstacles together teaches you discipline, resilience and mindfulness and I can’t imagine my life without exercise.

What does your fitness routine entail?

I am always on the move, but not necessarily in the gym. I love to try out new sports, spend time outdoors and take on new challenges so my routine is always changing and it’s a very mixed bowl.
At the moment I’m spending a lot of my time taking CrossFit classes, as I believe it provides a great fitness foundation. I also lift weights and run regularly.

“Whether She’s Climbing Kilimanjaro, Hitting A Crossfit Class or Trail Running, Actress Hlubi Is All About Combining Fitness With Fun. ”

What are your future plans?

When it comes to my career, I will always be creating, growing and learning – and my physical wellbeing will always be a part of it. I live by the mantra of #BloodSweatHeart and I will keep pushing myself to new levels.

What is your approach to food?

If I have a movie or an important photo shoot coming up then I follow a healthy eating plan and focus on fuelling my body and getting into shape. Don’t be fooled by the fitness pictures, though, I love to eat!
And I love all the bad stuff but I’m a human being. And it’s important to enjoy your life.

What advice do you have for South Africans who are looking to get in shape?

Don’t compare your fitness journey to anyone else’s. Your body changes with time and so do your goals so take it step by step.
Also be honest about your metabolic rate. My body doesn’t recover and I don’t see results as quickly as I did in my 20s and that’s okay. I’m happy right now, right here.

What are your current fitness goals?

As an actress, my body serves as a tool for my craft so it’s important to remain consistent.
I’m in my 40s now and my focus is currently on starting a family so my priority isn’t to have a six-pack but to be focused on my wellbeing and prepare my body for this lifestyle change.

what are your preferred Vitamin Supplements?

I’m always on the go, so it’s key that I’m always energised, especially being at a more mature phase of my life. These include:
• Calcium
• Omega 3
• Magnesium
• Potassium
• Vitamin C
• Folic acid

I live by the mantra #BloodSweatHeart and
I will keep pushing myself to new levels.

Hlubi Mboya-Arnold

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here is a common misconception that in order to lose weight you need to do excessive cardio and cut out carbohydrates, while people who are looking to bulk up tend to spend hours in the weight room and up their protein intake. But are these effective ways to reach your goals?
Lerato Radebe, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, says you cannot rely on exercise alone.
“Striking a balance between exercise, sleep and the right food is of vital importance to feel and see the change you’re after. Making the right tweaks to your lifestyle can help you achieve the results you crave.”

 

Fuel your body

Despite the proliferation of fad diets and quick-fix eating plans out there, the most healthiest and most effective method is to have an eating plan that you can sustain throughout your life. You shouldn’t just do a few weeks of strict, torturous, restrictive eating but rather adopt healthy habits into your life permanently.

Reaching your body goals is equilibrium between your diet and exercise, says Radebe. “If you have a two-hour gym session, followed by a casual visit to the pub, you are unlikely to see results and all your hard work will be in vain.

“It’s impossible to exercise a bad diet away,” she says. “To build muscle and lose weight you need a careful balance of both complex carbohydrates and proteins.”

She suggests always following this rule of thumb:

  • ½ of your plate should be vegetables, try
    to include a variety of different colours.
  • ¼ of your plate should be good-quality
    carbohydrates – such as sweet potato,
    wholegrain pasta, brown rice, couscous,
    or quinoa.
  • ¼ of your plate should be lean protein,
    like poultry, eggs, fish or legumes.

Supplements can be a useful and tasty way of getting in meals on the go, or when you don’t have the time to prepare.

 

PrE-and post-workout

For exercise to be successful, eating too little can be dangerous so it’s advisable to eat a pre-workout snack. The best fuel for your workout depends on your end goal and the type of training you’re doing.

Eating carbs before an endurance workout may benefit your performance, while protein helps keep your muscles from breaking down so it’s important to get the balance right. Also make sure to stay hydrated. If you are working out for 45 minutes or more, make sure to stop and replenish the fluid you’ve lost through sweat.

After a workout you should have something that is protein-rich to help replenish your body and provide the energy it needs to repair muscles. Try to eat a full meal consisting of protein, carbs and vegetables within 60 to 90 minutes of your workout.

