Exercise

Find all the fitness and sport information you need right here! Whether you’re a part-time fitness enthusiast, training for marathon or someone starting a fitness routine, we’ve got the info you need to get you fit.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Beach, berg or bundus - workouts to keep you active anywhere these holidays

It's December and for many of us that means a welcome break from routine. Here are ways to ensure exercise doesn't fall through the cracks.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Entries now open for 2018 Discovery Get Active Weekend in Cape Town

Continuing its support of events that encourage healthy behaviour, Discovery will once more host a weekend of multisport to encourage Capetonians to get and stay active with the Discovery Get Active Weekend in February 2018.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Diabetes and exercise: how, what, when and why

If you're diabetic (or nearing it), you've no doubt heard that regular exercise can reduce your risk. If you're not sure what it entails, here are answers for all your FAQS about exercise!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Swim your way to good shape like Chad!

Discovery Vitality Ambassador Chad le Clos has been hitting his personal fitness goals throughout the season, and is now on the cusp of winning an unprecedented fourth FINA Swimming World Cup series title. Find some inspiration from him to hit the pool this summer!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Over 40? Here's why cycling may be perfect for you

Simple enough for a child to master, but challenging enough to keep Chris Froome's heart racing - cycling is a sport that can be enjoyed at almost any age. However, middle age may just be the perfect time to start. Find out why and learn even more with seven key tips for cyclists over 40!

 
 
 
 
 
 

How much is too much? Exercising with hypertension

If you have high blood pressure (or want to try manage the risk of it), it's important to plan an exercise programme properly so that you can maximise the benefits for your blood pressure, without adding extra stress on your heart. Here are some tips and safety guidelines.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Walk your way to a healthy heart

Think you're too unwell or unfit to exercise? Then simply start small this spring. Read here how walking can open the door to better heart health.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Ons gaan NOU braai (get the kids active while you wait)

"Nou" they promise, but you know that means "nou nou," which really means not anytime soon! Here are some ideas help the kids (and yourselves) stay active while you pass the time.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Can you keep up with Wayde and Chad?

Recent championships have tested the mettle of Vitality Ambassadors Chad le Clos and Wayde van Niekerk - and not found them wanting! Their impressive list of new records and humble approach to excellence will inspire you to be your best every day.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Get ready to run - a beginner's guide

Busy? We understand. Haven't exercised in a while? Don't worry – starting running (and sticking with it) is easier than you think. But first things first: you need to get your body and your mind prepared for running.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Why you should get a fitness device

It's about far more than just keeping the time: get a fitness device and you're on your way to a healthier, more active lifestyle.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Catching up with Wayde and Chad: how they reach their goals, and how you can too

We chatted to Discovery Vitality Ambassadors Wayde van Niekerk and Chad le Clos on their recent sporting victories and gleaned pointers on how to 'get to gold' in our own health and wellness journeys.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Pushing limits and shedding pounds: How Dumi found a sport she loves

Spring brings a scurry of activity as the earth bursts into life. Use this season to fall in love with a fitness activity that keeps you coming back for more. Dumisile Mthalane did just that. By finding a sport where she can soak up the sunshine, she's transformed the way she looks, thinks and feels.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Discovery Vitality's top 10 tips to stay active this winter

Humans are made to move. In fact, our bodies are hard-wired to be active and fluid. This explains why we feel so triumphant after a 5am morning run, even if we were tempted to rather stay in. We have more energy, we may lose some unwanted weight and even our mood improves.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Le Clos - the Comeback King

Discovery Vitality ambassador, Chad le Clos was hailed as the comeback king after reclaiming his 200m butterfly title at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on 27 July 2017.

 
 
 
 
 
 

parkrun SA's sisters are doing it for themselves

If you're one of the 17 000 SA women who wake up every Saturday morning to run (or volunteer) at one of many glorious parkrun events, Vitality salutes you. And, what better time than August, Women's Month, to celebrate the woman behind parkrun SA - Gill Fordyce.

 
 
 
 
 
 

5 excuses not to exercise (but are they good enough?!)

We can all think of a reason why we just can’t fit a workout in today. But understanding how we justify it can help to break down barriers to exercise. Here we list some common excuses for avoiding exercise, and tips to get you going.

 
 
 
 
 
 

19 Ways to live like Wayde

Wayde van Niekerk sprinted to a world first and new SA record of 19.84 seconds in the 200m half-lap in Jamaica. We celebrate his extraordinary 19-second (or so) achievement with 19 key insights shared during our most recent interview with him.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Keep moving, or go extinct as Homo sedentary

Whether you take on the Comrades, are one of over 50 000 people doing a parkrun every Saturday, or enjoy the races running clubs put on every weekend – every single step counts. Dr Craig Nossel, Head of Vitality Wellness: The Sunday Times, 4 June 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 

Win, lose or draw – it’s all good

Winning, losing, leadership, friendship. Craig Nossel explores the (many) benefits of sports for our South African children. Dr Craig Nossel, Head of Vitality Wellness: The Sunday Times, 28 May 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 

Hi-tech balancing act

Growing up, I couldn’t wait to see what cool gadgets James Bond would use next to save the world. These days, it seems unimpressive considering what the tech attached to our bodies can do. Dr Craig Nossel, Head of Vitality Wellness: The Sunday Times, 21 May 2017

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