SPORTS DRIPS: Cool winter gear to keep you motivated in the cold
by Sundesh Mahes
Welcome to SPORTS DRIPS for this week. So the temperature in South Africa
is dropping and waking up early in the morning for that run or cycle needs
serious motivation as it gets colder. We will be looking at some of the cool new
winter gear from Under Armour, Adidas, Nike, Maxed and Puma, we will also be
chatting to a Personal trainer Sean Mulligan to give us some tips to beat the
coldness and keep pushing towards our goals and Springbok/ Kaizer Chiefs
Sports Doctor Lehlogonolo Jerome Mampane will guide us to keep healthy.
So I have been trying to pick up my personal fitness as playing competitive sport
at my old age is taxing on my body, I decided to put a little extra effort into
achieving a personal goal. They say summer bodies are made in winter and I
totally disagree…summer bodies are made throughout the year with hard work
and dedication. Discipline when it comes to diet and motivation to get up and
This winter you will need to equip yourself with gear that works for you and keep you safe from all viruses. Winter gear can be very pricey and brands have been modifying their technology to enhance their athlete’s performance but we are here to assist you making some wise choices.
We chat to Sean Mulligan – a Multifunctional fitness trainer based at the EQ
wellness centre in Johannesburg. Sean believes that keeping fit during the winter
months is very important but you must enjoy what you do if it’s running, cycling or
hitting the gym – keep having fun. Tips: Keep a schedule, Join a group or get a
fitness buddy as its difficult to disappoint your buddy especially when you feeling
a bit lazy. Stretching is vital for recovery and keep warmly dressed after training
as your body needs to recover. A warm shower is advised too. Supplements to
boost your immune system will help but diets are critical for a healthy lifestyle. If
you would like to contact Sean feel free for some tip: [email protected]
What gear is needed for these winter goals: Warm track suit, thermal under garments and warm fleece tops to keep your body temperature consistent for recovery and not pick up any flu’s or viruses.
Nike has a full thermal range – Therma-Fit which have pullovers, jackets, track suits, socks and under garments which are designed to keep you warm. These can be found on the Nike site.
Under Armour has a range called ColdGear which is base layer under garments that keep your body warm during these cold days. They also have a new ISO-Chill range which is launching a new range internationally on the 4 th May 2021 and we have been invited to attend the virtual event.
Adidas has the ClimaWarm and ClimaHeat garments which have been very popular in Europe for years due to their cold climate.
These brands are pricey and if you can afford their quality and brand it is well worth it. There are cheaper alternatives which can be found in Mr Price Sports,
Tenth Sports and Solly M Sports which are outlets aimed at giving people with fewer resources a similar quality product at an affordable rate.
We also managed to chat to The Rugby World Cup winning Springboks Dr Mampane who works with Kaizer Chiefs and is a competitive hockey player. Here are a few tips from The Doc:
Stay warm during and post workout.
We also managed to chat to The Rugby World Cup winning Springboks Dr Mampane who works with Kaizer Chiefs and is a competitive hockey player.
Here are a few tips from The Doc:
1. Have a clear plan and structure to your training week. Too little training is of some value although you may not reach your targets, but too much training too quickly can lead you to illness and injury
2. Eating well, meaning a structured and balanced meal, accommodating your training needs and requirements is important in keeping you performing at a high level.
If you feel you want supplements, then choose wisely. Vitamin C, Zinc and other minerals may be of benefit to your illness prevention strategies. But the basis of it all, is a balanced diet.
3. Avoid ill teammates and opponents, you are just risking illness of you come into contact with them.
From me at Sports Drips: Keep moving, stay warm and stay safe.
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