“Strike a balance between exercise, sleep and the right food. ”

 

Watch your portions

Another factor to consider is your portion sizes because it’s not only about what you eat but also how much you eat. Radebe suggests dishing your meals on smaller plates, as you are likely to dish less. The following guidelines help put portion sizes into perspective.

  • Protein: One portion of meat, chicken or fish should be the size of the palm of your hand.
  • Vegetables: Use your first to determine
    your portion of vegetables. Men should
    aim to eat two fist-sized portions and
    women should eat one with each meal.
  • Carbohydrates: For foods like grains,
    pasta or fruit, use a cupped-hand to
    determine your serving size. For men, we
    recommend two cupped-hand sized
    portions of carbohydrates with most meals, and one portion for women.
  • Packaged foods: Always check the labels
    for the recommended serving size.

If you are eating out, bear in mind that at many restaurants, one serving is enough for two or three. Consider ordering a half portion or ordering a full-size portion and splitting it between two people. You could also order off the kid’s menu or stick to a salad or soup instead of an entrée.

 

Ditch the bad habits

The lifestyle choices you make can have a huge impact not only on how well you fair in the gym but in your overall results. Smoking will severely hamper your ability to exercise effectively and a lack of sleep can actually cause weight gain. Also give your body time to recover, one or two rest days a week is most effective.

 

Janez on diet tips

  • Biogen ambassador Janez Janez Vermeiren says diet plays a big role in this, and what works for one may not work for another. It all works with trial and error.
  • Keep healthy snacks such as nuts and dried food so you don’t binge and overeat when you
    get hungry. You’ll need to constantly fuel your body.
  • Try some high intensity training where you work out for 20 seconds and relax for 40 – this
    really works for me!
  • It’s all in your mindset – change your mind and get into a routine. Try to work out in the
    mornings!
  • Make sure to do some form of exercise every day!

 

We’ve rounded up the best in health news and reviews.

 

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rom new super-foods to healthy food delivery services, here are the wellness and health trends you need to know about.

 

Door-to-door delivery

Would you like to eat healthier but don’t have the time or know-how to prepare nutritious meals? Food delivery company FitChef has a solution! It offers a range of meals, smoothies, juices, shooters and snacks that are available for collection or delivery. The company’s eat clean ethos means all its products have no preservatives, added sugar or highly refined ingredients. Some of the delicious options include grilled chicken napolitana, flavourful wraps and a frittata meal.

For more information, visit www.fitchef.co.za

Also available at selected Dis-Chem stores

 

Natural glow

Not only are people becoming more concerned about what they’re putting in their body, but also on their bodies. Organic skincare is all about supporting products that are completely natural and have clean labels and easy-to-understand organic ingredients. Ingestible supplements, minimally invasive cosmetic procedures and at-home skincare electronic devices are also becoming more popular.

 

The magic of Moringa

The Moringa tree, also refered to as the horseradish tree, is the most nutrient rich plant known to science. It contains over 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants and 18 amino acids and offers a host of health benefits. It has become popular as a natural leaf powder supplement and is used to assist in a variety of health conditions.

 

Plant power

The Moringa tree, also refered to as the horseradish tree, is the most nutrient rich plant known to science. It contains over 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants and 18 amino acids and offers a host of health benefits. It has become popular as a natural leaf powder supplement and is used to assist in a variety of health conditions.

 

Have a snooze fest

In workplaces across Japan, employees can be seen taking naps of between 20-30 minutes, which is said to improve mood, alertness and performance. This is referred to as “inemuri”, which translates to “sleeping while present”; and it is a growing trend with employers across the globe, who are installing sleep pods in their offices.

 

For Youth Sign up

Go to Dis-Chem’s Youth Benefits Programme (18-25-year olds) and get value for money with great discounts and savings. Fill out an application in store, online or on the app.

www.dischem.co.za/for-youth-benefits-programme

The Dis-Chem Youth Benefits Programme gives you access to great discounts, prizes and quality for value.
If you are already a Dis-Chem Loyalty card member you will automatically be switched over to a youth card.

