With only seven players per side, the 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams taking part have to be uber-fit.
We caught up with conditioning coach O’Bakeng Molopyane who is keeping the Springbok Women’s Sevens team in top shape, to give some tips on how you can stay fit and healthy through the festive period…
Tip 1: Rest and recovery
As much as we are on holiday and long nights, minimal rest come into play to try and squeeze in as many activities as possible, rest is still crucial in maintaining a great physique and a healthy body.
Recovery from your day-to-day activities will help make your holiday more enjoyable and allow you to return refreshed and ready to go in the new year.
Tip 2: Exercise routine
We all know that most people don’t really want to spend their holiday working out for the entirety of their trip, but here are some tips to keep a fitness routine going:
1 – If your gym memberships allow, visit a local club in your area and put in a short workout twice a week.
2 – Take morning walks or pick the furthest parking spot and take a stroll to your destination of leisure or entertainment. Playing games like volleyball, football or cricket on the beach is also a fun option. If your holiday destination has the option, also try out a morning hike.
Tip 3: Food and beverage consumption
Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand with regard to maintaining a physique or prepping to start the new year on the right track.
With that said, picking the healthier option when it comes to food can taste good too, but don’t neglect that braaivleis and burger; keep yourself happy.
When it comes to beverages, remember not to overindulge in alcohol, always hydrate with water and don’t forget to eat your fruits!
Tip 4: Have some fun and let your hair down
Before you head off on your holiday, make sure you visit the HSBC SVNS Cape Town at DHL Stadium from December 9 - 10 to take in the awesome music, entertainment, fitness challenges and healthy food options, and get behind the Springbok women’s and men’s sevens teams as they take on the world on the rugby pitch.
Tickets to the HSBC SVNS Cape Town are available from Ticketmaster.