LOSE IT! - - Health -

TRX sus­pen­sion train­ing (to­tal body re­sis­tance ex­er­cise, FYI). It’s all about be­ing sus­pended from straps on the ceil­ing. It was de­signed for the US Navy Seals, but even if you’re not par­tic­u­larly fit, you can do it too! Find TRX train­ing at some Vir­gin Ac­tive clubs or head for the Queenax equip­ment (which looks like a jun­gle gym) for a solo ses­sion.

Sus­pen­sion yoga Com­bin­ing yoga, Pi­lates and gym­nas­tics, many of the moves are done hang­ing in a ham­mock. The up­side in­cludes spinal de­com­pres­sion and be­ing able to get into deeper stretches thanks to the sup­port the ham­mock of­fers. The down­side is that these classes can be hard to find, though they are of­fered at pre­mium Vir­gin Ac­tive Col­lec­tion Clubs. Have you heard of The Mu­sic Run yet? Ahead of the 5km run, par­tic­i­pants vote for their favourite songs, and those with the most votes make it onto the playlist that ac­com­pa­nies the event. Over 120 speak­ers pump out these songs dur­ing the race, and af­ter­wards there’s a mu­sic fes­ti­val – a real fun run! This global phe­nom­e­non started in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and has spread to nine coun­tries since. This year, it hits 15 more cities, in­clud­ing Joburg (on 4 Feb at River­sands Farm Vil­lage). If you want to be part of it, regis­ter (from R220), on TheMu­ Judg­ing by the sales of anti-in­flam­ma­tory drugs, many of us are plagued by aches and pains that are inflammation re­lated. Now a new BMJ study shows that some NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-in­flam­ma­tory drugs) – specif­i­cally the COX-2 in­hibitors that were sup­posed to get around the in­testi­nal bleed­ing as­so­ci­ated with NSAIDs – cause heart prob­lems! (One of the meds fin­gered was the ever-pop­u­lar Ibupro­fen.) And the more you pop these pills, the higher your risk. But the good news is, cut­ting carbs and eat­ing healthy fats def­i­nitely helps re­duce chronic inflammation.

Hit that per­fect beat!

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