It’s easy to laugh at the suggestion that “shopping” might constitute “activity” but if you’ve ever been a teenaged girl with the ability to consume vast quantities of beauty magazines you will have noticed that this is a piece of advice that keeps cropping up as an activity alternative all over the place. Having an active weekend doesn’t mean that you absolutely have to go to the gym or that you have to force yourself through a gruelling exercise class that you have no desire to be in. Having an active weekend means just that: having an active weekend. It’s about getting off your butt and moving that perfectly capable body of yours. In other words: let’s not sit at our desks all week and then sit at our televisions all weekend. Instead, grab a friend/spouse/child/sibling and do a silly tour of the mall. You don’t have to spend a bunch of money on things that you don’t need, just mill around a bit. If you’ve got a pedometer you’ll quickly realise how much ground you cover just by walking through the different stores that catch your interest. If that sounds too dull, why not make a game of it. Make a list of completely obscure (and cost effective) items and go on a treasure hunt with your friends. The last contestant to complete the list gets to buy everyone frozen yogurt (or something healthy!) and the winner gets to dance around singing “I win I win I win I win!”
So yes, the hectic Pokemon Go craze has come and gone and the hype surrounding this little game has died down significantly. The benefits of playing the game, however, have not. When this game cam out I must admit that it was easy to get addicted to all the feel-good stories surrounding its launch. So many people came forward to confess that the game had gotten them out of the house because the geo-location aspects mean that sitting on your couch is not really an option if you want to progress at all. If you haven’t tried the game yet: do. Even if it’s just for a weekend. You see, it makes you walk. Ad it makes you walk a LOT. I remember hearing how so many people had actually started losing weight because of this little game, and all because they were hunting little critters.
In Port Elizabeth, the best places to play the game are at The Donkin Reserve, The Boardwalk, and St. George’s Park as these three places mean that you can walk around a lot but also accomplish a lot in the game at the same time.
I won’t lie, the game is addictive, but it’s a sort of silly fun addictive that will most likely wear off at some point. Just have fun with it while it lasts.
And the best part? You can play it as a family and have a lot of fun doing it. All without ever feeing like you’re in the middle of the gruelling task of “exercising”.
Hiking is an absolutely brilliant way to keep active over the weekend as it combines exercise with fresh air and a bit of sightseeing. Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve is a great place to feed your hiking mojo as it is an incredibly beautiful as well as actively challenging place to spend a few hours. Take along a bottle of water and a snack and explore these selfie-worthy surroundings at your leisure, or push yourself to complete a trail in a specific amount of time. Either way: breathe deeply and marvel at the beauty around you.
If you’d like to join some of the Herbalifers on their hiking trips contact us for more information.
As parents we are often so preoccupied with parenting that we forget to just let go and be kids sometimes. Allowing ourselves the luxury of being child-like is not only beneficial to our emotional wellbeing, but it can be a great thing for our physical wellbeing as well. What do we do when we go to the beach with the kids? Well…we let the kids go off and play and then we “guard all the stuff”. Mom busies herself with the stress of everyone’s sunscreen needs. Dad rushes off for a quick swim, hoping that no one notices him so that he can have a bit of peace for two minutes before he gets asked seven times by three different kids for ice cream money. *yawn* And where are the kids otherwise? They’re off on their own, spending all their energy.
You know what we should be doing? Forget about the stuff. Leave your cellphones and valuables at home so they don’t need guarding. All you need is a waterproof casing for your car keys that you can attach to your board shorts. Asks the staff at any surf shop to help you with that. And then? Then try and see if you can actually keep up with the kids instead of leaving them all to their own devices. Run up and down the beach with them if that’s what they’re doing. Or go and help them dig the biggest hole EVER. Help them jump over the waves. Play catch with them. Or baseball or cricket or frisbee. Build a sandcastle. If you want to use muscles that you didn’t even know you had, let your kids show you how. You will get the added bonus of getting to know your kids even better too!
And when you’re done? I have no doubt you will fall into an exquisite and blissful sleep.