No Gym, No Problem – Hit Your Summer Body Goals Without Hitting the Gym
It happens the same way every year. Seemingly out of nowhere, it starts getting light earlier and dark later, the days start getting hotter, the evenings aren’t quite as cool, and then suddenly it’s summer. You haven’t even signed up at the gym yet, never mind a workout, and now you have to go to the beach. Sound familiar?
Before you rush off to get a new membership, consider the alternative – using the city as your gym! You’ll save money, and chances are you’ll discover a whole new side of the city.
The easiest way to exercise in the Mother City – and almost any city for that matter – is running. But, it’s not what you’d call the most alluring option until you frame it differently. Don’t think of running as exercise, think of it as discovery. Cape Town is covered in roads and routes that hug the coast, weave around mountains, cross colourful neighbourhoods, and so much more. The Promenade is a great place to start, and you can begin with a distance you’re comfortable with and extend it from there. The best part is that once you’re getting fit and into it, you can run all the to Camps Bay, and even further if you’re up for it, without ever having to cross a single road!
If running’s not quite your thing, but you still want to work up a decent sweat, look no further than the city’s most famous attraction – Table Mountain. Hiking is an excellent workout, and at the end, you’re rewarded not only with a sense of accomplishment but breath-taking views! Lion’s Head is the perfect place to ease into it; you don’t even have to complete it in the beginning if you don’t want to. It’s got an amazing perimeter route which is relatively flat but will still get your blood pumping. As you get more comfortable with climbing a whole new world will unfold in front of you that extends all along the peninsula!
So far it’s only really been about cardio, so what if you need to tone those newly uncovered muscles? Sea Point’s open-air gym! Located on the prime real estate on The Promenade, the open-air gym offers a variety of workout equipment that only uses body weight to get you in top shape. But, if you’re not quite ready to flex with the best as passers-by sneak a peek, head to the Green Point Urban Park. It has similar facilities and not nearly as much foot traffic, although you might have to contend with some plucky 6-year olds.
Whether it’s running, hiking, or good old-fashioned callisthenics, the city’s got you covered, and your only expense is sweat and time – seems like a pretty good deal to us!
Till next time,
The Point Team x
PEOPLE OF THE POINT: ANDREW ROTHSCHILD
The first person to feature in our People of the Point segment for 2018, is one half of the BUC and S.W.E.A.T. 1000 duo, Andrew Rothschild.
Now, not only is Andrew probably one of the fittest and healthiest guys on earth, but he is also a dedicated husband and devoted father. A nicer man you will struggle to meet, just don’t crack a joke about his hair…you might end up being bench-pressed like he does his truck!
Let’s find out more about this mountain of a man with a heart and a smile that matches it in every way…
What is your favourite hobby/activity to do and why?
Hands down spending time with my family. My greatest joy is the gym and my team here, but the most important thing aside from that, is spending time with my wife and my family.
Our youngest is three, so a lot of our family time is structured around her as we like to get out and keep the kids entertained. I’m also way too restless to stay at home and have a lazy day.
What is the biggest misconception about you?
The biggest misconception… that my hair is real. Just kidding!
I think people find me intimidating but I’m really not. I can’t say how people feel but maybe they think that I don’t eat carbs? I don’t know, I try not to care about what people think.
Tell us something interesting about your brother Paul.
Wow, something interesting about Paul. He is a genius, very smart and has an Honours Degree in Economics. He is the most phenomenal photographer as well. Luckily you aren’t asking him this question about me.
If you were banned from using any gym, how would you keep fit for a week?
I would do any outdoor activity, be it running or hiking. Any form of outdoor training, really. I prefer a combination of cardio and weights so anything that combines them is what I would do.
If there is no gym I sometimes bench press my car, it’s a great workout, you know.
Has it always been a dream big- achieve big mindset?
Basically, after our honours in 1994, we decided that we wanted to get into health & fitness and personal training because people always asked us for advice.
We have always been athletic, loved and played a lot of sport. I remember saying to our parents that we wanted to become personal trainers and they didn’t understand why as we had just completed our studies. At that stage, compulsory conscription was abolished so we had two years to try it out but they were always very supportive.
I don’t think it’s dream big, achieve big – it’s hard work and dedication. The change and monetary aspect are secondary. It’s not about the Ferrari, it’s about the legacy you leave behind.
What is the favourite part of your job?
We have a real love for what we do and it’s just grown and grown. From us working at the Health and Racket, to having a small gym, to importing and exporting equipment.
My brother and I are both very ambitious, but I do feel the most fulfilling part of our job is changing peoples lives. Whether it’s a celebrity or your average Joe, it’s all about positivity.
There is no space for negativity here, so the change is always big.
Name your favourite thing to do for Valentine’s Day.