Collect your YOUTH card at any Dis-Chem store.

 

It can be challenging to get all the nutrients you need each day from food alone. Find out how to spot and fight nutrient deficiencies.

 

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ith today’s fast-paced environment, it’s easy to opt for convenience meals or fast food as a quick dietary fix, but this can have a detrimental effect, not only on your weight but on your body’s overall function as these foods are often low in nutritional value.
Many people turn to multivitamins to help with their nutritional shortfall, but it’s important to remember that not all multivitamins are created equal. You need to choose one that is suitable for your age, gender and one that satisfies your nutritional gaps.

 

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR MULTIVITAMIN

  • Lila Bruk, spokesperson for the Association for Dietetics South Africa, suggests getting as much nutrients & vitamins as possible from your diet by including a variety of fruits and vegetables, wholegrain starches, lean protein, healthy fats and dairy.
  • “Ideally half your plate should be made up of vegetables, a quarter starch and a quarter protein,” she adds. “If this is not always possible or if you have a specific diet that excludes certain food groups because of beliefs or due to health reasons then multivitamins are an option.
  • Nutrient requirements vary for children, adults and elderly adults.
    Children and adults need vitamin B, iron, calcium and zinc. For children, take heed as most modern diets do not provide enough iron and vitamin A for children, which they need for growth and development.
  • Bruk advises choosing a multivitamin from a reputable company and ensuring that the doses of each nutrient are as close as possible to the recommended NRV’s (Nutrient reference values), your guide to average daily levels of vitamins and minerals needed by a healthy person to prevent deficiency.
  • Adults generally need more vitamin C for the growth and repair of tissues in the body and many women don’t get enough calcium, which can negatively affect bone health. These general nutrient deficiencies are a good starting point when considering what nutrients your multivitamin should include.

 

Dis-Chem Pharmacies have a variety of multivitamins available to cater to your specific needs. Are you a regular Dis-Chem shopper between 18 and 25 years old or over 60? Then we have a Loyalty Programme especially for you. Sign up in-store or online to join.

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  • Get weekly discounts and specials.
  • Access to prizes and rewards like cars, petrol vouchers, purchase back points and
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  • Earn double points on purchases every alternate Wednesday of the month.
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Meat-Free Mondays is a popular global movement that offers a host of health and environmental benefits.

 

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or many South Africans, meat is the centre of any meal but a growing number of meat-eaters are becoming more aware of the environmental and health impact of meat-rich diets and are incorporating vegetarian alternatives into their eating plans.
First popularised by former Beatle Paul McCartney and his late wife Stella, Meat-Free Monday advocates ditch all forms of meat every Monday in favour of vegetarian alternatives.

Maryke Bronkhurst, a spokesperson for the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, says this trend has gained traction in South Africa as more people choose to become vegetarian or vegan, or adopt elements of a vegetarian eating style into their eating plans because of environmental issues and health benefits.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the livestock sector is one of the most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, including global greenhouse gas emissions, carbon footprint and it contributes to loss of species and biodiversity.
Questionable slaughtering methods are another reasons why people are re-thinking their meat consumption.

Eating less meat

While meat is high in protein and it contains nutrients that are good for you, eating too much of it can have negative impacts on your health.
“Research shows eating too much red meat is linked to health issues such as heart disease, elevated cholesterol, digestive issues, and increased cancer risk, especially for colorectal cancers,” says Bronkhurst.

“It can also increase your risk of getting type-2 diabetes and shave off up to two years from your life.”
She adds that plant foods are low in saturated fat and high in phytonutrients, minerals and fibre, which can be good for overall health, even if it’s consumed just once a week.
Foods such as soya, tofu, legumes, nuts, fortified soya milk and fortified, unsweetened almond milk are good substitutes for meat and dairy on meat-free days.

