How exercise can help your arthritis

How exercise can help your arthritis

A 2015 review of the prevalence of arthritis in Africa found that 2,5% of South Africans have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis while 55,1% suffer from osteoarthritis. The incidence of osteoarthritis rises to over 82% in people over the age of 65. Arthritis, a painful joint disorder that can manifest in many different forms, affects hundreds of thousands of South Africans … The most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid

The role of biokinetics in corporate wellness

The role of biokinetics in corporate wellness

Job-related accidents and illnesses are estimated to claim more than 2 million lives worldwide every year, accounting for around 4% of annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In South Africa, work-related injuries and illnesses cost around R30billion per annum. This is not surprising when one considers that the long term effects of long and non-standard working hours include cardiovascular disease, mental illness, gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes and musculoskeletal disorders. Commonly referred to

Exercise tips to improve every woman’s health

Exercise tips to improve every woman’s health

By Professor Hanlie Moss, Associate Professor, North West University’s research focus area for Physical activity, Sport and Recreation and a member of the Biokinetics Association of Southern Africa (BASA) executive committee. We all know that regular exercise is good for our health. In fact, in many instances, exercise can be regarded as a form of medicine. The reality is that exercise is more than medicine. Like medicine, exercise is often

Biokinetics and World Move for Health Day – two sides of the same coin

Biokinetics and World Move for Health Day – two sides of the same coin

Biokineticists have a key role to play in the achievement of the objectives of World Move for Health Day which is being celebrated on May 10 to generate public awareness of the benefits of physical activity in the prevention of non-communicable diseases. That’s the view of Dr Gerda Joubert, president of the Biokinetics Association of Southern Africa, (BASA), a professional body that represents approximately 1100 biokineticists in South Africa. Move

Active children achieve more academically

Active children achieve more academically

Did you know that when you tell your child to go outside and play, rather than watch TV or play games on their smartphones, you are actually doing more for them than boosting their physical health? According to Dr Dorita du Toit, senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education Sciences at North West University and a member of the Biokinetics Association of Southern Africa (BASA), there is extensive research that

Exercise can help to slow the aging process in men

Exercise can help to slow the aging process in men

by: Francois Swanepoel – Registered Biokineticist – assisted by: Timothy Banks – Biokineticist Intern Did you know that exercise can actually help to slow down the aging process in men? According to Francois Swanepoel, Southern Cape Regional Chairman of the Biokinetics Association of Southern Africa (BASA), there is ample research that clearly indicates that exercise – the right kind of exercise – can slow decreases in muscle mass, loss of

Exercising for a healthy heart

Exercising for a healthy heart

By Kelly Kaulback, Biokineticist, Institute for Sport Research, University of Pretoria Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the single largest cause of mortality worldwide, accounting for 18 million deaths per year globally. In the past few years, notable progress has been made in treating CVD and a decline is evident due to early detection strategies, advanced medical treatment, and risk factor reduction. However, the trend towards unhealthy lifestyles persists, hampering medical progress,

Exercise can help to control SA’s “silent killer” – hypertension

Exercise can help to control SA’s “silent killer” – hypertension

Hi there, It’s World Hypertension Day next week – Tuesday May 17. As you may be aware, South Africa has the dubious distinction of being the heart attack capital of the world, and hypertension is a major contributing factor to this. In the article below, Dr Jeanne Grace discusses the beneficial effects of exercise on hypertension and hypertension prevention; and she provides advice about the type of exercise that is