The reality is that every day should be Valentine’s day otherwise you take the other 364 days of the year for granted. But because it is glamorized, and everything is more expensive I think the most important thing is spending time with my wife.
We really have been through thick and thin and that’s what family is all about. We are a very strong unit who support each other unconditionally. There is no way we would be where we are without each other, she’s my sounding board and my support. She really is my world.
What is your worst date experience?
I don’t think we have ever had a bad date. I believe that if life throws you lemons, make a protein shake. Just kidding! We honestly haven’t had a bad date, even when we first started dating.
What is the best marriage advice you ever received?
We have been married for 11 years and the best advice we have ever been given is to communicate. To listen and talk is the most important part of every day, it’s imperative to touch base and make sure we are on the same page.
Last question. Would you rather always be 10 minutes late or always be 20 minutes early?
I don’t think it’s a “would I rather” because I am always late. I blame it on the time it takes to do my hair! I suppose I should work on being 20 minutes early going forward.
BUC & SWEAT 1000
Breast Cancer Information and Awareness
One out of eight women may be diagnosed with breast cancer BUT eight out of eight women can become aware of breast cancer. Women can make a difference in their lives and subsequently their family lives, by taking charge of their health by creating an early detection plan. Early detection of breast cancer when smaller and still confined to the breast can ensure thousands of lives are saved each year.
Bergman Ross & Partners Radiology supports women’s health and, in particular, breast cancer awareness. Their comprehensive range of radiological services includes general x rays, ultrasound, mammography, bone mineral densitometry, fluoroscopy, CT, MRI, MRI Breast as well as breast biopsies (core and stereotactic). At BRP, mammogram examinations routinely include a breast ultrasound thereby minimising risk and assisting in the preventative process in women. Tomosynthesis can also be done if required.
Suggested personal care includes the following:
- Performing monthly routine self-breast examinations.
- Ensuring annual clinical breast examinations as well as a pap smear test if 40 years and older.
- Scheduling preventative screening which includes an annual mammogram. (Ultrasound may be done in conjunction with this study.)
What every woman needs to know:
- One out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death amongst women.
- Men can also get breast cancer, but this is rare.
- Thanks to more advanced treatments, many of those diagnosed with breast cancer will go on to live full, active lives.
- Early detection is important as treatments can be more effective.
- One of the easiest ways to detect for breast cancer is the breast self exam, a physical examination of your own breast.
- By getting to know how your breasts look and feel is an added defence against dying of breast cancer.
- Family history of breast cancer, colon cancer and cancer of the womb.
- First pregnancy over the age of 30 and never breast fed.
- Never had children.
- Premature menopause.
Signs and symptoms:
- Changes in the shape of the breast or persistent discomfort.
- A small lump or thickening of the breast.
- Discharge from the nipple that occurs without squeezing.
- Irritation or dimpling of the skin.
- Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
- Pulling in of the nipple or pain in nipple area.
- Pain in any area of the breast.
Can you be at risk?
- Most women should have their first mammogram at the age of 40.
- If you have any changes in your breast or if breast cancer runs in your family, you might have to have a mammogram earlier than the age of 40.
- In extreme cases, we may have to do mammograms on patients younger than 35 but this is a rare occurrence and ultrasound will be the preferred method of examination due to the patient’s age and denseness in breast tissue.
What is breast cancer?
- Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast.
- A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that grow into surrounding tissue or spreads (metastasize) to distant areas of the body.
- With early detection and treatment, most people can live normal lives.
- Women over the age of 20 should perform breast self examination:
- Two to three days after their menstrual cycle.
- On the same day each month if you no longer have a menstrual cycle.
- Monthly BSE familiarizes you with the way your breasts normally look and feel and thus changes are easily noticeable.
Breast self examination standing:
- With a pillow or towel under your left shoulder, place your left hand behind your head to flatten the breast tissue.
- Examine your entire breast in the circular motion using the pads of the three middle fingers.
- With your right hand behind your head, repeat the procedure with your right breast. Also gently squeeze each nipple to check for discharge.
What is a mammogram?
- A mammogram is a radiological examination allowing breast problems to be detected whether they are benign abnormalities or developing tumors.
- Most women should have their first mammogram at the age of 40. If you have any changes in your breast or if breast cancer runs in your family, you may have to have a mammogram earlier than 40. In extreme cases mammograms may be performed on patients younger than 35. However, ultrasound is the preferred modality due to patients age and denseness in the breast tissue. Remember to bring your previous mammogram on the day of your examination. Remember not to wear any powder, deodorant or perfume on the day of your mammogram
For more information…
Further information on the practice and breast cancer awareness please contact the friendly reception at Bergman, Ross & Partners Radiologists on 021 110 5777 for further assistance and bookings. Suite 306, 3rd Floor, The Point Centre, 76 Regent Rd, Sea Point.