SAfricans urged to join global challenge to kickstart health regime

South Africans have been urged to join a global exercise challenge to kickstart a regular workout regime to improve physical and mental health.

Studies show that regular exercise not only supports fitness but helps maintain a healthy weight and improved mental health.

Recent research shows that SA is a critically ill nation with one study ranking SA as the unhealthiest country among 150 countries in the world and other studies showing that at least 30% of men and 70% of women are obese, contributing to poor mental health, reduced quality of life and increased health risks.

The fitness initiative, driven by UK liquid iron supplement manufacturer, Spatone, and led by international influencers such as SA celebrity coach, Zinhle Masango, Irish fitness coach, Sylvia Diaz and Olympic Road and Track Cyclist, Dani Rowe, encourages people of any age or physical ability to connect with others, to “release their inner athlete” and to maintain an active lifestyle.

Health expert Vanessa Ascencao says regular exercise helps boost energy, self-confidence, sleep and calm. “It’s important to put aside a little time every day to move our bodies.”

In addition to exercise, Ascencao advocates adequate daily nutrient intake.

“Eat healthy, fresh whole foods like fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and lean protein, and use high quality supplements such as Spatone, a naturally occurring iron-rich water, clinically proven to be a highly absorbable source of iron, to help release your natural energy, boost your immune system and found to have fewer side effects often associated with supplemental iron intake,” she said.

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