Strength training to help improve your speed and prevent injuries. With the 94.7 cycling race just around the corner, we thought we would focus this month’s article on giving some advice on strength exercises to improve your cycling performance. Ideally, one should have been including strength training for at least the last 6 weeks. However, […]
Understanding Shin Splints, prevention and treatments We have all heard of the term shin splints, and may have personally experienced it at some point. This could occur when either starting a new exercise program, or when increasing your exercise load significantly over a short period. An event leaving many people despondent and frustrated during this […]
Most of us are aware of the benefits of aquatic therapy as a rehabilitation mode due to the weightlessness and reduced impact on the joints. However, not many people know that including aquatic training for runners as a supplement to your schedule may allow you to train harder, as well as train at a higher […]
Coronary artery disease Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) continues to be the leading cause of death and a major cause of morbidity and loss of quality of life. It is evident that the growing cause of death and disability in South Africa is CAD – accounting for 10% of total deaths.
What is a Stroke? A stroke is often called a brain attack and should be treated as seriously as a heart attack. A stroke occurs when blood flow to a region of brain is obstructed, resulting in a rapid loss of brain function. Majority of strokes are ischemic, resulting from a thrombosis or embolism. Some […]
Diabetes Management and Medication Insulin is the main tool for managing Diabetes. Diabetes management depends on: type of Diabetes, presence and severity of complications, and blood glucose goals (aim to normalise blood glucose). Most diabetics die from cardiovascular diseases, thus it is important to manage this condition properly. Insulin can cause hypoglycaemia during and after […]
An overview of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Blood sugar, or glucose, is the main sugar found in your blood. It comes from the food you eat, and is your body’s main source of energy. Your blood carries glucose to all of your body’s cells to use for energy. High blood sugar is abnormally […]
Cholesterol and why you should know your levels. Cholesterol is essential for the formation of bile acid, which assists in the digestion of fat. Everybody needs to have some cholesterol to be healthy, however it is when you have too much cholesterol that problems start to occur. This is often termed as hypercholesterolemia. High blood […]
Life Changes You Can Make to Improve Your High Blood Pressure Risk factors for high blood pressure (BP) can be broken down into 2 categories: modifiable and non-modifiable. Your non-modifiable risk factors (risk factors that you cannot change) include your gender, age, family history and race. Your modifiable risk factors include your weight, diet, physical […]
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a symptomless condition which often results in cerebrovascular accidents, heart disease, and renal failure. Hypertension among adults is defined as a blood pressure greater or equal to 140 over 90 mmHg. 1 in 8 people in South Africa have hypertension.