 

CUTTING DOWN ON MEAT

Bronkhurst suggests the following tips for reducing your meat intake:

  • Plan ahead by stocking up on meat-free alternatives. There is a plethora of information and recipes online so choose dishes that look good to you and get cooking!
  • Build meals around vegetables and add a little meat, rather than the other way around. For example, reduce the amount of meat in stews and curries and bulk up with extra vegetables, pulses and grains.
  • Eat vegetables with a ‘meaty’ quality, such as mushrooms and aubergines.
  • Buy meat less frequently and always choose the best quality meat you can afford.
  • Get creative! Meat-free meals don’t have to be boring. Incorporate more beans, lentils and chickpeas into your diet and experiment with herbs and spices.
  • Visit your local farmers market. Seeing all the fresh produce is bound to inspire you.
  • Try your local vegetarian restaurant.
  • There are lots of dining options for meat-free meals. Do an online search to find the best restaurants in your area.

 

GO NUTS

Nuts are packed with vitamins and minerals so it’s a good idea to make them a regular staple in your diet. Different nuts have different benefits. For example, almonds are rich in calcium and cashews are high in protein.

Bronkhurst suggests eating a golf-ball sized portion of unsalted nuts each day. Try adding nuts to salads and stir-fries or in smoothies to take advantage of their health-giving properties.

Dis-Chem Pharmacies stock a variety of nuts and meat-free products and alternatives to help you
get started on your Meat-Free Monday journey!

 

Healthy vegetarian recipe

Stuck for ideas on what to cook?

Try this recipe, courtesy of Nutrition Confidence:

 

Veggie burgers (makes 6)

Ingredients

  • 350g butternut cubes
  • 350g sweet potato cubes
  • 150g lentils, cooked
  • 2ml ground cinnamon
  • 2ml ground nutmeg
  • 30ml extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1 whole iceberg lettuce

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Add butternut, sweet potato and oil in a roasting tray.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  • Roast in the oven for 30min, until soft.
  • Leave butternut and sweet potato to cool.
  • Mix lentils, veg and half the almonds in a bowl.
  • Mash the mixture together until even.
  • Split the mixture into six evenly sized balls.
  • Shape into burger patties and coat in the remaining
    almonds.
  • Drizzle oil into a non-stick frying pan on medium heat.
  • Fry the patties for 1min on each side until golden brown.
  • Put your burger patty on the middle of a whole
    iceberg leaf. Wrap and serve.

 

“This trend has gained traction in south africa as more people choose to become vegetarian or vegan”

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ven small lifestyle changes can make a signficiant difference when it comes to
lowering your risk of heart disease and strokes. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa (HSFSA), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and disability in South Africa, after HIV and Aids.
It is responsible for almost one in six deaths, claiming more lives than of all cancers combined. But the good news is that by adopting healthy lifestyle habits, you can significantly reduce your risk.

Food for thought

A healthy diet is one of the key weapons you have in the fight against heart disease. Eat more healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables, lean proteins and low fat or fat-free dairy foods. Also eat foods that are high in Omega 3 fats such as sardines, mackerel and salmon.

And don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Avoid foods that are high in saturated and trans-fats found in foods such as fatty and processed meats, butter, cream, hard cheeses, baked goods and fast and deep-fried foods. Also limit your sugar and salt intake.

 

Get active

Strive to make regular exercise a part of your life. Any activity that gets your heart pumping faster helps to keep your heart healthy. If you don’t enjoy working out try brisk walking, sports, dancing, gardening or playing an active game outdoors.

 

quit smoking

Smoking is the second leading cause of cardiovascular disease, after high blood pressure, so it is vital to quit smoking and stay away from second-hand smoke.

 

Limit booze

Too much alcohol increases health risks such as high blood pressure, heart failure and some cancers. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of SA recommends no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women.

 

Manage stress

Stress alone seldom causes heart disease, but it is a well-known risk factor that contributes to the development of disease. It becomes dangerous when stress is excessive, chronic and poorly managed.

 

Monitor BP

Often referred to as the silent killer, high blood pressure is dangerous because there are rarely any signs or symptoms. It is one of the most serious risks factors for death from heart diseases and strokes.

In South Africa, about one in three adults live with high blood pressure and it is responsible for one in every two strokes and two in every five heart attacks. It’s critical to get tested at least once a year.

 

Knowing your risk factors allow you to make informed decisions about your health. Visit Dis-Chem Stay Well Clinics in stores to test your blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol.
Whether you’re concerned about the effects of ongoing stress or simply doing a routine check-up for medical aid purposes, our team of trained nursing professionals are on standby in every Dis-Chem store.
For screenings, adult vaccinations and advice, come in-store at your convenience or book an appointment for a consultation.

To book, call 0861 117 427.

For more information on cardiovascular diseases, visit www.heartfoundation.co.za

Bones

 

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ou only have one body so it’s important to maintain it as best you can. As you age, your bones tend to weaken and become more brittle.
Your body builds bone mass up until the age of 30 and production generally starts slowing down thereafter.

 

Tips to strengthen bones:

Back it up

Years of sitting behind a desk, slouching on the couch or driving can result is some form of bad posture, impacting on bones. Incorporating exercises that strengthen back and core muscles can help improve this.

 

Do it with your diet

One of the key minerals for good, strong bones is calcium. Improving calcium intake can be achieved by eating dairy products like milk, cheese or yoghurt. If you prefer a dairy-free diet then kale and other dark leafy greens, almonds, sardines, and salmon are also great calcium sources.

 

Lifestyle

Smoking and alcohol can have a negative effect on calcium absorption so limit or try to avoid these where possible.

 

RDA of Calcium

How much calcium should you consume?

The National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa recommends the following:

AGE GROUP CALCIUM PER DAY (mg)
Infants 1 000
Children and adolescents 1 500
Young adults 1 000
Pregnant and lactating females
Post-menopausal women
1 500
• on hormone replacement 1 500
• on hormone replacement 1 000

 

Joints

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s you become older you also become more susceptible to joint related problems and osteoporosis, which is a condition of fragile bones with a higher risk of fracture when you fall or injure yourself. Joints may become “tighter” and less supple as one ages.

 

Tips to strengthen joints:

Lifestyle

Health professionals recommend making weight bearing exercise part of your daily routine to strengthen joints and muscles. This can include a variety of exercises such as running, aerobics, yoga, cycling and pilates.

Exercising regularly not only helps strengthen bones and joints but can also contribute to helping to preserve balance and coordination, which are both important factors to avoid bone-related injuries later on in life caused by unnecessary falls.

If you are overweight try to slim down because carrying more weight puts extra strain on your joints, especially your knees and hips.

 

Do it with your diet

Eating the right nutrients, vitamins and minerals will give your joints the raw materials they need to keep them functioning optimally.

 

Janez’s bone and joint tips

Keep moving:

  • Choose workouts suitable to your age so you can protect your bones and joints
  • Go for High Intensity Interval Training focusing on intense workouts for a shorter time with lower impact
  • Focus on technique! This is very important to ensure low impact on your joints
    with maximum results
  • Perfect sprints and squats to avoid injuring yourself
  • Focus on controlled movements

Post workout tips for joints and bones:

  • Try an ice bath after really intense workouts
  • A cold shower followed by a sauna also helps
  • Take a post-workout shake such as a Biogen
    recovery shake
  • A Creatine supplement really helps!

Dis-Chem pharmacies have a range of supplements that are designed for your bone and joint health.
For more information, visit www.dis-chem.co.za or ask one of our trained consultants in-store.

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ports supplements are designed to boost your performance in a number of different ways. The performance-enhancing benefits range from better energy production and utilisation from stored and ingested energy sources, improved mental focus, fatigue resistance, and optimised recovery capabilities.

 

How do they work?

Sports supplements generally contain ingredients known as nutraceuticals, and/or a combination of macro nutrients, e.g. protein, carbs. These are general substances and are commonly found in the foods we eat on a daily basis. These substances have been isolated or synthesised to deliver a more concentrated form of the compound, making it easier to digest and absorb.

Nutraceutical-based sport supplements aim to enhance performance by offering additional nutritional support to the body, over and above what is provided by a nutritious and balanced diet. By offering a more digestible form of “food”, well-formulated sport supplements also ensure that athletes are able to ingest some form of energy, without experiencing the discomfort and digestive distress that a whole-food meal would cause during a race or sporting event.

 

What are the most common sports supplements?

  • Energy drinks, bars or gels are often used by endurance athletes during events to provide their bodies with an easily digestible source of energy.
    These products generally contain high- or low-GI carbohydrates and sugars, offering an immediate or a more sustained release of energy.
  • Endurance products sometimes combine high- and low-GI carbohydrates and sugars to deliver a sustained release of energy and maintain blood sugar levels.
  • Caffeine is sometimes used in endurance products because it helps to improve mental focus and reduce the perception of effort. Some evidence suggests caffeine can also enhance energy production.
  • Creatine is generally preferred by athletes who compete in power-based sports such as CrossFit, rugby, soccer or sprinting.
    This kind of product helps to generate more powerful muscle contractions.
  • Protein recovery drinks in the form of whey, or a blended product that contains whey, casein and some form of plant protein are popular as they provide protein that is easily digested to help athletes recover faster and respond to the training more effectively.
  • Carb-protein supplements can be taken after events or training as these also help to replenish energy stores more efficiently, which improves performance at subsequent training sessions or races.

 

How to choose the right supplement for your needs

Researching the best products to meet your specific requirements is essential. This can be done by reading trusted online resources that cover a specific sporting code, be it CrossFit, running, cycling or triathlon, or buying relevant and related magazines or books.

Asking for advice from qualified professionals, such as a sports coach, a personal trainer, or one of the
friendly and knowledgeable supplement consultants in your local Dis-Chem store will ensure you select the most appropriate products for your needs.

 

Janez supplement tips

How to choose supplements:
  • Don’t feel overwhelmed when choosing supplements.
  • Listen to your body and change your supplements depending on your age and your body.
  • Choose supplements based on what might be lacking in your diet, for example, don’t focus on proteins if you already have a lot of protein in your diet.
  • Start with a good quality multivitamin.
Janez’s selection:
  • I use a standard good protein supplement such as Biogen Whey Protein for an in between
    snack.
  • I also use calcium and magnesium to strengthen my bones such as Biogen Omega 3, and vitamin K .
Janez’s top supplement choices with Biogen being his brand of choice:
  • Multivitamin
  • Omega 3
  • Calmag
  • Vitamin K2
  • Whey protein
  • Recovergen
  • Creatine

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ith a wide range of cardio, strength and smart gadgets, at-home fitness devices are making it easier to reach and maintain your fitness goals. We put together a list of the top five fitness essentials.

 

Fitness trackers

One of the best ways to ensure that your exercise routine is effective is to monitor and record your results with a fitness tracker. Fitbit and Garmin have an extensive range of the trackers that can help you record calories, measure your heart rate, track your progress and manage your time.

 

Skipping ropes

Nothing torches calories better than a good cardio routine and one of the most effective exercises is skipping. According to a Harvard study, skipping for 10 minutes daily has the same effect as jogging for 30 minutes over a six-month period. Smart skipping ropes allow you to automatically track the duration, calories burned and number of skips in each session.

 

Smart scales

For a better overall view of your health, a smart scale tells you so much more than just your weight. It also measures your boday mass index and lean mass, which offers a more comprehensive look at your performance – and you can easily sync the data to your fitness devices and apps.

 

Foam rollers

Tired and sore muscles can easily throw you off your fitness routine. Instead of spending money on massages why not get relief at home? Many athletes and fitness experts use foam rollers as a way to aid recovery, improve movement, increase blood flow and lower injury risk.

 

Resistance bands

If you want to do strength training, it isn’t necessary to purchase expensive weights. Resistance bands have become a popular option for muscle building because of their portability and ease of storage. With different resistance strengths you can choose a band that caters to your workout needs.

 

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he Dis-Chem Loyalty Benefit Programme rewards you with points on all purchases that you make in a Dis-Chem store, online or via the app.
Every time you shop you earn 1.5% of your purchase back in points on your card. It can be used against future purchases made.

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Easy steps on how to join

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Simply swipe your Benefit card when purchasing any 10 packs of nappies and qualify to receive a voucher for your Pampers premium 11th pack FREE, which is redeemable at your next purchase.

 

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Editor: Farrah Francis Writer: Nazley Omar Photographer: Zac Slabbert Other photograhs: iStock Photography